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December wines of the month

We have two very special wines of the month for December, to match the celebratory food of the season.

But first, it’s impossible to even mention wine without commenting on the huge increase to the already crippling government duties announced in the recent budget. The increase comes into force immediately. However, we have decided to absorb the cost for now and maintain our wine prices at current levels until after the Christmas period. In the new year, we will look at every aspect of our purchasing and costing of wines with the aim of being able to carry on offering unique and wonderful wines at the best possible prices. As with every aspect of the business now, just because they keep making it harder doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

Now, to those fabulous wines of the month:-

The red comes from the good folks at Liberty Wines and is a valpolicella ripasso made by the Alpha Zeta winery near Verona in Italy. Rich, concentrated and smoothly full-bodied with intense cherry flavours, it goes down a treat with winter food.

From Wines Direct, we have Atlantik Albarino from the prestigious Bodegas Fillaboa in the Rias Baixas region of Galicia in the north east of Spain. This is one of the finest examples of the increasingly popular albarino, crisp and mouthwatering with lingering apple, almond and lime flavours, and described by one writer as being a handcrafted, wickedly piquant wine’. Perfect food wine.

Posted on: 7 December 2012

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