Sunday, December 7, 2008

CHRISTMAS? BAH HUMBUG!


A lot of wine is drunk during the Christmas period as is a lot of other forms of alcohol. Pre-Christmas parties wouldn't be what they are without the accounts women drinking too much sparkling wine and the music teachers too much Chardonnay. The problem is though, that in New Zealand when the weather gets warmer (indeed hot as it has been on the last two weekends), wine is not really the best drink of choice.
Who wants to drink a lovely big Chardonnay, rich Viognier, any form of red etc. when most of the parties are out of doors afternoon or early evening scenarios. Best choice is very chilled sparkling wine or lower alcohol Rieslings. Even current vintage Roses are getting a bit tired 9 months after vintage. There will be plenty of Christmas (before and after) wine sales though so I recommend taking advantage of these, buying in quantity the best keeping wines at best deals and storing them away for the following year.

4 comments:

THE WINE GUY said...

I just bought a case of Lanson Champagne from Woolworths at $39.99 a bottle.
I don't believe it has ever been this low before. This is a bloody good Champagne, far too good to be at this price. If Fosters don't lose the agency after this they damn well should do so.

Richard Prowse said...

I had a hangover on Sunday morning. I hated wine for a day.

Anonymous said...

I'm savouring the less delicate subtleties of a bottle of "Kraemer" I got for about six bucks. It says "blanc de blanc then Brut" I assume this means the best of blancs but dry!
We do instinctively lean to sparkling in the warmer days of late spring which infuse into the bloodstream readier than the stiller varieties.
The integrety is not compromised to me by it being equal to the ambient temperature.
But I surely wish it was a Lanson non the less.
Cheers.

THE WINE GUY said...

"We do instinctively lean to sparkling in the warmer days of late spring which infuse into the bloodstream readier than the stiller varieties."

How far do you lean - too far an you will fall over. Which reminds me of the Ivor Cutler ditty - "If you have large breasts you will fall over - unless you wear a rucksack".