Monday, 23 December 2013

Happy Christmas from Vinspire!

May your Christmas be merry for all the right reasons. We'll be back posting again on 6th January, but right now we're too busy drinking the following...

Sam: During the year I tend to look for good value ways to enjoy the wines I like, but at Christmas I just want to splash out on something special. We're looking forward to starting the Big Day with a bottle of Bollinger Special Cuvee, which is £45 per bottle at Majestic but currently on offer at £30 each when you buy six - that's saving a third! Some friends and I bought six between us - festive fizz for all!

Frances: Domaine Faively Volnay (1er Cru Santenots) 2005 - Good value for Volnay, a richer Burgundy which stands up to everything Christmas dinner throws at it, burnt bits and all. It's £40.71 from The Drink Shop.

Hugo: Whilst gorging into the evening on pate, cheese and game pie I'll be popping open the Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz 2010. I had this two months ago with the same sort of fare and it went down an absolute treat. The Kalimna Bin 28 is available from Berry Bros for £22.50.

Jo: I'll be popping a few bottles of the gorgeous Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz (available for £12.95 at The Wine Society) over the festive period. Sparkling red wine? Feeling dubious? I assure you, it works! Served well chilled it's a fabulous aperitif and will be a complete surprise and revelation to your guests. Rich, powerful and concentrated with dark berry flavour with sharp bubbles, it also stands up to a serious chocolate cake (or festive chocolate yule log!). If anything it'll serve as a topic of conversation and get you drunk - Merry Christmas!

Freddy: This christmas I will definitely be drinking some English fizz and surprise, surprise, it will be from Nyetimber (I love Nyetimber a little bit). More specifically, I am going for Nyetimber's Blanc de Blancs 2007, which is a really stunning fizz and is very much of the Champagne style, so perfect for celebrating with at Christmas time but because it's English, it's patriotic too! It ticks all the boxes for me, so that is why it will be my Christmas-day drink of choice! You can pick up a bottle of Nyetimber Blanc de blancs 2007 from Berry Brothers for £35.95.

Laura: Wine aside (and there will be plenty of it!) I'm going to be sipping lots of Aldi's sub-£5 amaretto (woohoo!) but I also can't wait to crack open my bottle of Warner Edwards' Sloe Gin (£27, warneredwards.com). It wouldn't be Christmas without sloe gin, and while I sip a very big glass I'm going to be looking forward to all the fun we'll have on Vinspire in 2014...

Happy Christmas from everyone at Vinspire! See you next year! xxx


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