Christmas wine: shop now before it is sold out

Thanks to Covid, your favorite wine is selling faster than ever. It’s time to start hiking around Christmas or take the plunge with comparable tension

Thanks to Covid, your favorite wine is selling faster than ever. It’s time to start hiking around Christmas or take the plunge with comparable tension

Wine sales have a record for years so stock up early if you pay attention. Photo:

At a recent wine tasting event by the wine company, one of the wines they showed us was sold out. The company posted record sales in April when it only traded for half a month, higher than the same period in 2019. August is December average. This, of course, isn’t worth the bread panic – there’s plenty of wine to be had – but it probably means there’s no longer a stockpile of wines you enjoy so much. This is totally the case with TIGIG (if it goes away, it goes away).

Obviously, it’s more likely to be a small packet of wine or the exception of a sought-after winemaker whose wine sells than a supermarket’s own label brand, but I don’t have to bet that. For example, there has to be many of the Chenin Blanc Society’s (13%) delicious and delicate 2019 wine show hosted by one of South Africa’s most respected winemakers, Chris Alheit, but if my fellow winemakers are as impressed as I am, it can sell out fast. . I also doubt that even at £ 31, the highly elastic and delicate 2017 Domaine Clos Salomon Givry Premier Cru Clos Salomon (13%) of a crop cut in half by frost will last. If you are a fan of burgundy wine and looking for a special bottle for Christmas, click on it.

You should also be aware that the wine you like may not be the same wine – although this is a bit of a problem with big brands mixing and even being imported in bulk – which also takes a few years. better than others: 2018 was a pretty good year as the lovely Chianti below shows, while 2019 might not be all that exciting.

Yes, it’s worth getting a few bottles out, but it’s also worth staying open and experimenting with. If a wine you like isn’t available, try a similar style – greco, if you’re a fan of Albariño, for example. Who knows – you might enjoy it even more.

Baron Amarillo Rioja 2018

Paco & Lola Albariño 2019

Basilica of Greece 2019 Le Ralle, Alovini

Chianti Colli Senesi Campriano 2018

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