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Each month we announce a new Explorer's Club case for our members. From just £25 per month, enjoy a free case of wine every 3 months plus many great benefits.
It’s almost Christmas and, to celebrate, this month’s Explorer’s Club has gotten all festive! We have personally chosen six of our favourite wines to enjoy over the Christmas season, featuring bubbly, port, and fantastic wines to suit any Christmas meal. As every one of our wines is a talking point, what better than to show off a bottle from Novel Wines this holiday?
Just because it’s Christmas, we’ve decided to treat our Globetrotter subscribers. In your special case of wine this month, we’ve included our brand new Istenic flagship fizz, Slovenia’s top sparkling wine brand. Istenic makes wines in the Traditional Method, like in Champagne, using a mix of French Noble varieties and grapes indigenous to Slovenia. The result are silky smooth, fine bubblies perfect for a Christmas party or a romantic evening.
Alongside our new Istenic wine is our brand new Belaigra Grand Cru from the Croatian winery Domaine Koquelicot. Inspire exclusively by the wines of Burgundy, Domaine Koquelicot is behind some of the Mediterranean’s best Chardonnay wines.
Also in the whites, we’ve added something truly special with one of the last world-wide bottles of Kertesz Carla le Blanche still available. This mega white Pinot Noir has all the warmth of a red with a silky palate, perfect for matching with the Christmas turkey.
In the reds, we’ve gone spicy with wines that evoke clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruits and warm vanilla spice. It’s all about jumping into the Christmas spirit! Included is our wildly popular Babylonstoren Shiraz, the biggest and best seller on our red wine list this time of year. Hailing from Simonsberg in South Africa, the Shiraz is made by Klaas Stoffberg and cellarmaster Charl Coetzee. It’s our favourite red with roast lamb.
The other red is our new Budureasca Feteasca Neagra from the Dealu Mare region of Romania. Already a firm favourite with our customers, this is 100% Feteasca Neagra (the “Black Maiden”) and it loaded with dark fruits, spice and velvet tannins. The best red wine to sip in front of a blazing fire when the cold has settled in. It’s also exceptional value, so if you try it and love it make sure you get another order in before Christmas!
Finishing up the case is our Tawny-style fortified red Batch 88 from Quady’s, who have been making Californian “Port” since 1979. Fruitier and richer, it’s a delightful choice with dark chocolate, Christmas pudding or your favourite cheeseboard.
Our last orders for Christmas are on Monday 18 December. The office is closed from Thursday 21 December until Tuesday 2 January 2018.
We hope you enjoy exploring our selection below and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!