Can you believe we’re another week closer? As we move towards the end of November you’ll need to start planning for the festive season. When are we going into the loft to get the Christmas decorations? How early is too early to put up a Christmas tree? When should we start thinking about the turkey and just how many extra chairs are we going to need to locate for the dinner table?
There are a hundred things you need to worry about in the lead up to Christmas, filling your wine-rack shouldn’t be one of them. Over the course of the year we discount a number of bottles to ensure you can always grab a bargain. Each week in the lead up to Christmas, I’ll be showcasing three bottles that you can save money on.
Magnifica Coteaux du Languedoc 2010 – Was
£9.99, Now £7.99
We have long espoused the idea that there are many, undiscovered, less expensive areas of wine production to be discovered. At the vanguard of these areas, stylistically, most often is a band of passionate, small-scale winemakers with their finger on the terroir pulse. Quite excitingly we have found a way to bring these wines to your door. We use our friend and master-blender, Gavin Crisfield, who sources from his friends, the boutique chaps, to make something more spectacularly large from the parts!
Xanadu Margaret River Shiraz 2005 – Was
£12.99, Now £9.99
This is a knock-off parcel of the much-vaunted Western Australian legend that is Xanadu. Whilst it hasn’t actually been stolen, it has found its way to us through some shady dealers who acted for the winery in off-loading a little surplus they had. We were only too happy to oblige, since the wine is awesome. Mr X gave us the wine, we gave him the money, no-one got hurt. You ain’t seen us, right?
Two Bulls Sangiovese Merlot 2011 – Was
£9.99, Now £7.99
They say that two heads are better than one – and when those two heads are on the shoulders of Frank Meaker and Nico Vermeulen, two of the oldest “bulls” on the South African wine scene, the saying could not be more apt. The combination of sophisticated Sangiovese and full-throttle, plum-tinged Merlot is exceedingly effective. Fine coastal parcels from the Simonsberg, overlooking Stellenbosch, were used in the creation of this unusually brilliant red