Looking for wine inspiration this Christmas? Look west for Californian class in a glass

These three crowd-pleasers from some of California’s finest estates are perfect for drink and discussion around the festive table.

There’s something to impress even the most discerning of guests, as well as gift inspiration for wine connoisseurs or for those who are tricky to buy for.

One for everyone

mcith_ednavalley.jpgEdna Valley Pinot Noir 2015, Central Coast Majestic, £15.99

It’s difficult to please everyone at Christmas but this wine might just be the answer.

With aromas of rose petal and cherries and earthiness, this wine offers a beautifully

long finish. It will be enough to satisfy guests with more refined tastes, without over-

powering those who prefer something lighter.

Situated just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Edna Valley’s grapes are benefit from rich soils, gentle sunshine and cool ocean fog throughout the long growing season. These elements combine to bring out the best possible flavour and a longer ripening season, perfect for Pinot Noir.

Reliable With The Christmas Roasts

Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Alexander Valley Waitrose, £17.99mcith_759047_a_frei-brothers-sonoma-cabe

With flavours of ripe plum, hints of tea leaf and toasted oak, with earthy and cigar box notes, combined with a freshness and velvety mouthfeel, not only is this wine ideal with rich meat dishes, it is also easy to drink, making it the perfect accompaniment to your Boxing Day casseroles.

From the hillside vineyards of the Alexander Valley, Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon develops its rich complexity and flavour from the unique combination of soil and climate and classic warm days and cool nights.

Great For Gifting

MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015, Russian River Valley

Great Western Wine, £27.50

mcith_russian.jpgWith aromas of lavender and boysenberry, giving way to dark cherry and pomegranate flavours, this luscious wine has a silky mouthfeel, with subtle hints of oak from barrel- ageing.

Situated in some of the world’s most sought-after Pinot Noir regions, MacMurray Ranch, was once owned by actor Fred MacMurray, who purchased it in 1941.

This is a wine with star-quality – a great gift for anyone who enjoys fine wine but particularly those who love it!