Wine Geek Newsletter #93


Hi Winos

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I’ve had my first Xmas dinner, my first work party and my twentieth seasonal sandwich! So this is my first festive newsletter with lots of great supermarket deals and some great cracker-jokes to start getting you in celebratory mood. Get those trees decorated and celebrate with some class in a glass!


It doesn’t get any better in the winter than a Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre blend… so lets head to the sun down under… is that irony??


Supermarket wine

Sainsbury’s are running their buy any 6 bottles and get 25% off until the 8th December – here are some wines already on promotion then you add on the 25% discount too… Faustino I Gran Reserva 2001 for £10.50 anyone?

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV Champagne (Sainsbury’s £30.00 was £35.00)

Jacquart Brut Rosé Mosaique NV Champagne (Sainsbury’s £28.00 was £38.00)

Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne (Sainsbury’s £25.00 was £35.00)

Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne (Sainsbury’s £25.00 was £35.00)

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV Champagne (Sainsbury’s £25.00 was £30.00)

Lanson Black Label NV Champagne (Sainsbury’s £22.00 was £34.00)

Some options for the big day:

Brocard Chablis Premièr Cru 2012, Burgundy (Sainsbury’s £14.50 was £16.00)

Faustino 1 Rioja Gran Reserva 2001, Rioja (Sainsbury’s £14.00 was £18.00)

Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (Sainsbury’s £13.00 was £18.00)

Ascheri Gavi Di Gavi 2012, Piedmont (Sainsbury’s £11.00 was £14.00)

Taste the Difference for great everyday value:

TTD Gigondas 2012, Rhône (Sainsbury’s £13.00)

TTD Crozes Hermitage 2012, Rhône (Sainsbury’s £10.00)

TTD Barbaresco 2010, Piedmont (Sainsbury’s £8.00 was £10.00)

TTD Priorat 2011, Priorat (Sainsbury’s £7.50 was £11.00)

TTD Sancerre 2013, Loire (Sainsbury’s £12.75)

TTD Chablis 2012, Burgundy (Sainsbury’s £10.00)

TTD Muscadet de Sevre et Maine 2013, Loire (Sainsbury’s £7.00)

TTD Grüner Veltliner 2013, Austria (Sainsbury’s £7.50)


Tesco have most of their Champagne on offer this week, including Moet’s highly rated recently released 2006 vintage. There are also a few nice buys on some still wines too:

Moet & Chandon 2006 Vintage Champagne (Tesco £34.99 was £43.99)

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV Champagne (Tesco £30.00 was £36.99)

Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne (Tesco £24.99 was £32.99)

Lanson Black Label NV Champagne (Tesco £22.66 was £33.99)

Finest Rose NV Champagne (Tesco £19.99 was £24.99)

Heidsieck Monopole NV Champagne (Tesco £17.99 was £26.99)

Finest Cune Rioja Gran Reserva 2007, Spain (Tesco £20.99 was £23.99)

Finest Vinha Do Vinteiro Douro Reserve 2011, Portugal (Tesco £16.99 was £19.99)

Saint-Joseph Cuvee D’automme 2011, Rhone (Tesco £9.99 was £14.99)

Finest Pouilly Fume 2013, Loire (Tesco £8.99 was £11.99)

Bellingham The Bernard Basket Syrah 2012, South Africa (Tesco £7.99 was £10.99)

Finest Chablis Grande Cuvee 2012, Burgundy (Tesco £7.99 was £9.99)

RelativesWine in the news

I love lists! The Wine Spectator’s top 100 of 2014:

10 great wines to serve with your turkey:

Need an Xmas gift for a wine lover? How about one of these books?

d’Arenberg gets a facelift

Over 40% of Brits will buy wine online this Christmas… Will you?


Light relief

I still can’t work out whether these are the worst or best Christmas cracker joke; let’s go with best… until next week!


What’s brown and sweet and glides around an ice rink?

Bourneville and Dean


What’s a specimen?

An Italian astronaut


What do you call a short sighted dinosaur?

A do-you-think-he-saw-us!


What do you call a man with brown paper trousers?



What do you call a man with a pole through his leg?



Why would you invite a mushroom to a Christmas party?

He’s a fun guy to be with.


Why was Santa’s little helper feeling depressed?

He had low elf-esteem.


Who was England’s first chiropodist?

William the Corncurer


Why should husbands make the early morning tea for their wives?

Because the Bible says He Brews


What’s the longest word in the English language?

Smiles, because there is a “mile” between the first and the last letters.


What is Santa’s favourite pizza?

One that’s deep pan, crisp and even.


On which side do chickens have the most feathers?

The outside.


What kind of paper likes music?

(W)rapping paper.


What’s white and goes up?

A confused snowflake.


What do you call a woman who stands between two goal posts?



Did you hear about the man who bought a paper shop?

It blew away.


What’s furry and minty?

A polo bear.


How do snowmen get around?

They ride an icicle.


Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?

A mince spy.


What do you call a penguin in the Sahara desert?



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Cheers and have a great weekend!

Wine Geek


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Posted on December 5, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Really helpful guide, thank you. I have a fair few nectar points to cash in, so it’s great to be pointed in the right direction!

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