For winelovers, Christmas is a time when we look forward to drinking – and even sharing – a special bottle or two. This might be a classic wine with traditional fare or just something different we’ve wanted to try for a while. I asked some wine loving friends what they were looking forward to and they have kindly agreed to write a blog post for me.
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Are you bored of Buck’s Fizz and trying to work out how early is too early for a Christmas morning tipple? Then I just may have the answer.
This charming sparkling Moscato d’Asti is is from a single vineyard called Sourgal and is absolutely delightful. Jam-packed with ripe fruits – apples, apricots and peaches abound – the micro bubbles caress the palate and gets it ready for those invariable midday Christmas canapés/nibbles – and, at just 5%, it’s virtually a guilt-free drop too!
With quite a high (almost dessert wine) level of sweetness one glass is enough to stimulate the senses. This could either serve 4-6 as a Buck’s Fizz alternative or, if there are fewer of you, save some (if you can!) and finish it up with the Christmas pudding later.
Elio Perrone Moscato d’Asti £8.25/bottle via The Wine Society.