Ask the expert: Wines for the Christmas party



Let our resident wine expert and Master of Wine, Nick Adams help you get more enjoyment from our wine collection in the Deli and Wine Bar. Here Nick recommends some of the best wines to have with party food.

No doubt many of you will be hosting family and friends at various times over Christmas and New Year. If you are planning such an event and will be serving nibbles and canapés to accompany, what you need are good value, all round crowd pleasing wines. Quite often, when planning, you are probably looking for a white, a red and maybe a sparkler which will please most people without breaking the bank – and which are also versatile with light foods. Here are my suggestions…

Prosecco La Scarpetta Veneto Italy 


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The most popular sparkling wine style in the UK right now and ticks all the boxes for an off-dry, fruity, easy drinking wine which also works well with light foods and, above all, is great value.

Verdejo El Tesoro, Castilla Léon Spain 


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Every time I try this modern style white wine it delivers with upfront, citric fruit flavour and a gentle texture and mouthfeel. Dry, but creamy and very easy drinking. Made from the local Verdejo grape, it is unoaked and no more than medium bodied. Perfect again with light foods and canapés. 

Merlot Tierra Alta, Central Valley Chile


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Chile does the Merlot grape very well and this is a soft, bright, black fruits flavoured wine, with a rounded and juicy mouthfeel.  No more than medium bodied, not too dry, but with enough personality for slightly richer nibbles and canapés.

Nick is one of only 369 Masters of Wine in the world and has over 30 years’ experience in the world of wine, during which time he has visited many of the world’s famous wine regions and worked with some of the most renowned names and producers.

Nick officially joins Jarrold in the New Year to give you a greater level of service and information in our Deli and Wine Bar.

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