The Daily Mail Definitive Christmas Collection - Part Two

Boxing Day As Boxing Day is usually a day for finishing off leftovers and often cheating a little with the catering don’t open up your best wines today.  Save any special bottles and head to some lighter whites and fruitier reds so your palate can have a rest.  TIP – Mix up some sparkling wine cocktails like Bucks Fizz or Bellinis, with the Prosecco,…

MoneyWeek Christmas Wines column - seven epic recommendations!

 NV Berry Bros. & Rudd Champagne by Mailly, Champagne, France  Made by the co-op in Mailly, this inexpensive Champagne is one of my favourite sparklers of the year at any price.  This is a hefty statement but if you go back to this wine multiple times, as I did, you will notice more and more complexity on every visit.  Made from…

2007 Bollinger La Grande Année, Champagne, France

 The Stats - 70% Pinot Noir & 30% Chardonnay, this spectacular Champagne is mainly drawn from Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir and Avize, Cramant and Oger for the Chardonnay.  The overall blend is 91% Grands Crus and 9% Premiers Crus.  As always, the fermentation is exclusively in oak barrels.  The dosage is a sprightly 7 g/L.The…

The Daily Mail Definitive Christmas Collection 2016 - Part One

I have tasted through thousands of bottles in order to bring you the finest 80 High Street wines of the season.  While the big named supermarkets have some beautiful wines to admire, and they crowd my selection, the keenly-priced Aldi, Lidl and even Asda have little to get excited about in the wine aisles with only a handful of wines making the grade,…