7 Red wines you have to try this Christmas
Need help choosing the perfect Christmas wines in 2020? In this article our buyers selected their favourite Christmas red wines to enjoy.
The list also includes a red sparkling wine because, well, it's Christmas!
1. The Christmas bubbles
Few wines offer quite the same party vibe as a sparkling red wine. Yes, you read that right - a red with bubbles! The Bolney Estate Cuvee Noir is a plummy, rounded red fizz with packs of blueberry jam flavour. It's made entirely from the Dornfelder grape variety by one of England's finest winemakers, Sam Linter.
If you want to enjoy something different this Christmas, this English sparkling red wine is the ticket.
2. The Christmas all-rounder
Not only is Balla Geza Feketeleanyka one of our all-time bestsellers, but it's also ready gift-wrapped! What more could you ask for in a Christmassy wine?
Well, this has more. It's a soft and spicy red wine with black fruits and vanilla notes. It's like a warm hug in a glass; just what the doctor ordered.
Delicious by the glass, even better with roast lamb, and sitting at £12.99, this is the top all-rounder red wine for Christmas.
3. The best red for roast beef
A special entry has to be dedicated to roast beef when it comes to any Christmas red wine article. However, this wine would also pair perfectly with vegetarian alternatives like a smoky root veg stew with plenty of sweet potato. The wine? Pizzato Fausto Tannat from the Serra Gaucha region in southern Brazil.
Vibrant and juicy full bodied red wine full of blueberries, spices, caramel and vanilla. It's a rich red but has lovely acidity and fine, gentle tannins that make it perfect with roast beef and all the trimmings.
4. The fruity one
If you're looking for an easy drinking Christmas red wine, then look no further! This red, coming from Baja California in northern Mexico, is 100% Petite Sirah, a rare grape variety with no relation to Syrah. Despite this, the wine has similar characteristics of deep, dark berry fruits and spice.
Rich and smoky, the L A Cetto Petite Sirah is a steal at £9.99 and will pair with your Christmas cheeseboard or any roast red meats.
5. The fancy Christmas red
Do you like your red wines full-bodied? There's few things better, especially at Christmas, than a smooth and silky red wine filled with warm notes of mocha, cassis and black truffle. A wine like that just oozes indulgence.
So if you want a big, classy red wine for Christmas or as a generous Christmas gift for a red wine fan, try Heumann Terra Tartaro from Hungary.
We love to share the 2015 vintage, created by Erhard Heumann, as an exceptional example of some of the finest wines coming out of Hungary today. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, it will rival your favourite Bordeaux.
6. The great value Christmas red wine
If you want a wine that punches well above its price point, it's difficult to ignore the quality coming from Moldova. Tucked between south-west Ukraine and Romania, Moldova has exceptional conditions for quality wine production. It's also home to some delicious indigenous grapes like Rara Neagra.
For those wine lovers who have never tasted Moldova's indigenous grapes, enter the Bostavan range. These wines blend international, familiar grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon with Moldova's plethora of interesting varieties to form some fab blends.
One of our favourite examples is the Bostavan DOR Red for £10.99. A marvellous, great value Christmas red wine.
7. A firm Christmas favourite
Malbec wine for Christmas. Perfect.
That's what our customers thought last year! Introducing 2019's most popular Christmas season red wine: Don Guerino 'Vintage' Malbec from Alto Feliz, Brazil.
This Christmassy Malbec red wine is made by the young and innovative Bruno Motter. Violets and mulberries lead on the aroma with an intense, but not jammy, palate. It's both fresh and richly flavoursome, making it versatile to drink on its own or pair with Christmas dinner.
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