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Wine recommendations with Antoinette Milne

With so many new and exciting Welsh and Welsh related wines and spirits to celebrate, it’s hard to keep up. We’re spoilt for choice and the time has never been better to champion these fine examples.

All perfect for relaxing and for those pre-Christmas get togethers. Mwynhau and Enjoy!

Cheers Wine Merchants

ANCRE HILLS ESTATE BLANC DE NOIRS NV (Monmouth, Wales)  £34.95 (WAS £44.95) *Organic and Vegetarian

Richard and Joy Morris planted their first vines in 2006 and released their first wines in 2008. David, their son joins them. Together they have built an enviable reputation for producing some of the finest wines in Wales whilst winning several meaningful awards. The Ancre Hills Estate Blanc de Noirs Non-Vintage is made from 100% Pinot Noir and is beautifully clean and pure with a crisp, refreshing finish. If you like super premium sparkling wines, this is one not to be missed.

ND John Wine Merchants

RED – LASSIA MALBEC 2016, Bodega Patritti  (Patagonia, Argentina) £12.95

From the region that has grown up with the influence of Welsh settlers comes a Malbec that claims to express a Patagonian identity. Showing red and black plums and cherries along with a slight smokiness and mint, this Malbec has a freshness associated with cooler areas and in particular the strong winds unique to this area. A patriotic reason to try!

An entrepreneurial Welsh couple acquired Chateau du Seuil (Say) in the 1980s and it is now run by the second generation, Nicola and Sean Allison. Their wines are becoming increasingly recognised and it’s not hard to see why.

Fine Wines Direct UK (Cardiff)

WHITE – DOMAINE DU SEUIL BORDEAUX BLANC 2018 (Bordeaux, France) £11.99 *Organic

A vivacious and racy blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. It shows some lovely, fresh and ripe citrus, peach and apricot fruit with a hint of delicate vanilla (from a portion of the wine being aged in new oak). Semillon gives a richer feel to the blend. Perfect on its own!

Fine Wines Direct UK (Cardiff)

RED – DOMAINE DU SEUIL BORDEAUX ROUGE 2016 (Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux, France) £11.99 *Organic

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged in oak for 9 months. A fine example of affordable Left Bank Claret, with the signature blackcurrant and black cherry fruit intertwined with spice and vanilla oak. Medium bodied and ready to drink now.

Mumbles Fine Wines


Aber Falls, based in North Wales are “Creating the Finest Handcrafted Welsh Spirits” and suggest a Mocha Twist cocktail for those inclined to favour coffee and dark chocolate. The Mocha Twist is 50ml of Aber Falls Coffee and Dark Chocolate Liqueur with 100ml of milk and 2 cherries all added to a tumbler filled with ice. Stir and serve!

WINE FOR LIFE LEARNING is a dynamic Approved Programme Provider for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and runs WSET qualifications in Swansea, Cardiff and all over Wales. Gift vouchers for the wine courses make ideal gifts. New upcoming dates confirmed for the WSET Level 1 and 2 Award in Wines. To see details and to book please go to *Prices and vintages correct at the time of print



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