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The 12 best wines to serve this festive season

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The 12 best wines to serve this festive season

At Wynyard Park we have taken it upon ourselves to find the right bottles of wine to pair with your Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties.

Whether you're planning a feast for the whole family or opting for a more low-key celebration, the right wine can deliver the pièce de résistance to your celebrations and hopefully go some way in making this season one to remember.

Our research provides the perfect party options, so you can relax knowing the wine will be in excellent taste for the festivities.

This selection includes fresh white wines, some opulent reds, a few light rosé options and of course, the life of the party, Champagne.

White

José Pizarro – Chardonnay
This lively, flavourful wine has a great intensity of fruit, morality and saltiness with a long finish. Expect notes that possess white flower aromas, citrus fruits, peach and aromatic herbs.

• Country of origin: Spain
• Region: Cadiz
• Grape variety: 100 % Chardonnay
• ABV 14%

Where to buy: josepizarro.com

Villa Maria - Sauvignon Blanc
This stunning Sauvignon Blanc is one of New Zealand's most famous, with fresh, tropical and zesty flavours. This one is certainly made to make your mouth water.

• Country of origin: New Zealand
• Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc
• Notes of gooseberry, nectarine, pineapple and grapefruit
• ABV 13%

Where to buy: majestic.co.uk

Pinot Grigio Superiore
This vibrant, top Pinot Grigio of 2018 offers much more character than others with citrus fruit flavours and subtle floral aromas. Made to be drunk within six months of purchasing, this perfectly acidic wine should be well chilled.

• Country of origin: Italy
• Grape variety: Pinot Grigio
• Crisp apple, pear, citrus and a zesty acidity
• ABV 12.5%

Where to buy: majestic.co.uk

Red

Blason du Rhone - Châteauneuf du Pape
This red comes from vines around the ancient village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in the southern Rhône Valley. It offers a rich, lovely smoothness, with plenty of spicy fruit flavours. It will continue to develop well in the bottle over the next few years.

• Country of origin: France
• Region: Rhone Valley
• Grape varieties Grenache, Vaccarèse, Mourvèdre, Syrah
• Full bodied
• ABV 14.5%

Where to buy: waitrosecellar.com

Napa Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
This Napa Valley wine comes from a prestigious winery with a delicious array of flavours such as blackberry compote, blackcurrant, a dusting of dried herbs and warm hints of vanilla.

• Country of origin: USA
• Region: Napa Valley
• Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
• ABV 14.5%

Where to buy: majestic.co.uk

Sacred Hill Reserve Merlot
Coming from the oldest wine region in New Zealand, this wine is a blend of the classic fleshy Merlot with a dash of Cabernet, bringing structure and tension.

• Country of origin: New Zealand
• Region: Hawke’s Bay
• Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
• ABV 13.5%

Where to buy: majestic.co.uk

Rosé

Cave d'Esclans - Whispering Angel
This perfect, pale rosé is dubbed as the “world’s greatest rosé” and we can only agree. The delicious flavours offer a blend of red grape with tropical fruit notes.

• Product of France
• Region: Provence
• Grape varieties: Grenache, Vermentino, Cinsault, Syrah and Tibouren
• ABV 13%

Where to buy: thebottleclub.com

Esprit de Buganay 2016
From the French region, Province, this wine is filled with red berry fruit flavours and light, subtle spices on the finish.

• Product of France
• Region: Provence
• Grape variety: red grape blend
• ABV 13%

Where to buy: waitrosecellar.com

Ramón Bilbao, Rioja Rosado 'Lalomba'
This sophisticated wine comes from mature garnacha vines that are planted at 600m above sea level to give this rosé its intensity. The ‘Lalomba’ displays delicious juicy blush pear fruit, tempered by savoury bay leaf aromas and electric acidity.

• Product of Spain
• Grape variety: Grenache
• ABV 13%

Where to buy: greatwesternwine.co.uk

Champagne

Veuve Clicquot
This well-known luxurious Champagne has grapes that are selected from superior vineyards and the wine is aged for twice the legal requirement to deepen its richness and complexity.

• Product of France
• Two-thirds of black grapes, balanced by the finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay
• ABV 13%

Where to buy: majestic.co.uk

Olivier Baudin Brut Champagne
With this Brut, expect delicate, biscuit-lined mousse that emits perfectly carved hints of red fruit, brioche and toast.

• Product of France
• Grape variety: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
• ABV 12%

Where to buy: majestic.co.uk

Bollinger Rosé Champagne
A classic winner, this rosé Champagne is the perfect one to pull out at parties; packed with trademark fullness with the addition of luscious berry notes.

• Product of France
• This crisp rosé shows flavours of berry fruits with a soft texture and a long finish
• ABV 12%

Where to buy: amazon.co.uk

Enjoy the festive season, everyone!

For more information contact the Wynyard Park team on 01740 667 000.

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