Christmas Drinks | Discover the best of California this Christmas – Are you looking for wine inspiration this Christmas? These three crowd-pleasers from some of California’s finest estates might just be the answer. There’s something to impress even the most discerning of guests, as well as gift inspiration for wine connoisseurs or for those who are tricky to buy for.
Don’t forget to read our Christmas gift guide column for lots more inspiration…
SPOT-ON FOR EVERYONE Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2015, Central Coast
It’s difficult to please everyone at Christmas but this wine might just be the answer. With aromas of rose petal and cherries and earthiness, this elegant wine offers a beautifully long finish. It will be enough to satisfy guests with more refined tastes, without overpowering those who prefer something lighter. Goose or turkey, it’s the perfect complement to your Christmas centre-piece. Situated just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, the grapes of Edna Valley are afforded rich soils, gentle sunshine and cool ocean fog throughout the long growing season; these elements combine to coax the best possible flavour and creating a longer ripening season, perfect for Pinot Noir.
PERFECT WITH CHRISTMAS ROASTS Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Alexander Valley
With flavours of ripe plum, hints of tea leaf and toasted oak, with earthy and cigar box notes, combined with a freshness and velvety mouth-feel, not only is this wine ideal with rich meat dishes, it is also easy to drink, making it the perfect accompaniment to your Boxing Day casseroles. From the coveted hillside vineyards of the Alexander Valley, Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon develops its rich complexity and flavour from the unique combination of soil and climate and classic warm days and cool nights.
GREAT FOR GIFTING MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015 Russian River Valley
(Great Western Wine, £27.50)
With aromas of lavender and boysenberry, giving way to dark cherry and pomegranate flavours, this luscious wine has a silky mouthfeel, with subtle hints of oak from barrelageing. Situated in some of the world’s most sought-after Pinot Noir regions, MacMurray Ranch, was once owned by actor Fred MacMurray, who purchased the land in 1941. This is a wine with star-quality – a great gift for anyone who enjoys fine wine but particularly those who love it!
What Christmas drinks will you be enjoying around the table this festive season? Hopefully some of these have given you some inspiration!