We all know how expensive Christmas
can become, especially when it comes to food and wine
. We want to impress loved ones and offer a good spread but if you're having guests who know a bit about wine, but not necessarily what they're drinking then here's a few quaffable ideas that will help keep the costs down a bit.
In a previous post we looked at how all that fizzes is not Champagne
and made some suggestions as to the style of wine you could go for. Prosecco
is always a good option as it is so light and fresh, not as heavy and rich as Champagne. But the style I love the most is Crémant
from the Loire Valley
. Domaine Landreau 'Anthonin Dubreil' NV
is a great example and at £12.12 it is a great price too. Made from Chenin Blanc
grapes the nose is floral scented and fresh with citrus and apples. The palate shows much the same qualities along with a rich mouthfeel and fine texture. It's a real crowd pleaser and great for any occasion, or just to enjoy with fresh fish or seafood dishes.
When friends and family descend it's always a good idea to have something easy-drinking, fruity and approachable in to appeal to everyone. The Charly Nicolle Petit Chablis
certainly ticks the box for the white wine. It is an unoaked Chardonnay from Burgundy in France and is absolutely typical of the style with a lovely fresh, light style showing delicate notes of green apple, lime peel and citrus. there is a slight floral hint to the wine which, combined with crisp acidity makes it a perfect all round white and a 'must have' in any wine rack. Serve chilled rather than cold to get the best out of the flavour.
So, that's the sparkling and white sorted, now for the red. This Chinon from Bernard Baudry
is an elegantly styled wine that is so easy drinking. In fact, it's one of our best sellers. Delightfully aromatic with a seductive bouquet of flowers and blue fruits, overlaid with a delicate earthy, almost farmyardy scent. On the palate it is very fruit-forward and supple in texture, with crunchy red berries and a streak of quenching minerality. It is a youthful wine and will work really well with cold meats and cheese on Boxing Day.
It goes to show you don't need to break the bank at Christmas, it is possible to find wines of amazing quality at reasonable prices that will appeal to everyone.