11/12/21 - What Wine to Gift This Christmas LIVE Tasting

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Our LIVE virtual tastings became an absolute INSTITUTION during the lockdowns of 2020, and they became a god damned NECESSITY during the 2021 ones!! We wanted to keep them going - if you don’t want to go out, don’t want to get a babysitter, don’t want to get out of your comfy’s then the Grape to Grain LIVE Tasting is here for you!


Better then a night watching Netflix, taste some brilliant wines, learn some stuff off Baz and Jen, eat some bits, laugh at Tom’s terrible jokes…ok forget that last one…The LIVE tastings will continue so long as you want them! Xxx


Our LIVE Tastings start at 8pm :)


This week;


What wine to gift this Christmas is a yearly worry…you don’t want to low ball and look cheap, but you also don’t want to drop too much cash on a bottle (unless you’re going to be there when it’s opened!!) This tasting will give you all the info and ammo you need.


Split into 3 sections…What to buy your coworker, what to buy your in-laws and what to buy for your partner/yourself. 


The wines are delivered to your door, with matched cheeses and we then taste it together online, we will be live streaming on Facebook LIVE and of course on Zoom too!! Banging wines and 2 pillocks hosting...or 2 pillocks and Jen...


The 'portions' are 100ml 'Tasters' and 500ml 'Carafes' or the imperious 'Full Bottle'. Pick the right size for you, your budget and how many guests you have.


All these are subject to change...but...here's the lineup!


- The first, What to buy your coworker…you don’t really know what they like, so it needs to be a crowdpleaser. You don’t want to drop loads of cash, but you don’t know how nice a gift they’ve bought you so it wants to punch above its weight. We have gone for the Felino Malbec. Deep, opaque royal purple, leaning to indigo hues. Very expressive on the nose, displaying gorgeous notes of violet flowers and shortbread. On the palate, it carries vibrant flavours of blueberry, boysenberry, jam and a precise note of black cherry pie.
- Secondly, What to buy for your in-laws…You want to look cultured, but not flash. You want to score a bargain, but chances are you’ll be there when it’s opened so you want to drink fire!! Our answer…the Bodegas LAN Rioja Reserva. A complex Rioja Reserva from Tempranillo and Mazuelo grapes grown in prime sites in Rioja Alta and Alavesa. Aromas of bright red fruits are married with notes of vanilla and spices from oak ageing and subtle earthy hints.

- Finally, What to buy for your partner/yourself…Self explanatory…self care care baby! Either you’re drinking it, or your significant other is, so let’s GO!!!! All bets are off, let’s open something mega…our suggestion is the Henschke ‘Keyneton Euphonium’ Syrah/Cabernet/Merlot.  Deep crimson with garnet hues, this wine is enticing on the nose, with aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and cassis, enveloped by herbal notes of sage and bay leaf that lead to subtle nuances of red fruits, black pepper, vanilla and cedar. The palate displays purity, balance and texture and offers rich flavours of red and blackcurrant, dried herbs and black pepper.



Serious wines, for (not very) serious folk...Should be an absolute spanker!!