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5 great bottles of white wine to enjoy this festive season

Christmas time, mistletoe and white wine

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We’ve said it before, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. One of our favourite things about the festive season is that it’s the perfect excuse to drink some really great wine. Not that you need an excuse, but it’s certainly a good one. We’ve been having a think about some of our favourite bottles we’ve tasted throughout this year, and wanted to share them with you, in case you’re looking for some tasty Christmas inspiration.

Some people may make the switch to deep and dark red wines at this point in the year, but we always think there’s room for white wine, whether we’re tucking into a tasty fish dish, or catching up with friends. We’ve travelled (in grapes) around the world, and this is our pick of white wines you need to try.

Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc 2020

If you’re looking for a Sauvignon Blanc with a difference, you need to get your hands on a bottle of Rimapere. The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard in the Marlborough region of New Zealand called Rimapere, which means ‘five arrows’ in the Maori language, which pays a dual tribute to the Rothschild family emblem, and the traditional local culture. A blend of New Zealand and France! While the wine does have those typical lemon and grapefruit flavours and crisp acidity that you’d expect from a Marlborough Sauvignon, it’s not remotely overpowering, and is perfectly balanced. On the nose it’s really aromatic with bags of citrus, before you take a sip and get hit with more refreshing citrus, but also some nice minerality and subtle floral notes. Really lovely.

We enjoyed this wonderful wine with some Brie de Meaux Fermier AOP cheese. It’s a raw milk brie, produced on the Rothschild’s family farm. And it’s the only cheese in the world to be awarded the distinction of ‘Fermier’ or ‘farmstead’, which means all the raw ingredients used to make the cheese are derived from the same place.

Buy from Ocado for £16.99 (on offer!)

Barón de Ley Blanco 2020

This is a great value white Rioja, bursting with citrus and apricot notes. It’s bright, refreshing, and is lovely both by itself as an aperitif (catching up with friends wine!), or with grilled fish, seafood, rice and pasta. It’s made from a blend of Viura and Tempranillo Blanco with a bit of Garnacha Blanca in there too. All the grapes are found on high altitude vineyards and influenced by the Atlantic climate, which means the wine develops a really lovely crisp acidity. It’s pale yellow and greenish in colour, with a lovely herbal freshness on the nose. A great alternative if you want to break your serious New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc habit.

Buy from Waitrose for £8.99

Tesco Finest Vinas del Ray Albariño

We still think supermarket ‘finest’ ‘best’ ‘taste the difference’ etc. own label wines are a great way of trying something you might not usually go for, for a decent price. Supermarkets team up with producers, and then release the wines under their own name. Albariño seems to be a favourite of a lot of people at the moment, and this is a great value option. It’s very elegant, fresh, with apricot and honeysuckle aromas, and tasty zesty notes of grapefruit and mandarin, with a touch of creaminess. The grapes are picked and juiced quickly so they don’t lose any of their aromatic freshness.

Buy from Tesco for £9.

Talbott Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay 2016

If you’re looking for a festive treat, consider this fabulous Chardonnay from California. Wine Enthusiast designated the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard as one of the region’s ‘Grand Crus’, as the wines are that good. This is a wine you’ll want to enjoy with food. It’ll take it to the next level. It’s intense, but beautifully balanced. You’ve got lemons, apples, nuttiness, toasted brioche, and a bit of a herby/floral note too. That all continues on the palate, but opens up with some spiciness as well. It’s rich too, but not overwhelmingly so, and has a long finish with a creamy texture.

Buy from the Secret Bottle Shop for £35.95.

Ascheri Gavi di Gavi

Drink a bottle of this wine, then book a room at the Ascheri hotel for the next time you’re in Piedmont, Italy. If you’re after some wanderlust, it doesn’t come much better than this. The wine is made with 100% Cortese grapes, and is elegant, crisp and dry. It’s got a punchy freshness and flintiness to it, with some hints of preserved lemon and grapefruit on the palate, and a long lasting mineral finish. It’s a wine that feels very high quality, and your friends would be pleased and impressed if you opened a bottle when they pop in. This would be a perfect wine to start the festivities as an aperitif, or would go really nicely with some grilled fish or chicken.

Buy from Tesco for £13.


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Comments (5)

  • That Gavi sounds lovely!

      1 hour ago
  • If you want it I can send you an bottle of white wine from my home town for you (and @James May) too try 😇

      6 hours ago
    • Ok well this is exciting! I’d need to send you one back. Maybe not quite from my hometown but we’ve got some great wines nearby!!

        46 mins ago
  • Some new wines for me to try 😊

      12 mins ago