If you're anything like me, certain things (well, quite a lot of things, actually) get left to the last minute as far as Christmas is concerned. This year in my house, it's wine! Luckily, I've tasted far and wide this year so the choices were easy. Here are my last minute picks for festive and fabulous wines that everyone will love.
And now for something completely different? Here's a rich red wine that comes from the former Yugolsavian state's best vineyard area, Tikves. It's made from the indigenous Vranec grape, and the nose has lovely lift and elegance even, with Morello cherry red fruit, a touch of spice and a little chocolatey smoothness and polish.
Sourced from Casa Silva's vineyards in the Colchagua Valley, this wine was made with input from M&S's in-house winemakers. Around 60% of the blend spent six months in French oak barrels. The truth is that for all the romance of the story, some Carmeneres can have a stalky, green, herbaceous character that, if overdone, is not my favourite thing in a red wine.