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It’s the music that gets me, the bloody piped music. Christmas carols on an endless loop. It’s a wretched constant, whether one’s in the supermarket, the station, the airport or even — and, good grief, is nowhere safe? — the doctor’s surgery, as I’ve just discovered. ‘How can you stand this?’ I asked the girl in the Santa hat at the supermarket checkout. ‘How can I stand what?’ she replied, glassy-eyed. ‘The music, the bloody music!’ I exclaimed. ‘Oh, that,’ she said with a sigh. ‘I don’t hear it any more. It’s been on for six weeks now and I’ve become immune.’ We looked at each other sadly. I know, I know. I’m a miserable git at Christmas but I can’t help it. Everything winds me up. I’ve just been given my traditional festive talking-to by my ever-loving. The general gist is that if I don’t pull my socks up and join in then she’s off home to her mother. The joke is that her mother is coming to stay here for Christmas. First sign of a cork popping, though, and she’ll be back. At least we agree on that — the vital importance of getting the vino right. I propose that we get stuck into this tip-top offer from our old chums at FromVineyardsDirect and urge you to do likewise. Happy Christmas all!

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    Alto Del Obre Rioja Reserva, Bodeagas Taron 2005

    Alto Del Obre Rioja Reserva, Bodeagas Taron 2005

    Rioja / ES
    13.5%
    Rioja is always a sound bet at Christmas, especially if you’re lucky enough to be sitting down to roast saddle of lamb rather than that dried up old cardboard we know as turkey. The 2005 Alto del Obre, Rioja Reserva from the Bodegas Tarón co-operative, set high in the foothills of the Sierra Obarenes, fits the bill perfectly. Brand new to FVD’s list, it’s a lusciously flavoursome blend of 90 per cent Tempranillo and 10 per cent Mazuelo (the oldest vines of which were planted more than a century ago) aged in American oak barrels for 14 months and then in bottle for a further two years. It’s full of rich, ripe and concentrated bramble/ hedgerow fruit with plenty of aromatic spice in the background and a long, soft, satisfying finish. £12.95 down from £13.95.

    Bottle 75 cl £13.95 £12.95
    Case 12 bottles £167.40 £155.40