What to drink on Christmas day
Chapel Down, one of England’s leading winemakers and producers of fine beer and cider, have curated a selection of their finest wines and beers to complement each moment of the festive season. From wine pairings for Christmas dinner to gift experiences for someone special, there is something to appeal to every discerning wine, beer and cider lover.
Christmas Morning: Chapel Down Three Graces 2009
Start the festivities with Chapel Down Three Graces 2009, an award-winning English sparkling wine that is the perfect accompaniment to Christmas Day brunch. A blend of the three great sparkling wine greats, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, this complex sparkling wine has aromas of citrus and green fruits together with hints of brioche from extended ageing and is an ideal partner to smoked salmon, cured bacon and pastries. RRP £26.99, available from selected independent wine merchants and www.chapeldown.com.
Christmas Day Feast: Chapel Down Bacchus 2014
Raise a toast to family and friends this Christmas with the delightfully aromatic Chapel Down Bacchus 2014. England’s answer to a Sauvignon Blanc, this 100% Bacchus wine is packed full of tropical fruit aromas together with hints of green pepper and herbaceous characters. An ideal partner to roast turkey, this easy-drinking white wine is guaranteed to be enjoyed by your guests this Christmas. RRP £11.99, available from Waitrose, Majestic and www.chapeldown.com.
Christmas Evening: Curious Brew lager and Curious Apple cider
Conclude the day’s festivities with Curious Brew lager and Curious Apple cider, both produced with a winemaker’s twist. Curious Brew is a premium lager fermented with Champagne yeast and the perfect indulgence at the end of the day. Curious Apple is a unique cider produced from 100% Kent apples with absolutely no added water or concentrates and fermented with a touch of Chapel Down Bacchus wine yeast. RRP £1.75 per 33cl bottle and both are available from Majestic and www.chapeldown.com.
Chapel Down All Wrapped Up!
The Vine Lease Scheme is the perfect gift for aspiring vintners this Christmas. With the chance of fulfilling the dream of owning a vineyard, the Vine Lease Scheme offers the chance to lease vines at the Chapel Down vineyard, which is located in the heart of the Kent countryside. Not only do Vine Lease holders learn about the vineyard cycle and take part in the grape harvest, they are also treated to custom labelled wine and a banquet at the winery. Prices start from £245.00 for a one year lease of five vines and six bottles of personalised Chapel Down wine.
For someone who deserves a truly memorable experience this winter, Chapel Down offers a gift experience that comes complete with a tutored tasting with eight of its award-winning wines and a locally-sourced three course lunch at The Swan at Chapel Down restaurant, along with coffee and handmade petit fours. The Winter Wine Indulgence experience is £35.00 per person and available until 31st March 2016.
For more information, visit www.chapeldown.com .