Hints and tips from the wine expert

Sam Caporn, qualified as a Mistress of Wine, knows choosing the perfect Christmas drinks can be an overwhelming task. So she’s here to guide you through the season with hints and tips on which bottles will complement your delicious Christmas food and your wonderful festive parties.

Sam’s top Christmas pairings

1. I love bubbles, especially Champagne and Veuve Monsigny NV is a frequent visitor to my fridge.

2. Wine drinking for me is very seasonal. In winter I want rounded, plush whites and smooth but powerful reds. In the spring and summer it’s back to rosé and whites with more zip along with a lighter red. The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling is my perfect spring and summer tipple.

3. I love oak in my wines, as I adore the spicy flavours oak brings to the party such as in Rioja.

4. I used to be a wine buyer and have a soft spot for Australian wines as I spent a lot of time in Oz, plus I met my husband there but that’s another story.

5. Wine is to be enjoyed whether on your own or with good friends and learning about what you like, regardless of what anyone else thinks, is ultimately all that counts. I sat next to a lovely lady at a dinner once who kept apologising because she only drank pinot grigio. Even with steak. So what? She knew what she liked and that really is the most important thing and I am very much looking forward to helping everyone who wants to work out what wines they enjoy. Cheers!

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We’re hugely proud of the quality of our wine. So it’s gratifying that experts from around the world agree that it’s some of the best around. Our latest range has already won an impressive range of honours, so raise a glass to some of the award-winning flavours you’ll find on our shelves.