The wonderful wine and food we enjoy in this country is a reflection of our multicultural tastes and love of variety. Tesco finest* wines celebrate this diversity with top-quality Christmas offerings from the world’s best vineyard regions including, of course, the UK’s - read on for an edit of the company’s global best...
Best of British
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a glass or two of fine sparkling wine and England’s is second to none. Tesco finest* English Sparkling Brut, £17.50, is crafted from the three famous champagne grapes (chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier), and delivers a thrilling array of lemon, apple and fresh-baked-bread complexity. It is extraordinary quality with an added bonus – it is very competitively priced. Don’t miss it.
We all love a good pinot grigio, but it’s the Italian whites made from ancient grape varieties that are the real taste revelation. Greco, for example, has been cultivated in the countryside around Naples for 2,500 years. Tesco finest* Greco, £9, comes from the region’s leading winery, Feudi, and star winemaker Pierpaolo Sirch. This Christmas, channel a little Italian hospitality and exuberance with this peachy, lemony, utterly embraceable modern classic. It goes beautifully with Tesco finest* Christmas Festive Fruit & Nut Selection or a truffle-y risotto on Boxing Day.
If you long for a dose of Australian sunshine in this chilly British winter, you will detect more than few rays in every bottle of Tesco finest* Tingleup Riesling, £8.50. Ripened to perfection in southern Western Australia, it’s made by leading winery Howard Park, and is full of tongue-caressing lemon, lime and grapefruit flavours. Treat family and friends to a glass with a starter of Tesco finest* Jumbo Cooked and Peeled King Prawns, £3.75.
Next-level New Zealanders
Sauvignon is such a success story in New Zealand that we have become almost oblivious to all the other vinous treasures on offer there. Syrah is one such mouth-watering delight, especially if from Hawke’s Bay, one of the country’s oldest wine regions. Tesco finest* Hawke’s Bay Syrah, £10, oozes elegance and style, with beautifully balanced, ripe red plum, blackberry and white pepper notes. It’s an ideal choice for light game dishes and will turn sandwiches made with Tesco finest* British Free Range Large Bronze Whole Turkey, £7 per kilo, and cranberry sauce into a chic supper when you fancy a holiday from the oven.
Christmas in Buenos Aires invariably features malbec, Argentina’s greatest wine gift to the world. Tesco finest* The Trilogy Malbec, £12, comprises grapes from three high-altitude vineyards in the foothills of the Andes, where cool nights help accentuate the fruit flavours of the grapes. This wine is beautifully crafted and exceptionally smooth, thanks to the expertise of the multi-award-winning Catena family. It’s hard to imagine a better choice to go with Tesco finest* Ranch Steaks with Garlic and Herb Butter, £6.
It’s fitting that this tour of festive favourites from around the world should end in France. It is arguably the greatest wine nation on Earth,after all. But rather than home in on Bordeaux or Burgundy, let’s raise a glass to France’s third great red wine region, the Rhône. Tesco finest* Gigondas, £14, exudes the heady flavours of the south – juicy black fruits, fragrant wild herbs and spices. This is just the sort of mouth-filling red you need for a plate piled high with festive fair. And in the aftermath of Christmas, it’s bliss with slow-cooked hotpot featuring Tesco finest* British Beef Casserole Steak, £4.
With a line-up like this, it looks like this could be your finest Christmas yet.
Enjoy the finest Christmas
The Tesco finest* wine and food range is in selected stores now UK-wide.
For more Christmas wine and food inspiration and information, or to order from the Tesco finest * range online, visit tesco.com