Christmas Wine Pairing blog

Fantastic Fizz for Feast and Fun.

Let’s Get the Party Started!

After the last couple of years, the idea of being able to have our nearest and dearest around the house is very exciting. When it comes to big gatherings, you wine selection needs to fit two important criteria.

  1. It needs to appeal to everyone: Now isn’t the time to introduce gran to orange wine, or get your friend who normally drinks cocktails to try an aged Bordeaux. Wines for a party need to have broad appeal. Something approachable for everyone, but good enough that wine lovers will still enjoy.
  2. It needs to be great value: hide your champagne, lock-up your vintage port and bury you Burgundy. Whilst great wine is essential for a great party, expensive wine isn’t. There are plenty of wines out there that offer amazing value, allowing you to stock up on quantity.

Our Prosecco Frizzante and Royal Rose fit this bill perfectly.

You can’t beat a timeless classic (especially for gifts).

Thanks to the rise in popularity of Prosecco, the sparkling wine market is becoming more exciting and diverse. However, there is always going to be a place for well made classics. Not only are these two sparkling wines great all rounders for welcome drinks to New Year’s Eve Toasting, they also make excellent gifts.

Collet 1er Cru Brut: A wine with style and substance. This multi award winning Champagne uses grape exclusively from Premier and Grand cru vineyards. Aged for 4 years to show the perfect balance of citrus freshness and toasty complexity.

Saffron Grange Classic Cuvee: We’ve been serving this by the glass for most of year, and everyone loves it. A bit fresher and leaner than champagne, this wine perfectly shows how good English sparkling wine can be.

From Toasting wines to Toasty wines!

Wines made by the Traditional Method (like Champagne) are characterised by notes of toast, brioche & biscuit, which pairs perfectly with the citrus and green fruit notes in the wine. These wines are fantastic for pairing with canapés (from puff pastry vol-au-vents to deep fried camembert bites), Pates on toast and even salmon starters. This year we have two fantastic wines with pronounced toasty notes for a more complex and food friendly fizz.

The Trouble with Dreams: This multi-award winning sparkling is easily the most exciting English wine I’ve tried. A barrel Fermented Chardonnay & Pinot Noir blend made by Dermot Sugrue, the winemaker that put Nyetimber on the map.

61 Saten Brut: Franciacorta is Italy’s answer to Champagne. This wine is 100% Chardonnay aged for 24 months to develop that lovely toasty complexity.

Start off your day with a fizz and a pop

There are only two times in life when its perfectly acceptable to wake up and drink immediately, when getting an early morning flight for a holiday and Christmas morning. Our Moscato d’Asti is the perfect wine for enjoying with a spot of breakfast and some presents. Moscato is slightly sweet, lightly sparkling and most importantly, only 5% abv. This wine is packed with notes of juicy peach and apricot and could even have a dash of orange juice added for light weight mimosa.

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