What better way to kick off a Christmas Day Celebration than with a luxurious glass of bubbly? The answer, there isn’t one! Here are some of our favourite high-end offerings to get those taste-buds tingling.
Champagne Bruno Paillard 2009 Assemblage Vintage (£58)
An absolute show stopper for Christmas 2019, the 2009 Assemblage Vintage from Bruno Paillard is a real showcase of the region’s most superb elements.
This wonderful Champagne has a gold straw colour and a lively feel, complete with delicate bubbles. Beautiful!
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé (£37 half bottle or £70 full bottle)
This Brut Rosé is a gorgeous blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir vinified as red wine. Delicate in pink colour, it’s light, elegant and finished with a fresh raspberry flavour.
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé is available in full bottles or half bottles in halves (ideal for luxury stocking fillers).
Jenkyn Place Blanc de Blancs (£38)
Jenkyn is a family owned boutique English Sparkling wine brand based in Bentley in Hampshire. They’ve been producing English sparkling wine since 2006, therefore they are really starting to establish themselves on the English sparkling wine scene. In their collection they have a Sparkling rosé, Brut Cuvée, Blanc de Noirs and but this year they’ve released their first ever Blanc de blancs, made entirely from chardonnay grapes. Wonderfully fresh and accompanied by clean citrus notes, this is a great alternative to Champagnes for 2019.
They recommend this is served with prawns in Marie Rose sauce, smoked salmon, vegetable tarts, as well as lending itself to dishes which incorporate lighter cheeses, or succulent white meats such as turkey and chicken.
Black Chalk Wild Rosé Sparkling Wine (£35)
Another English, Hampshire based offering, Black Chalk Wild Rosé is a sparkling wine made from grapes hand-sourced from Hampshire’s top vineyard sites (all within a 10-mile radius of Winchester).
We featured Black Chalk Wild Rose last year but the 2nd vintage is now available for a little variation in taste.
The King of Soho London Dry Gin (£32.99)
As the name may suggest, this gin is distilled in the heart of London and aims to emulate the authentic flavour of London Dry Gin using methods and botanicals perfected by their 11th generation master distiller.
A slightly more complex gin than most, there are twelve botanicals at play here, including a high presence of citrus botanicals including grapefruit peel, balanced by angelica root and cassia. Quadruple distilled and created in small batches, this is an exciting gin with a zesty clean flavour, where you also have hints of spice and pine coming through for additional complexity. Find out more on their website.
Black Cow Vodka (£28)
A unique and quirky take on vodka, Black Cow Vodka is an award-winning spirit that is made entirely from whey from grass-grazed cow’s milk left over from the cheese-making process. And, it’s delicious! How do they really make vodka from milk? Well, once distilled, it’s filtered through coconut-shell charcoal, producing exceptionally smooth vodka with (as you would expect) a unique creamy character.
Interestingly, due to the production process, this vodka is suitable for lactose intolerant vodka drinkers too, as the lactose is broken down in the process. Black Cow Vodka are offering loads of exciting gift packs, including sustainable gold-plated straws, cocktail shakers and the cheese which is made at the same dairy farm as the distillery. Available from selected Sainsbury’s stores, Harvey Nichols, Hedonism and Amazon.
A brand-new offering on the liqueur scene, Muyu has been created by some of the world’s most highly regarded bartenders – Alex Kratena, Monica Berg & Simone Caporale. Available in a tri of flavours, which combine unique botanicals, you may not have tasted anything quite like Muyu.
The three flavours include Muyu Jasmine Verte; Muyu Chinotto Nero and Muyu Vetiver Gris. We were lucky enough to try the Muyu Vetiver Gris, which has a unique earthiness and woody character (likely from the vetiver and patchouli). Unique, different and something that we would definitely recommend trying this Christmas, it’s certainly a talking point!
Plus, and we adore this, a share of profits going to NGOs working in the Amazon region. But that’s not all, they also use ethically sourced and sustainable ingredients. Available at the Master of Malt website.
Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto (£29.99)
Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto combines a rejuvenated classic recipe (almost lost to the past) and bergamot, unsurprisingly, for a fresh and exciting aperitif for Christmas 2019.
This rosolio takes on the typical characteristics you would expect, it’s light and sweet. However, the bergamot provide a citrus and sherbet character that makes it a lot of fun for the festive season. We particularly enjoyed it neat over ice, but you can combine with prosecco or dry vermouth to create a series of cocktails.
Aesthetically super stylish and oozing Italian class, Italicus is available at the Master of Malt or the Italicus website.
Donald Russell Free Range Bronze Turkey
Beautifully tender turkey that is full of natural flavour. Slowly grown, free-range and fed on a natural diet to make a world of difference in both taste and meaty succulence.
Available currently from Donald Russell for £59.
The Best Alternative
Looking for an alternative to Christmas Day treats? We suggest this stunning selection from Sushi Daily! As we all know, christmas food is traditionally laden with cream, cheese and meats. This is where Sushi Daily comes in and it may even steal the show! You can find this leading sushi brand with counters across the country, that is offering shoppers the chance to try a twist on the usual cheeseboard, canapés or even Christmas dinner with its range of freshly handmade festive season sushi platters.
Available from 26 November and made to order in around 20 minutes, the platters are available at Sushi Daily counters in convenient locations including selected Waitrose and Asda stores – and the open kitchen means customers can watch as Sushi Artisans prepare their platter from scratch. It is mouth-wateringly tasty – we can personally vouch for the freshness and craftmanship in every bite.
The Hanabi Party selection is about as decadent as it gets! It comes with a whopping 64 pieces of Sushi Daily specialities. In total, this platter includes four salmon nigiri, two tuna nigiri, eight crunch veggie roll, eight wakame veggie roll, nine spicy salmon roll, nine dream roll, six maki California, six Verde maki salmon, six roll’in salmon cheese and six maki avocado for £42.
Find out more here.
The After Dinner Tipples
Royal Salute 21 Year Old Signature Blends and Malt Blends
The ‘King of Whisky’ Royal Salute’s 21 Year Old now has two new blends added to their permanent collection. The new look sees a collaboration Created in collaboration with esteemed fine artist Kristjana S. Williams, and the illustration is part of a complete transformation for Royal Salute and a visual embodiment of the colourful, fantastical new direction the Scotch whisky is taking.
The elegant blends are each housed in beautifully crafted porcelain flagons, glazed in individual hues inspired by the precious stones set within the Imperial State Crown: a sapphire flagon for The Signature Blend, an emerald flagon for The Malts Blend and an obsidian flagon for The Lost Blend.
The Royal Salute Signature Blend and Malts Blend are available from select luxury whisky retailers around the world and The Lost Blend is available exclusively at in Duty Free stores around the world. Find out more on their website.
Blue Goose Coffee
The best way to kick back after a long meal is a coffee! We love these offerings from Blue Goose Coffee and they taste delicious! A new range of speciality, single-origin and organic coffees in innovative plastic-free, compostable starch and wood bark capsules.
They are available across the UK via Amazon, each coffee costs £18.00 for 40 biodegradable capsules, with free Amazon Prime next-day delivery available.
Find out more here.
2018 Diemersdal Wild Horseshoe is a delicious Sauvignon Blanc from Durbanville in South Africa. Available for just under £26, this wine is a real crowd pleaser, rich and elegant! However, if you are looking for a red, try the 2016 Mercurey Rouge ‘Les Vignes de Maillonge’ Domaine Michel Juillot (£27.95 reduced to £22.95). Could easily pass for a top Côte d’Or red but coming from a less famous part of Burgundy, it is still very affordable.
Both of the above wines are available from Jeroboams.
Château Pey la Tour Bordeaux Superiéur Magnum (£24.99)
If you are looking to really indulge with friends and family, then what could be better than a magnum!
Intense cherry and plum flavours are underpinned by a smokiness that makes it ideal for the festive season. We are fans! Buy yours from Waitrose.
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