Thor Gudmundsson raises a glass – or two – to the festive season!
The cold weather has well and truly arrived, so it’s time to consider which wines are most appropriate for winter and, in particular, to enjoy at Christmas and New Year.
So, not a word about rosés – unless, of course, it’s pink bubbles! And, fortunately, we are stocking Pierre Peters Rosé d’Albane, a cult grower Champagne if ever there was one, alongside the Renard Barnier Blanc de Noirs and the elegant Jacquesson Cuvée 740.
Rich, generous reds are perfectly suited to frosty days and nights. Here are three of the best from our list to suit all tastes and budgets. Firstly, Ballon red 2016 is the wine we blend with our friends at Estezargues, 15 minutes west of Avignon. Overflowing with red and black fruit, it’s organic and made naturally.
Secondly, and for lovers of Burgundian wines, we’re fans of Elemental Bob’s 2015 Pinot Noir. Subtle and bursting with the glorious sunshine of the Western Cape, it is the perfect wine to pair with game, goose or turkey.
Finally, if you fancy treating yourself to a very classy Rioja, choose the 1996 Urbina Gran Reserva. Having spent four years in oak barrels followed by another 17 of bottle ageing, it hits the spot and is amazing value for money.
The Brackenbury Wine Rooms
111-115 Hammersmith Grove, W6 0NQ
020 3696 8240