It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Nothing is as jolly as a nice glass of fine wine at Christmas. Whether you want a cheap and cheerful €5.99 Italian treat in a bottle or you want to really spoil yourself with a nice Bordeaux, Burgundy or Chateauneuf du Pape, the time to do it is now. We have a huge range of offers laid out in our new brochure.

Nothing is as jolly as a nice glass of fine wine at Christmas. Whether you want a cheap and cheerful €5.99 Italian treat in a bottle or you want to really spoil yourself with a nice Bordeaux, Burgundy or Chateauneuf du Pape, the time to do it is now. We have a huge range of offers laid out in our new brochure.

The new Christmas brochure has been dispatched around the locality at this stage; so hopefully you have come across our colorful 28 pages of wine deals, wine thoughts, advice. We even threw in a movie star for the ladies. The brochure is free so please call to us to pick one up or ask us to send you one and we will gladly oblige.

I think it’s time to put my wine knowledge to good use and offer the people of Tipperary some advice on what wines to buy this Christmas. What wine are we to have with turkey, goose, spiced beef and all the other delicacies. This is a question I get repeatedly asked every year. As always there is a wine for every style and every budget.

If you want to spare the pennies this Christmas and get the best bang for your hard earned buck, I would suggest the following. Stick with southern France wines styles for Reds, as they are still very cheap for the quality and offer medium to full bodied versatile wines. There is a reason that Gassac Classic is our best selling red, and especially now on offer for €7.19 / bottle (pre – budget prices).

For a white, I would suggest something like a Garganega or Pinot Grigio from Italy. Starting at €5.99 on special, these wines are easy drinking and great for the neighbors house hopping visits this Christmas. Alternativley, the Chilean Sauvignon Blancs are always popular (from €6.79).

However, it is Christmas and you can up your average spend by a little but get a whole lot more for it. I think Pinot Noir is always great with turkey as it lifts the dryness of the meat. You can spoil yourself with Sam Neill’s wonderful New Zealand wines from €22 or you can do the French thing from €14.99 in Burgundy.

Chateau Bauduc has been our best selling white wine over €12 this year and continues to be very popular. A crisp dry Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc favoured by Gordon Ramsey in his restaurants and Rick Stein as well. We currently have it on offer in a Buy 5, get 1 free offer, which brings its average price down to 11.66.

If you want something more classic, we also have some Lussac St Emilion, some Grand Cru St Emilion and Margaux from Bordeaux, starting at €14.99. If you want something more full bodied, then the new Negly Languedoc wines are for you, or maybe a Chateauneuf du Pape – great with Goose or duck.

Those great Provence wines such as Anges, Miraval and Margui are great with food so come into their own at Christmas time and are great with the turkey. Roussanne and Rolle are the grapes that are at work here. A great time to be adventurous and great wines for relatively cheap money, starting at €13.49.

If you are looking for gifts, then a heavily discounted mix case makes a fine alternative to the normal socks and underpants. They start at €45 for a case of 6 and have budget busters, Christmas crackers and all Red, all white and even a Fancy Dan case (with over €40 off) if you want to push the boat out.

Wherever you buy your wines and other goodies this Christmas, can I urge you to buy it from a local business who’s owners and employees spend their money locally. There are many locally owned independent businesses in Tipperary that need your support this Christmas. With a government policy that is anti small business, we rely on the people to keep going. Power to the people.

As a last little yearend farewell, I would like to sincerely thank the people who have taken the time to read this article, and especially those who have come down to the warehouse and taste wines that reflect the land where they come from and the people who make them. It has been another difficult year in this country and for local business, and we are in it together, so together we will get through it.