Here at Enotria&Coe we live and breathe wine. So who better to ask for Christmas drinks recommendations than us? We put it to the people and have gathered a pretty enviable line-up of wines our team will be enjoying over the festive period. Cin Cin!
Sergio De Luca, Director of Buying, Italy // Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Valpantena DOCG
Christmas lunch gives me the chance to enjoy a few large glasses of wines. I like the opulent, raisiny approach of this stunning wine from Bertani. It is quite different from their very traditional and somewhat austere Classico, a bit more modern and quite easy to drink. It goes extremely well with turkey, but seeing as it's Christmas I'm very happy to drink it on its own while watching/sleeping/snoring in front of the television.
Harriet Kininmonth, Head of Buying // Chivite Colección 125 Chardonnay
Christmas is a time for treats and, being the hispanophile that I am, I cannot think of anything I’d rather impress my family with more than Spain’s number one premium white. Elegant and leesy like a top Beaune Chardonnay but with a dense, nutty, tropical edge that might place it somewhere further afield. See if your Dad can guess where it’s from!
Dave Allen, Area Manager // Sierra Cantabria Coleccion Privada
Christmas is a time for coming together as a family, spending time with each other and being grateful for those around you. The Eguren family have considered themselves grape growers above all else for five generations. Coleccion Privada was created using a deep understanding of the land that only 150 years of family ownership can bring. It is an example of the best that Rioja can produce, from a family that quietly re-invests all their time, energy and profits back into their estate and produce. As a parent, I want no more than to give my children better than I myself had; the Egurens clearly also ascribe to this notion. Christmas is the perfect time and this the perfect wine to stop, reflect on the year passed, and re-double my efforts to provide that better future.
Kathrine Larsen, Channel Expert // Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile
I am looking forward to drinking one of my all-time favourites for Christmas – Trimbach's Cuvée Frédéric Emile Riesling – especially in the beautifully precise and energetic 2008 vintage. I think we will drink it with a range of starters – think oysters, smoked salmon and foie gras. The wine’s zesty and mineral side will complement the oysters and salmon, while it’s more generous nuances will go very well with the foie gras.
Chris Quin, Director of Sales, Off Trade // Kooyong Haven Pinot Noir
I’ve always been a huge fan of Kooyong’s riper yet supremely elegant and balanced styles of Pinot Noir and this release must rank as one of the best in recent memory. With single-vineyard Domaine-level Burgundies reaching stratospheric prices over the last few years, we’re increasingly having to turn to buzzy, up-and-coming New World areas like Mornington Peninsula for top-notch examples without the £xxx price tag. This wine displays an abundance of purple fruits, classic spice and forest floor notes, silky tannins and great depth and structure from 14 months in 25% new French oak. Aussie critics are giving this wine scores in the 95+ bracket and it is easy to see why. A treat for sure, but hey it’s Xmas, so treat yourself and see your turkey lunch transformed into something ethereal.