Well December has been quite the hectic month, nothing new there. Anyways with Christmas a mere 3 days away I decided to mention a few drinks that would suit the festive day itself.
I will highlight a few red wines, two white wines and some beers.
Secret Pinot Noir 2010 – Valle de Casablanca, Chile
Silky subtle elegance is delivered here on the palate, delivering a joyous flavoursome wine. It combines delicate red berry fruit flavours with more subtle notes of leather, coffee, spice and earthy undertones.
‘The secret kept by our Pinot Noir is one of soil, balance and harmony. Art and terroir have come together to create a pure and expressive Pinot Noir with notes of blueberry, violet and coffee bean. Viu Manent commissioned renowned Chilean artist Catalina Abbott to interpret these secrets in the labels she created.’
For once the comments on the label and correct this is a silky smooth wine and his perfectly suited for accompanying the traditional roast turkey Christmas dinner. It was the winner of the Best New World Red under €14 at the annual Noffla Gold Star Awards.
Equally good is Villa Belvedere Valpolicella Ripasso which I have reviewed previously and given my predilection for Italian reds it is the wine I favour for Christmas dinner. Finally a budget option is the Abbeycourt Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2010, at €7.99 it is great value (and I have also reviewed it previously)
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2009 – Loire, France
Pale, whitish straw in color. The nose is very fresh, very clean with notes of lime peel, green herbs, black currant; typical, not aggressive. On the palate it is fresh and tightly wound; acidity is tempered by very subtle residual sugar; very clean; alive, racy, youthful. Overall, a dry and elegant wine, well balanced. The different origin of soils express fully their differences and their similarities. Slow evolution, very typical Sancerre.
An elegant sauvignon blanc with hints of lemon, peach and honeysuckle. If your a white wine drinker this is the one to treat yourself with this years roast turkey. General retails at €19.99
Sauvignon L’Abbaye Vins de Pays de Loire 2010 – France
Wonderful ripe gooseberry and and citrus flavours with a hint of asparagus and tangy lime notes on the palate. Bright and refreshing and at €7.99 an exceptional sauvignon blanc.
Finally to beer and for this Christmas day, perhaps after the dinner while relaxing in front of a roaring log fire I would suggest sampling one or more of these beers that I have previously reviewed:
Alternatively I would advise picking up a six pack of Estrella de Navidad, although similar to the Estrella Galicia it does add a festive feel to the occassion.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year