The Fairytale Of Acton Christmas Wine Box 2023
We've put together a collection of six brilliant wines to impress on the big day and beyond - all for a special price of £92
Bocchoris Cava NV, Spain
Rich, lemony, creamy fizz with a pastry notes and salty twang - that will banish any thoughts of the cheap stuff you swigged back in your early 20s to look classy. Not all cava is created equal. Up to 30 months ageing in total, 12 months of which are on the fine lees in the bottle. From Penedes.
Verdicchio di Metalica 2022, Amoterra, Italy
This was love at first sniff and sip. Orchard fruits with a hints of crips nectarine, crushed stone notes all wrapped up in a creamy bow. This wine comes from the Marche in Italy and was recently selected as one of Jancis Robinson's top whites of 2023 in the FT. Who are we to argue. A great one for a seafood starter - especially prawns and scallops.
Porta Da Ravessa Branco Reserva 2021, Adega de Redondo, Portugal
Creamy - yes. Buttery - yes. Toasty - yes. A cracking blend from Alentejo comprising Ferñao Pires, Arinto (fermented in steel) and a bit of Verdelho (new French oak). If you like a white Burgundy but balk at the price, this is for you. It's full of ripe peachy-style flavours and some spicy hints. Generous without being too punchy on the alcohol. The sort of wine that you want by your side when serving roast chicken but also robust fish dishes. The white to serve with your roast turkey.
Coup de Sang 2022, Maison Ventenac, France
Can't decide between a Pinot or a Bordeaux Cabernet/Merlot blend with your turkey? Then here's your solution. A Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend from Cabardès in the Languedoc, that is on the medium-bodied, supple and silky spectrum ( no big grippy tannins here). Lots of bramly fruits and a peppery note. Will also be nice with beef fillet, mushroom Wellington, nut roast, roast aubergine - and cheddar.
Vinho Do Reino 2021, Carlos Lucas Vinhos, Portugal
When it comes to bang for buck, Portugal still delivers. This comes from the Douro, famous for Port but increasingly for still reds. The wine is also called ' A River Runs Through It' but winemakers rarely consider how difficult it is to fit all a wine's title onto a menu or a website... this is a plush blend of Touriga Franca 35% Tinta Barroca 35% Tinta Roriz 30% (aka Tempranillo). It's not seen oak and is a medium-bodied wine, but it still has a touch of opulence. Low in tannin, it has a crunchy berry note which adds uplift. This is the wine to have with duck, pheasant or partridge - or a three-bird roast.
Gran Passione Rosso 2022, Botter, Italy
Our best-selling red. Rich, smooth and velvety with luscious sweet, ripe dark cherry, plum, vanilla and Christmas spice. Comfort in a glass. Gran Passione hails from the Veneto, from the area where they make Valpolicella ripasso and Amarone. This has the same main grape, Corvina, but the majority is Merlot. The vines are cut a couple of weeks before the grapes are havested in October. As a result, the grapes decrease in acidity, reduce in water content and become concentrated in sugar, giving you this unique glossy texture, richness and sweet fruit flavour. It's not a sweet wine - but has some sweet fruit notes. Roast beef will do it proud. But it's also brilliant with cheese, especially hard cheese (but we've 'tested' it with the stinkiest and ripest and it does a great job...)