Christmas might be looking a bit different this year, but that’s no reason not to get planning on your wines.
Although parties aren’t going to be happening, you can still enjoy a good value find, especially if you want some bottles to see you through options for giving as gifts, Christmas eve mulled wine, Boxing day leftovers, and the day itself.
We’ve picked 25 of the best red wines under £15, all tasted and rated by one of our experts, so there’s something to please everyone and every meal – whether that’s turkey, duck or beef this Christmas.
Some particular highlights include a Médoc 2016 claret ‘full of Cabernet charm’, a balanced and smooth Côtes du Rhône and a well-balanced Rioja Reserva, that if you upgrade to the magnum is just £17.
Tips for picking a red wine for Christmas
- With a traditional Christmas dinner, there tends to be a lot of flavours and fat on the plate, so try not to go for anything with big tannins – though something with some years of ageing will mean they have mellowed, and softened.
- Pinot Noir is a classic match for duck, but Beaujolais and Barbera are also good choices.
- If you’re thinking about making mulled wine, choose a medium-bodied style.
- Get the serving temperature of your red right, which could even mean some chilling down. Light to medium bodied reds should be 12-16°C (54-61°F), while fuller bodied reds should be served at 15-18°C (59-65°F).