This weekend is traditionally known as one of celebration -- even with that pesky working Monday coming along before the official parties of New Year's Eve. So what better time than now to show off some wine knowledge?
Of course, with so much selection out there, it's hard to know which bottles to choose -- or for that matter, how much to spend. Try out these choices of some of the best available for a true oenophile weekend, don't be afraid to experiment, and as always, enjoy responsibly.
Maipo Valley, Chile
Incredible for the money: Stunning! Lusciously fleshy dark fruit and some smoke. Layers of flavour unfold in your mouth and surround your senses. Close your eyes and enjoy. Pair with: turkey, stuffed peppers, spicy sausage and a variety of other meats and firm cheeses. Perfect for movie night.
Product No: 309302
Juicy cherry-berry, smooth and medium- to almost full-bodied. Friendly like a short dress and a flirty smile.
Product no: 185249
D.O.C.G. Tuscany, Italy
Aromas of wild tart cherries and cedar forest. Smooth, savoury, mouth-watering, full-bodied and rustic. A meaty wine that's not too heavy. Great price. Pair with: Italian pastas and sausages.
Product No: 1743
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Love the nose! Aromatic, lifted black plum and violet notes. Don't ask, just drink. Full-bodied and meaty with layers of flavour. Terrific price. Pair with prime rib or filet mignon.
Product No: 46268