Wednesday 4 December 2013


The Co-operative Food has become the first major retailer to list the stunning Clos Floridene 2012, topping off its spectacular Christmas wine offering at the great-value price of £16.99. Fresh and delicious with gentle lime citrus, grapefruit peel, and a hint of gooseberry, it's the perfect accompaniment to all things festive.

Produced by renowned Bordeaux winemaker and scientist, Denis Dubourdieu, this is a dry blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 47% Semillon and 3% Muscadelle, with intense fruity aromas of white peach, lemon and grapefruit. I love it and can't stop recommending it. I am not and probably never will be a great white wine drinker, always preferring red but this has got to be a great reason for considering conversion. While we're talking about best recommendations for the festivities ahead, why not reach for a bottle (or two) of Calvet Cahors Malbec - from Tesco - an excellent choice for turning up for dinner at friends, will go down well I promise. Also from Tesco - Cono Sur Bicileta Pinot Noir, a Chilean light fruitiness, just right for the party season.

Lastly but not leastly - another Cooperative offering - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, from their Truly Irresistible range -  a wonderful well rounded, plummy Italian red. Enjoy. And think about getting those decorations down from the attic. . . .

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