Christmas is a time of joy and cheer. A time for gatherings with family and friends, opening presents, eating festive foods and so on. That same joy and cheer should apply to the wines you open and consume over the Festive season. In my opinion, the same love and passion should go into the wines you buy for Christmas as it does for your loved ones gifts.

We all have a favourite wine - New Zealand Sauvignon, Sancerre, Champagne, Bordeaux, Argentinian Malbec, Rioja, Tempranillo and so on. All of our favourites are experiencing significant price increases and supply issues due to both demand, inflation and climate change. But don’t fret, alternatives are always available.

When the mad rush of Christmas buying happens and there’s a dash for that special gift, wine can fall down the list of priorities and through no fault of our own ends up being carted into the trolley during that big Christmas Shop at your local supermarket.

So this Christmas, let’s not get stuck in a rut, let’s explore and ask for help. Look for the alternatives to the Classics and experience value, more flavour and quality for your money instead.

If you buy your wines with this in mind (and with Cavavin of course!) you’re guaranteed quality, flavour, and more interesting wines this Christmas.

If you like New Zealand Sauvignon, why not try one of these instead?

If you like Pinot Grigio, we suggest you try one of these instead:

If all you’ve heard about is Sancerre or Chablis but are aghast at their price tag, these equivalent beauties will save you a euro or two

If you love Champagne, but your bank account can’t afford to drink it every day of the week. Then these suggestions are non-negotiable:

If all you want this Christmas is Chateauneuf-du-Pape, I urge you to add these to your Christmas list instead:

If you’re like me, and you love Pinot Noir, but not the price tag, then these options won’t break the bank:

If you love Rioja, but are willing to share your love for it with another, then you have to try any or all of the following:

If that smooth rich Malbec is all you can think about, soon one of these will become your new obsession:

November 23, 2023 — Louise O'Brien