Tesco Christmas wines - in July
Sometimes the snow comes down in June
- Save The Best For Last, Vanessa Williams
What could be more Christmassy than a steaming hot day in July?
Fortunately, to set the Christmas scene, Tesco had arranged a walk through a (slightly disorientating) magical winterland.
The general impression of most of these wines was pleasant enough, perhaps a little underwhelming - which is no mean feat for a large supermarket at this price range.
However, a range of under-the-table Italians plus a couple of dessert wines at the end proved worthy of searching out.
A Blanquette de Limoux and, new to me, a Pignoletto; both fresh, elegant and pleasant.
With a Maconnais Burgundy, an Aussie chardie from Yarra and a d'Arenberg white blend (zippy Sauvignon and Riesling with waxy Marsanne and Rousanne), these were again all pleasant, with the New World wines being perhaps the more accomplished.
Again, a broad range of styles from a light, cherryish Burgundy from Mercurey, an harmonious cherry-and-spice Aussie Pinot from Yarra, a fuller Ripasso, a more-summery bbq d'Arenberg GSM blend.
Of more interest was a trio of Italian wines, all at £9 before seasonal offers, that held together more convincingly:
Tesco Finest Greco Beneventano ripe orchard and melon fruit; fresh with some richness and length.
Tesco Finest Falanghina fresh and citrussy with orchard fruit and good length
Tesco Finest Aglianico smokey prunes, some gaminess, dark chocolate and mocha, spice; harmonious and balanced with some firmness
However, the cherry on top was two ridiculously good value dessert wines that should not be saved for Christmas.
Match with treacle tart, mince pies and blue cheese.
Tesco finest* 10 Year Old Tawny Port 75cl (£12) from the excellent Symington family, this has everything a tawny should; cherries, eucalyptus and freshness. Complex and substantial.
Christmas pudding in a glass, match with mince pies, Christmas pudding or hard yellow cheese.