‘Tis the season to untangle the fairy lights, put the Christmas playlist on repeat and stock up the wine rack, of course! Here is Knackered Mothers Wine Club, Helen McGinn’s top picks of the bunch, guaranteed to kick off the festivities the right way!
Vecchia Modena Pignoletto – Waitrose £9.99
As much as I love a glass of Prosecco, sometimes I want something a little drier. Step forward Pignoletto, made in a neighbouring region in northern Italy. It has that same fabulous froth as Prosecco along with gorgeous apple fruit flavours. A real crowd pleaser.
Specially Selected French Roussanne 2020 – £6.99, Aldi
Add a dash of sunshine to proceedings with this ripe, round Roussanne from the Languedoc. There’s a dash of Viognier in there too and the result is fantastic, all fresh stone fruit flavours.
Leyda Reserva Pinot Noir 2020 – £12, Tesco
With so many flavours on the plate – turkey, pigs in blankets, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, cranberry sauce to name a few – we need a wine that can take all these in their stride and Pinot Noir with a bit of oomph is perfect. This one’s from a cool spot in Chile, fresh and concentrated with an earthy cherry pop to it.
Domaine de Lasserre Jurancon 37.5cl – £7, Co-op
If ever you’re going to invest in a bottle of sweet wine, now’s the time to do it. Not that you need to spend a fortune to get a good one, in fact far from it. This sweetie from Jurancon is a dream with blue cheese and will happily take a mince pie in its stride too.