Wrap up in your scarf, pop on your mittens and remember, remember… to bring a bottle this fifth of November. A glass (or mug) of wine around the bonfire can be the perfect accompaniment to any Fireworks Night and we’ve given you our top wines to help yours go off with a bang!
Firework worthy wines should be rich, ripe and flavoursome whilst delivering smoky, toasty notes to compliment the cracking of the fire and the comforting bonfire foods. Check out these winter warmers in our list to help keep that chill at bay:
Fratelli Sette by Masi Piero 2012, India - A real seasonal treat. This premium quality blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon is packed with autumnal fruit flavours, combined with notes of spice, vanilla and coffee. A perfect accompaniment to those smoky stews and baked potatoes on the Bonfire.
Painted Wolf The Den Shiraz 2014, South Africa – This spicy, warming and cosy wine will be sure to keep those embers ablaze. Its enticing aromas of blackberry jam and wood-ageing will compliment the crackling of the fire and keep you snug. What’s more, Painted Wolf Wines supports the conservation of African wild dogs by donating 5% of UK revenue to the TUSK Foundation – warming for the soul too!
Alpha Estate Xinomavro "Single Block Barba Yianni" Old Vine Reserve 2014, Greece – It’s not just the Bonfire that will give off a smoky aroma. This deep and full-bodied Reserve will give you smouldering fragrances from its 24-month maturing process in French Oak Casks. Whether you’re tucking into a traditional sausage casserole or bonfire chilli, this robust wine pairs beautifully with meaty dishes.
Sabar Keknyelu 2016, Hungary - If you think only red wines can deliver a smoky edge then think again. You may be surprised to see a white wine on this list, but the grapes for this elegant wine are partly matured in oak barrels resulting in a moreish, crisp finish. The comforting and rich flavours really lend themselves to this time of year.
Casa Valduga Arte Tradicional Brut 2016, Brazil – Why not compliment your sparklers and cascading Roman Candles with a glass of fizz? The Casa Valduga is a full and elegant blend with toasty almond aromas. Perfect for toasting Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot!Colomba Bianca 'Kore' Nero d'Avola 2016, Sicily – When food plays the central role in your bonfire night, this wine is the one for you. With seductive aromas of juicy forest fruits and spices, it pairs perfectly with bold stews and pulled pork. The dark chocolate and blackberry tones also lend themselves to bonfire bakes such as Parkin and sticky toffee pudding. Delectable!