Wow! For those who haven't finished shopping or need to stock up on wine for New Year parties, the Co-op has some very good deals on till the 4th January 2011. (Or till the wine runs out!) The Rioja Reserva is particularly brilliant value!

Here are my picks of the Co-op Christmas specials:

Cava Jaume Serra Brut Nature: crisp, faintly lemony. Clean, neutral flavour, with a hint of lemon. Good party fizz (£4.99) 88

Glera Prosecco Rosé, Gabbia d'Oro: Faint red fruit aromas, followed by a pleasant flavour, just off-dry, with a touch of raspberry perfume. (£4.99) 88

2009 St Hallett Barossa Riesling: Fresh, bright and limey, with crisp acidity and bright, limey fruit. (£5.99) 90

2009 Chablis Cuvée les Hauts de Préhy (Brocard): good, crisp, honeyed aromas. Lovely, mineral flavours. Good not aggressive acidity, with a hint of buttery richness. Lovely now. (£7.99) 91

2009 Château Brassac, Bordeaux Supérieur (58 Merlot/ 42 Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc): Bright, blackcurrant and raspberry fruit on the nose. Ripe, soft and modern. Dry but fruity, with lively acidity, and some length. (£6.99) 88

2005 Château Saint-Paul, Haut-Médoc: rich, blackcurrant and cedar aromas! Followed up on the palate with ripe, blackcurranty flavours. Good tannins, fresh acidity, and looking quite mature. Good drinking now! (£9.99) 89

2008 St Hallett Barossa Shiraz: Raspberry jammy fruit, with very gentle tannins and good acidity. Soft, leathery notes. Easy, attractive drinking. (£5.99) 88

2006 Marqués de Valido Rioja Reserva: wild strawberry aroma, with a hint of mushroom. Soft in the mouth, with good acidity and gentle tannins. Very pleasant, nicely mature Rioja, with length and savoury intensity. (£4.99) 91

2008 Ara Marlborough Pinot Noir: Savoury, bright, berry-fruity. Lovely acidity, hint tannin. Very fruity. Not complex, but a fun wine, and true Pinot Noir. (£9.99) 89

2008 Château Sénéjac, Haut-Médoc: sweet, ripe, cedary aromas. This is young and fresh, but has soft fruit, with a roasted flavour. There are tannins, but they’re gentle. Acidity is fresh. It’s bright, fresh and very drinkable. (£11.99) 91

2007 Yalumba Barossa MGS (Mourvèdre Grenache Shiraz): Dark, spicy and intense on the nose. The flavours are of lovely, spicy, dark, blackberry fruit, with smooth tannins and good acidity, length and freshness. (£9.99) 92

2009 L'Oustalet Réserve Côtes du Rhône (Perrin): ripe, red fruit aromas. Flavours are spicy and substantial, with a touch of chocolate. Some tannins, good acidity. (£5.99) 89