The best choices for the festive season
Oooh, but it's a bit chilly out there now, isn't it?! Taking the kids to school in the morning requires another 10 minutes preparation just to get the necessary layers, gloves, hats and scarves on, although the glorious sunshine we have now means we really can't complain.
December is but days away now, and Jaded Palates is really getting in the festive mood. Decorations are going up, special gift boxe are being assembled, and the first of the gift boxes are being sent out to lucky recipients across the country. So we thought we'd highlight one or two of our gift ideas and talk a little about why we chose them.
First up, we've expanded our very popular Christmas Wine Case from last year:
Your Wine Essentials
So, first up is our Essentials Christmas Wine Mixed Case:
- One bottle of Gran Reserva Cava - you'll wonder why you always pay more for Champagne
- One bottle of Mayfly Sauvignon Blanc - everyone will want a glass of this
- One bottle of White Rioja - perfect for your turkey
- One bottle of Cotes du Rhone - another very quaffable classic
- One bottle of 1808 Valcavada Rioja - for when you need something with a little more oomph
- One bottle of Bin 27 Port - quite simply the best value Port you're likely to find
This is a really amazing value pack with something truly for everyone. Cava is a brilliant low-cost alternative to Champagne, as it's made in the same way (unlike Prosecco, which is a cheaper technique), and has that same tangy, biscuity flavour. The two whites are different, but perfect for your aperitif and then food-wine, and the same is true with the two reds: a lighter one, and one with a bit more body for the main meal. Finally, one of our best-selling ports to round things out.
Not sure even where to begin?
Here are a few simple wine ideas for the main event:
- Turkey, duck or any bird are lightly flavoured meats. Generally they need lighter-bodied reds like a Pinot Noir. These would also go well with the stuffing, and earthy sprouts.
- If you're having beef, don't go overboard - Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Bordeaux, whilst popular, are likely too heavy and oaked for roasted meat. Think about a lighter Rhone, Rioja or Grenache.
- Christmas pudding, mince pies and cheeses are easiest of all - a beautiful Port or, better yet, a top Madeira are great catch-alls that will do all that and more.
If you are going to treat yourself at any time of year, surely Christmas is it? Here is our Luxury Christmas Wine Mixed Case and still, we think this is amazing value for what you get:
- One bottle of Champagne Ayala - you'll wonder why you always go for Moet or Veuve
- One bottle of Langlois-Chateau Sancerre - isn't Sancerre THE Christmas white?
- One bottle of Nostre Pais - genuinely fabulous Rhone white
- One bottle of 1808 Crianza Rioja - big, smooth and rich. Who needs more?
- One bottle of Chofflet-Valdenaire Givy - one seriously good, smokey, vibrant Burgundy
- One bottle of Chateau de Juge Cadillac - the perfect dessert wine for mince pies
Look at that list: Champagne, Sancerre, Rioja, Burgundy... what a bunch of beautiful delights. Again, something to please every palate, but you really do get all the bells and whistles on this one.
AND FINALLY... just a small sample of some of our beautiful presentation boxes: