Last Orders (for delivery) Please

by Charles Lea

The time is fast approaching… For guaranteed(*) delivery before Christmas orders need to be with us by Midnight on Sunday 16th (tomorrow) for delivery outside London, and by Thursday 20th for London deliveries.

Order today in any of the shops, or online or by email (to

If you need help with decisions, we are here to provide it today. If ordering online, why not look at our mixed case offers, especially the Christmas Hamper Case, full of vinous festive treats.

Climat No 2
Our recent offer of the ‘Climat No 2’ Loire white brought this happy response from one recipient “Arrived yesterday pm, fastest order to delivery on record. Opened a bottle and it’s delicious”. Why not give it a try?

More Sherry
We have more stock in of the Palmas Sherries, including the fantastic mixed six-bottle case. These even look rather festive. Perfect round the fire while opening presents.

There is more of the MANZANILLA La Gitana ‘En Rama’ Hidalgo as well, and yet more excitement to come on the sherry front next week with the imminent arrival of the latest La Bota releases from Equipo Navazos – of which more later.

Our Champagne offers continue to be hard to beat, and don’t forget you can buy odd bottles at our ‘case’ prices if mixed into a total 12 bottle purchase. Choose from the quality end of the spectrum of the well-known Grandes Marques, or be a little daring and follow Jancis Robinson’s recommendations in the grower Champagnes from Barnaut, Egly-Ouriet and Larmandier-Bernier.

All this and a whole warehouse-full of carefully chosen classic Clarets, sensuous Burgundies, stylish Italians and spicy Spanish, not to mention possibly the best range of ‘new-world’ Pinot Noirs, especially from New Zealand and Argentina and lots of other dark reds to warm your winter. There’s always a need for a special bottle of Sauternes or other pudding wine over Christmas, as well, of course, as the obligatory bottle of Vintage Port. (There is a bigger selection of these in the shops than on the website so ask if interested.)

Finally if you need that special little something, a nip of the hard stuff, there’s a wacky range of really top-notch products in the Spirits and Liqueurs section. This year these have been carefully chosen by our new Spirits Czar, Derek Dornan. Now manager of our Barnes store, Derek has the requisite Scottish accent and, as ex spirits buyer of Bentalls, has some form in this area. My own winter favourites are of course the Sloe Gin and Damson Vodka from the ever-excellent Sipsmith.

 (* ie subject to truly appalling weather or other force majeure)