Laithwaites Festive Pours: When do you decorate your Christmas tree?

What do you think Christmas is all about?

Is it the big day itself? Sitting with family and friends around the dinner table, tucking into your favourite festive treats. Or is it something simpler? A feeling that grows as December progresses, starting with the first mince pie you eat and ending when the decorations get packed away?

Us wine nuts firmly believe it’s the latter. From the Laithwaites delivery arriving at your door, to Rioja-ing around the Christmas tree, right through to the wine filled Christmas parties, we think every moment is worth of savouring, just like our wines.

That’s why this year we’ll be celebrating Christmas all-month long, and sharing how we turn the smaller Christmas moments into an opportunity for a festive pour.

For us, the first weekend in December is when we put up our Christmas tree and other decorations, and what better way to celebrate the kick-off to Christmas than with a glass of fizz? 

We’ve chosen Wyfold Vineyard Brut 2017 from Barbara Laithwaite’s two-hectare Oxfordshire estate. 

And if you think English Sparkling Wine can’t be every bit as luxurious as Champagne, think again. This wine uses the same classic grapes that you’d find in Champagne, and follows the same traditional-method style of making fizz.  

In fact, many of the greatest Champagne houses have been busy snapping up land in the UK, particularly in the south, where the climate creates the perfect growing conditions for the very best bubbly. 

When do you decorate your Christmas tree?

Win Christmas by taking part in our Festive Pours giveaway

We want you to get involved in this most wonderful time of the year and are giving you a chance to win every single wine in our Festive Pours countdown to Christmas.

This includes FIVE of our favourite sparkling wines, from the luxurious Laithwaites Champagne Blanc de Blanc Premier Cru, to the flirtatious, winking  L’Occhiolino Sparkling Red from Italy’s Emilia-Romagna. 

Then there’s the still wines: an iconic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the country’s first vineyard to make the style, a full, creamy Chardonnay you won’t believe isn’t Burgundy, a trendy Orange wine from France’s Languedoc region, an organic Frappato packaged in 100% recycled glass and a juicy, fruity Californian Pinot Noir perfect for pairing with roast Turkey. 

And we’ll throw in a selection of sweet and fortified wines including a sweet white Port and a rich, nutty sherry

Finally, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a party … so we’re including a pack of our Grazing Sun wine in cans, perfect to taking to someone else’s house! 

To be in with a chance of winning, make sure you’re following on Instagram and follow the steps on our competition post.

About Laithwaite's Wine

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