Whether you relish or dread the approach of Christmas, we can all surely unite around one common ideal: You DO NOT want to run out of wine… Do you?
Of course you don’t. Below I’ve outlined the key information relating to Christmas orders.
That’s it. All incredibly simple which probably means I’ve forgotten something important. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions and remember to order early and tick the most enjoyable Christmas “must do” off the intimidating and absurdly complicated “to do” list.
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!