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Grape Spy: Jean Smullen


Toro Albala Fino Electrico

Toro Albala Fino Electrico

Toro Albala Fino Electrico

Wine drinkers are breaking all the rules, these days in December we’re drinking Rosé AND Sherry in the run up to Christmas. Grape Spy has found two that are worth a try.

2020 Winemaster’s Lot Côtes De Provence Pierrefeu Rosé €11.99

Aldi have been putting lots of really good Rosé wines on their shelves this year. This one is a real star, I tasted it at their Christmas tasting and loved it. Produced by Chassaux et Fils, this dry style Rosé from Provence in the South of France, is becoming enormously popular with wine drinkers. A fraction of the price of the bigger Rosé brands, Aldi’s Winemaster’s Lot offers great value and should be on your Christmas party wine list. It has lots of strawberry fruit and a lovely fresh acidity. A perfect party wine, serve with savoury canapés.

Toro Albalá Fino Eléctrico (50 cl) €15.95

If you like Fino Sherry you will LOVE this. It is on offer in O’Briens at €11.95 until January 3rd. Montilla-Moriles a region in Andalucía makes wines from the Pedro Ximinez grape that are similar in style to Sherry. The wines are unfortified and have an ABV of 15%. This has nutty complex aromas and a beautiful fresh salty taste. Make your gourmet Christmas party uber cool by serving this as an Apéritif with your own home made sushi.

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