Can you believe it, Christmas is just around the corner. 2020 has certainly been a different year for us all, and one that’s flown by.
We’ve been working hard (and still are) delivering your wines up and down the country for many of you to enjoy on the special day that’s fast approaching. While the festivities sadly may not be normal this year, one thing that will remain the same for many of us is getting the opportunity to sit back and pouring a glass of something special.
If you’re as nosey as us, you’ll love to know what everyone else is going to be drinking around Christmas. Here’s what our staff have picked …
Baronesa de Vilar
“We’ve been enjoying Baronesa de Vilar, it’s finished in port barrels which I think makes it a perfect festive wine!” Sophie – Ecommerce Campaign Manager
“For me, Christmas means fizz. Whether I’m wrapping gifts, FaceTiming with friends, or eating my weight in pigs in blankets, there just isn’t a festive occasion that a glass of bubbles doesn’t suit. This year I’m loving the 2018 Roche Lacour. Those delicious, peachy, slightly toasty bubbles add the perfect touch of festive shimmer to my evenings. Better still – because it’s a crémant – it’s affordable enough to always have in the fridge door!” Jennifer – Copywriter
Andresen Royal Choice 20-year-old Tawny Port
“Andresen Royal Choice 20-year-old Tawny Port – this is THE Christmas wine for me …. having said that, I love it any time of the year.
It’s not a jammy blackcurrant fruit-boom like an LBV, but instead packed full of brown sugar and caramel aromas, with a distinct nuttiness. Sweet, but perfectly balanced. It’s a real treat and simply stunning.
Contrary to popular believe, I find it’s best to serve Tawny Port slightly chilled, it really works, try it! What’s more, once opened, this Tawny will stay fresh in the fridge door for a month … if it doesn’t all get drunk sooner that is.
It’s great by itself, but I’m planning on having a splash on the 25th with Christmas pudding and with nuts, nibbles and mince pies on Boxing Day. Always a winner.” Greg – Wine Educator
“For me Christmas is the time for a treat and to enjoy some top fizz. Krug Grande Cuvée 168th Édition is one of my ultimate Champagnes.
I was spell bound when I first tasted it earlier in the year during the lockdown period and know that it will be a showstopper for Christmas.
Champagne is also great at Christmas because it can be enjoyed as an aperitif but also throughout a meal. That said, my person favourite given Krug’s complex, rich biscuity character is to accompany a cheese platter.” Sarah – Wine Buyer
“For me the Bellemore Pinotage is a favourite of mine, it will always remind me of my trip to South Africa a couple of years back – served with a nice juicy rare steak and not forgetting the blue cheese sauce.” Rachel – Events Manager
“Cooking with my favourite Pinot Noir, The Nelson Bay from New Zealand. Perfect for the Christmas turkey meal with its matching cranberry flavours.” Guy – Wine Educator
“Harrow & Hope Brut Rosé … it is just sublime. Elegant and fruity and perfect as an aperitif or to toast with. One could also serve it alongside some smoked salmon on blinis … either way, I love it.” Katie – Gifts Coordinator
“The wine I’ll certainly be drinking this Christmas is the Von Buhl Sekt, it’s the wine we had at our wedding and an excellent alternative to Champagne made in the traditional method. To me, Christmas Eve wouldn’t be complete without some bubbles, so this is perfect to begin the festivities.” Lauren – Events Manager
Stay safe and Merry Christmas from all of us here at Laithwaite’s!