But, with the wine training I have undertaken over the last two years, family expectations are high (and getting higher each year). Nothing short of expert selections will do. No pressure then!
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What have I picked? and why?
Our Boxing day eat-all-the-leftovers party will involve drinking whatever is left of the Zinfandel and Amarone.
This is high risk as I haven’t even tasted this wine.
But I am banking on having a “story” to get me out of any trouble.
My story? We visited the winery ourselves to select the wine etc etc.
Bold and sassy is what you need from whites if they are to hold their own with Christmas meals.
White Burgundy and White Rioja are my choices.
The white Burgundy is from the Montagny area, but I am tempted to get a bottle of the bigger and bolder flavoured Mâcon Village or even a Pouilly-Fuissé if I can find a good deal somewhere.
I haven’t bought the White Rioja yet, better get my skates on!
This is when the fun really starts. For aperitifs you can’t beat a bit of fizz. It is also my “when things get too much” tipple of choice.
Our sparkles won’t be coming from Champagne this year, instead Crémant and Prosecco will be making us fizz.
Being half Scottish I have that quintessential Scottish trait, a sweet tooth.
Not a thing I indulge in the rest of the year but at Christmas the meal has to be rounded off by a deliciously sweet wine.
My last wine exam included blind tasting two wines. I was so nervous about it as I had failed the mock exam (badly). But the white wine in the test was a sweet one. I relaxed immediately, had fun assessing it and I passed. Wine should be fun.
I’ll let you know!