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on the grapevine; sam wylie-harris ON... WONDERFUL WINES FOR CHRISTMAS DAY.

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WANT the sound of corks popping to rouse your nearest and dearest this Christmas? Here are some top buys to inspire you...

Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV, France (PS33, Tesco) Offering superb value for such brilliant bubbles, this is the fruity, fresh style of Champers you want to be drinking on Christmas morning when you're unwrapping pressies.

The festive red collar and band not only looks the part when topping up and clinking glasses, but its fruit forward, citrusy character and exuberant Co-op Irresistible Gavi Broglia 2017, Italy (PS8.50, Co-op stores) You're going to need a good festive all-rounder to complement a table dressed with tasty appetisers, and Piedmont is a go-to source for delicious, food-friendly wines.

Made from the local cortese grape, Gavi displays fresh yet rich citrus flavours gilded with white peach and a creamy, finish - and you can't go with this IWC (International Challenge) Great Value Trophy Spar Languedoc Red 2017, France (PS7, Spar stores) One of the most familiar names in the Languedoc, Domaines Paul Mas has crafted this rock-solid red which recently romped home with a Which? Best Buy award.

If ever there was a trusty serve in this price range, with enough body and grip to cope with a plate piled high with pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and sweet and sharp sauces, this smooth parcel of hedgerow fruits, flashes of peppery spice, herbs vanilla oak, fits the bill.

Rioja 2011, Spain (PS22.99, Waitrose) A wine to swoon over, if you adore the rich, velvety flavours of a mature, oak-aged Rioja with vivid aromas of cherry, savoury mulberry fruit, sweet spice, liquorice, herbs toasty oak, this is a glorious glass to herald in the most important meal of the year.

The Tanners Six Christmas Gift (PS49, Can't up your mind? Not to worry, awardwinning wine merchants Tanners has a set of their bestselling own labels.

Their half-dozen collection includes two new wines - Tanners Spanish Reserva and Australian Shiraz, alongside bestsellers such as Tanners Claret.

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Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2018
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