Christmas 2015 – the wines

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Firstly, relax – at this time of year, if you can’t find the following wines at your local wine shops, most Spanish wineries are geared up to dispatching orders to arrive within a couple of days. Christmas 2015 is saved!
Like the Top Ten wines of the year (article soon), it’s been very difficult to decide upon the wines I’d like to recommend for your Christmas dinner this year. Indeed, for each of the following wines there are two or three that could easily have taken their place.
As the aperitif, amuse bouche wine, I’ve chosen a sparkler. If we can’t have a celebratory drink at Christmas, then when can we?
It’s been a while since I wrote about the sparkling wines coming from Bodegas Raventós i Blanc. In fact the present incumbent, Pepe Raventós, is a direct descendant of the man who started the Brut ball rolling, the founder of the sparkling wine multi-million-euro industry in Spain (later to be officially called ‘Cava’.
Raventos i Blanc’s wax-sealed, paper bag-enclosed ‘De La Finca’ Spanish sparkling wine is excellent! It is not intending to be compared to a fine Champagne, but one cannot help the comparison. Nor does it want to compete with France’s illustrious sparkler, but nevertheless the taster will automatically consider which he/she thinks the better. It’s that good!

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