I love Christmas! Everything from silly jumpers to Christmas carols to mince pies with brandy butter – but one of the things I really enjoy is the Christmas Quiz Party that we host between Christmas and New Year for our friends and neighbours. My quizzes are famously tricky but at least the food and wine are good. So if you’re having a party, do the same as me and serve these Extra Special tasty wines – fantastic quality for a fiver.
Extra Special Pinot Grigio £5
Britain loves Pinot Grigio, and why not? When it’s good it’s appley and refreshing, and really good PG from the Trentino region of Northern Italy (where Extra Special comes from) is a cool and classy wine and the Ultimate Party White.
Extra Special Chardonnay £5
Did you know? Chardonnay is the new Chardonnay (or even Pinot Grigio). Seems we’re drinking more Chardy these days and that’s because the style has changed – no more toasty, oaky flavours (that make you think a block of wood has been dropped into the bottle), now Chardonnay is light and fresh, more single cream than crème brûlée. Love this French wine with mini Kievs or smoked salmon, dim sum or oriental style prawns – delicious!
Extra Special Old Vines Garnacha £5
A Spanish wonder which has won awards (two Silvers and a Bronze) and that I think is a stonking star for parties. It’s incredibly fruity and juicy and rich, a new best friend to mini steak pies or chilli beef.
Extra Special Nero d’Avola £5
If you haven’t discovered the wines of Sicily, just give this Silver Medal winning red a go – packed with sunshiney flavours and cherry fruit it’s made from a great local grape variety that makes a tasty match to the festive ham.