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Two part tasting: Thursdays 25 November & 2 December 2021
Fee covers both weeks
What a treat we have in store in our special Christmas tasting to round-off the year. Perfectly timed to whet your appetitie and provide inspiration for the festive season, our tasting features wines that Tom thinks would be ideal for the Christmas dinner table. There will be classics including Champagne, Cru Beaujolais and sweet Monbazillac, but we’re stretching the imagination with some intriguing and unusual beauties too.
We’ll consider all aspects of Christmas food and wine matching, for both traditional fare and for those planning an alternative Christmas meal. If Tom’s wine choices appeal, we’ve timed the tasting so you will have plenty of time to source these, or find similar wines.
What to expect
Tom’s tastings are always relaxed and inclusive, but packed with information and insight. For Christmas we will cover essential styles for the celebration: sparkling, white, red and sweet. Tom will explain some of the wine-matching opportunities and challenges presented by this once a year occasion, looking at aspects like richness, texture and flavour of the tradional roast-turkey feast. We’ll look at sweet wines to match Christmas pudding and lighter dessert alternatives, cheeses too, and crisp but full-flavoured whites to cope with seafood and fish as a starter.
If you are planning a non-tradtional Christmas meal, be that more red meat-based or a vegetarian alternative, we’ll cover that too, both in theory and with some of our wine choices.
Christmas is a time of excess for many people, so although we are pushing the boat out a little with some of our wine choices, we’ve negotiated a discounted price from our supplier: the six wines will be delivered for £85 – an average of around £15 per bottle. As always, Tom makes no commission on the wines, which are detailed below.
This tasting runs over two sessions, from 7pm – 8pm each evening. The ticket price of £25 covers both sessions and is per household, not per person.
We’ll open three wines each night, but they’ll drink just as well over the next couple of days so nothing will be wasted. You may also attend without purchasing the wines.
This case is offered at a discounted price of £85 including UK mainland delivery. It is only available at this price via the link given to those buying tickets for this tasting.
Gobbilard, Tradition Champagne (37.5cl, France)
C. Tombacco, Pecorino Archivo 2020 (Italy)
La Modonne, Fleurie 2020 (France)
Ernie Els, The Big Easy Red 2018 (South Africa)
Grange Neuve, Monbazillac 2017 (50cl, France)
Alcyone, Tannat Desert Wine (50cl, Uruguay)