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Now into their 5th generation, the Trease family have owned and run Weavers Wines since 1844! With all that experience and passion, we reckon they know a thing or two about food and wine pairings so we asked Mary - Head Wine Buyer - what the family choose for their festive feast and for her expert recommendations. Cheers! 

To enter our competition to win a bottle of Plaimont Ribeton Merlot Tannat please click here. 

Add a little sparkle

Alain des Arbres champagne from Weavers Wines

To the whole Trease family, opening gifts on Christmas day morning signifies bubbles time!  Mary recommends Weavers very own Alain des Arbres champagne, it has fullness and depth and is created for the family by a small producer - and is named after her dad! This quality champagne is currently on offer for just £19.95.

Prefer something from closer to home?  A sparkling Rose from Derbyshire’s Renishaw estate, £25.95, is Mary’s favourite as it feels celebratory. It's vibrant and lively on the nose with aromas of English summer berries and rose petals - perfect for bringing a little taste of summer to the festive season. The Renishaw estate is one of the oldest estates in the UK and their rose is a superb example of the ever-increasing quality of English sparkling wine.

The main event

Festive wine recommendations from weavers wines

Want a treat to go with your with turkey? Something that complements the festive feast like cranberry sauce? This smooth Valpolicella Classico Ripasso, £18.95, tastes of lovely ripe fruit on the palate, think soft, juicy cherries – delicious.

Mary’s dad Alan (Chairman) prefers traditional burgundies and clarets, whereas Philip (MD) can’t have a Christmas without the treat of his very favourite red wine from Portugal, the Ponte das Canas Mouchao, Alentejo, £25. A slightly off piste wine from Portugal but it is simply outstanding, rich and smooth. A wine that everyone enjoys is this great quality Tobelos, Crianza rioja – at £16.95 it slips down very nicely!  

Mary’s Mum – Di, loves a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and is particularly partial to The Perfect Cut from Marlborough, £10.96. On Christmas Day, Mary tempts her mum with alternatives like the Albariño Bernon Bodegas Aquitania, £13.50, this wonderful and little-known wine is soft and rounded on the palate with light notes of lemon zest.

Just deserts


 Pedro Ximenez, Fernando de Castilla sherry

The perfect pairing for a Christmas pudd is Pedro Ximenez, Fernando de Castilla sherry, £34.95, with its intense raisin and fig notes, it tastes like Christmas! Although perfect with the pudd, it is also scrumptious poured over ice cream or sipped on its own. For a fabulous all-rounder of a dessert wine, a half bottle of DV by Château Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes, £13.95, is the way to go with its stewed orange and orange flowers on the nose. Or if you'll be rounding off the festive feast with something chocolatey then look to Uruguay - this Alcyone Tannat dessert wine Vinedo de Los Vientos, £24.95, has notes of Madagascar vanilla bean, chocolate and tiramisu which work so well with chocolate desserts.

Finishing touches

Kopke, Vintage Port, 1996

Dessert is over so what better way to finish the meal than with a 10-year-old tawny port from Kopke, £24.95. Rich, nutty and complex with spicy aromas, it's perfect for rounding off a special meal. Or for something really special, we now stock their 1996 vintage port - a steal for the price at £44.00.

Weavers Independent Wine & Spirit Merchants can be found at No.1 Castle Gate in the heart of the city centre and is one of city's oldest independent, family businesses. You can buy all of the wines recommended here, plus a dazzling array of others, in store, by phone and on their website for national and local delivery, as well as 'click n' collect'. If you're stocking up for the season why not take advantage of their 'Mix 6' offer -  buy any combination of 6 wines or spirits and you'll pay their discounted wholesale price (discount applied automatically at check out).

Win a bottle of Plaimont Ribeton Merlot Tannat

Plaimont Ribeton Merlot Tannat

This competition has now closed and the winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered! Please check our competitions page for more chances to win. 

As well as sharing their top festive recommendations Weavers are spreading a little Christmas cheer by giving you the chance to win a bottle of Plaimont Ribeton Merlot Tannat! Deep red in colour, this medium bodied wine is well balanced with soft tannins and a pleasant fruity finish. 

Please note the winner will need to collect the bottle from the shop in Nottingham city centre, so only enter if you are local to the area and will be able to collect the prize.

To be in with a chance of winning simply like and RT this post in Twitter:

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This competition will close at 10am on Monday 7 December 2020 and one winner will be selected at random from the total entries across both Facebook and Twitter.

Terms and Conditions: One winner will be selected at random from the total entries on Monday 7 December 2020. The winner will be contacted by message on Facebook or Twitter (the platform used to enter the competition) and must reply to acknowledge their prize within 24 hours. If we have not heard back within 24 hours the prize will be offered to a runner-up. The prize is one bottle of Plaimont Ribeton Merlot Tannat. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. For a full list of Terms and Conditions for this competition, please click here.


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