Christmas Traditionally

Some of you may not know this, but we are celebrating our 25th year in business!  The secret of our success for the past 25 years has been our relentless pursuit of quality and value for money.  We strive to offer our loyal customers continunity week on week.  We keep our prices low through the entire year and not just Holiday Weekends.  This guarantees our customers value for money every week.  So a great big thank you for your loyal support. 

So, if you have being reading my blog you will know I love Christmas. Yes, it is our busiest time of year, but I love it! The trees, the lights, the carols, the food and of course the wines. This is a time of the year when you should spoil yourself. Yes, take care of the friends, family and the work secret Santa, but why not treat yourself.  We have wines for all budgets, over 500 different wines. Whiskies for all occasions, 160 different whiskies, And Gin, we love the new gins! Just ask our staff and they will help you pick something special. And if the shop does not have it, we can find it for you.

Now let me recommend a few wines for your Christmas, wines I love and I hope you will to.

For the bubbles can I recommend the following?

You should always start a celebration with bubbles!

Riondo frizzante Prosecco €12.99

This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish. There is delicate body or weight in this crystal clean, pure, sparkling white. It is an ideal aperitif to enjoy.

Mansard de Tradition €49.95

Top of the range cuvee from Champagne Mansard, this flawless Champagne will enhance any special occasion. 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot noir. This is wonderful; it is superb champagne, a classic grand cuvee. Just try it.

 

Something for the Starter?

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, then I will switch to red………

Benoit Lafont Petit Chablis In store €15.99

Pale gold in colour. Intensely fruity, mineral nose, with floral and lemony notes reminiscent of lemongrass. Fresh on the palate with flavours of ripe lemon. Lovely length.

 Benoit Lafont Macon Lugny €14.99

This Burgundy white wine is fresh and incisive on the nose with aromas of lime-tree flowers and hazelnuts. The palate is dry and crisp with flavours of lemon, peach and honey.

 

 

 

Yalumba Chardonnay, Organic €15.99

One of the most widely planted grape varieties in the world; Chardonnay is a wine with many layers. zesty citrus, nectarine and honeydew flavours are intermingled with nut and buttery notes giving way to a bright, fresh textural and complex finish on the palate. Chardonnay perfectly complements Roasted Turkey and all the trimmings.

 

A delicious accompaniment to turkey and ham et al?

What will end the age old dilemma of what to serve with turkey and ham? A few beautiful red wines and at great value!

Lionel J Bruck Cote du Rhone €10.99

A gorgeous bright, clear deep purple color. Very enticing! Spice and black fruit comes through on the nose. A fist-full of black fruit hits your palate. Finishes with a gorgeous burst of spice and fruit.

Chateau Marges Bordeaux Rouge €13.99

Dense red-black in colour. Nose is ripe and sweet, with brambly fruit. Very rounded on the palate, with broad, black, gummy fruit and a good backbone of tannins and a long finish.

Yalumba Shiraz, organic €15.99

Yalumba produce an elegant Shiraz offering a vibrant berry nose with hints of liquorices and mocha chocolate. The palate is round and supple, displaying spicy flavours of berries and plums.

Châteauneuf du Pape Chemin des Papes €19.99

A gorgeous bright, clear deep purple color. Very enticing! Spice and black fruit comes through on the nose. A fist-full of black fruit hits your palate. Finishes with a gorgeous burst of spice and fruit a classic blend.

 

Something for after?

Well we all need something to help with the after dinner treats of cheeses, chocolates, trifle and of course the Christmas pudding! I will be good in the new year……

Cono Sur Cosecha Noble Late Harvest Riesling €12.99

Something unique From Chile. This is a late harvest Riesling, bright yellow in colour, elegant aromas of citrus fruits and quince. In the mouth soft, fruity flavors, honey tones and great mineral complexity. It is balanced and full with a strong personality.

 

Taylor’s Late Bottle Vintage €21.99

This is a ripe and fruity LBV that is bottled ready to drink. With lots of dark berry fruits that are balanced by structured tannins. The wine is rich and concentrated In true Taylor style. The finish is wonderfully long. Perfect for the long evening ahead.

 

 

My cocktails

Every year I give you a warming cocktail, this year is no different, so here is something very interesting.

My pear and cranberry Christmas punch,

1 liter pear cider/Perry

1 liter pear (or cloudy apple) juice

1 liter cranberry juice

good handful fresh or dried cranberries

150ml sloe gin

50ml brandy

2 cinnamon sticks

2 vanilla pod, scored lengthways

Put all the ingredients into the largest saucepan you have. When you’re ready to serve, heat it gently, and serve into glasses with slices of pear dipped in cinnamon and chocolate.

 

Or the classic the champagne cocktail

1 sugar cube (½ teaspoon sugar)

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

a splash of Cognac

Champagne or any sparkling wine

Place a sugar cube in a champagne flute, add  2 or 3 dashes of bitters and a splash of cognac, fill the glass with brut champagne or other bubbly, and squeeze a lemon twist on top.                                      Enjoy, but be careful they are powerful.

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