Thanks to the Fresh Choice Nelson wine expert, Neil Hodgson for this week’s blog. With Christmas just a few short weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about your festive wines… Take it away Neil.
The Grocer at Fresh Choice Nelson knows that Christmas and New Year celebrations can put a dent in your wallet, so he does his very best to make sure he has wines on the shelf in a price range to suit every budget. He also gets his suppliers lined up early so you can spread the financial pain rather than having huge bills the week before Christmas.
His many suppliers have come to the party early this year, and he already has some outstanding value for money wines for you to buy now and tuck away for six weeks. Yes, whether we are ready for it or not, Christmas is only six weeks away, and I can guarantee it will arrive!
If you are looking for wines to enjoy in the afternoon summer sun or over lunch, then I think you should choose a fruity and delicious rosé or a nice refreshing sauvignon blanc bursting with bright summer flavours.
Pinot Noir rosé can offer lovely strawberry and cream flavours while Sauvignon Blanc can be bursting with tropical fruit characters. For something in the fruity, slightly sweeter flavour range pop a bottle or two of the cult favourite Stolen Kiss from Central Otago ($28) in your shopping trolley. Or if you prefer something with a nice dry, crisp finish, then the Blackenbrook Pinot Noir Rosé ($19.99 a saving of $5) will do the trick.
Of course, you will need to have something to go with your Christmas ham and turkey. I suggest pairing them with Chardonnay. Most Nelson chardonnays across all price points deliver excellent value for money; the organic Greenhough Chardonnay 2016 is wonderful buying at $22.99, the Brightwater Chardonnay 2016 ($21.99 saving $4) and the vegan-friendly Te Mania Chardonnay for $19.99 are just some of the outstanding wines to choose from.
If you would like some guidance just talk to the friendly wine folk at Fresh Choice Nelson City and keep an eye out for more deals still to come.