Fri 05 Dec 2014

Society Members’ Christmas Favourites

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Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée 2009 from The Wine Society

A homegrown star at all of the tastings: Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée 2009

Well, the decorations are up in the streets, the whacky jumpers are lining the shops and the John Lewis advert has made us all cry. This can only mean one thing: Christmas is coming.

For many, Christmas is a time of joy, happiness and late-night panic buying. For the little elves in the Tastings Team, however, tucked away in a little corner of The Wine Society it is time to tackle the nightmare before Christmas of food and wine matching.

As with previous years, we arranged a series of informal tastings across the country dedicated to Christmas food and wine. This time, it was a chance for me to put together a list of 20 wines that I believe to be ideal for any Christmas situation; from light, easy-drinking party wines to lusciously sweet/fortified wines for the quiet moments once everyone has gone to bed.

On Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th November, I was joined by my fellow Tastings colleague Jon Granger in Leicester and Bradford in order to showcase these wines for a number of members. For those that have been to a Wine Society tasting of a similar theme before you will know that at the end of the evening we like to take a quick vote in order to ascertain the favourite wines of the evening.

For the Christmas Recipe Tastings, however, I decided to break up the voting into the five separate categories. By doing this, my ‘20 best wines for Christmas’ became your ‘Wine Society Member Top 5 Christmas Essentials’.

Here were the results from both days:

Aperitif
Leicester AND Braford: Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuveé 2009 (£27.50 per bottle)

Party Wine
Leicester: Saint-Chinian, Domaine Raynier 2013 (£5.95 per bottle)
Bradford: Duo Des Deux Mers, Sauvignon-Viognier Vin de France 2013 (£6.25 per bottle)

Christmas Day
Leicester AND Bradford: Domaine Cordier, Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Pouilly 2011 (£25 per bottle)

Boxing Day and Beyond
Leicester: The Society’s Exhibition Rioja Reserva 2007 (£13.95 per bottle)
Bradford: Ockfen Bockstein Riesling Kabinett, Von Kesselstatt 2013 (£12.95 per bottle)

‘And Relax…’
Leicester: The Society’s Exhibition Tawny Port, 10 years old (£17 per bottle)
Bradford: Maydie Tannat 2011, 50cl (£13.95 per bottle)

Special mention should be given to both the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Du Vieux Lazaret 2011 (£17.50 per bottle and £9.50 per half bottle) and the half bottle of Stanton and Killeen Rutherglen Muscat, 12 years old (£16 per bottle) that both came to within two votes on both evenings!

Following this, it was up to Tastings & Events manager Simon Mason and Tastings & Events co-ordinator Emma Briffett to take the reins in Reading and Swansea on the 1st and 2nd of December respectively. Amazingly, both evenings shared the same result as Bradford a week previous!

So, it would seem that no Wine Society Members Christmas Holiday period is complete without:

Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuveé 2009 (£27.50 per bottle)
Duo Des Deux Mers, Sauvignon-Viognier Vin de France 2013 (£6.25 per bottle)
Domaine Cordier, Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Pouilly 2011 (£25 per bottle)
Ockfen Bockstein Riesling Kabinett, Von Kesselstatt 2013 (£12.95 per bottle)
Maydie Tannat 2011, 50cl (£13.95 per bottle)

Merry Christmas!

Matthew Horsley
Tastings & Events Team

Categories : Wine Tastings

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