“You’ve not blogged about wines to drink at Christmas” a friend said to me recently in an accusatory tone. He was someone whose knowledge made him more than capable of deciding what do drink for himself – and I told him so. “Yes, but there will be some people who would welcome some tips” he replied. OK, he’s right, but, at the moment, every media site I look at seems to have the same idea, so there’s no shortage of advice. And, of course, as I’ve said many times before, everyone’s taste is different, unique to them, so how useful is that advice really?
Having said that, I did Blog on the subject way back in December 2016 and, for those who are interested, those posts are still available in my archives. Most of the wines I mentioned then are also still available and good (although the vintages and, particularly, the prices will have changed).
So, with apologies to my friend and to others who would have liked an update, I’m going to Blog instead about a delicious white I opened last week – one that would certainly be good enough to grace any table over the holiday period:
Emiliana’s Signos de Origen from Chile is a real bargain at £12.50 from Bristol independent wine merchant, Grape and Grind. Lovely peach and pink grapefruit aromas greet you on first sniff and those flavours follow through onto the palate. Although 14%, there is no heat to this wine, just a full, rich and flavoursome mouthful from the unusual grape blend of Chardonnay supported by the 3 white Rhône varieties Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. I like the clean freshness of the wine, a result, no doubt, of the cool Pacific influences on the Casablanca Valley where La Vinilla vineyard lies.
We enjoyed it with some roast salmon with spiced sweet potato wedges but I can see it going equally well with other fish, soft cheeses and – dare I say it – even with turkey!