A Christmas cracker of a case!
1st December 2016
Phillip has hand-picked this perfect mix of reds, whites and fizz with Waitrose this festive season.
All year, Phillip's been on the look out for the right wine for every stage of the Christmas festivities – compiling five fantastic bottles that are versatile, easy-drinking and great value.
You can buy all of them in Phillip's pre-mixed case of 12, delivered directly to your door.
His perfect hand-picked mix includes reds, whites and fizz which all work equally well with food or simply enjoyed on their own.
Just think, Christmas drinks sorted!
Take a look at Phillip's 2016 Christmas Case selections...
3 x Marsolay Chardonnay Pays d'Oc
Pays d'Oc, France
Alc vol: 13.5% | Line no: 427111
Christmas calls for something a little bit special, but splashing out on a top-quality white Burgundy, for example, can sometimes have mixed results. Instead, try this Marsolay Chardonnay from the sunny south of France. It’s oaked to create an almost Burgundian style at a fraction of the price. Its elegant, balanced creaminess is the perfect foil to the flavours on your Christmas plate, while its tropical fruit and citrus flavours, and silky finish, make it enjoyable to share with friends and family, with the Christmas meal or for a cosy night in.
2 x Törley Grüner Veltliner
Alc vol: 12% | Line no: 826599
Even if, like me, you’re into matching food with wine, you’ll find that the Christmas plate – piled high with rich meat, sage-scented stuffing and all those different styles of potatoes and vegetables – is really quite a challenge. The wine you choose has a lot of flavours to pick its way through, and many potential stumbling blocks. This one is a terrific choice for white wine drinkers – it’s dry and packed with perky citrus and green-apple aromas, plus bags of spicy pepperiness. If you’ve never tried a Hungarian Grüner before, this is a real treat.
2 x Calle d'Oro Prosecco NV
Alc vol: 11% | Line no: 810088
Finding a Christmas fizz to please everyone’s palate is quite difficult. Some of your family might prefer something a tad sweeter, or less acidic, than traditional Champagne. For the host, though, the most important thing is to find a fizz that’s friendly and fun. I’ve picked this Prosecco because of its fantastic quality and wonderful balance – it’s not overtly sweet or too dry, with appealing notes of apples and pears. As your guests walk through the door at Christmas, a glass of this will make them feel very welcome indeed.
3 x Parker Favourite Son Cabernet Sauvignon
Alc vol: 14.5% | Line no: 745730
The name made me laugh because, even though one isn’t supposed to choose a favourite ‘son’ (as the winemakers call their wines), I had a number of reds lined up as candidates for my case and this one definitely stood out. This is a serious Cabernet Sauvignon – very muscular with velvety tannins and bold flavours of juicy black fruits – the style of red I love. When I tasted it, I would have guessed it was two or three times more expensive, so grab the chance to taste a spectacular wine at a frankly astonishing price.
2 x Arc du Rhône
Pays Côtes du Rhône Villages, France
Alc vol: 13% | Line no: 605838
I’ve always been a big fan of Rhône wines because they are so unique: bright, fruity and spicy with flavours and aromas that echo the herbs that grow around them and the sun that beats down on them. I picked this one because it’s nice to have two very different reds on your festive table. Traditional Christmas reds are bold and full-bodied. This Côtes du Rhône is less tannic and lighter in style, without scrimping on flavour. It’s packed with notes of juicy red fruit, delicate spices and herbs that will sit well alongside herb and onion stuffing.
All this for £85, a Christmas cracker of a case with six bottles of red, five bottles of white and two bottles of prosecco to really get your Christmas party started.