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11 December 2020

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Hail Hot Bottlers!

The Christmas Countdown is spinning in a joyful whirl and I’ve got a terrific tombola of Value Vino for you to stock your wine racks with for a winning festive season.


I am also delighted to share an offer from Coolhurst Vineyards who are offering a 12% discount on purchases of their delightful Lady Elizabeth Rosé 2016 donating 6% to the Drinks Trust.  You can get this very special discount for Christmas delivery until 16th December by entering the code DRINKSTRUST at the checkout on coolhurstvineyards.com - lovely fizz from Sussex, I buy it myself.


Last orders please! If you’re keen to order from my online shop there are a few signed and personalised books still available for Christmas - visit my shop and order by 15th December for Christmas delivery.


Tim Peake was out of this world on Saturday Kitchen and I loved taking him on a tour of my Planet of the Grapes, catch up here.


And my latest column in You Magazine delivers my top drinks for the flavour of Liquid Christmas, check it out here.


On we go to Value Vino, this week’s treats are:

Sainsbury’s TTD Viognier IGP Pays D’OC 2019 (13%) £8 Attractive delicacy to this gorgeous white wine, the whole experience reminds me of brushing past a stall selling peaches at a sunny French market. There’s vitality alongside scent here too, like an apricot that's made up its mind to learn tap-dancing.

Bulgarian Heritage Misket Via Vinera 2019 (13%) £7.50 The Wine Society. Orange blossom! Refreshing and floral as a sherbet rose, this Bulgarian beauty is unbeatable value for money.

Pasqua Romeo & Juliet Passione Sentimento Passimento Bianco 2019 (13%) £8.99 Majestic. I poured this for Rick Stein who memorably described it as “Soave on steroids”.  Luxuriant, plush, rich and creamy, this is a stellar white to pour with turkey and all the trimmings.

Wolfberger Gewurztraminer 2018 (12.5%) £9.25 Co-Op. Slick rich and and exotic, this is like liquid rose petals trickling over a heap of glossy lychees. Immense with spicy foods, stock up for the turkey curry this Christmas.

 Famille Perrin Les Cardinaux 2018 (14%) £10 Tesco. A treat of a red wine from the same family behind famous Château Beaucastel. Balanced between ripeness and spice, there’s just the right tension here to hold up the fruit. This is aromatic and altogether lovely.

Have a festive weekend and keep in touch,

Olly x

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  Olly Smith