Ahh Christmas! It seems to roll around faster each year and along with the obvious sense of dread at having to race around like a blue-arsed fly in the lead up weeks is the counterbalancing feeling of relief, knowing that another year has been navigated to its end and you have the chance to relax, read a book or sit on a beach and maybe catch up with some family.
The other great Christmas tradition and sense of relief is the fact that your friends - AKA Prince Wine Store - have you covered in the wine department. So, when the accolades come for your inspired wine choices, you can sit back, inhale the sweet air of success and realise that Christmas really aint so bad after all.
So in the year of our Lord, 2019 we have prepared another banger Christmas season dozen. Let's get started with the brilliant Bellenda San Fermo Prosecco DOCG. There's a lake of Prosecco out there but not so much of it is good! The three brothers behind Bellenda make some of the best there is. In white wine, the weather and the seasonal cuisine calls for aromatic whites - not too serious - but able to deliver a little intellectual nourishment if there's a moment for contemplation.
Let's start with the world's best but least well-known oyster wine, Picpoul de Pinet from Clomarin. It's been around since Roman times and the mineral laden, saline crisp dryness marries perfectly with the venerated bivalve. Next up is Hesketh Watervale Riesling. Epitomising Aussie summer drinking with a racy, lime infused version from our Riesling heartland in the Clare Valley. Still on the aromatic varietals and back to the spiritual heartland in Alsace we've got the brilliant Pinot Gris from arguably the world's greatest producer in Domaine Zind Humbrecht. There's Chardonnay from the Margaret River and perennial value-for-money champions in Flametree and a ripping French Sauvignon Blanc before we move to Rose from Provencal favourite, Domaine Triennes. Oh yeah, there's a magnum of that one making these dozen 13 bottles!
Reds are an eclectic bunch which try and pair up to key social touchpoints throughout the season - BBQs and parties through to lunch on the big day. This means wines of different weights and levels of seriousness. Lighter styles include our number one value pinot noir this year in DCB from the Yarra Valley alongside mid-weight blends like Sentio Rouge, Bellenos Rouge (Gamay, Pinot Noir from Burgundy), a food friendly Tuscan Sangiovese from Pandolfo - think cherry and spice and perfect BBQ fodder - and a richer Tempranillo from Spain's Ribero del Duero region. The wine is called Avaniel and is made by one of the region's superstars and always over-delivers. Also a perfect foil for Christmas day Turkey.
That's about it except to say, Merry Christmas and thank you for you support of our little store over 2019.
The Team at PWS