It’s time for a treat…We’ve selected a special case of splendid goodies tailored to the Christmas and Boxing Day festivities, choosing twelve bottles we know you will love, if you can’t do it at Christmas when can you?
Drappier Carte d’Or NV, Champagne, France £40.50 2 bottles
Indulge in Carte d’Or for the Christmas Day toast, the decadent sparkling and flagship Pinot Noir-lead fizz from the family-run Champagne house, Drappier. Richly aromatic with a generous, fruit-filled palate, a tantalising fine mousse, all wrapped in a long creamy finish.
Domaine Camille Paquet Mâcon-Lugny ‘Les Charmes’ 2017, Burgundy, France £15.50 2 bottles
A cracking white Burgundy which delivers on every level. A beautiful shade of gold in the glass, gentle aromatics, ripe yellow stone fruits, melon and honey notes are balanced by freshness and a hint of spice. Being un-oaked this 100% Chardonnay boasts elegance and purity of fruit however it also succeeds in delivering a moreish smooth texture, ripeness and body and is the perfect accompaniment for your Christmas Day feast.
Bodegas Roda Sela 2015, Rioja, Spain £21 2 bottles
The yuletide festivities call for a treat from one of our favourite Spanish producers, Bodegas Roda. ‘Sela’ is an incredibly smooth Tempranillo tempered by a lick of lively Graciano and a hint of Garnacha. In the glass this Rioja is a vibrant cherry red, the nose and palate brim with fresh red fruits and a little sweet spice. 12 months in French barrels leaves ‘Sela’ with depth, silky tannins and well-integrated oak characters. A satisfying drop indeed and a sure-fire Christmas crowd-pleaser.
The Liberator Episode 9 2016, Bishop of Norwich, South Africa £20.50 1 bottle
Whatever your post-lunch fancy this single barrel Cape ‘Port’ from Calitzdorp, South Africa, is a winner. Sipped alongside fruit cake, pudding or a good hard cheese the Bishop of Norwich is rich, velvety and full of spiced dried-fruit flavours, sweet spice and herbal notes all coated in jammy black fruits. This vintage style ‘Port’ pays homage to the said Bishop, Henry Bathurst, whose tendency it was to fall asleep at the end of dinner whilst decanters accumulated around him much to the consternation of others seated further along the table… This Christmas don’t forget to ‘pass the port’!
Château Partarrieu 2015, Sauternes, France 37.5cl £16.50 1 bottle
Why not try savouring a sweet wine with your blue cheese? The sweetness of Château Partarrieu is an excellent accompaniment for the savoury, salty and pungent flavours of a blue. This is a delicious mid-weight Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc with apricot, honey and a touch of lemon and savoury to balance. It is indeed liquid gold!…Ps. If blue cheese isn’t your thing, this wine is just as tasty with a fruit dessert.
Il Grillo di Santa Tresa Spumante Brut, Sicily, Italy £16 1 bottle
A favourite find this year and a superb Prosecco alternative, Il Grillo is how we’ll be kick starting our Boxing Day festivities. The pretty pale straw colour is flecked with gold, the bubbles are fine and lively and the palate is soft with bursts of zingy freshness and spectacular fruity notes. What’s more the Grillo grapes are all organically cared for in the vineyard and winery and this fun fizz is vegan friendly too.
Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona IGT Toscana Rosso 2015, Italy £13 2 bottles
Boxing Day with all its delicious leftovers, cold meats and festive snacks calls for a very versatile drop. This Sangiovese blend is the answer to the smorgasbord. A flavourful red to say the least, fruits enriched with herbal and savoury notes, ample body, soft and well-balanced. The little Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah rounding out the Sangiovese and making a superb pairing for all those tasty nibbles.
Prà Morandina Valpolicella Ripasso 2016, Italy £27 1 bottle
Time to relax, put your feet up and simply enjoy the festive feeling. And what better companion than this opulent and velvety Valpolicella Ripasso. Beautifully aromatic with red berries and plums to the fore. Followed by ripe dark fruit, herbal and sweet spice characters. A fine wine from world class Italian winemaker, Graziano Prà. Enjoy!
Our Christmas Cracker case contains £260 of delicious wine. This year this case is available to all of our customers at a cracking £221.
Local delivery is included in the price and national delivery of the Christmas case is just £10 to all of our customers.
A fabulous gift for wine-loving family or friends or the perfect treat to aid your Christmas preparations and festivities. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
Christmas shopping made easy with our list of gift ideas for wine lovers (and aspiring wine lovers!)
Christmas Cracker Case:
A gift wrapped case of 12 amazing bottles of wine carefully chosen to meet all your needs over the festive season. £235 or just £211.15 to club members BUY NOW
Fizz Gift Box Includes two of our very classy champagne flutes, champagne stopper and a smart gift box. £20 or just £18 to club members plus the cost of whichever bottle of fizz you choose to put in the box.
Seriously now, there’s no point in buying a half decent bottle of wine then drinking it from a cracked naff old goblet. A decent glass has a definite impact on how your wines taste so it’s worth making a modest investment.
6 of our beautiful wine glasses will set you back just £35 or £31.50 to club members. Learn to swirl like a pro and exude essence of “wine expert”. Click here for a free demo.
Big Bordeaux Glass Decanter Funky but practical, this party piece decanter will get the best out of your reds and pours like a dream. Easy to clean too but mostly it’s just great fun and we all need that at Christmas! £35 or just £31.50 to club members. BUY NOW
Small gifts and stocking fillers:
“I don’t know much about wine but I know what I like” by Simon Woods. A light-hearted but very informative short book for anybody interested in knowing just a little more about wine. The perfect stocking filler. £10 or just £9 to club members.
Champagne stoppers – perfect for stopping your fizz from going flat for a day or two. An ideal gift for those who lack the commitment to see a bottle off in a single sitting. £3.50 or just £3.15 to club members.
Proper corkscrew – no garish bells and whistles; just a good quality corkscrew to give you the best chance of not messing up the opening of your Christmas lunch wine. Gain respectful nods from those “in the know” and avoid the looks of bitter disappointment from your Mum as she fishes bits of cork from her Chablis. £6 or just £5.40 to club members.
Gift wrap options for single bottles or pairs of bottles from just £2.50
Pete’s ‘Wines We Love’, Val D’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Rive Di Colbertaldo D.O.C.G., simply flew off the shelves, for those of you who missed it we are pleased to say that it is back in town! Whats more, with this being the perfect sparkling to celebrate Spring and the coming of sunnier and warmer days (here’s hoping!) we thought we would treat all of our customers to an extra special price, 10% off when you buy a bottle of this fab wine. For our wine club members this will mean an additional 10% discount on top of your usual discount, a veritable steal to say the least!
Val D’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore is a truly beautiful pale straw yellow sparkling with layers of flavour, depth and finesse. A fine, lively mousse, a superb balance between softness and acidity and deliciously extra dry. I wholeheartedly agree with Pete’s recommendations ‘a great aperitif or accompaniment for steamed mussels’.
A beautiful wine in a beautiful bottle and seriously good value for money at £13.50 a bottle. With this months special offer it will be a fantastic £12.15 and a jaw-dropping £10.80 to our wine club members, whist stocks last of course. Be quick, this fizz won’t hang around and no fighting please!