THE #BRILLIANT CHARACTER: SPARKLING WINES FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS

Barbara Perrone & Linda Fiumara

Despite the cold, the Christmas period in Turin is one of the most magical moments of the year, when the city is decorated with colours, lights and sounds. In November, December and January, many events and initiatives are held in the main town of Piedmont, but as the Christmas holidays draw closer and closer, the city gets its glad rags on and boy does she become even more stunning than usual.

WHAT TO DO IN TURIN DURING THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Every year, the main town of Savoy is lit up by art thanks to the “Artistic Lights” installations, by now a traditional event during which contemporary artists bring fascinating, bright artworks to the streets and squares of the city. During this period, the city looks as if it’s really dressed up in lights and on winter nights this effect is truly charming, even in the rain.

Places that invite you to recharge your batteries, find shelter and relief from the winter cold, Turin’s historical cafés are an obligatory pit stop to make during the Christmas period for tasting the local delicacies, especially those made with chocolate (Turin is considered one of the Italian capital cities of chocolate). Another inevitable stop has to be Goustò, a restaurant offering the typical cuisine of Piedmont, for those of you who want to discover the ancient flavours and products of the territory. The restaurant is located in a splendid 18th century palace, created by Juvarra, and it faces out over the mesmerizing Galleria Umberto I and the colourful Porta Palazzo market.

Once again, to ward off the cold and the rain that seem to constantly grace us with their presence, we recommend visiting the Museum of Cinema or the Egyptian Museum, or you could also try out our extravagant idea, and attend a #picnicity in a hotel, this time with a super-Christmas vibe.

CHRISTMAS #picnicity AT NH TORINO SANTO STEFANO

The NH Torino Santo Stefano hotel stands proud in the heart of Turin. In fact, it is located in the most fashionable district of the city, the Quadrilatero Romano, famous for its shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Turin Cathedral, which hosts the Holy Shroud, is only a few minutes away, and so are the Royal Palace and the Central Market. At weekends, you can take advantage of the “Lazy Sundays” option with free late checkout before 3 PM. 

Organizing a picnic during wintertime is a lot of fun. Imagine yourselves in a hotel suite, with lots of soft lighting and large cushions, the rain falling outside, hazelnut delicacies by “Teresa”, savoury focaccia, hot tea by Mariage Freres and Christmas decorations galore. What else could you possibly want? 

Just a glass of #Brilliant Champagne Mumm, 2012 vintage, the 59th Millesimato in the Maison’s history.

MUMM CHAMPAGNE AND THE #BRILLIANT CHARACTER

2012 was an exceptional vintage and its only limit was the frost in springtime, which seriously reduced its yields and, therefore, its production. And so, the 2012 vintage Champagne Mumm is extremely refined. 

It shines in the glass with a golden yellow colour and fascinating greenish highlights. The scent proposes incredible pear and yellow peach aromas, followed by exotic notes of lychee. On the palate it is surprisingly round, with a bright and slightly sapid taste. All characteristics that perfectly represent the #Brilliant character.

These bubbles create an ultra-fresh mouthfeel and a pungent acidity, and they come from a sparkling wine-making process carried out using the Classic Method. This means that re-fermentation takes place in the bottle, with a very small amount of oxygen and for several months; the reason why its bubbles are particularly subtle. It is an elegant wine with a sharp personality and it brings to mind a #Brilliant person, who always knows what to say to attract attention.

WINEBOX BY VINHOOD WITH THE #BRILLIANT CHARACTER

This type of Champagne and sparkling wines is perfect for uncorking during the Christmas holidays: this is why you should order your #Brilliant Winebox immediately, by writing to laura@vinhood.com

Discover all the varieties and customizations available for a truly unique Christmas present.

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