Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an enormous cheeseboard and a generous glug of port. The festive flavour of the fortified wine perfectly offsets the richness of our Christmas dinners – but which bottle should you wow your guests with for 2018?
The answer, according to the wine experts at Decanter at least, is Morrisons, whose ruby port has just won the only prized ‘platinum’ award in the Decanter World Wine Awards. That’s the highest possible accolade that can be awarded to any wine.
The judges praised the port, which is very purse-friendly at just £7 for 75cl, as a ‘must buy’, thanks to its chocolatey black cherry flavours. The own brand even beat bottles such as the Burmesta, which is priced at £395, and was given a ‘gold’ award from Decanter.
Morrisons has worked with the Symington family to create the unique blend for their ruby port. The family have been in the Port-making business for 14 generations or the mid-17th century when the wine was first developed.
Mark Jarman, Senior Buying Manager at Morrisons said of the store’s award win: ‘This port offers a deep rich fruit flavour and amazing quality at a stellar price. We are are very honoured to have won this award as we head into the festive period.’
It’s not just the wine aisle you’ll want to visit when heading to your local Morrisons either – earlier this week, the supermarket unveiled their Christmas dinner pasty (no, really!) which contains a three-course meal in a neat pastry pouch.
With a starter of Ardennes pâté, sweet apple chutney and Melba toast, a main course of British turkey with sage and onion stuffing, potato, and pigs in blankets, and a dessert of rich Christmas pudding with brandy sauce all stuffed inside, it’s certainly a novel way to get into the festive spirit – although we’re not sure we’re convinced enough to serve it up on the day itself…