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Christmas in October - the award-winning wines you need to order now for Christmas

Christmas!?!? Yes that’s right, there’s no rest for the wicked when you’re a sommelier or wine buyer. The Christmas buying season is already upon us, with so many options to choose from, not only sparkling, white, orange, red or sweet, but northern or southern hemisphere to oak or stainless-steel aged. Well… we’ve done the of the hard work for you and curated the perfect Christmas wine list from our award-winning wines below, you’ll be sure to have very happy customers this Christmas.

For those hospitality venues offering a home delivery service, it would be a real festive treat for your consumers to be able to order one of these gold award-winning wines that they simply won’t be able to find in the high street shops!

Make sure you include the award medals logos on your menu to entice your customers to purchase. After all, customers are more likely to choose a wine if they can see it’s won an award, so download and make the most of our free logos.

 

Champagne:


Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, Brut 2008, Champagne, France (£107.80, Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark)

'A great vintage champagne with some elegant aromas of citrus and Danish pastry, and an elegant palate with a gentle structure.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'A crowd pleaser that's youthful, with white flowers, grapefruit, Bramley apples and aniseed. It's dry, elegant and focused, quite lean and delicate, with a creamy texture and a long finish.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader.

 

Fox & Fox, Mosaic Brut, Rosé 2015, East Sussex, England (£22.86, Amathus)

'This has a beautiful salmon-orange colour, and is pithy and citrus-driven, with potential to age well.' Harry Crowther, Grape Times UK. 'An elegant nose, with all of the flavours rolling out on the palate and a slightly oily texture that just lasts and lasts.' Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen. 'Something to have alongside a meal, with its vibrant acidity and richness on the finish.' Aurore Anguenot, Aviary.

 

Vaux, Rheingauer Réserve Riesling Sekt 2015, Rheingau, Germany (£21.70, Jascots Wine Merchants)

'A honeyed, rich nose that's buttery, with baked apple character too, leading to lots of concentration and acidity. Very refreshing - and moreish.' Jade Koch, team leader. 'Great intensity and poise, with a good backbone. This deserves some food.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'A very good expression of the grape, and an interesting wine to play with on a tasting menu.' Raphael Thierry, consultant.

 

White Wine:

 

Domaine Yves Cuilleron, Condrieu Les Chaillets, Vieilles Vignes 2018, Rhône, France (£53.23, Enotria&Coe)

'A really expressive, elegant style that's creamy and mineral, with citrus-driven aromatics and an abundance of spice with some garrigue. A lovely, rounded, well-balanced palate, with acidity providing just enough tension between flavours, body and texture.' Charlie Carter, L' Atelier Du Vin. 'Lush, rich mouth-filling fruits like apple and melon, with a distinctly honeyed waxy note.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London.

 

Jordan, Chardonnay 2017, Russian River Valley, California, USA (£32.00, House of Townend)

'This has it all - complexity and quality, with a lovely structure. Zingy, elegant and persistent.' Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche. 'Very intense, rich and savoury.' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'Opening with notes of butter, lime yoghurt, vanilla and guava on the nose, the palate is fresh and juicy, with a lingering nutty finish. Great with a bouillabaisse.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant.

 

Egon Müller, QBA Riesling 2018, Mosel, Germany (£31.98, Top Selection)

'Pretty fantastic, with lots going on. Notes of stone fruits and some tropical notes too, with minerality to balance and some good intensity.' Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting. 'Clean and tropical notes, as well as blossom, honeysuckle and elderflower, with a hint of development. These sit alongside light petrol hints and some grapey characters too, leading to a great, elegant finish.' Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome.

 

Orange wine:

 

Domaine de la Pinte, Sav'Or, Orange Wine 2017, Jura, France (£22.65, Bibendum)

'A refreshing, intense wine that's full of flavour, with ripe citrus fruit, clementines, blood orange, dried apricots and peaches.' Lucie Hammerschmiedova, Portland Restaurant. 'This is exuberant, with a savoury edge and some minerality, as well as pure floral aromas and a fine grippy texture.' Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone. 'Nicely funky - a proper grown-up wine.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House.

 

Luis Felipe Edwards, Macerao, Orange Moscatel 2019, Itata Valley, Chile (£7.38, Matthew Clark)

'Interstellar... this is fruity and vibrant, with some peach on the nose, and a lingering aftertaste.' Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier. 'This is big and fragrant, with bags of fruit and character, and just a subtle grip.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House. 'Rose petals and dragon fruit aromas with a touch of sweet spice, leading to a fresh and clean palate with plenty of acidity and texture.' Charlie Young, team leader.

 

 

Red wine:

 


Michele Chiarlo, Reyna, Barbaresco 2016, Piedmont, Italy (£28.48, Hallgarten & Novum Wines)

'A modern, dry and textural wine, with garrigue, black cherries and rosehips.' Claire Love, Loves Consultancy. 'A super-elegant nose and a very floral and delicate palate, with cherry compote and rosehip, silky tannins and good balance of acidity.' Mikolaj Harmider, Cava Spiliadis Collection and Simpsons Restaurant. 'A rich, spicy and evolved wine, with baked red plums and black cherries.' Vivienne Franks, Aspects of Wine.



Dandelion Vineyards, Lion's Roar of Barossa, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia (£54.70, Dandelion Vineyards)

'A real winner at this price, this has luscious, perfectly balanced, mouth-watering ripe fruit, and a ripe, mature palate.' Agostinho Leite, Bistrot Pierre at The Royal William Yard. 'Minty, with some luscious red fruits and some smoky, fine oak and well-integrated young tannins. This is drinking well now, but will improve immensely over the next five years too.' Martin Lam, team leader.

 

Bodegas Corral, Don Jacobo, Gran Reserva 2005, Rioja, Spain (£20.64, Matthew Clark)

'A very complete and complex wine that ticks all the boxes, and with a decent price tag for the category.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'Some really mature notes come through here, like forest floor and ceps, and some fynbos on the herbal nose.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa. 'A super bright wine with mocha and a hint of dark chocolate, with really lovely acidity.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club.

 

Sweet wine:


Kopke, Colheita White Port 2003, Douro, Portugal (£37.45, Size: 75cl, Hayward Bros)

'So good... This is soft and elegant, with nuts and crème brûlée, and an amazing finish that lasts minutes.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'I love the dried tropical fruits, with cardamom and white spices, leading to a generous palate. Great by the glass in a Michelin-starred restaurant.' Gaetano Giangaspero, C&C.'This is a very versatile style, with well-balanced sweetness.' Anja Breit, abWINEconsulting.



Peller, Riesling, Icewine 2017, Ontario, Canada (£35.08, Size: 37.5cl, Enotria&Coe)

'The complexity here is impressive, with serious decadence on the nose and palate, showing candied rose, pineapple, tarte tatin, honeyed apricot and candied orange peel.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards. 'Ripe, with honeyed peaches and apricots. This is luscious, rich and complex, not to mention intensely sweet.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader.


De Trafford, De Trafford Straw Wine 3V NV, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£26.53, Size: 37.5cl, Bibendum)

'Wow. Dried fruit, gingerbread spice and salted caramel.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader. 'Honeyed toffee apple, luscious raisins, and some floral notes of rose perfume too.' Tom Forrest, team leader. 'This has a big personality, with roasted fruit and toffee, as well as burnt caramel on the palate, with raisins and hay too. I love the texture and flavour. Beautiful.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.

 

Want to see a few more sweet or fortified wine options? Then take a look at our full list of 2020 award-winning wines…

 

Sweet Wines

Port

Sherry

Other Fortified