Mon 16 Dec 2013

The Season Of Advint: Staff Tips For Christmas


At the end of November I asked the team here at Stevenage what they would be drinking over Christmas. While some had decided to go with something on the spur of the moment, many had planned ahead – we have shared some of those ideas on The Society’s Twitter feed (using the hashtag #Advint).

Given that tomorrow (Tuesday 17th) is the last day for ordering to ensure UK delivery before Christmas, I thought I would share those plans not yet tweeted – perhaps you may wish to try the suggested wines yourself over the festive period and put them on your final pre-Christmas order.

Sauternes 2010 BW4182Tom Buzzard, Member Services adviser: Forcing the family to break tradition this year on Christmas Eve, with Sauternes 2010 replacing the same old Sherry. Fingers crossed they like it as much as me!

Gareth Park, campaign manager: Christmas Eve – sparkling Filipa Pato 3B Rosado, in the hot tub with my Christmas hat on (there’s an image for you!).

Stephanie Searle, Tastings Team: Accompanying the starter of goat’s cheese and smoked salmon on lightly grilled toasted squares will be Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2013 with its distinctive flair.

SamosLaura Vickers, copywriter: Samos Anthemis 2007 with Christmas pud and/or mince pies – a revelation, and crazy good value!

James Malley, Member Services adviser: I am looking forward to sitting down on Boxing Day with a few glasses of The Society’s Exhibition Tawny Port, 10 years old, a cheeseboard and relaxing in front of the TV.

CH331Sam Vooght, Showroom superviser: Christmas Eve – The Society’s Champagne, The Society’s Vin d’Alsace, Chateau Pey La Tour Réserve 2009.  Christmas Day – more Champagne, The Society’s Exhibition Reserva Rioja 2007, The Society’s Exhibition  Sauternes 2010 & Nuy Red Muskadel, plus something special from my own Ridge Vineyards collection.

Janet Wynne Evans, specialist wine manager: Afraid I don’t even know where I will be spending Christmas yet (probably at Leigh Delamere services) let alone what I may be uncorking, but it will hopefully include the last knockings of some very ancient purchases from a glorious bygone age when we weren’t saving up for retirement: 1990 Bolly, 1992 Bonneau du Martray, 1981 Leoville Las Cases and a 1999 Gevrey from Mortet. There will be some 1994 Madeira just to help things along. Think of all that in a car park off the M4 with a starter from Harry Ramsden’s, mains from Burger King and everything else from M&S!

Whatever you’re drinking this Christmas, may it be a Merry one!

Ewan Murray
PR Manager

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