It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…
Sure, it’s 3 weeks away, but this year’s junk delivery windows means it’s time to work out what you’re going to drink for Christmas/New Year right now.
Or is it just me who starts planning this far out?
There’s a dark spot on my Christmas drinks planning this year because I can’t get any 2021 disgorged Primo Joseph Sparkling Red. None. Zero. I’ve hassled the distributor and hunted at retail but it’s sold out from the cellar door out. As you can read here and here it’s one of my Christmas traditions and will feel like a miss.
Beyond that, it’s a smorgasbord of Things That I Need To Open from the cellar, coupled with Things I Bought This Year…
In the previous camp, I need to check on my Raymond Lafon Sauternes 2009 (still plenty in the cellar and it looked a bit chubby and simple last year), my annual bottle of Vietti Barolo 2010 (still achingly youthful in 2020), crack an unopened box of Woodlands Colin Cabernet 2005.
There is an array of bubbles too, including a magnum of Bollinger that came with a thank you note for judging the Wine List of The Year awards last year (this year’s bottle turned up last week too. I need more parties to go to, clearly). Also, there is some Roger Coulon 2012 and a bottle of Krug that always winks at me from the wine fridge.
Among the recently bought goodies there is some Domaine Collier Blanc 2017, Weinbach 2019s and Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2017 for a start, plus I’ve just picked up some 2015 Rieussec and some more Morris Old Premium Muscat.
As for beer, it will likely be some Mountain Culture specials, probably a case of BentSpoke Sprocket. I’ve just bought another lot of Bracket Brewing WCIPA too after I liked an earlier release so much a few months back.
So what about you? Have you worked out what you’re going to drink this Christmas? Or am I just jumping the gun and getting too excited?
(oh and the featured image? I will have a mince pie this year, just for old time sake).
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So if the Primo is out of reach do you have a second tier sparkling red that may interest you?
Have you ever tried the Ashton Hills sparkling Shiraz?