10 best red wines for winter - go on, it's Christmas (nearly)
With the weather turning brisk, keep warm by curling up indoors with a glass of ones of these wines in hand
Thursday 21 November 2013
1. Berry's Extra Ordinary Claret
This classic claret comes from a wonderful vineyard in the Graves region of Bordeaux. With notes of briary fruit, spicy oak and a touch of leather and smoke, it is ideal for a winter dinner party.
2. Sainsbury's Taste the Difference, Douro, Quinta do Crasto, Portugal, 2007
Crafted in the Douro Valley, this bold red stands up well to the rich flavours of a traditional British roast. It's dark, rich and spicy with notes of violet, blackberry, prune and liquorice.
3. Toro Loco Tempranillo, 2012
This own-brand Spanish wine from Aldi excelled in blind taste tests at the International Wine & Spirit Competition last year alongside reds costing nearly 10 times as much.
4. Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2010, Penfolds, South Australia
Bin 28 is a ripe, robust and generously flavoured shiraz. On the nose, there are notes of coffee, mocha, spice, chocolate and liquorish, whilst on the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and densely textured.
5. Château Pey la Tour Réserve 2009, Bordeaux Supérieur
This is a ripe and full-flavoured red is the perfect match for a Sunday roast-beef lunch. Blackcurrant and red fruit dominate the palate with a nice refreshing acidity and a long-lingering finish. And the texture is like velvet.
6. Beronia Rioja Reserva 2008
This powerful and balanced wine that should be a strong contender for this year's Christmas dinner. Cherry red in colour, you get aromas of black fruit and liquorice with clove over a mineral base, whilst on the palate there are notes of liquorice, chocolate and sweet spices.
7. Tikves Vranec 2012
Vranec is a black-skinned grape variety native to the mountainous Montenegro, which produces dense, deeply coloured red wines that are rich and flavourful. This particular wine also has a dash of velvety Merlot and the result is a wine bursting with flavour.
£8.99, marksandspencer.com (not sold on website)
8. Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Cullen
If you can afford to splash out on one bottle this season, make it this wine, which has been matured for six months in French oak barrels, then bottled exclusively for Fortnum's
9. Asda Extra Special New Zealand Pinot Noir
This award-winner from the favoured microclimate of Marlborough is excellent value and fantastic with duck and other rich meats. It has buckets of juicy raspberry fruit and a spicy, savoury finish.
10. Hacienda Del Plata Arriero Blend Reserve 2009
This deep purple wine, which has been aged in oak for six months before being blended and bottled for five months, has oodles of rich black and red fruit flavours.
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 5 Snoop Dogg on why he doesn't regret displaying misogyny towards women