Drink less but better quality would be my advice for this time of the year and here are a few wines to put that to the test.
Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc Block 5 2011, Casablanca Valley (winedirect.co.uk £14.50 or £13.50 by the case) is a mile away from the ocean of cheap Chilean sauvignon blancs that fill the shelves.
Made by Ignacio Racaberren, Chile’s leading winemaker, from a single block within a single vineyard, this has a real touch of complexity with
citrus, herbs and some minerality on the nose and a lovely juicy mouth feel with balanced acidity and a long finish.
Possibly Chile’s finest Sauvignon Blanc; try with some plain grilled fish or an aromatic curry.
Alternatively trade up a little in Rioja and you can also get some seriously delicious examples.
Cune Reserva 2009
Made from a blend of 80 per cent Tempranillo and 20% Grenache this was aged in both French and American oak for 18 months.
A really inviting nose of brambles, red fruits, spice, violets and coffee is
followed by soft tannins, bright red fruits and a silky finish. Perfect with a Sunday roast leg of lamb.
Majestic £13.99, buy 2 for £9.99, Waitrose & Ocado £12.99