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Christmas cheers!

It’s never too early to start stocking up the drinks cabinet, especially if you are hosting this Christmas. Use the time to really plan what drinks you will need over the festive period – think about who is coming and what drinks they typically enjoy, and when you might be drinking. Generally, it’s a good idea to have a mixture of red, white and sparkling wines, a couple of different spirits with mixers, a range of beer and cider, plus soft drinks and no-alcohol alternatives. Check out some amazing MEMBER EXCLUSIVE offers you can take advantage of!

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Sparkling wine & champagne

This is the best way to start every party but it doesn’t have to be expensive. If you enjoy champagne, take advantage of our exclusive Taste Club offer, or seek out cheaper alternatives – many French sparkling wines and Spanish cavas offer a similar depth of flavour, or for a lighter fizz, Italian prosecco is still everyone’s favourite party drink.

Charles De Villers Champagne: this champagne has elegance and complexity and also a richness of flavour, making it ideal as an aperitif and also with light dishes. Get £5 OFF when you scan your Taste Club card at the till!

Morrison’s The Best Marques de los Rios Cava: it’s full of fruity bubbles, slightly dry and a real party in a glass! Cava loves a twist of spice so serve it with the global canapes in this month’s Eat. Take advantage of 15% off Morrisons ‘The Best’ wines when you scan your Taste Club card at the till.

Three Choirs Cuvée: this gold award-winning sparkling wine is produced at the impressive Three Choirs Vineyard in Newent and is a show-stopper of a bottle.

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Christmas reds

Perfect for the main meal, a good quality red wine is like a hug from Santa, bottled up into liquid form. Try these classic reds from world-renowned wineries for a flavour to savour long after the guests have gone home!

Armigero Sangiovese Riserva: made by a century-old family-run winery in Italy, this ruby red from Broadway Wine Company has lashings of ripe cherries, dried fruit and spice, and is light and fruity on the palate

Morrisons The Best Douro Red: this robust, award-winning Portuguese red has flavours of ripe plums with a hint of spicy black pepper. Enjoy 15% off Morrisons ‘The Best’ wines with your Taste Club card.

Trivento Malbec Private Reserve: after being aged for eight months in oak barrels, this Argentian red is deep in colour, with nutmeg and black pepper aromas, married with chocolate notes

 

 

Festive whites

A bright, light white can help to keep a long day feeling fun and festive. Perfect as an aperitif or with starters – you could always dilute it into a spritz to pace yourself!

Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: a great example of a Marlborough New Zealand Sauv Blanc, this has aromatic notes of snow pea, nettles and guava leading to a palate of melon, citrus and grapefruit flavours

Morrisons The Best Gavi: this is a lively little Italian, full of apple and pear fruitiness with a citrus zing that makes it so great with white fish and soft cheese

Morrisons The Best Riesling: this award-winning, German white is made in the fruity but crisp ‘Trocken’ or dry style, giving you peach blossom aromas with bright tangy green apple palate. Why not try something new, and get 15% off when you scan your Taste Club card at the till when purchasing a Morrisons ‘The Best’ wine?

 

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Spirits of Christmas

When wine is all around you it can be easy to forget the sheer pleasure in sipping a G&T or an after-dinner whisky. Make time for some Christmas spirit this year!

Plymouth Gin: this award-winning, smooth, creamy and full-bodied gin is made with soft Dartmoor water and pure grain alcohol in small batches at England’s oldest operating gin distillery. Pick up a bottle and get £5 off when you scan your Taste Club card at the till

Chase Distillery Aged Marmalade Vodka: Beautifully bittersweet, this is a stunning orange flavoured vodka made with zesty, thick-cut marmalade. It has a long finish and a velvety mouthfeel, delicious served in cocktails

Cotswold Distillery Founder’s Choice Single Malt Whisky: ageing in highly active casks gives a rich and intense maturation to this whisky, offering strong notes of toffee, chocolate and red fruits, as well as a beautiful, deep colour

Not everyone wants to drink alcohol and thankfully there are so many great alternatives on the market these days. Whether you want an alcohol-free version of your favourite tipple or a simple juice, you’ve got plenty of choice

Nozeco: this sparkling non-alcohol drink looks like any other party fizz except it won’t give you hangovers! Get £1 off when you scan your Taste Club card at the till!

Hayles Fruit Farm Apple Juice: these award-winning single variety apple juices give a grown-up flavour to soft drinks. There are over 10 single variety juices to choose from or opt for the Christmassy apple and cinnamon juice. Scan your Taste Club card at the till and get 20% off Hayles Fruit Farm apple juice.

Hogan’s High Sobriety Cider: it may be just 1% ABV, but this light, refreshing and gently sparkling low-alcohol cider is no less authentically pressed than any other of Hogan’s ciders

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And for the lager drinkers...

We haven’t forgotten the lager drinkers either, we’re giving Taste Club members a pack of Budweiser 10x440ml for only £10 when you scan your Taste Club card at the till.