Perfect Party Pairings: Wine Tasting with Siofra O’Brien

Perfect Party Pairings: Wine Tasting with Siofra O'Brien

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to start planning those festive get-togethers with friends and family. This month Harvey Nichols Wine Specialist SIOFRA O’BRIEN shares three classic bottles that were made for celebrating.

Nothing works quite as well with the Christmas pud and mince pies as an aged port, and our Harvey Nichols Ten-Year-Old Tawny (£28.50) has a rich, nutty taste that works harmoniously with sweet, dried fruit. Mahogany hued, the nose is broad, with mouth-watering nuances of hazelnut, caramel and spiced orange.

If you’re after something to compliment your cheese board, try Harvey Nichols Sauternes (£16) with its aromas of acacia flowers, citrus and honey. This 2012 vintage expression boasts a refreshing and vibrant core characterised by further notes of citrus, apricot and candied fruit

Finally, for that special something, crack open a bottle of Gosset Blanc De Noirs NV (£85). This beautifully-crafted Champagne is made from 100% Pinot Noir and has notes of red fruits and bruised red apples with a complex toasty brioche character. A limited edition with only 12,000 bottles, this will be sublime with salmon or duck, or a tasty truffle risotto.

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