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Seasonal Mixed Case Challenge

christmas

#1

Was reading the many excellent posts about food & wine for Christmas and the challenges being put to Emma for the next AMA and I had a thought for a small personal challenge.

To put together a case of 12 bottles for the days around Christmas (12 bottles might do 2-3 days maybe) but with no hesitation, repetition, or deviation.

The Just a Minute Case needs to have 12 bottles of wine without duplication of country (not just region!), grape variety or price, and still satisfy 4 adults for a ‘traditional’ Christmas (plus Christmas Eve & boxing day?)

What would you do?


#2

For starters …
Spain - cava
Portugal - Port
France - Bordeaux (red)
Italy - Barolo
Germany - Gewurtz
USA - Chardonnay
Australia - Shiraz
New Zealand - Sauvignon bland
Argentina - Malbec
Canada - Riesling (ice wine)
Austria - Gruner
South Africa - Pinotage


#3

Sauvignon bland - wondering if that’s a typo or an opinion?


#4

Ha … I was just about to say the same :rofl:


#5

:zipper_mouth_face:


#6

Good idea !!

But I only buy France and Italy…:flushed:


#7

That was the point. Let’s try and find some inspiration from elsewhere :slight_smile:

I’m still working on my list (I even managed to dream about it … scarily)


#8

UK


NZ

South Africa

Germany - 2016 Wachenheimer Altenburg Riesling Trocken, Burklin-Wolf (available 5th November)

Austria


Italy

Chile

France

Australia

Spain

Hungary - 2013 Tokaji Classic 5 Puttonyos Aszu (available 5th November)

Portugal


#9

*** adds @Bargainbob’s entire list to basket*** :joy:

Seriously, not sure I’ll be able to find a much more perfect list for my tastes than the above but I’m going to have a go and post mine later…


#10

Here is my stab at this (hopefully a bit of something for everyone!)…


#11

rooky error - two rieslings !

:wink:


#12

I was hoping to get away with it as one is an Eiswein so it’s pretty much a different wine (and I love riesling)!!!


#13

In the spirit of “just a minute” as a new player to the game, will give you the benefit of the doubt

On a linked matter…Nicholas Parsons was 95 the other day!! The exact same birthdate as Murray Walker…what ever was in the water on that day was some good stuff!


#14

Excellent list, but tripped up with a minor “hesitation” … I added “price” to the mix to be ULTRA sneaky and you have two wines at £28.00 (imagine that!!)


#15

If we’re going to play strictly by the rules, and to avoid any claim of hesitation i’ll swiftly swap the eiswein for

and just seen that i failed the price repetition test too! Damn.


#16

It is a tough game!! :wink:


#17

Mine will no doubt fail on the ‘traditional’ front, but here goes…

UK - Pinot Gris

France - Gewurtz

Germany - Riesling

Chile- Chardonnay

Portugal - field blend


NZ - Pinot Noir

Argentina - Malbec

Switzerland - Cornalin


OZ - Shiraz

Austria- Blaufränkisch

Italy - Lambrusco

Spain - Sherry (Palomino)

A bit out there, I admit… :blush:


#18

By “Traditional” I simply meant that they should be intended to complement a Roast Turkey (maybe Roast Goose) type meal with the usual trimmings - but the wine matches for that food could be up to you

Love the suggestions!


#19

Ah, but I failed on the ‘price’ front!!! :grimacing:


#20

Funny! I intended this only to stop it being full of “Members’ Favourites” at the lower end, but it is the higher end that is tripping us up here