Far be it for me to tread on Dominic Regan’s toes when it comes to wine recommendations, but with the approach of Christmas I thought I would make a few drink suggestions for the festive season.
My first is Baron De Ley Reserva Rioja.
This normally retails at £12.49 a bottle from Waitrose/Ocado. However, Costco, of all places, sells this at £57.74 for 6 bottles including delivery (working out at just £9.62 a bottle). The price drops to £9.17 in the unlikely event you are also a Costco cardholder.
The description given is:
“A traditionally styled Rioja, aged for 20 months in mainly new American oak casks, this wine displays a red ruby colour with a medium-high intensity. On the nose, a remarkably powerful blend of fruit, coconut and toffee which evolves into seductive nuances of spices and Mediterranean bush.”
“Mediterranean bush”? I wouldn’t know about any of that but it is jolly tasty. Best decanted before serving and highly recommend with Christmas lunch.