Manu Méndez recommends the best wines for Christmas

Manu Méndez with his chosen wines for Christmas.
Manu Méndez with his chosen wines for Christmas.

Christmas is approaching and one of the best sommeliers in the Basque Country, Manu Méndez, presents this selection of the best wines for the holidays.


White wine Lar de Paula Reserva Limited Edition /D.O Rioja

A white wine from the Lar de Paula winery located in Elvillar de Álava. The vineyards of this winery are located in a privileged area, protected from the north by the Sierra Cantabria mountain range and seeking the fertility of the Ebro Valley to the south. The limestone soil provides all its temperament.

Made with the Viura and Malvasía varieties. The grapes used to make this wine are more than 60 years old. This wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. With notes of honey and autumn fruits such as quince.

Macán red wine /D.O. Rioja

Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia produces this great wine in Rioja.

It is the joint vision that two great names in the world of wine, Rothschild and Vega Sicilia, have of Rioja.

100% Tempranillo. Aged for 14 months in French oak. Cherry colour, garnet rim. Aroma ripe fruit, spicy, creamy oak, toasty, complex, mineral, earthy. Powerful in the mouth, tasty, toasty, ripe tannins.

Territorio Luthier Gran Reserva /D.O. Ribera del Duero

The Territorio Luthier winery is located in Aranda de Duero. The name is inspired by the essence of the luthier, the craftsman who maintains an age-old trade working wood and strings to create instruments capable of bringing joy to souls for centuries. It is the belief that wine made with patience and tradition can share that evocative mission of music.

Tempranillo, Garnacha and Merlot. Aged for a total of 32 months, with the last 6 months in 500-litre barrels. Silkiness, verticality, great length, reminiscent of the land where it was born. Capacity for ageing from now to 50 years.

Champagne Legrand Garitan Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru /AOC Champagne

This Blanc de Blancs comes from the terroirs of Rilly la Montagne, Ludes and Villers-Allerand. A wine with strong ageing potential and an astonishing richness of aromas. Delicate bubbles and golden sparkles full of light.

Champagne 100% chardonnay aged for 30 months. Aromatic intensity with notes of hawthorn and lemon. Creamy, ample and balanced palate that ends with a fresh finish. Crystalline light yellow tone that reveals the fine mousse and the constant columns of delicate bubbles.

Tokaji Oremus Aszú Puttonyos /Hungría

The prestigious Vega Sicilia winery decided to get down to work to revive some mythical Hungarian wines that were made hundreds of years ago. This is how Tokaj-Oremus Viñedos y Bodegas was founded, maintaining the guidelines of yesteryear, creating spectacular sweet liqueur wines made from noble berries. These wines are considered to be the best in the world.

Made with the Aszú variety. Aromas of exotic fruits, white and stone fruits, hints of acacia and touches of honey and balsamic. Long and with delicious hints of toast, pastry and apple compote.

La Vinatería
C/ Bermingham 8, Bajo
20002 Donostia-San Sebastian

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