Food & Drink

Best Winter Wines to Explore

If sparkling wine and champagne isn’t for you this season, we’ve curated a special selection of still wine delights well worth exploring.

Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz

This is a prime example of a warm-climate Australian Shiraz. It’s intense and full of ripe fleshy-fruit flavour. Notes of plum, raspberry, spice and vanilla lead to flavours of dark chocolate. Excellent paired with a roast or steak. From Majestic or Wine & Something Bottles of Kindness

Zalze Old Vine Chenin Blanc

A fresh, crisp, easy drinking wine with delicious tropical fruit flavours and notes of lime, lemon zest and guava. Great with spicy seafood dishes. Waitrose Cellar

Demarie Roero Arneis DOCG

If you love your wines super light, bright and refreshing, this is one for you. It comes from Roero DOCG – a protected denomination in Piemonte, and has wonderful aromas of honeysuckle, elderflower and minerals, with elegant notes of jasmine and acacia. It’s perfect paired with scallops, oysters, chicken or white fish. Independent Wine

Antonelli San Marco Montefalco Sagrantino

This wonderful rich and intense wine is amazing paired with roasted, grilled and braised red meat, game and aged hard cheese. Notes are of ripe deep fruit and aromatic herbs, with hints of cherries and mint. On the palate it’s very structured wine with a strong tannin and long-lasting finish. and Jeroboams

Familia Blanco Mairena Malbec

A gorgeous example of a quality Malbec from a family-owned winery based in the Luján de Cuyo district of Mendoza. This wine opens with an opulent nose of sweet crushed blackberries, liquorice, spice and savoury meaty notes. Wine & Something

L’Avenir Estate Single Block Chenin Blanc

Produced from a vineyard that was planted in 1971, this L’Avenir Estate’s single vineyard Chenin bears a remarkable similarity with a classic white Burgundy. Notes are of pear, quince and toast and it has a flinty/mineral edge. A versatile wine which can be paired well with chicken, fish, cheeses, vegetarian dishes and more. Wine & Something

Pink Diesel Rose

This delicious rosé is a pretty pale peach/pink in colour, and has notes of honey, peach and citrus making it perfect for light and easy drinking any time of the year. It comes from a selected vineyard in the limestone hills of Bandol, Provence, the most famous region in the world for rosé. Do opt for at least a magnum or case of 6 as it will prove so popular with family and friends you’ll run out in no time! Pink Diesel

Laylo Luxury Boxed Wines

A eco-friendly way to enjoy delicious wine. All boxes are great but we’re particularly fond of their ‘Super Tuscan’ Lot #7: Toscana IGT. Made from Sangiovese and Merlot grapes, it’s naturally fermented and carefully aged, so that it captures the unique characteristics of the Chianti countryside.

Wickham French Champagne and White Wine Gift Set

A beautiful gift set containing a bottle of Paul Langier Brut Champagne and a clean, crisp French white wine Côtes du Rhône La Ruchette Dorée from “La Capitale des Amoureux” – “The Capital of Lovers”. Presented in a wooden box with sliding lid, this is the ideal present for any wine lover who enjoys both champagne and still wine. Wickham Wine

Benjamin Darnault Pique-Nique Rose

If you love your rosés to be a berry extravaganza, this one is for you. With its heaps of ripe strawberries, side helping of raspberries to give a little zing, and slight hints of white florals, this quality rosé from the Languedoc hills is a delight. It’s not just for Summer either – lovely to enjoy any time of year. Naked Wines

Cider is Wine Voyage of Discovery Tasting Set

If you thought wine is only made from grapes – thin again! Cider In Wine is proving apples and other fruits can make amazing bottles to savour too. If you’re new to this – start out with their Voyage of Discovery Set. It contains the excellent Gospel Green Brut 2018 – A ground-breaking dry cider produced in Hampshire uses the same production technique as Champagne. Gospel Green Rosé 2017 – a really innovative cider made from a blend of 20% cooking and 80% dessert apples with a dosage of Pinot Noir. Cellar-aged for a minimum of 12 months, this cider uses the same production technique as Champagne. Gospel Green is actually the only cidermaker whose ciders are analysed by the IOC in Epernay, in Champagne. Once Upon A Tree Tidnor Wood Oak-Aged Still Cider 2018 – made from a single vintage, this 100% fresh-pressed fruit, never-from-concentrate cider combines a field blend of bitter sweet apples grown at Tidnor Wood Orchard, part of the original National Collection of cider apples, with dessert apples from Once Upon A Tree’s Dragon Orchard. And finally, Brännland Claim Iscider 2017 – an ice wine made from 100% Swedish apples, concentrated and elevated using the natural winter cold of northern Sweden. A true and original expression of the country, its apples and the family of ciders from which it was born. Cider is Wine

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