What happens at a wine tasting?

Ever fancied the idea of a wine tasting, but put off by thoughts of slurping and spitting or being tested on your wine knowledge? Then our handy guide on what happens at a wine tasting is for you.

What happens at a Wine TastingFirst off? Relax. Wine tasting events are primarily about sampling wines to see if you like them.

If you don’t that isn’t the end of the world. Most of the time you will, good wine tasting organisers select high quality fine wines for tasting so that you have the highest chance of liking them, but taste is unique. Just as not everyone like yeast based spreads on toast, not everyone likes every style of wine.

Secondly, unless you are tasting lots of wines or driving you don’t have to spit. You can by all means, but you don’t have to. Slurping though does improve the flavour. That’s because the way something tastes is primarily is derived from your nose.

Swilling the wine in the glass releases vapours, which make the aromas more pronounced and the same goes for swilling the wine in your mouth. The idea is to pass air through the wine when it is in your mouth, hence the slurping sound. Take a small amount of wine in your mouth, curl your tongue around it and breathe air back into your throat keeping the wine in place. Then you can swallow. Once you’ve got the technique mastered you are able to discover more layers of flavours in the wines.

The third point covers probably the most common fear. That you are going to be shown up as a wine dunce. Remember, in the ideal tasting you should learn things whatever level you start at. Mostly these will be things about each wine, for example a story of the producer or the techniques they use. In some cases you will learn about general production, for example the differences between cava and champagne production in a sparkling wine tasting. If there is something you don’t know, ask. People who know about wines love to share their knowledge so you are doing them a favour.

What happens at a wine tasting oystersLastly, don’t forget to eat. The dishes served at a wine tasting have been chosen to show off the wines at their best. A lot of wines developed alongside particular dishes as the perfect accompaniment. This means they taste best when eaten with that food. An example is the Loire wine Muscadet Sur Lies and oysters. The wine is made at the Western end of the Loire valley, basically the coastal region, so its no surprise that it matches well with seafood.

It is the addition of the contact with the yeast (the Sur Lies bit on the label indicates this) that gives the wine the right kind of richness to drink with salty, creamy oysters. If you want a match for a flaky white fish you might be better off with another loire valley white: Folle Blanche as it doesnt have yeast contact time and is much lighter and fresher so it won’t drown out the delicate flavours of the fish.

What happens at a wine tasting group

Good wine tastings will take this into account, each wine will be balanced by the food and enhanced by trying it alongside. The best way is to try a little of wine alone, then some of the food and then try a little more wine and see if the taste has changed for you.

 

Most important at a wine tasting is to have fun. As the wine flows so will the conversation. The night will be over before you know it, you’ll just need to book another one!

Did you know we do wine tastings at our private cellar within The Clerkenwell Collection in Central London? From our take on the Afternoon Tea to a Wine Tour de France, there are lots of ideas to get you started on your journey of wine discovery.

In the meantime, there are some other of our blogs on the more technical aspects of wine tasting here, if you have any top tips for getting the most of a wine tasting experience then post them below.

Rebecca, The Perfect Cellar Team.

 

 

An educational guide to rosé part 1 – production

Celebrate the start of rosé season with our educational guide to rosé production

educational guide to rosé syrah grape imageThe daffodils are out, lambs are bleating and every tenth Londoner you see on a Saturday has inappropriately and preemptively, donned a pair of flip-flops. Yes Spring is upon us.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of rosé season than with a summery glass of wine or three? Hopefully learning about how your glass was made will enhance your enjoyment.

Interestingly blending red and white grapes together is not the usual method for making rosé; and indeed this method is frowned upon (read: banned) by all AOC French producers. Rather, two slightly different methods, in which rosé is extracted from red grapes are employed.

[For those that don’t know AOC, or ‘Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, refers to wines that are produced within strict geographical regions. You’ve probably heard that sparkling wines that aren’t made in the ‘Champagne’ region of France, cannot be called ‘Champagne; well the same goes for other styles of wine too, with each wine production and vineyard management method having to adhere to strict guidelines for their appellation; if the wine-maker is to earn their desired wine title (Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy etc...).]

The first rosé production method is the saigée, or ‘bleeding’, technique. After red grapes are harvested, they are crushed and pumped into a temperature-controlled vat for maceration. After a short time, the skins and juice begin to separate; with the skins rising to the top of the vat. At this point in production the winemakers must decide whether they would like to produce a red or a rosé wine.

If they opt for a red wine, the next step is to continually re-submerge the skins into the juice, thereby increasing its colour intensity as the skins release their pigment. However, if it’s a rosé they are making, the winemakers do not re-submerge the skins, rather they ‘bleed off’ the juice from them, retaining that lovely, blush colour.

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The colour depth and consequently, taste of the rosé is thus highly dependent on how long the skins and juice are left to macerate, with times usually ranging from 2 – 24 hours. If the skins and juice are left in contact for too long then the tannins from the grape skin will diminish the rosé’s elegance, hence production is a delicately controlled process. From here, the process is more akin to the white wine process than red, with no grape skin contact during the barrel fermentation phase. Retaining more of the red grape’s characteristics, saigée rosés tend to have a lot more structure and back-bone and hence, go exceptionally well with food, like our wonderful Mas Amiel Plaisirs Rosé 2012.

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The other rosé production method involves an immediate pressing of the grapes in a wine pressoir, yielding a much paler coloured wine, due to the relatively short skin-juice contact time. Again the wine is fermented in steel or oak barrels for several weeks. In both cases, the winemaker analyses the wine’s taste, aroma, colour, clarity and fluidity to ensure the rosé is precisely as intended. For a taste of a rosé of this style, try our beautifully delicate, pale Domaine de Landreau Rosé d’Anjou 2012 that is ideal as a Spring-time aperitif.

 

I hope you’ve learnt a little more about rosé wine and what better way to reward your scholarly efforts than with a bottle? Indulge before 16th April and you’ll get 20% off any order of these rosé wines over £75 and free delivery.

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 Felicity, The Perfect Cellar Team

P.S. Look out for ‘Part 2’ of my educational guide to rosé, in which you’ll learn exactly which shade of pink you should be looking for to get a rosé perfectly suited to your taste (yes it does correlate!).

Matching wine with vegetarian food

How to match wine without meat or fish? 

If you are a vegetarian and you like wine you probably will have noticed how a lot of wine pairing descriptions rely on a ‘major component’ that is usually meat or fish.

This isn’t really surprising given that most of the population structure their meals around such a ‘major component’, but how do you match wines with vegetarian food?

I should say, I’m not a vegetarian. I do however, regularly eat meals without meat or fish. It’s true to say for these meals I sometimes have to work a little harder to find the perfect match, but like all pairings there are a few easy ground rules to get you started.

vegetarian food and wine macon fuisseGo with the primary

The primary taste in the dish is the easiest part to match with.  Got delicate, light, milky, mozzarella? Go with a light, crisp white like the Pinot Grigio Trefili, Cantina San Marziano, Veneto, 2011. Got smokey griddled vegetables? Go with an oaked chardonnay like the Domaine Sophie Cinier Macon Fuisse 2011.

Primary flavour, primary match. Its hard to go wrong here.

Balance your flavours

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Sweet potato or butternut squash risotto or pasta dishes are excellent matches with a heavier red wine like our Cabernet Sauvignon, Bodega Cecchin, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007where the sweet flavours in the food balance out the tannin in the wine and allow the fruit elements to come to the fore.

If you rice or pasta is served with spinach then you want to go for something lighter, easier to drink and altogether more effervescent to cut through the iron the vegetable and the creaminess of the sauce. Our Benedicte Jonchere, Grand Reserve with its lovely apple flavour is perfect here.

Not all cheese is the same

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Cheese, now there is a whole series of food matching blogs (to come in the future no doubt). Very simply though, soft-cheese and goats cheese is usually a crisp white, hard full flavour cheese is a medium bodied red like a merlot and blue cheese is best with dessert wine.

However, each cheese has its own best match and some defy the categorisation above. Despite being a soft cheese, a really good brie should be very mushroomy, so will match well with a richer white wine like a chenin blanc. The Savennieres Les Vieux Clos 2010, would be great here. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can match primary with primary here and go for the farmyard characteristics of a good quality Burgundian pinot noir like the Domaine Parigot Pommard ‘Clos de le Chaniere’ 1er Cru 2009.

Hopefully those have given you some ideas for matching wine with vegetarian food, if you have any further matches or recipe ideas then leave them below in the comments.

Rebecca, The Perfect Cellar Team

Cutting through the jargon: Real Wine

With the start of Real Wine Month on Tuesday (see here for more), there is bound to be a lot of talk about organic, biodynamic and lower sulphite wines. All of these fall under the ‘real wine’ banner.

Although we’ve done blogs on this before, I still think there is  some confusion. Partly because there are no standard definitions for a lot of these terms. Let’s go through them one by one and see if things become a little clearer.

Lower sulphite wine

Real wines - benedicte jonechere roseSulphite occurs naturally in all wine to some extent, but sulphite compounds are also used as preservatives and fermentation interrupters in the wine making process. The further the grapes have to travel to the winemaker the more likely they will have use sulpher dioxide to stop them spoiling en route. Wines made at smaller vineyards that produce their own wine or from cooperative wine makers using only locally sourced grapes will therefore contain less sulphites than mass produced wine.

Thus many of our small, artisan wine makers produce lower sulphite wine, but a great example is our champagne maker Bénédicte Jonchère. They are known as a Récoltant-Manipulant, that is a Champagne producer who actually grows their own grapes. The Grand Reserve Rosé is a luxurious treat perfect for any special occasion.

Organic wine
Real Wine Le Petit MarsThis is wine made from grapes grown in accordance with organic principles. Resulting in lower yields due to an absence of commercial fertilizer and lower protection from pests. However, it also means that the grapes will not contain trace of these chemicals and neither will the soil.

The character of the land the vineyard sits on is hugely important in wine. Organic producers believe that the methods preserve more of this character and thus organic wines from artisan producers truly represent their region.

Our Mas Du Soleilla range is the perfect example of this in practice. The winemaker Peter Wildbolz, holds the greatest respect for the terroir of Le Clape. One of the wines, Le Petit Mars, is named after the small butterfly that can be found in the local region.

 

Biodynamic
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The biodynamic approach to grape growing sees the whole farm as an agro-ecosystem, and aims to get the vineyard into natural balance, with an emphasis on soil health. The resulting wines are organic and low sulphite and often go even further into naturalness by using no cultured yeasts or any added sulpher dioxide.

Chateua Le Puy has been described as the historical precursor of the natural wine movement, because everything here is done naturally, but it is famous because of the quality of the wines they produce. The 2007 Vintage is a merlot and carmènére blend is smooth and would be delicious with a hearty meat dish or just enjoyed on its on.

Best selling wines of 2013

Felicity talks us through some of our best selling wines from last year and investigates why they are so popular.

mas amielFor anyone who hasn’t tried Mas Amiel Vintage Maury you are in for a treat. Having previously never enjoyed fortified wines very much, this sweet red wine has really opened my eyes (and stomach) to how delicious they can be, offering an irresistible alternative to Port, that even the most tremulous drinkers can enjoy. The smells alone are enough to get you salivating, with wonderful aromas of ripe black fruits, coconut, coffee, spices, chocolate and tobacco. Beautifully balanced with plum fruit and spice tastes, this is a treat with any rich desert, cheese and pate course or simply chilled by itself.

As a woman and, ipso facto, a chocolate lover, I can highly recommend drinking the Mas Amiel Vintage Maury with a rich bar of your favourite luxury chocolate. Or better yet lots of luxury chocolates! If you’re keen to try out this truly delicious desert wine and others from the range, come along for our marriage of wine and chocolate truffles on 17th April. After all, why let the kids have all the fun this Easter! For more information and to book click here.

With New World wines on the rise in popularity, it’s no wonder our lovely Finca La Colonia Malbec is our second best-selling wine. Anyone who’s travelled around South America will have heard of Argentina’s famous Mendoza wine region. What people don’t often know is that it’s those high levels of ultra-violet light that produce that lovely distinctive inky red colour and intense fruity flavors with the Argentinian Malbec. I haven’t come across someone who does not like the very drinkable, smooth Finca La Colonia Malbec, so if you are not sure what you like and want to try something new, then give it a go. A true pleasure to drink.

Bestselling wines Petit bourgeois

Who doesn’t like a lovely French Sauvignon Blanc to wash down their supper? Our third most popular wine was the Petit Bourgeois, Domaine Henri Bourgeois. Grown in Sancerre in the appellation of ‘Le Jardin de France’ as it is sweetly known, this wonderful Sauvignon Blanc does not disappoint and perhaps appropriately, has a grassy bouquet aroma redolent of flowers! The Domaine started from humble beginnings with a mere 2 hectares of vines in 1950, but is now one of the most renowned wineries in the area; with Henri Bourgeois truly an expert in wine production. Lively, fresh and pure, this wine is delightfully easy to drink and has a vivaciousness that comes only from grapes harvested at a precise stage in their maturation. A fantastic match for summery salads and sea-food, or a great post-work tipple to enjoy with your friends.

So there you have our top 3 best selling wines from 2013, the nation has spoken; and I have to say it certainly has great taste!

 

Saying yes to International Waffle day

Last Tuesday I realised that I have been missing out on one of the most important days of the year – International Waffle Day

international waffle day I always thought that having two pancake days in a year would be great, but last week I had something else to look forward to. As it appears, 25th of March was International Waffle Day.

Since it was on a Tuesday, I decided to enjoy waffles on the weekend instead. And of course nothing beats a perfect weekend treat of dessert and wine.

Baking has always been my favourite pastime, but it is unfortunately also very time-consuming. On any other occasion I would have made my own waffles, but bearing in mind it has been a busy week filled with many wine tastings and meetings, I have decided to cheat a little bit and buy the waffles. Only this time, or so I say.

There were lots more waffles then I could possibly eat by myself, so I decided to kindly share with my flatmates, which instantly made me popular (I had to use some sort of ‘bribe’ since I was the newbie in the house). Such an occasion as an International Waffle Day calls for experimentation I thought. Hence we tried out a couple of combinations of my favourite wines to accompany the waffles.

Take a lucky guess: yes it was dessert wines. I went for luxury Belgian waffles, gently toasted them and made a couple of tasty combinations:

  •  Stewed apples and cinnamon
  •  Maple syrup and bananas
  • Homemade Blueberry jam

A traditional apple and cinnamon combination with waffles always feels like coming home. Hence I felt obliged matching it with a wine that is the tradition of sweet wines in itself- a Sauternes. Chateau Filhot 2005 is subtle, elegant and sophisticated. Flavours of baked apples and just a hint of sweet spices. Amazing match, worth a try and definitely only minutes to prepare. international waffle day juracon

Although waffles and maple syrup is also considered a traditional match, worth trying this with a banana instead of the American breakfast combination. The richness and syrupy texture of this dessert is begging for a wine with excellent acidity to cut through. Try a rising star from Jurancon in South of France. A wine like you have not tried before, amazing tropical fruit flavours and freshness that will definitely impress you.

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Waffles with blueberry jam tasted absolutely delicious and I could not place it with anything other than my own favourite Mas Amiel Maury 2011. Burst of blueberry jam coming out of the glass, smooth and syrupy but very balanced wine. Perfect match!

After intense tastings and heated discussions it was agreed to disagree, every match was equally well received. Although everybody had their own favourites. I suppose more tasting is in order just to settle that. I can’t wait for International Waffle Day next year.

Milda, The Perfect Cellar Team

Easter with a twist: The Perfect Chocolate and Wine Experience

The Perfect Chocolate and Wine Experience imageWe’ve been busy over the last few weeks planning a new type of wine experience and the result is The Perfect Chocolate and Wine Experience.

If you like chocolate and wine then this is a fantastic event for you. On 17th April you can taste a range of exclusive vin doux naturel wines paired with luxury truffle chocolates. We are partnering with My Chocolate to bring you a luxury pairing experience at our unique venue in The Clerkenwell Collection.

With our wine experts and a chocolatier on hand the experience is bound to be one to remember. Our Mas Amiel range has been carefully matched to the chocolates to make sure we represent both in the best way.

We will help you develop an understanding behind the flavour matches and give you the chance to experiment with the do’s and dont’s of wine matching.

The Perfect Chocolate and Wine Experience takes place at 4:30 pm on 17th April and costs £55 per person. Availability is very limited so book now to ensure you do not miss out.

If you cannot make The Perfect Chocolate and Wine Experience on 17th, we also organise other Wine Experiences all year round. Including The Perfect Afternoon: a wonderful twist on the traditional Afternoon Tea, except there is no Tea, but Fine Wine and Champagne.  All matched with delicious food served in small portions to complete your ‘Perfect Afternoon’. Please contact me for more details of all of our wine experiences.

Lydia
The Perfect Cellar Team

How to match wines in groups

You know the scenario, a group of you go out for a meal, you all order something different. But how do you match wine when there are a variety of foods?

There are a few of easy pointers to help you match wine for groups. Complexity is one, balance is another and the last is versatility.

I’m not saying you are ever going to get the perfect pair this way, but very few people will drink a bottle to themselves over dinner and compromises abound when out with a group of friends. Group matching is about pleasing most of the people, most of the time.

Complexity

petit chablis image This seems counter-intuitive, after all food and wine pairings are often about opposites, so when dealing with complexity of flavour in foods you might expect to match with a simple wine. However, the more complexity, the more likely that within the flavour notes of the wine there will be a match with you and your friends dinner.

Often complex wines are expensive, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Our Petit Chablis Charly Nicolle 2012 is fantastic value for money at £12.99 and is excellent all rounder.


Balance

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No not as in flavour balance, but balance as in the mid point of wine styles. Stay away from light, fresh whites as they will disappear for anyone eating meaty dishes. Also avoid the big heavy reds as they’ll drown any seafood or salads. Take the balanced view and dip into rich whites, or light or smooth easy drinking reds. A great example is our Domaine Parigot Hautes Cotes de Beaune ‘Clos de la Perriere’ 2011, for £21.99. As a pinot noir it is a great match for most savoury dishes that make up the main course.

 

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Versatility
When you get to dessert you really need something versatile, as there are so many flavours in each dessert and then there is the option of cheese just to throw you off. Our Mas Amiel Vintage Maury, 2011 is a dessert wine with a difference. Rich with concentrated fruit and just enough tanin to be pleasing with saltiness of cheese, it also has a hint of herbs and tobacco to cut through rich dishes like crème brûlée. 

Everything you ever wanted to know about wines of Spain

Milda, one of The Perfect Cellar experts talks about her recent visit to Wines of Spain tasting in London and gives a brief lesson on the regions and wines of Spain.

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Alongside the current sunnier Spring weather, London has been celebrating 25th anniversary of “Wines of Spain” tastings. Wines of Spain tastings are trade focused and always attracts a great amount of visitors, including wholesalers, retailers, sommeliers and press.

In Old Billingsgate on the 20th March, visitors were able to sample already known and loved wines from regions such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Catalunya, as well as discover new and up-and-coming Spanish wines.

For me, Wines of Spain tasting is always feel more of a pleasure than work. I try to attend the tasting annually and each year the familiar scents of Albarino and mouth-coating richness of Priorato wines put a smile on my face.

I must admit that Spain is one of my favourite wine producing countries in the old world. It is extremely versatile. If you fancy a spicy, traditional deep red, Rioja is a number one choice. If you are looking for a crisp and fresh white wine with a tangy zesty flavours to accompany a plate of fresh seafood Albarino is an excellent match. However if fruity, light and fragrant red wine is what you are after, I would suggest a Mencia from Bierzo. Some producers use carbonic maceration to enhance the bursting berry and fruit character and make it even more enjoyable.

Despite all the different styles of wine that can be found in Spain, I would like to introduce to you to a few of my (many) favourites. I have a feeling that soon enough our portfolio will boast a couple more of these Spanish gems.

Rias Baixas

Situated in a celebrated Spanish region of Galicia, Rias Baixas might look like a challenge to pronounce, however it makes things much easier knowing that the Albarino grape comes from here. Style wise, Albarino is similar to Vinho Verde that comes from Portugal. Interestingly, the regions are extremely close together, hence have similar climate, grape varieties and soil characteristicsioja

Wines from Rias Baixas are made from fresh, fruity and slightly aromatic varieties, such as Albarino and Loureiro. Crisp, clean and zesty wines, definitely worth swapping your Vinho Verde or Muscadet to a white from Rias Baixas this year!

Toro

If you are exclusively a red wine drinker these are excellent wines for the summer. As you may guess, wines from Toro are not for the fainted hearted! Known mostly for inky, silky and opaque reds, that may not be the best choice for the teeth. It is hard not to appreciate the array of flavours present, from dark forest fruit to confectionary and jammy hints. These are wines with fantastic structure and power.

There is obviously a reason why they call the main grape Tinto del Toro (blood of the bull), also known as Tempranillo in the rest of Spain. Wines that I always venture to as my last stop in a tasting as I know that the harmony and aromas will linger with me for long after I leave the tasting. A winner region for me.

Txakoli

The region with a name that may result in breaking your tongue while trying to pronounce it. In fact, few “tasting” glasses of wine later I found myself practising my Basque quite well. It is pronounced Cha-ko-li. Not that difficult after all, is it? A small region located next to the French border, which belongs to the Basque country. Known so well for their gastronomic achievements and innovations, Basque country was also recently put on a map for their extremely good quality wines. I believe it only makes sense to produce local wines that Ferran Adria and Elena Arzak would be proud to add to their wine lists.

I have sampled lovely Txakoli white wines, that have a distinctive character and heaps of individuality. They are wines of purity and complexity if made in a fresh and zingy style with a slight spritz or aged in oak for increased complexity. Txakoli wines are definitely the ones to put on “next wines to try for any wine enthusiast.

Rioja

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Rioja, the queen, or shall I say the king, region of Spain. As many Riojas that I have already tried, I still cannot refuse to try more. As many different styles you would find in whole Spain, you would also find in Rioja region alone. Traditional and modern Rioja styles are both distinctive in their own right. However one of my all-time favourite must be the 6 Cepas 6 range from Bodegas Perica found in our own cellar. Made in a modern style, both white and red Riojas are complex, structured and well balanced. The white Rioja always astonishes me, as trying it at first time it comes across as a rich, creamy and nutty. However try it with spicy Chipotle tiger prawns and it will represent you with a lovely aromatic, floral and citrusy bouquet. Being a foodie myself, I just can’t help myself but adding Riojas to my dinner party table.

Keep reading the blog for announcements of new Spanish wines in our portfolio soon.

Mother’s Day around the world and our gift guide

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it might interest you to know how mothers are traditionally celebrated around the world and our suggestions for gifts.

In 1920′s France, the government awarded medals to mothers of large families; a small sign of gratitude for their respective parts in re-building the population, following WW1. The ancient Egyptians praised the Goddess of Motherhood, Isis, by erecting temples and obelisks in her honour. Whilst in ancient Rome a number of Chariot Races were dedicated to the Mother Goddess, Cybele.

Well if, like me, you don’t have quite enough time to erect an obelisk before Sunday 30th March, why not buy your dear mum some amazing wine?

Let’s face it, in Britain we do things a little differently but whether or not you believe your Mother deserves a medal for putting up with you, I’m sure you’ll agree she needs a little appreciation. Here at The Perfect Cellar we think this lovely, delicate, sparkling Cremant de Loire Rosé says it perfectly for only £14.99.

Rosé not your mum’s thing? Perhaps the Japanese can inspire you. Carnations are worn and given in reverence on Mothers’ day; a flower which, they believe, perfectly epitomises the sweetness and endurance of Motherhood. Traditionally red carnations were given to mothers still living and white worn to symbolise mothers who have passed away, but whether it is red or white you would like to give we’ve got some lovely wines for you.

premier cru chablis for mother's dayFavoured by Michelin starred restaurants, this delightful Domaine Charly Nicolle Chablis 1er Cru ‘Mont de Milieu’ is the perfect way to show your appreciation this Mother’s Day.

 

 

 

Still not convinced? In contemporary Ethiopia, it is customary to dedicate an entire festival (Antrosht) to mothers, whilst on Mothers’ day in Mexico, children pen skits and melodies in honour of their mums and Ecuadorians present parades and serenades.If you’ve never been much of a performer then show your appreciation with a lovely bottle of Benedicte Jonchere, Grand Reserve, gift box and glasses.

Bottle and glasses gift box. Perfect for Mother's day.

Benedicte Jonchere, Grand Reserve ImageMother’s Day in India obliges children to reflect on the pains their mother went through in labour, the hardships she endured in bringing them up and the sacrifices she made that enabled them to lead better lives. If you think about it, you’d pay homage to your mother no differently doing things The Perfect Cellar way. I’m sure your mother, just like mine, had to sacrifice many a bottle of wine to pay for her children’s expenses. I certainly think that going without at least a taste of an exceptional quality wine is a hardship that should be acknowledged!

And if you really want to outshine your sibling in the ‘favourite-child stakes’ (who doesn’t), then go for a luxury faux-leather gift box with beautifully elegant stitched seams to present your gift in.

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While Champagne or fine wine may not ease the pain of childbirth now, it will go a long way as a means of saying thank you to the virtuous, sacrificing and wonderfully kind woman who gave you life. Go on…she deserves it.

Felicity

P.S. You’ll need to be quick – order before 25th March for guaranteed delivery before 30th. Short on time? A virtual gift card never goes amiss!