Planning a day in by the fire? Is it too cold outside? Warm up with a glass of Alves de Sousa 20YO Tawny Porto (Portugal, £55.99). Let the layers of almond flavours and dried figs and sultanas dance on your palate. Sip slowly and pair with your favourite blue cheese for optimal enjoyment!
There’s only one thing needed to rock around the Christmas tree: fizz. The Furleigh Estate Classic Cuvée (Dorset, £28.99) is an award-winning English sparkling full of quince, apple and baked pear. Rich notes of brioche, honey and biscuit on the nose make for a great festive fizz.
This 80s tune with a heart-warming ending deserves an equally warm red to accompany it. The Sicilian Tasca D’almerita Ghiaia Nera Nerello Mascalese (Sicily, £23.99) is grown on the slopes of Mount Etna, it’s an explosion of raspberry, cinnamon, black cherry and liquorice.
Dreaming of a white Christmas? The Gaia Estate Wild Ferment Assyrtiko (Greece, £28.49) is a perfectly toasty, smoky white with hints of citrus and a tangy finish that give it balance. A special white that really allows you to dream of a perfect Christmas.
Love modern takes on classics? This Destiny’s Child song is a ‘00s take on Twelve Days of Christmas. Similarly, Eschenhof Holzer Invader Orange (Germany, £16.99) is a different take on a traditional wine with label that is a tribute to the classic 1978 videogame. Space Invaders.
Festive heartbreak has never sounded so good. This chart-buster that has been in the UK top 50 on 14 different years can only be compared to Babylonstoren Babel (South Africa, £14.99), a multi-award winning and our best seller of all time. This South African treat is a Bordeaux-style blend that tantalises the palate with sweet tobacco aromas followed by a fusion of red berries and chocolate. Moreish and always a classic!
Mariah Carey’s serendipitous vocals (which we all try and fail to emulate) could only be paired with fruity and spicy rosé, Like Chateau Ksara’s Sunset Rosé (Lebanon, £13.99). Ripe berry fruits, hints of warm spice and vanilla notes are definitely sweet enough for this cheesy (but thoroughly enjoyable) tune.
How else to listen to this beautiful tale of hope, despair and heartbreak with a happy ending if not with a glass of our omonimous dessert wine, Kardos Tundermese “Fairytale” (Hungary, £14.99)? Both song and wine are absolute crowd-pleasers.
The warm and upbeat vocals of this Christmas classic need an equally warm and upbeat wine. Haywire’s White Label Pinot Noir (Canada, £24.99) is a is deeply coloured explosion of raspberry, cherry and spice. It is naturally and organic, but still flaunts the finesse and sophistication of a high quality wine.