To start the party with a swing, it’s time to pop the cork and celebrate! Prosecco sales are set to go ballistic this Christmas, we sell a wide range of sparkling wines from £8.99 a bottle, including our own award winning House Champagne Jacques Boncoeur, choose from Brut Reserve or Rose to bring some sparkle to your table. For those who have your heart set on Grand Marque Champagne buying from a wholesaler really does make sense, from Laurent Perrier Rose and Bollinger to Vintage Champagne.
Rule No 1
Keep it simple! Over complicating can be stressful, however with a little thought and consideration it can make for some fabulous festive cheer.
Rule No 2
Make room in the fridge. If you don’t have room and the temperature is cool outside use the garage, stable, anywhere that’s safe and out of reach of the children… or groom!
Rule No 3
Get your glassware out. There is simply no point in hiding away your glassware in the cupboard or under the stairs. Check it out by smelling it, it probably needs a rinse in some good hot water (it’s amazing how many people don’t rinse the soap suds out of their glasses… yes I know but it does make a difference!)
Rule No 4
Just Drinks: if you are having a drinks party spending a couple more pounds a bottle will make all the difference. Avoid those silly discounts in the supermarkets, from £15 to £8.99 (it never was a £15 bottle of wine!) As a general rule the more you spend with your wine merchant the better the wine.
Rule No 5
Where To Start…Consider the acidity, weight and richness of the dish. When serving classic smoked salmon go for high acidity wine like Chablis, Macon, or Chenin Blanc, anything that is crisp and dry in style. If serving Asparagus go with a Sauvignon Blanc or a Muscadet. On the other hand rich pate and foie gras look towards Riesling or why not push the boat out with a fabulous sweet white Sauternes wine.
Rule No 6
For the main course match weight with weight. For a lighter meat (like turkey and pork) go for a white Viognier or red Pinot Noir. For duck or goose turn to light Pinot Noir or Merlot, alternatively a right bank Merlot dominated claret will hit the spot. If you are serving beef go for a bolder red, a Shiraz or mature claret, Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous with red meat, there’s many to choose from in the Southern Hemisphere.
Rule No 7
Sweet Tooth? Forget traditional pairings for Christmas Pud, Black Noble by Bortoli is just awesome…dark, rich toffee flavours with notes of citrus peelings… if there’s any left it’s delicious poured over ice cream. Port is a great accompaniment with the cheese board, choose from Tawny, Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) or Vintage for that Grand Finale!
The gift of wine: Make sure you get invited back! Send some wine! We deliver throughout the UK with personal notes, just give us a call. Or take a look at this awesome Riedel Horse decanter…
Rule No 9
Tasting: Finally after all the turkey has been eaten, your corks have been popped and you take a respite in January from all the merriment, make a New Year resolution to get yourself down to your local wine merchant and sign up for their wine tastings. Most are free and we highly recommend them.
Here’s hoping you all have a fabulous Christmas and New Year.
For more ideas go to our website www.bcfw.co.uk – we have a great Advanced Search – click on the grape ie. Sauvignon Blanc and it will bring up all the wines in all the countries that we stock. Alternatively go to our Christmas Mixed cases where we have done all the hard work for you and if you want to make up your own case, simply buy by the bottle (minimum order case of 12 bottles).
Specially selected for The Gaitpost readers, these mixed cases are offered at 10% discount to the online single bottle price and free delivery for one delivery address. Please order by phone 01765 688200 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and quote code GAITPOST.
2 bottles (75cl) – Jacques Boncoeur Brut Reserve Champagne NV
3 bottles (75cl) – Seguinot Bordet Chablis 2013
3 bottles (75cl) – Tour St Bonnet, Medoc 2008
1 bottle (50cl) – Petit Vedrine Sauternes
1 bottle (50cl) – Black Noble, De Bortoli NV
3 bottles (75cl) – ITA Prosecco
2 bottles (75cl) – Taringi Marlborough NZ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
2 bottles (75cl) – Viognier, Le Versant 2013
2 bottles (75cl) – Henry Fessy Merlot 2012
2 bottles (75cl) – Wakefield Promised Land (Cabernet / Shiraz Blend) 2010
1 bottle (75cl) – Grahams Late Bottled Vintage Port
All prices shown include VAT and free delivery to one address. If you wish to send multiple cases to different addresses please contact us for a quote.
Note: We hope you all have a wonderful time at your Christmas parties and hope everyone stays safe on the roads. Without being a party pooper, The Gaitpost was interested to learn that if you drank 4 pints or 3 large glasses of wine during a night out it could take as long as 12 hours for the alcohol to leave your system. If you stopped drinking at midnight you could still be over the drink drive limit at 10am and this has led to 17,000 over the limit morning-after convictions a year.
Check out AlcoSense – the award-winning clever gadget to help you make a clearer decision about whether to drive or not (it won’t get you off the hook)