15 of the best wines to drink with Christmas dinner

Conde de los Andes Rioja

There will also likely be die-hard Rioja fans and, frankly, we don’t blame them.

The Murúa family announced its purchase of Bodegas Ollauri, together with the building’s stocks and flagship Conde de los Andes brand, in 2014. Wine was first made on the site of the Conde de los Andes winery in the 1890s, but the brand itself was established about 70 years later, and has held a strong reputation for some years.

Riojas often develop with age, but our judges were already impressed with this expression’s “powerful” red and black fruits on the nose, which carried through to the palate with well-integrated flavours and a sound structure. One judge considered the Conde de los Andes a “modern” approach to Rioja, with a silky texture and powerful, juicy flavours “overlaid with spicy oak and a peppery finish.”

It’s a serious wine, no doubt, but it’s also very drinkable and, with a reasonable price tag, we think this is a perfect go-to red for the long nights ahead. Serve this with seasonal pies throughout the interim between Christmas and New Year, a show-stopping beef wellington on New Year’s Eve, or just with after dinner conversations by the fire.

Medal: Gold – The Rioja Masters, 2016

Price: £20-30

Find it: vinissimus.co.uk

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