Or at least I wish I was – just another day of commuting into London before I can stash away the Oyster card for a festive season of merriment. Here are my top picks for good value, delicious wines available from the supermarket for you to grab during your Christmas Eve trolley dash. Or is that just me?
Pomegranate and cranberry fizz
If you fancy something a little different to Champagne for a Christmas Eve party with friends and family, grab yourself a couple of pomegranates, tap out the seeds, squeeze out the juice and add a teaspoon of each along with 50ml cranberry juice to champagne flutes before topping with sparkling wine – San Leo Prosecco from Waitrose (£7.79) or Aldi’s bargainous Cava Brut (£4.79) are both perfect for this and won’t break the bank if you need a couple of cases!
We don’t tend to bother with Christmas Day starters in my house but we do love a canapé or two. This year I’ll be serving anchovy and parmesan palmiers alongside a crisp white wine. With its refreshing bite and almost saline quality, the Tesco finest* Picpoul de Pinet is the perfect match for fish dishes. And it’s a steal at £6 a bottle!
Time for turkey
Never one to stick rigidly to timings in the kitchen, it’s generally mid/late afternoon by the time the turkey makes its way to the table and by then I’m ready for a warming glass of red. As with my white choice, I’ll be serving a crowd-pleaser at the Christmas dinner table to keep everyone happy – Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pic Saint Loup is packed full of plum and black cherry flavours with an earthy character that will pair nicely with the turkey and root veg on your plate. At £8 a bottle, this blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes from the Languedoc region of France is a delicious alternative to reds from the Rhône.
When it comes to the rich and indulgent festive dessert, I’ll be serving another of the Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference range with its Sauternes (£12/37.5cl). Lusciously sweet with aromas of honey and dried apricots, this wine pairs perfectly with Christmas pudding, mince pies and blue cheese.
Whatever your plans this Christmas, may it be full of festive cheer!