We’re celebrating our elder daughter’s special birthday this weekend and everyone is in full party mode – redecorating the house, planning menus, trying on outfits and compiling playlists.
A priority on the To Do List is drinks – because when you’ve got a guest list that spans the generations as well as the taste spectrum, what do you serve that keeps pouring simple but pleases everyone?
It’s tricky, so if you’re planning a party this winter and making shopping lists for Christmas from all the great deals on the Wine Shop and in Asda stores, then here are a few thoughts from me.
And don’t forget to use your Save £10 discount when you spend £100 on the Wine Shop – check out the details on the back page of our great free Wine Guide.
We like to serve something sparkling with the nibbles when guests arrive which could be Champagne or Prosecco – my picks would be:
Piper Heidseick – one of my very favourite Grandes Marques. Perfect aperitif champagnes.
Extra Special Prosecco – Ok, I’m biased (because I create the blend every year) but I reckon this is one of the freshest, most delightfully balanced Proseccos on the market. And since there is a very loyal following and people love the style, it’s one I try to keep consistent year after year. No pressure there, then!
Yellow Label Prosecco – fun Prosecco which is ever so slightly sweeter than the Extra Special. Our customers absolutely love it, so you probably will too.
If there’s just one white then steer a middle flavour course with something refreshing, food friendly but not too acidic. European whites would be my first choice, so why not try:
Wine Atlas Feteasca Regala – my goodness, this Romanian wine is delicious. Not quite dry so really moreish.
Torres Vina Sol – a bit of a Spanish classic. Made from the Parellada grape and unfailingly fresh.
Wine Atlas Marsanne – lovely, lovely, lovely. Smooth and peachy.
Extra Special Gavi – this is so, so good. Very bright and shiny-tasting. A veritable tree full of fruit.
But I also can’t resist this Australian white:
Zilzie Pinot Grigio – probably the nation’s favourite grape, grown in the Australian sunshine and awesome value for money. What’s not to love?
Rich and Fruity Red
Nothing too tannic, nothing too high in alcohol either:
Wine Atlas Cotes du Frappatto – spicy, fruity and fantastic red from Sicily. Ned Halley gave it a Perfect 10 in his book, The Best Wines in the Supermarkets 2016. Can’t say fairer than that.
Wine Atlas Carmenere – plums and oak and total juiciness: a Chilean marvel.
Tagus Creek Shiraz Trincadeira – wow! This is a Portuguese star! 50% international grape and 50% indigenous makes an unbeatably spicy, smooth and savoury combination.
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