Quick Guide: Red Wines for Christmas

Buying wine around the holidays is a lot of pressure – loads of us lorry in the drink without a clue what we’re doing, and generally end up picking piles of plonk off the shelf because the label looks quite alright. Since Santa will stick you straight on his Naughty list for buying anything labelled Hardy’s or Blue Nun, this is sadly not a good way to buy wine.
Here’s the straight skinny on three completely classy red wines you won’t be embarrassed to serve or to give around the holidays:
Bargain Red Wine: Sierra Grande Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (€9.00 per bottle)
Why You’ll Like It: Brimming with ‘yummy’ black fruit, the Sierra Grande Cabernet is sensationally good drinking at 9 quid. This is the sort of wine you open on a cold winter’s night in front of a roaring fire.
Beautiful Red Wine: Greenhough Nelson Pinot Noir 2006 (€20.00 €15.00 per bottle on sale)
Why You’ll Like It: We consider the Greenhough the perfect Christmas dinner wine. This food friendly New Zealander would be on the lighter side of the scale, with generous flavours of vibrant red fruit that will just burst out with turkey.
Stunning Red Wine: Chante Cigale Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2006 (€25.00 €20.00 per bottle on sale)
Why You’ll Like It: Wow! This is our special occasion wine. You may know Chateauneuf du Pape as a phrase of surprise for Del-Boy Trotter, but traditionally this region of France is renowned for it’s exceptionally luxurious red wines made from a blend of different grapes.

To make buying holiday wine without a clue easier, we’ve put together a case of Christmas Crackers from our Quick Guide wines to take you from Christmas through New Year’s: Five reds, four whites, and three bottles of bubbly you can proudly pour at your festive table or confidently slip into gift bags for €159.50 on sale with a whopping €40 in savings!

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