Sip, Sip, Hooray! The Perfect Wines to Drink While Watching Eurovision

By on May 13th, 2023 in Blog
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Eurovision is the time for outrageous outfits, catchy tunes, and a celebration of culture. So it’s the perfect time to gather with friends and family to enjoy a glass of wine, or two. However, with so many options out there, it can be challenging to decide what to pour in your glass. Fear not, Hometipple has got you covered with our guide to the perfect wines to drink while watching Eurovision.

Eurovision is the world’s largest music competition, with participants from across the globe taking the stage to compete for the title of Eurovision champion. The competition was first held in 1956, and since then has grown in size and popularity. This year, Eurovision will be held in Liverpool. The semi-finals will take place on May 9th and May 11th, with the grand final taking place on May 13th. Whether you’re a seasoned Eurovision fan or a newcomer to the competition, this year’s show is not to be missed.

Atelier Kramar Bohem, Slovenia

Let’s start with the Atelier Kramar Bohem from Slovenia, a unique low-intervention (or ‘natural’)wine priced at £26.50. You’ll smell peaches, a hint of strawberry tart, custard and white pepper. Flavours of lemons and golden delicious apples dominate with a good hit of vanilla and peach. A hint of dried herbs and lemon pith keep the finish dry and elegant.

Quinta da Pedra Alta Prova No. 1 Tinto

Next up is the Quinta da Pedra Alta Prova No. 1 Tinto from Portugal, priced at £29.10. It has wonderful smells of hot raisins, prunes, and raspberry compote with a hint of fruitcake. You’ll taste dark chocolate, caramel, and prunes with deep fruitcake flavours that play out really nicely with a little savouriness at the back. The finish is quite elegant, and the acidity keeps everything lively.

Quinta da Pedra Alta Pedra No. 3 – White Port

Moving on to the Quinta da Pedra Alta Pedra No. 3 – White Port, also from Portugal and priced at £18.10. You can smell peaches and lemon pith with some Christmas cake in the background and a hint of sultanas. Flavours of sultanas, honeyed peaches and a little star anise make this a brilliant gin replacement for your ‘and tonic’ cravings.

Vida Estate La Vida, Hungary

The Vida Estate La Vida from Hungary is next, priced at £34.00. This wine has aromas of eucalyptus, bell pepper, and blackcurrant, reminiscent of the best Left Bank in Bordeaux. You’ll taste loads of black plum, rich blackcurrant, cherry and a little forest floor, backed up by silky-soft tannins. Good acidity keeps everything in check, with a luxuriously long finish.

Chateau Megyer Aszú 5 puttonyos Tokaji, Hungary

Introducing the Chateau Megyer Aszú 5 puttonyos Tokaji. This wine boasts a complex nose, with notes of honey, orange blossom, and toasted hazelnuts. Tinned peaches add a subtle touch of sweetness, creating an inviting aroma that begs to be explored further. This Tokaji is rich and full-bodied, with ample amounts of honey and zesty orange peel. A hint of lemon curd adds a refreshing touch, while the acidity keeps everything balanced. The finish is elegant, honeyed and super long. Overall, the Chateau Megyer Aszú 5 puttonyos Tokaji is a brilliant choice and doesn’t disappoint.

Campbells Of Rutherglen The Brothers Shiraz, Australia (Aus is in Eurovision believe it or not!) 

Yes, it’s true! Australia have participated in Eurovision since 2015, and have finished in the top 10 four times, giving us a great excuse to talk about The Brothers Shiraz from Campbells of Rutherglen, Australia, priced at £37.00. A good sniff of this red wine will give you fruity red cherry, blackcurrant, bookbinding, leather, tobacco, and black pepper. Taste-wise, the fruit nudges into the cooked territory, but the acidity keeps it lively. The tannins are punchy, and this is a big, bold wine that’s a little chewy and very expressive. The finish is big with dark fruits, cedar and clove. High yet smooth tannins keep it hanging around for a long time in the best way. In conclusion, this wine is a beast – in a good way – and a decent Penfolds alternative, earning its place as a proper Robert Parker high-90s wine. Excellent!

There you have it, folks – our top picks for the perfect wine to enjoy whilst watching Eurovision. Whether you’re rooting for your favourite act, laughing at the outrageous costumes, or just enjoying a fun evening in with friends and family, we’ve got you covered. 

Now it’s your turn – we’d love to hear what wine you’ve chosen to sip while watching Eurovision’s spectacle. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below and let’s raise a glass together to the ultimate celebration of music, culture, and wine! Cheers!