Christmas 2013


With Christmas fast approaching, it's time to start thinking about which wines you're going to be buying and drinking this festive season - to help, we've rounded up all our seasonal Panel Tasting results and Expert's Choices to give you a little inspiration for top Champagnes, Sherries, Ports, sweet wines and great value picks to stock-up on during the holiday period.

If you're in need of some great gift ideas for the winer lover in your life, don't miss our Christmas Gift Guide, full of gift-sets, new releases, gadgets, wine books, glassware and novelty items perfect for the wine lover in your life.

We've also got some fantastic competitions coming up over the next few weeks including the chance to win one of Berry Bros. & Rudd's 12-bottle case of great Christmas dinner wines - the competition starts on Monday 2nd December.

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UK retailers report strong Christmas for Prosecco, Bordeaux, Bucks Fizz

8th January 2014

Magnums of Prosecco and Champagne surged in popularity over Christmas, according to UK supermarket Sainsbury's, with several retailers including Majestic and Tesco reporting higher festive wine...

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Sauternes 2009 and 2010: panel tasting results

22nd December 2013

A successful and enjoyable tasting with our judges praising both the 2009s and 2010s, hihglighting excellent winemaking, value for money and impressive ageing potential. See the 25 top-rated...

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Vintage Champagne latest releases (as of 2013): panel tasting results

18th December 2013

Vintage Champagne offers the best value of any of the Champagne categories, agreed our tasters, but choose carefully as there's huge diversity - and then don't hurry to drink it. See the top rated...

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30 top Christmas wines under £20: Part 2

13th December 2013

Looking for some great-value wines to drink this festive season? Decanter's tasting team has selected a range of exciting and unusual wines to delight your palates this Christmas. These 30 top...

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25 great sparkling wines under £25

11th December 2013

Choose wisely and you could be happier – and better-off – with sparkling wine than some of the Champagnes on offer in the run-up to Christmas, says Susie Barrie MW

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Christmas gift ideas: Glassware

8th December 2013

More Christmas gift ideas...

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Christmas gift ideas: Part two

7th December 2013

More gifts to consider giving this Christmas...

Christmas weekday wines part 1

40 top Christmas wines under £20: Part 1

6th December 2013

Looking for some great-value wines to drink this festive season? Decanter's tasting team has selected a range of exciting and unusual wines to delight your palates this Christmas. These 40 top...

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Christmas reads: New release book reviews

4th December 2013

Looking for some Christmas gift inspiration? Read our expert reviews of this year's latest book releases including A Traveller's Wine Guide to Germany, My Favourite Burgundies and The Champagne...

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30 great-value Bordeaux wines under £20

3rd December 2013

You have to pay for greatness in Bordeaux, but if you know where to look you can find delightful, food-friendly wines at under £20 - perfect for the festive table. Peter Richards MW picks 30 of...

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Steven Spurrier's recommendations 2013

2nd December 2013

Each month in Decanter magazine, consultant editor Steven Spurrier lists his six top wine recommendations. We've collated all his must-try bottles from the past 12 months for you to see in one...

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Six premium Cavas to try today

7th June 2013

Margaret Rand forgets about Champagne and cheap holiday fizz and went in search of fancy Cava, visiting three Spanish producers whose flagship wines live up to their surprisingly high price tags....

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20-year-old Tawny Port: Expert's Choice

20th February 2013

This popular style represents the ‘apogee of tawny Port’, says Richard Mayson, who selects 18 of the best that show the perfect balance between youth and maturity. See Richard's top picks here...

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Vintage Champagne 1992 & 1993: Panel tasting results

3rd December 2012

Champagnes disgorged earlier in their lives fared better than those disgorged later, but both the 1992 and 1993 vintages were praised for standing the test of time. See the 21 Champagnes that...


Expert's Choice: Sherry

24th November 2012

A resurgent scene in Jerez and new, exciting small bottlings has given Sherry a fresh lease of life. Sarah Jane Evans MW recommends her top buys across varied styles: Manzanilla, Fino,...

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Richard Mayson's top 10 single-quinta Ports

29th June 2012

While single-quinta Ports may not enjoy the prestige, ageability or investment potential of Ports from declared years, they represent a real bargain and a true taste of Douro terroir. See Richard...

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Top 10 Proseccos

10th February 2012

Richard Baudains uncovers Italy's top Prosecco producers who are focussing less on supper-affordable prices and more on quality and character. See his list of the best 10 Proseccos here...

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Grower Champagne: panel tasting results

15th December 2011

Apart from a few issues with dosage, our experts were excited by the quality and consistency of these young Champagnes, saying that for a true taste of terroir, they're the only ones to buy. While...

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Vintage Champagne: panel tasting results

2nd December 2011

While vintage Champagne may cost more than non-vintage, many say this category is the best value of all Champagnes, showing real personality and terroir. Out of 85 vintage Champagnes tasted, the...

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Expert's choice: Very Dry Champagne

29th November 2011

Extra dry categories of Champagne are rising in popularity, but there's more to these wines than just their low sugar levels, says Michael Edwards. See his 15 picks of three, four and five star...

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Expert's choice: Vintage Port 1991 & 1992

28th November 2011

With Ports from the controversial split vintage declarations of 1991 and 1992 nearing maturity, Richard Mayson considers which shippers made the right choice. Out of 25 Ports tasted, 15 scored...


Dry Sherry: panel tasting results

25th November 2011

The selection of 69 Dry Sherries got mixed reports from the wine experts and Decanter World Wine Awards judges who tasted them. While the finos and manzanillas split the tasters' verdicts and the...

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Tom Stevenson's top 12 rosé Champagnes - plus 3 English alternatives

16th November 2011

It's estimated that 150 million bottles of Champagne are produced every year with the majority being consumed throughout the festive season. With the rise in popularity of rose Champagne we ask...