Opinion Christmas wines

Published on November 25th, 2017 | by Damien

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly: don’t leave your wines to chance (or you may be sorry)

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It’s that time of year again.

The one where supermarket chains are falling over themselves to try and get us to spend as much as possible.

Their focus tends to be food, rather than drink.

Exhausted from the trolley wars in your local store, you may be forgiven for simply grabbing a selection of what looks like a good offer when it comes to wine.

That would be a big shame.

Just think of all that work to get Christmas lunch (or maybe dinner, by the time everything’s ready) prepped to perfection.

Peeling carrots, spuds, sprouts (loved and loathed in equal measure).

Bread sauce, cranberry sauce, redcurrant sauce.

Stuffing, pigs in blankets. Red cabbage with braised apple. Gravy.

Not forgetting the centrepiece, whether a handsome bronze turkey, soon-to-be gobbled goose, prime cut of beef, or a nut roast.

Table laid, it’s all going so well. Until the wine’s poured that is.

You’ve slaved at the stove for hours, now it’s time to relax and enjoy. Crackers pulled, obligatory paper hats askew, you take a sip of wine.

It’s ok, just about drinkable you think, but quietly kick yourself for not paying more attention to your choices.

“Bit thin this…”, sniffs Uncle Arthur, before waxing lyrical about his favourite Claret vintage.

Meanwhile, Aunty Betty’s longing for a Liebfraumilch (and she’s sure she once met the nice lady on the front of the Blue Nun bottle).

You make a mental note: next year take a look at what the specialist wine suppliers are offering, don’t just leave the brochure on the coffee table.

That mammoth Christmas food shop hurts. A lot.

Just the centrepiece itself, whatever you’ve plumped for, can cost as much as a tank of fuel. Though hopefully tastier of course.

So why risk letting it down with mediocre wines? Yes, we know it’s a minefield out there. You’d like to think retailers were out there to help you, not just take your money.

At Christmas? Really?

Luckily, not all wine merchants are cut from the same cloth.

Here at Rude Wines, for instance, we’ve gone to a lot of trouble to make sure your Christmas wines are going to make your food shine even brighter.

Sparkling wines are a brilliant way to kick off the festivities.

You’re celebrating after all. As you pass the glasses around, you can almost hear Noddy Holder bellowing out “Merry Christmas” in your head.

If there are one or two newcomers to the family fold, bubbles are great ice-breakers too. No-one wants to say no to a glass of sparkling wine.

Just as the table’s going to be groaning with the weight of so many different dishes, a mixed case manages to cover a bunch of wine tastes too.

Why do you think wine comes in a 750ml bottle?

Because it’s meant to be shared.

A carefully selected dozen bottles from Rude Wines means a whole lot of love to spread around.

And what’s even better than 12?

Our cunning 15-bottle boxes. That gives you three extra spaces to hand-select some special wines to complete the case.

You’ve plenty to choose from. Perhaps a top-flight red wine or white to make the big day even better?

Or how about a really classy Port to savour with the cheeseboard?

Maybe the only way you’re going to survive those tortuous charades is with a glass or two of very smart Rioja Gran Reserva?

The choice is yours.

But, as always, our cheerful team of Wine Advisors are on hand to help you narrow things down if you wish. You’ll reach them on 0344 561 0543. (You could even ask them what they’ll be drinking this Christmas if you like.)

Christmas comes but once a year. Let us help with wines that’ll bring much joy and cheer.

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Combining wine and words is something Damien's done for decades now. Taking his inspiration from Sir John Hegarty, "Lose the mystery, keep the magic", he hopes to share his fascination for all things vinous.

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