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12 Days Of Christmas, 12 Days Of Wine

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me… Twelve special wines from twelve countries. A perfect gift for the adventurous wine connoisseur with a yearning to discover secret delights off the beaten track.

Check out our brief descriptions of each wine’s origin, its taste and aromas, and what dishes make a perfect partnership with it! 

If you loved this post, you can get this entire Christmas selection of wines as a mixed case here!


On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Kayra Kalecik Karasi 2016, Turkey. Because well, it had to be Turkey on Christmas Day!

  • An earthy, textured and medium-bodied Turkish red wine made from 100% Kalecik Karasi, a variety native to Anatolia.
  • Plummy fruit and ginger flower aromas with red cherry, plum, leather and silky tannins on the palate.
  • Goes perfectly with Mediterranean tagines, roast lamb or chicken cacciatore dishes.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Kyperounda Petritis 2016, Cyprus. 

  • Grapes grown 1400m above sea level in Europe's highest vineyards above Limassol in the Troodos Mountains.
  • Citrus fruits, gooseberries, candied lime and a touch of vanilla.
  • Lovely with fresh shellfish or lemon chicken.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Chateau Musar 2001, Lebanon.

  • Richly flavoured vintage from the iconic Chateau Musar.
  • Cinnamon, cigar box, warm leather and nutmeg leading into a palate of smoke, blackcurrants, dark chocolate, olives, figs  and spice.
  • Delightful with lightly spiced lamb hotpot or Mediterranean baked sweet potatoes.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Grace Koshu Kayagatake 2016, Japan.

  • The Grace Winery, recognised as one of Japan's best, is located in Katsunuma, said to be the birthplace of modern Japanese winemaking.
  • A clean and classy wine with delicate notes of lemon, grapefruit and a refreshing finish.
  • Pairs perfectly with salmon or a classic sushi selection, or with Pennard Vale goat's cheese or Ricotta.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

Vina Kozlovic Teran 2016, Croatia.

  • Vina Kozlovic is a family winery from Croatia whose Teran is a fresh and medium-bodied red wine from 30 year old vines in western Istria.
  • Bitter Belgian chocolate and dark forest fruits combine with balanced tannins on the palate.
  • It pairs spectacularly with Margherita pizza with buffalo mozzarella and also Anejo Enchilado Mexican cheese.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Babylonstoren Babel 2016, South Africa.

  • Babylonstoren's Babel is an inspiring take on a Bordeaux-style blend.
  • Sweet tobacco aromas followed by a fusion of red berries and chocolate flavours on the palate.
  • Makes a very harmonious marriage with Roast top side beef or charred bell peppers, stuffed with roasted Mediterranean veg and feta.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

Istenic Prestige Extra Brut 2011, Slovenia.

  • A top-level creamy and very fine Slovenian sparkling wine from Istenic made in the traditional method from the classic Champagne varieties.
  • Hints of yeast and soft apple meringue aromas.
  • Drink with light soups such as minestrone, chilled with nuts or baked white fish…or simply welcome in the New Year with a smooth and sophisticated toast!

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Dunleavy Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé 2017, England.

  • This highly-regarded English rosé is made exclusively at Dunleavy Vineyards in Somerset.
  • Delicate and fresh on the palate, with strawberry, red cherry and honeydew melon tones.
  • Great with Chinese cuisine, especially sweet and sour dishes.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Fratelli Sette by Masi Piero 2012, India.

  • Premium-quality blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon from Italian winemaker Masi Piero.
  • Plum and blackberry, accentuated by notes of spice and vanilla, combined with hints of blackcurrant and coffee.
  • Works its magic on lamb curries, herb & garlic Sirloin steak, smoky lentil dahl, mushroom pastas or smoky paprika stew and baked sweet potato.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Jsc Tbilvino 'Iveriuli' Rkatsiteli 2016, Georgia.

  • This golden-hued wine is made from Georgia's most-planted local variety, the Rkatsiteli.
  • Aromas of honey and quince followed by a creamy palate with woody hints and flavours of citrus and red apple.
  • Works brilliantly with Seared chicken, seafood paella,  grilled oily fish, Somerset Brie or soft sheep's milk cheese.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Casa Valduga Raizes Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Brazil.

  • A refreshing tropical Sauvignon with aromas of citrus and flavours of guava, herbs and gooseberry.
  • Produced by Brazil's finest family winery, Casa Valduga.
  • Works very well with Pan-fried sole, tempura courgette, pesto-dressed pasta, oysters or goat's cheese

And…on the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Quady's Starboard 2006 Vintage, USA.

  • A 2006 vintage fortified Californian red wine made with Port grapes.
  • A firm, tannic, layered vintage with dark fruit and vanilla tones.
  • Goes beautifully with fresh figs, walnuts or a blue cheese

{This wine has ageing potential until 2027, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave it until then!}

These twelve bottles are all you and your loved ones need to fall in love all over again with global viticulture!

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