The Best Wines for Christmas: Great Bottles to Try this Holiday Season

The Best Wines for Christmas: Great Bottles to Toast this Holiday Season [December Edition]

We made our list, we checked it twice and we have compiled a wine guide to share some of the best wines for Christmas. These are some of the tastiest and most interesting wines we’ve taste over 2016. Whether you’re looking for the best bubbles to say goodbye to 2016, a fine Port to sip by the fireplace or the perfect bottle of wine to bring to that dinner party you’re so excited about, have a look at our tried and loved recommendations!

AMAZING BIG RED WINES

Muga Reserva – €21.99

Aged for 24 months in French and American Oak.

A rich, intense and well rounded Spanish Rioja.

Available at Baggot Street Wine

Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – €29.45

A fine Californian Cab Sauv from a top producer, elegant and intense, with perfectly ripe tannins that last for long in the palate.

Available at O’Briens Wines

d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2010 – €54.99

With a moderate acidity and a generous nose of black pepper, black berries and black cherries, this Aussie has all it takes to push wine lovers into the red side.

Available at “Chester Champions” Off-Licences and O’Briens Wines

Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – €55.95

A very unique wine: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, made in Spain and presented in a Burgundian bottle. Smooth, velvety tannins and an beautiful complexity that will guarantee a long life, should you decide to open it in a few years.

Available at The Corkscrew

Rizzardi Villa Amarone – €41.45

Amarone de la Valpolicella gets its characteristic richness thanks to the partially-dried grapes used in its making. Cooked black fruit and sweet spice blend in this full bodied Italian classic.

Available at O’Briens Wines

LIGHT TANNINS, FRIENDLY RED WINES

Leyda Pinot Noir Las Brisas – €14.95 (on offer from €17.95)

A delicate and earthy Pinot Noir with plenty of red berries and forest floor aromas. A subtle touch of oak gives it a pleasant spiciness, adding character while keeping it mellow.

Available at O’Briens Wines

Exquisite Fleurie – €9.99

This Cru Beaujolais is known for its subtle and low tannic red wines made from the local grape variety, Gamay. At exceptionally good value, this Feurie offers fresh cherries, sweet spice and a smooth, pleasing texture.

Available at Aldi

Poggio Pelato – €18.95

Delicate and light bodied, this bright vino reminds you of Nancy Sinatra’s song Summer Wine as it’s filled with flavours of ripe and juicy strawberries and cherries.

Available at Fresh the Good Food Market

Bodegas Matsu El Picaro – €15.60

A youthful, organic and biodynamic Spanish red from Toro with a name that loosely translates at “the cheeky one”. Intense and energetic in flavours yet subtle on the tannin department.

Available at Mitchell and Son

Sancerre Rouge au Bois de L’Epine – €21

Although Sancerre is most often associated with crispy white wines, the Loire’s jewel is also to thank for this bright and elegant rouge made from Pinot Noir. Cranberries and cherries take over and a pleasant acidity keeps the palate interested.

Available at Marks and Spencer

REFRESHING DELICATE WHITE WINES

Pazo Barrantes Albarino – €17.95 (on offer from €22.95)

An example of what to expect from a great Albarino, elegant acidity, a pleasant beach-evoking minerality and aromas of lemon, pineapple and grapefruit. Beautiful with oysters or seafood in general.

Available at O’Briens Wines

Bidoli Friuliano – €14

A moderate acidity and a refreshing mix of white flower and stone fruit aromas. Light and very refreshing, it’s a versatile crowd pleaser that will appeal to connoisseurs and newbies alike.

Available at Wines Direct

Flamants Picpoul de Pinet – €12.99

Bring a bottle of summer to the table with this vibrant white from the Loire. Lemon zest and pineapple dominate and its crisp acidity is ideal for wish or grilled vegetables.

Available at SuperValu

Gaba do Xil Valdeorras Godello 2015 – €18.95

Delicate and with a lovely balance between nectarines, pear and white flowers. It’s dry but offers a mild acidity and the sweet feeling of elderflowers.

Available at Green Man Wines

Lingenfelder Bird Label Riesling – €12.95 (on offer from €14.95)

A lovely off-dry Riesling from the prestigious German wine region of Pfalz and made by the 13th generation of the Lingenfelder family. Fresh peach and a river-stone like minerality combine in this beautiful, friendly white.

Available at O’Briens Wines

INTENSE AND ELEGANT WHITE WINES

d’Arenberg Lucky Lizard Chardonnay – €20.99

Australia’s Adelaide Hills have earned its reputation as a fine wine region. This crisp, elegant Chardonnay shows generous aromas of nectarine, green apple and a subtle almond and toast touch.

Available at Available at “Chester Champions” Off-Licences

Hugel Gewurztraminer – €20.95

A classic Alsatian, with the aromatic intensity and the mild acidity that lovers of Gewurz love so much. Roses, litchi and nectarine combine in this beautifully different white.

Available at O’Briens Wines

Wild Boy Chardonnay – €30.99

From Santa Barbara, California. It’s “Instructions to winemaker” are: “Hey dude, make a wine on the Wild Side” and we’re loving it: creamy, full bodied and rich, with ripe citrus, peach, butter and a toasted almond note. Complex and in-your-face, one for lovers of bold new world Chardonnay.

Available at Baggot Street Wines

Domaine Vincent Girardin Meursault 2009 – €46.45

Biodynamic and made from old vines planted in this top quality Burgundian region, this creamy and voluptuous wine from Chardonnay shows a beautiful balance between nuts, butter, citrus fruit and mineral character. Complex and expressive, this will pour one truly indulgent glass.

Available at Le Caveau

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Bohoek Semillon 2015, Boekenhoutskloof Winery – €15

Up to 85 year old vines in the South African region of Frankschhoek make the fine base for a wonderful blend of mostly Semillon and a refreshing dash of Sauvignon Blanc. Reminiscent of a white Bordeaux, and with the toasted touch of a gentle seasoning in oak barrels.

Available at Marks & Spencer

SPARKLING WINES

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Canard Duchene Rose – €36.95 (on offer from €44.95)

A graceful rosé Champagne with a delicate ballerina-pink tone achieved by the addition of a small amount of Pinot Noir vinified as a red. Expect raspberries and strawberry shortcake on the palate.

Available at O’Briens Wines

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Bereche & Fils Brut Reserve NV – €49

A Classic, elegant Champagne, from a family-owned house with a history tracing back to 1847. Refined and with a refreshing crisp fruit element which is balanced by mineral and floral notes.

Available at Mitchell and Son

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Amaltea d Loxarel Brut Nature 2013 – €23.95

This organic winery has embraced the recently created PDO Classic Penedés after leaving the Cava appellation. Such is their passion about expressing the original terroir for the winning blend of the Xarel-lo, Macabeu and Parellada grapes. As sharp as they make them, this electrifying bubbly is packed with citrus fruit and white flowers.

Available at Quintessential Wines

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Fritz Muller Perlwein Trocken – €16.95

An eye-catching label introduces us to a refreshing, lively German sparkling with nectarine, green apple and pear on the tasting notes. Quite a different approach to local star grape Müller-Thurgau, it offers great taste and wonderful value.

Available at Donnybrook Fair

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Philippe Michel Crémant du Jura – €10.99

Fresh, friendly and fun! This Crémant offers a delicious and affordable alternative to more famous bubbles, with green apples and zesty lemon on both nose and palate.

Available at Aldi

SWEET AND FORTIFIED WINES

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Chateau Dereszla Tokaji 5 Puttonyos – €36.99

A rich, full-bodied, golden beauty full of honey and marmalade flavours with the contration that only noble rot can bring to a dessert wine.

Available at Baggot Street Wines

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Longview Epitome Late Harvest – €12.95 (on offer from €16,95)

Delicate from the label to the last drop, this moderately sweet Aussie Late Harvest offers ripe peaches and apricots, honeysuckle and candied lemon aromas.

Available at O’Briens Wines

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Lustau Pedro Ximénez San Emilio (half bottle) – €18.50

Syrupy and rich, generous in dried fruits and molasses. Apricots, dates and figs run through the palate of a classic Pedro Ximénez that will go well with both blue cheese of vanilla ice cream.

Available at Mitchell and Sons

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Taylors 10YO Tawny Port – €29.99 (on offer from €35.95)

A well balance sweetness and plenty of complexity in a sweet wine that just tastes like Christmas. Dried fruits, toasted nuts and a flavour as pleasant as it is long-lasting.

Available at O’Briens Wines

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d’Arenberg Nostalgia Rare – €24.95 (on offer from €31.95)

Medium sweetness and a wonderful combination of toasted nuts and candied orange blend on a wine that is named “rare” for all the best reasons.

Available at “Chester Champions” Off-Licences and O’Briens Wines

ARTICLE BY GABY GUEDEZ

Gaby ProfileGabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.

Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.

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