A few old favourites and some new arrivals make their way onto this latest iteration of the table mixed pack, each selected to suit the mood of the season and the flavours therein. This mixed pack was also curated to include wines that do a bit of soul-soothing, for those of us who are self-isolating or feeling the ache of uncertainty.
Leon Boesch's Cabane: lean and mineral with a really gorgeous, punches-above-its-weight muscularity and structure to it. .
It's the last of the Cyprès de Toi blanc, a lovely unoaked chardonnay from Corbières, and while we'll miss it when it's gone, we're joyfully filling our cups with this vinous, nourishing wine that's herbal with a just-rounded texture and nice waxy length.
Folias de Baco, Curtido: Gateway orange wine if ever there was one. Gentle and fresh, with bright juicy acid and generous, fleshy stone fruit like aromas and flavours that are true to varietal.
Monte dall'Ora, Vino Nato Disobeddiente: What Valpolicella used to be? Light, bright, with a little structure.
Valli Unite, Alessandrino: The Valli Unite co-op have made some of our favourite unfussy wines for years. This is no different - a bright, still earthy riff on some our favourite northern Italian grapes.
Quarticello, Neromaestri: Lambrusco as it should be - packed full of dark, sappy fruit. Bone-dry, almost bloody and full of earth.
So there we have it, a few festive little wines to see you through the holiday period or see you through isolation. All wines to drink thirstily; wines that je ne sais quoi that help to soothe us while our situations remain a bit uncertain. From our cellar to your home, wishing you a merry Christmas and happy New Year x