Particularly appropriate as Grenache is one of my favourite red wine grapes for winter drinking, the Little James is a fantastic wine made by Chateau St. Cosme in Gigondas. It is produced in a solera style, which in this case means it is made up of 50% current vintage wine blended with a combination of the previous 10 vintages. This fractional blending gives the wine a very consistent, approachable style that offers wonderful complexity. On the nose you will find subtle earthy hints, dried red and black berry fruits, vanilla and sweet herbal notes. The palate is dry and medium full bodied with rich mouthfeel, balanced structure and layered black fruits, prune, cocoa powder and slightly nutty spice notes, with a very smooth lingering finish. Terrific to have on its own, or with a variety of firm cheeses, grilled meat, cassoulet or shepherd's pie. Put your feet up and enjoy!