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Christmas Day

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Christmas Day was the first real day to relax and unwind after the rigours of the Christmas wine trade. Christmas dinner was an excellent spread in the traditional style – Turkey, ham, roast potatoes, a very worthy stuffing (from Marks & Spencer) and the usual vegetable suspects! An Aldi Christmas Pudding was the highlight – stunning.

With a wide range of ages attending the table I went with a Californian Sauvignon Blanc and La Conda Merlot from Chile. Both were very well liked by all round the table. The Sauvignon took to the rich gravy and meats with real vigour but with enough fruit to balance out the natural acidity. The Merlot had enough fruits to sit with the cranberry sauce and Turkey. A glass of Champagne (cannot recall the name) afterwards served in antique Champagne saucers was very mellow and melted from the palate. A great finish to the meal.

The evening was spent consuming the obligatory cans of Carling Black Label (the stash of “real beers” well and truly hidden) and helping young David out with his assortment of selection boxes.

A great day with just enough drink to be in the festive mood (the cracker jokes were getting hilarious) but too much to ensure a 15 minute walk home.

John Higgins

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