Wackus Bacchus’s Christmas Wine Choice
Broglia Gavi 2015, £14.99, Waitrose
Understated white bursting with character from its honeysuckle and jasmine perfumed nose through to the fresh, nicely textured minerally palate. Quality. Ideal with fishy and spicy canapes.
Craft 3 Chenin Blanc 2016, £10, M&S
Apple and pear aromas and fresh zingy palate and a lovely alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Drink with seasonal prawn based starters.
Definition Chablis 2015, £14.99. Mix Six £12.99 Majestic
Christmas favourite with an almost briny (don’t be put off) nose and a steely, mineral character on the palate. This ‘Definition’ example is pure textbook. Perfect partner for smoked salmon.
Lime Rock ‘Kota’ Pinot Noir 2013, Hawke’s Bay, £17.99. Mix Six £15.99 Majestic
Finely crafted light red with classic aromas. It explodes on the palate with concentrated fruit, lovely rich texture and long finish. What a match for game birds!
The Killerman’s Run Shiraz 2014, £13, M&S
Fine aussie red instantly seductive with complex aromas of eucalyptus and black olive. Sweet ripe fruit combined with careful maturation in oak. Enjoy with classic turkey and trimmings.
Luigi Bosca Single Vineyard Malbec, £14.99 until 6 Dec, (usually £17.99), Waitrose
Discreet elegant nose, followed by a bold. seriously silky palate with mellow cherry and toasted notes. Classic red for those who prefer beef at Christmas.
And three Festive Fizzes…………………………….
Mount Bluff Brut NV, £13.50, M&S
Light gold with a fine mousse. Buttery brioche nose, modern New World character, honeyed yet refreshing citrus finish.
Jean Louis Bredon Cuvee Champagne, £22.99 to £13.99 from 7 Dec to 3 Jan, Waitrose
Good value Champagne with a discreet elegant nose and refreshingly acidic palate.
J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV Champagne, £19.99. Mix Six £15.99 Majestic
More buttery nose and fuller and richer on the palate. Great value.