Christmas and New Year’s Wine Selection

Wine recommendations with Antoinette Milne

With winter here, warming red wines seem just the thing. CUNE Rioja Crianza 2016 in magnum, is perfect for sharing and is an ideal gift for Rioja lovers. Speaking of gifts, Penderyn has a perfect assortment for those in need of Welsh spirits and spirit accessories, such as a stylish mini tasting pack. Flying the flag from Powys, is the 2019 Silver Welsh Wine Awards Winner, Montgomery Rondo 2018. Last but certainly not least, is the keenly priced 2010 Vintage Champagne from Nicolas Feuillatte. It’s time to sit back and enjoy Christmas and New Year’s!

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

NICOLAS FEUILLATTE VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE 2010  £27.99 or £22.99 (Mix 6) (Champagne, France) *Majestic Exclusive *International Wine Awards 2018 – Silver

Nicolas Feuillatte draw upon thousands of growers in the Champagne region to create a style that is known for freshness, balance and finesse. Vintage Champagne typically possesses a richness and luxuriousness that non-vintage Champagnes usually do not. Rich flavours of brioche, apricot and honey with a refreshing streak of acidity makes this a superb choice to drink on its own or with flavourful dishes. Vintage Champagne for the price of non-vintage Champagne.

PENDERYN PACK (4 x 5cl spirits) £18.10

An ideal gift pack for patriotic spirit lovers. A pack of 4 x 5cl miniature spirits containing a 5cl bottle of Penderyn Single Malt Whisky Madeira finish, a Brecon Special Reserve Gin, a Brecon FIVE Vodka and a Merlyn Cream Liqueur all in a stylish box. See for many more gift ideas.

MAGNUM (1500ml) CUNE RIOJA CRIANZA 2016 £22.95 (Rioja, Spain) *Vegetarian and Vegan

A terrific opportunity to share this tremend-ous 2016 Rioja Crianza in a large bottle. It’s a delicate style, showing wild fruits and liquor-ice alongside caramel, vanilla and cocoa (from spending one year in

American oak). A blend of Tempranillo (85%) with Garnacha and Mazuelo sourced from Rioja Alta. It’s a joy to drink on its own or paired with grilled/roasted red meats, winter casseroles and all kinds of pizzas.

MONTGOMERY VINEYARD RONDO 2018 From £24.95 (Powys, Wales) *2019 Welsh Wine Awards – Silver Award

Rondo is a red grape variety that is mostly grown in Northern Europe and is an early maturing variety with a particular resistance to winter frost. This makes it well suited to Wales and it is coming into its own here. “Special parcels of Montgomery Vineyard Rondo grapes were hand-picked and softly pressed. Smokey and fragrant nose. Blackberry fruits and cherry balanced with an almost spicy finish. Perfectly paired with cheese, red meats and game dishes.”

Monty’s Brewery (distributor)

Upcoming qualifications:

Keep an eye out for the next Online WSET Level 1 & 2 Award in Wines which will be scheduled soon. The WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 Award in Wines in-class qualifications to be re-scheduled.

GIFT VOUCHERS are available and make perfect presents for wine lovers. Please see or email for details.

*WSET Level 1 and 2 Award in Spirits qualifications also now available.

WINE FOR LIFE LEARNING is a dynamic Approved Programme Provider of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and runs WSET qualifications in Swansea, Cardiff, all over Wales and Southwest England. Gift vouchers for the wine courses make ideal gifts. To see details please go to      

*Prices and vintages correct at the time of print







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