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Category Archive: Wine at Christmas

Wine Pairing With Fruit Puddings? #AskJN

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Since over-indulgence is a recurring theme over the Christmas period, it is highly likely that most of us will not be content with one pudding on Christmas day but will offer a second with the rather limp excuse that it is to satisfy those who don’t like the traditional plum pudding!! The golden rule when […]

What Should I Pair With Christmas Pudding? #AskJN

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It’s the 25th December and it’s that time of the day, when you couldn’t possibly eat another morsel or drink another drop, and someone puts in front of you a plate of warm Christmas pudding with a big dollop of brandy butter. Oh go on. And while you’re at it you may as well wash […]

The Best Wine For Chocolate Puddings? #AskJN

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Christmas pudding, mince pies and trifle are not for everyone when it comes to the sweet end of Christmas desert indulgence.  Surely everyone likes chocolate though, and surely chocolate versions of these classics could convert the hordes of naysayers. The usual candidates (Port, Sauternes etc.) this time of year will certainly work well with a […]

Going to a Christmas party and not sure what to bring? #AskJN

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Looking for something special to bring to the hosts of a Christmas party? Sparkling wine is celebratory and festive and joyful. A magnum of sparkling wine is exponentially more exciting and a fantastic way to kick off a party.  This one comes from a brilliant producer in the Loire Valley in France.  It’s dry, elegant, […]

Hunting for a gift for a Christmas engagement? #AskJN

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Champagne is always a well-received gift and an engagement is a celebratory event that merits something special. Give this to the happy couple to enjoy over a quiet dinner à deux.  This is gorgeous – it is proper champagne, well-balanced and smooth, not at all acidic and because it’s rosé it has very gentle, soft […]

Need an Impressive Gift for your Boss? #AskJN

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You’ll need something to impress for the boss.  It’s a good idea to choose a wine from a prestigious appellation so that she or he will know you’ve chosen quality even if they don’t know much about wine.  Our producers are all small scale, hands on, top quality growers that elevate the wines to the […]

Searching for teacher gifts? #AskJN

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Hunting for something lovely to thank the people responsible for shaping the minds of your precious charges?  They can relax over a glass of this warming wintry red whilst doing the marking in front of the fire and feel ever so grateful to you! Condado de Haza Crianza, Spain Bottle Price: €22.99 / £15.99 Case […]

What Wine should I pair with Nut Roast? #AskJN

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If there’s a vegetarian around your Christmas table there is most likely a nut roast too. And even if you’re a carnivore it’s not be overlooked, it can be a great accompaniment to your meal; it complements the meat and vegetables nicely, rich in flavour and texture. But what to wash it down with? Recipes […]

Christmas Survival Kit

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What do you get for the people who have everything? We think we have it cracked with our Christmas Survival Kit! Christmas Survival Kit Christmas Survival Kit w/ Dessert Wine £65 / €99 Christmas Survival Kit w/ Port £65 / €99 A mixed case of 6 wines – a delicious Portuguese sparkling, two bottles of […]

What Should I Drink At Christmas With Smoked Salmon? #AskJN

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You know what, you can keep your turkey and sprouts on Christmas day!  Leave me with a nice piece of smoked salmon, some fine, local wheaten bread and butter and a good bottle of Champagne and I am a very happy girl. Smoked salmon is a great food for wine matching. Needless to say it […]

James Nicholson Recommends

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James Nicholson Recommends 12 Bottle Case Price: £155.00 / €225.00 6 Bottle Case Price: £79.00 / €110.00 Jim spends several months every year visiting wineries in search of new, interesting and, most importantly, good value wines. Our new partners tend to be smallish enterprises, often family businesses, whose emphasis is on quality rather than quantity […]