Christmas Wine Treats!

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Everyone likes to treat themselves at Christmas but if you’re going to splash out you, it’s even more important that you’re spending your money wisely. As the experts on supermarket wines, we’re in the ideal place to pick some bottles priced above £10 that really deliver extra value and that little bit of seasonal indulgence.

To begin, two supermarket Champagnes that match many of the famous names and will get your Christmas off to a sparkling start. The first is a vintage wine with that added complexity that comes with some extra bottle age.

Waitrose Vintage Champagne 2007

Waitrose Vintage Champagne 2007
From: Waitrose
Price: £25.99
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £38.00
Tasting note: Bright and mature wine with salted biscuits, lemon peel, chalky minerality and good weight.
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The second is a classy Premier Cru Champagne for less than £20 per bottle.

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne NV
From: Tesco
Price: £19.00 – Now on offer at £17.00 until 01/01/2019
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £26.00
Tasting note: Well made, citrusy wine with lime cordial, grapefruit juice. Good depth and a fine mousse.

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If you’re looking for a high quality wine to pair with shellfish or white fish, this from Northern Italy is ideal.  It’s aromatic, with a fresh palate and excellent depth.

WAITROSE Zenato Villa Flora Lugana 2017

Zenato Villa Flora Lugana 2017
From: Waitrose
Price: £10.99
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £10.50
Tasting note: Well made, complex wine with pink grapefruit, meadow hay and savoury herb character. Nicely balanced and intense.

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For something richer – and off-dry – which pairs well with smoked fish, pate or foie gras, this Grand Cru Pinot Gris from Alsace is an excellent buy. It’s also an interesting alternative option with game birds though perhaps a little too much for the turkey!

LIDL Pinot Gris Grand Cru Steinert Ernest Wein 2015

Pinot Gris Grand Cru Steinert Ernest Wein 2015
From: LIDL
Price: £10.99
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £12.00
Tasting note: Well made, semisweet wine with rich, honeyed peach and white flower character, stony minerality and a long finish.
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If you’re planning duck, venison or a rich game bird for Christmas Day, Northern Rhone red wines are a perfect pairing but sadly they have become rather fashionable and correspondingly expensive.  This, from the main co-operative in the region, is an exception.  Decant it for at least an hour or two as it is still rather young.

SAINSBURYS Cave de Tain Les Trois Lys Crozes

Cave de Tain Les Trois Lys Crozes-Hermitage 2016
From: Sainsbury’s
Price: £9.00 
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £12.00
Tasting note: Ripe, spicy wine with hedgerow fruit and lots of savoury black pepper character.

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An excellent alternative with some age is this Gran Reserva Rioja. It is still worth decanting for an hour.

WAITROSE El Piadoso Rioja Gran Reserva 2008

El Piadoso Rioja Gran Reserva 2008
From: Waitrose
Price: £16.99
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £17.50
Tasting note: Well made, mature wine with red cherries, red plums and elegant oak usage. Drink now!

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Finding something to pair with the rich flavours of Christmas pudding can be a challenge but we strongly recommend this luxuriously indulgent ice wine from Canada … which seems particularly appropriate at this time of year!

LIDL Pittleri Vidal Ice Wine 2016

Pittleri Vidal Ice Wine 2016
From: LIDL
Price: £13.99
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £15.00
Tasting note: Lovely, complex, luscious wine with lots of demerara sugar, candied orange peel, baked apples and quince and with Christmas cake spices.

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And to finish, what better than a glass of Port to go with the Christmas Stilton. This is a quality example offering solid value too.

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Special Reserve Port NV

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Special Reserve Port NV
From: Sainsbury’s
Price: £10.00 
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £10.00
Tasting note: Good, balanced wine with intense dried fruits, liquorice, coffee and spice character.
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Happy Christmas drinking … in moderation of course!

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*Note – Prices and availability correct at time of research, we cannot guarantee that all stores stock the listed items and price may vary or be subject to change.