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As we move into 2020 and reflect on the last 12 months we would like to wish you all a very happy New Year and to thank you for your support and custom.
My Wriggly Tin dream is really beginning to come to life and it’s all thanks to you. We hope that you have enjoyed your wines over Christmas and some fizz for the New Year. We also have expansion plans for the new year so look our for our announcements on Instagram and Facebook to find out more.
I will continue to find interesting and quality wines throughout the New Year for you to enjoy. We have a few offers to tempt you coming up in January and some healthier lifestyle wines to suit those wanting to detox (a little) over the next few months.
Our next Tasting is March 28th tickets are available now on the website so we hope you can join us. Your place still needs to be reserved even if you are a Wriggly Tin KING. Follow the link below to book your place. As always Kings members are free and can brig a guest. If your not a Kings Member yet you can still join and claim your free place.
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So a huge Thanks from us to you and wishing you a wonderful 2020.
Sarah & Steve x
We are delighted to announce that not only are we open for collections from Wednesday 18th, we are also operating as a pop up tasting bar so you can have a glass of wine with friends or try before you buy whilst browsing around the wines.
This is a one off event in the run up to Christmas and each day will have different wines available by the glass, G & T’s and even a glass of beer, and we hope that you can join us on one of the following days.
Sunday – Closed
Monday 23rd 2.30 – 7pm
Christmas Eve 11am – 4pm
Hope to see you soon
As Christmas time approaches, and you’ve almost completed the gift buying, the house and tree decorating it’s time to start thinking about the main event. Christmas Dinner. Now whether you decide on a traditional Christmas or something a bit more modern, please, please, please remember the wine. After all a good meal never started with a bad wine.
The thing with Christmas is that there are so many flavours to consider, that actually pairing wine with your Christmas meal is quite difficult, and very mind boggling. Everyone has different tastes but having spent so care working out what you are going to eat, it’s only right that we make sure the wines compliment the food.
Not everybody decides to go with the traditional Roast turkey but there are a few things that come up time and time again that are crucial in the pairing of wine and food, these core taste changers are dominant at Christmas and are as follows:
- Very strong flavours.
The wine you choose needs to compliment the food and not be overshadowed by it and with so many flavours on the table this in inevitably going to mean that one wine will not suffice. You need options and plenty of them.
When we break down the meal there are several component parts that we can give you advice on which wines would work well. They are ingredients such as: Butter, Green Vegetables, Herbal stuffing, Potatoes, the meat and of course Dessert
The most crucial piece of advice I can give you is this…if you want your Christmas meal to be a hit choose several wines to compliment the food and not just one. With so many variables at the table this is not a one size fits all situation.
So where do we start?
Sparkles of course
The obvious choice would be a sparkling, everyone loves a sparkling and there are plenty to choose from. Sparkling wine goes well when your guests arrive it can also work throughout the meal. If you choose to serve sparkling wine throughout the meal don’t just pick one. Try a light style sparkling to begin with as the lightness and acidity will go really well with canapes, choose something that is fruity or has a tiny bit of sweetness such as a new world Champagne style blend or a Durello from Italy if Champagne is beyond your budget.
As you head on to the main course a sparkling rose works well I would suggest something with Pinot Noir this offers a little more structure and will balance well with the butteriness but also works with a herby stuffing, if you can afford champagne then go for a Blanc de Noir. Finally when it comes to dessert you could add to the table a demi sec sparkling a Vouvray is a great choice here or even a English Demi Sec such as Nyetimber.
If sparkling wine is not your thing then white wine is the obvious answer to the Christmas meal. White generally goes better because the Christmas meal usually contains a lot of butter and for this you need a wine that is both rounded and has plenty of acidity, by this we mean the sort of acidity that you get from say a Strawberry or a Kiwi Fruit and not the sort from a lemon. So this may exclude a lot of Zingy New World Sauvignon Blancs I am sorry to say. It also has to be an aromatic wine which will compliment the green things on the plate. So for this we are meaning a Chenin, an off dry wine like a Riesling or a Gruner veltliner, if you want to go to Chardonnay choose a good quality lighter style not something that’s heavily oaked. These wines are strong on acidity they generally come from mineral type soils, but the overwhelming feature of these varieties is the fact that these wines are not just drinkable they’re highly sniffable too. Why is this important?, because by hitting two of your senses your experience is more intense, much more memorable and if you get it all right – oh so enjoyable.
Another must have for the Christmas table is Rose wine, people love rose wine and it shouldn’t just be drunk in the summer months. It pairs superbly with roast turkey and potatoes. If you like drier wines once again a Pinot Noir or a Pinot Meunier works well as they have not just the fruitiness but also the structure to hold their own.
And the red’s
The winter is all about red wines, and yes they go well with heavy casseroles, steak and ale pies and all things Italian. However when choosing a wine for the Christmas table you shoul err on the side of caution so as not to overpower the food with tannin. Tannin and butter are not a good mix so please bare this in mind. Personally however whenever I cook I usually do a strong flavoured gravy that’s heavy on the beef bouillon, so if this is you then your Christmas table can carry off some of the bigger reds, like a Californian Zinfandel, Chateauneuf du Pape or a classic Bordeaux. But be warned wines with too much tannin will simply over power the other flavours so for a safe bet we suggest sticking to something that is lighter and fruitier, something from Beaujolais maybe a Brouilly or a new world Gamay, a Merlot would be ok although personally not for me.
Pudding or dessert
Finally, we can’t leave the discussion without mentioning dessert. The general rule with wine for dessert is that the wine needs to be sweeter than the pudding. So a late harvest Riesling or a Sauternes will pair well with your Christmas pudding and custard. If you’re feeling adventurous, we do a dessert Tannat from Uruguay which is divine with anything that has chocolate in it or simply poured over ice cream.
And the final piece to the puzzle…, a ruby port goes not just with cheese but also with chocolate so is a great way to finish off any meal.
Christmas is a time for indulgence and a lot of the wines mentioned here are not in the cheapest price bracket, there are however alternatives at every level and we hope that by reading this you have gained some insight as to the type of wines that would work well. Of course everyone’s tastes are different so we hope that by offering a selection you will be able please most people.
Below is a selection of mouthwatering wines which I have chosen from our range which pair well with the Christmas meal. We have all of these available individually to purchase alternatively you can choose from our Christmas selection boxes for the ideal Christmas treat. Our full list of wines can be downloaded below.
Montressor Royal Rose
Gremilet Blanc de Noir
Henners Native Grace Rose
Peacock Wild ferment Chenin Blanc
Spiny Back Pinot Gris
Estival Gewurtztraminer, Moscatel, Chardonnay
Pfaffl Gruner Veltliner
Crozes Hermitage Blanc
La Boheme Pinot Noir Rose
Chateau Clarettes Provence Rose
La Boheme Gamay
Chateau Gaillard Fleurie.
Cline Old Vine Zinfandel
Arc Chateauneuf du Pape
Alcyone Dessert Tannat
Rustenberg Red Muscadel
Krohn Ruby Port
Krohn Vintage Port
Our Christmas Tasting is just a few days away so if you haven’t ordered your tickets yet there’s just a few more available.
Date: Saturday 23rd November
Location: Heath Cottage, Heath Lane, Wilsford. Lincs NG32 3PG
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Join us for a festive insight into the wines that we think you’d love this Christmas time. Whether it’s a party with friends & colleagues or a formal meal we have something for everyone.
It’s a relaxed informal tasting with a few nibbles to taste along the way.
We hope you can come and look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED THROUGH OUR WEBSITE FOR ADMISSION TO THIS EVENT. NO ADMISSION ON THE DAY.
We have a new page on our website. All our forthcoming events and tastings will be featured on our Events & Tastngs page. We have already added a few fun events for your diary so please checkout the page and book your places.
Forthcoming dates are:
Saturday 31st August – Summer Party Pairings
Friday 6th Sept – Walking with Wine
Friday 11h October – Chocolate and Wine tasting
Saturday 23rd November Christmas Wine tasting.
Hope to see you soon.
Are you looking forward to harvesting your own crop of fruit or veg?
Of course, H is for Harvest ?
You reap what you sow – or so we are led to believe.
This is indeed true on so many levels with making wine, but sometimes things happen, like the weather, that are completely out of our control.
As harvest time approaches, spare a thought for our wineries and winemakers.
They’ve spent the last 12 months tending to their crops, praying to the gods for a bit of rain, but not too much, warm sunny days and cool overnight winds.
? Finally, the grapes are ripe and the time has come to pick.
Rarely do you see family and friends rolling up their sleeves and pulling on their wellies to crush the hand-picked grapes of the family vineyard anymore.
These days grapes are often picked by machines that work around the clock to harvest the grapes at the optimum time.
Nevertheless, this time of year is an emotional rollercoaster; filled with anticipation, excitement, a bit of fear but hopefully joy and happiness as the harvested grapes turn into well loved wines ?