It’s the holiday season, and you know what that means. Parties. Excess. Indulgence. Unsuitable dalliances at the office Christmas bash…and morning-after remorse when you review the photos you posted to Instagram in a state of, shall we say, insalubrious celebratory inebriation.
The very least you can do for yourself is make the almost inevitable hangover worthwhile by cracking into a good bottle. Here are a few suggestions for enticing tinctures that won’t break the bank.
With its fruity notes, fine bubbles, and vibrant pink hue, this bubbling rosé is perfect as an aperitif, a cheerful cork-popping kick-off to a festive knees-up. After a flute or two, you’ll be seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses, literally.
It’s also a terrific multi-tasker. You can skip the rouge, because this blushing libation will bring the colour to your cheeks. What’s more, the aroma is so intense, it could almost double as a dab of perfume on your décolletage…although you do run the risk of reeling in a naughty neck-nibbler.
The tasting notes say it will complement “delicate tarts,” so if that sounds like you, then definitely give this a go.
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Alcohol content: 11.5%
Normally £11.99, but it’s on sale at Ocado for just £7.99 through 3 January 2017
The grapes are manually harvested in the heart of the Loire Valley’s Saumur vineyard, so spare a thought — and drink a toast — to the hard-working folks in the fields.
Grapes: 60% Chenin, 20 % Cabernet Franc, 20 % Chardonnay
Alcohol content: 12%
£13.99 at Oxford Wine Company
It flows from the bottle in a pale golden green stream, revealing hints of elderflower, citrus and freshly mown grass. The clean, crisp minerality and fresh citrus taste tingle the tastebuds without weighing them down.
Alcohol content: 12.5%
£13.99 at Laithwaites
Nicolle’s vineyard, perched on a limestone ridge, has produced a medium-bodied dry white that encapsulates the best of the French countryside. Straw green in colour, the wine evokes the subtle scent of fresh hay, blessed with a zesty lemon essence.
Baby, it’s cold outside, but this lovely elixir drinks like a summer’s day.
Alcohol content: 12.5%
£14.49 at Lathwaites
Read more about some excellent Chablis options HERE.