We all know that our feathery new world friend can emerge from the furnace a touch on the bland side. The old bird's silver lining is a free rein when it comes to wine pairing. Whites or reds make excellent matches, particularly those that are packed with flavour.
For west Londoners tonight is Barnes Late Night Shopping evening, when the High Street will be buzzing and as usual the best mulled wine will be at Lea & Sandeman - come on down and enjoy the festive atmosphere - it's only going to be raining lightly, which, if this morning is anything to go, by means unnoticeably, especially if you have some of our famous mulled wine inside you.
Jane MacQuitty chose a couple of L&S wines in her Christmas line-up – one Burgundy and one Claret, either of which would make a great Christmas wine:
Closing the shop on Christmas Eve (we are open until five tomorrow) is always a challenge and I may have to see if I can sneak off a bit early to get to my favourite carol service. The charm is worth it - the tiny thirteenth century St Philip's church of Little Rollright has no electricity, and so the rare services here are entirely candle-lit.
It may be freeezing cold but the Lea & Sandeman shops and delivery service are firing on all cylinders!
The deadline for deliveries before Christmas outside London is past, but if you live in (central-ish) London, you can still order online for delivery today (Wednesday), or, if you really insist on taking it to the wire, tomorrow (Thursday). Even then our magnificent warehouse crew will get your wine to you before Christmas.
An Estuarine Christmas with the Sandemans The Sandeman family are heading to the depths of South Devon to spend another Christmas in the Goodshelter estuary, inland from Salcombe. Not actually 'in' the estuary, of course, but in the beautifully secluded and remote cottage which sits on the edge of the water at the head of the creek.
Dazzling reds for festive fare - selected by Jancis Robinson In Jancis Robinson's Top 100 festive wines: part two, published in the FT Weekend Magazine, she selected a number of cracking wines from Lea & Sandeman. Only four were published in the magazine because of space issues, while the full list is on her site JancisRobinson.
CHRISTMAS TREATS at Lea & Sandeman It’s going to be carnage again in the supermarkets this Christmas, as they advertise eye-wateringly discounted prices for champagnes, whiskies, wines and just about anything else in an attempt to draw customers in through the door.
The run up to Christmas Eve is a long one for the wine-trade, and as we do not close our shops until 6.00pm, by the time we get home a sharp restorative measure is needed in order to take the edge off of exhaustion and at the same time make greeting Mother-in-Law all the more pleasurable…