’tis the season to be merry’ tra la la la
It’s that time of year when all you can hear is the pop of the bottle and the glug of the wine being poured into glasses, It’s a time to celebrate and enjoy yourselves wether it be at your works party, at home or round a friend’s house. Everyone drinks slightly more than they would normally at Christmas as we all get into the festive spirit.
I don’t find it that easy to shop for wine as there are so many different types to choose from but I do find it easy to drink them! haha. Waitrose have a festive wine selection box containing 6 of their favourite bottles of wine to suit all occasions.
Case contains: 1 sparkling, 2 white, 3 red
- Villa Vincenta Prosecco NV – Delicate citrus notes backed by fresh green apples and pears. Superb aperitif for any gathering 11.5%
- Waitrose Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria – Zesty citrus and gooseberry flavours with a twist of fresh mint. 13%
- Laurent Miquel L’Artisan Chardonnay – Fine fruit enhanced by long large oak barrels, resulting in a crisp, aromatic and exquisite taste. 13%
- Cave De Roquebrun Col De LA Serre – Aromatic notes and produces an intense fruit driven wine. 13%
- Malvira Barbera D’Alba san Micele – Grape. 13%
- The Cubist Old Vine Garnacha Pablo – Iconic red Spanish wine created to show the very best of the Garnacha grape. 14%
I have the Christmas period mapped out with the wine bottles:
–The Prosecco will be ideal for New Years Eve as it is perfect for entertaining and goes well with canapes and light dishes. Prosecco is my favourite drink, with its sparkling fresh fruit taste I find it a classic for any celebration. A fitting compliment to salads, prawns and salmon. Recipe Suggestion: Prawn and advocado chilli belinis
-The Waitrose Sauvignon Blanc is delicious with asparagus, fish or chicken so this classic wine will be ideally served with the Christmas dinner. This wine will also go down well with a roasted chicken served with asparagus dish.
-Christmas at our house is always take away night, who wants to cook a meal the day before Christmas Day!? As special as Christmas day is, I never look forward to the amount of cooking that has to be done for the family. I try to prepare most of it the day before which means I really don’t want to be stood over the oven, so it’s a perfect excuse to order in an Indian/Chinese/Thai. The Laurent Miquel L’Artisan is delightfully served up with a spicy dish. Recipe suggestion: Thai red chicken curry
-We are visiting family the day after Boxing day and I think that the Col De la Serre would be a lovely gift to take along and offer to our hosts but would also be an excellent compliment to the Three Bird roast that will be served up. This wine is the perfect partner to red meats, game and casseroles. Recipe suggestion: Wild mushroom and venison stroganoff.
-Boxing day is normally a day of resting and eating in our house. The children run around the house playing with their new toys and the Partner and I sit down on the sofa, watching TV and nibbling on the left overs. I can see the Malvira san Michele going down well on this day. The dark, deep ruby-red wine with flavours of cherry and prunes will taste well with mushroom and pasta dishes. Recipe suggestion: Mushroom and Turkey rissotto
-Finally The Cubist Old Vine Garnacha with it’s rich, full bodes taste will be prefect for a Friday night treat, served up with a nice big juicy steak. The spicy pepperiness will compliment a steak. Recipe Suggestion: Rib eye steak with hollandaise sauce
Waitrose Christmas favourites are available from Waitrose Cellar for £50, that’s £8.33 per bottle. When bought separately you’re looking at paying out about £10 per bottle (they range from £9.99 -£11.49)
Order on-line for delivery or click and collect at your local store
We was provided with a box of sine for the purpose of this review by Waitrose Cellar