Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

RUMOUR Has It That Santa

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

RUMOUR Has It That Santa

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Byline: raise a glass with Jane Clare

RUMOUR has it that Santa loves a drop of red wine when he's finished the sleigh run. Rudolph has a sneaky taste too, which would explain his red nose.

Here's a selection of reds for your special Christmas times.

| Clos de los Siete 2012 (Sainsbury, PS12, down from PS15 until January 1st) The presents are all wrapped, the turkey is defrosting (a quick reminder for you folks) and it's time to unwind with a well-earned glass of red. This Argentinian beauty has more body than a roly poly Santa Claus. It's heady and warming with a silky after-taste that will leave you with a smile on your face.

| The Espartero Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 (ASDA, PS7 until January 21) A quick turnabout from me on a rioja choice, but I'm a girl. I can change my mind. I was going to suggest you buy Asda's delicious and gold-medal winning Extra Special El Meson Rioja Gran Reserva (PS9, until January 21) and I think you still should, as it's smokier than a punnet of black fruits next to a bonfire. But breaking news: the Espartero rioja has just been | The Rioja Reserva declared the best value rioja on the market by a group of wine experts from wotwine.com, who believe it is worth PS30, not PS7. If that doesn't make you want to smile as the tree twinkles, what will? | Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir (Majestic, PS19.99, Mix Six Price PS14.98) When you start your Christmas meal you don't want to kill off those tastebuds right away with rugged reds. This New Zealand pinot noir is a classic of its type and if you're beginning your meal with a gamey pate then it would be spot on. It has a gentle nose of cherries, violets and raspberries and is soft and elegant. Pinot noir is perfect for Christmas dinner.

| The Black Pig 'The Prize' Shiraz Clare Valley 2012 (Virgin Wines, PS19.99) - Smoother than Andy Williams singing carols, this Aussie shiraz is for those of you who want your reds BIG. …

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