The guys over at Roberson wine would like to share some of their celebratory drinks advice with you. As a party goer and giver myself I am always looking for new wines to try out . So here are a few snippets from the experts:
We shouldn’t need an excuse to drink good wine but it certainly helps, and with great celebrations comes great vinous treats. You may think the suggestion that you forgo Champagne or premier cru wines on such occasions is a strange one, but the wine world is diverse and brimming with undiscovered gems. It’s time to treat your guests to something equally fantastic yet – dare we say it – slightly more interesting, so we’ve put together a handful of special occasions complete with their own unique wine matches to help you make them even more memorable…
Perhaps traditional Champagne territory, but why not save the expensive bubbles for the big day itself and go with something a bit more leftfield. It’s no secret that French winemakers are a dab hand at producing world-class sparkling wines, yet Champagne tends to steal the limelight from some lesser-known offerings.
Crémant de Limoux – This region is famous for its Chardonnay production, so it’s not that surprising that they make rather good sparkling wine from it too. Crémant de Limoux AOC typically contains Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, with Mauzac and Pinot Noir also permitted.
Crémant du Jura – Like Crémant de Limoux, this is made with the traditional method and with mostly Chardonnay grapes (along with some Savignin), giving the wine the requisite acidity. Bearing in mind their superior production methods and grape quality, both these sparkling wines represent excellent value.
The special occasion reserved for only very special close friends and family requires some very special wine indeed. In the absence of anything suitable in your cellar, hunt down something with a bit of bottle age that such a dinner deserves.
How about an 18 year old Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru? Or an aged Riesling Spätlese to accompany the latter courses? These are the sorts of wines you don’t share with just anybody.
Ah, now we get to the big guns. And by that we mean Champagne. But the christening of a new abode deserves more than a standard non-vintage don’t you think? This doesn’t have to mean a vintage Cuvée Cristal (although if someone else is generous enough to gift you a bottle then we imagine they’d be more than welcome), but more Champagne ‘with a twist’.
Blanc de Blancs – These 100% Chardonnay Champagnes produce something with even more refinement and elegance, just the characteristics you’d want to pass on to your new home.
Rose – Not exactly unusual in itself, but think about opening a bottle from a smaller Champagne house – no less impressive than well-known brands and sometimes an even more rewarding flavour experience.
Christmas Party/Garden Party
Ok, just parties in general. They all require refreshment and even if you’re the most generous host in the world, we don’t think this is really the place to crack open that case of Nuits-St-George. This calls for a great value red and white for under £10 a bottle, or a crowd-pleasing sparkling wine if you prefer.
The Romain Duverney Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc is one such refreshing wine, a classic Rhône blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Rousanne. Try the Gran Cerdo by Gonazalo Gonzalo as an accompanying red – unlike more famous wines from Rioja, this is not aged in oak, leaving you with only pure, unadulterated red berry fruit flavours. A crowd pleaser if ever there was one.
But if you think every party needs a sparkler, although not necessarily one that has to break the bank, there’s nothing wrong with falling back on that old faithful, Prosecco. A Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore is a cut above most and those classic floral, apple and stone fruit flavours with ensure your shindig goes down a storm.
*Collaborative post in association with Roberson wine*
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