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Introducing Skinny Prosecco

Yes, you heard us right – Skinny Prosecco!

We all know that too much sugar is bad for us, so when Scott and Thomson announced they were creating a low sugar Prosecco, we couldn’t wait to give it a try. The results are in and this is no gimmick.

The average bottle of champagne contains between 12 and 32g of sugar per litre. Prosecco contains between 12 and 15g per litre. This Skinny Prosecco has just around 7g. That’s around 67 calories per 100ml glass – less than a large egg!

But there’s more – This a DOC prosecco produced from 100% Glera grapes. It is also Certified Organic and Certified Vegan.

And it’s not just us – the media has been going crazy for Skinny Prosecco – don’t believe us, check out these articles:

http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/skinny-prosecco-with-less-calories-than-a-banana-launches-in-uk

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/skinny-prosecco-how-many-calories-sugar-content-a7343816.html

So, why not give Skinny Prosecco a try this Christmas and help yourself to an extra mince pie!

Give a better bottle this Christmas!

Ever since the wise men gave Jesus a bottle of Frankincense, the giving of a bottle of something lovely at Christmas can make the perfect gift.

However, the rise of cheaper and mass produced wines and spirits mean that finding something really special can be something of a lottery.

At Charles Rose Wines, we make finding the perfect Christmas gift easy. Whether it’s a fine wine, aged port or a vintage champagne, we have a fantastic range of perfect presents this Christmas.

All of our wines and spirits have been carefully chosen for their quality and individuality. We work hard with our suppliers to find great quality wines at the best possible price. Plus, when combined with our beautiful gift boxes, the lucky recipient knows they are receiving a carefully selected bottle that looks as special as the thought that went into choosing it (rather than just a supermarket special!)

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If you are looking for wine gifts this Christmas time, but are unsure what to purchase, please check out our gift buying guide or feel free to email, tweet or connect with us on facebook and our helpful team of wine experts will be sure to point you in the right direction.

So as we say, don’t just give a bottle, give a better bottle this Christmas!

Charles’ Ultimate Gift Buying Guide

At Charles Rose Wines, we make finding the perfect Christmas gift easy. Whether it’s a fine wine, aged port or a vintage champagne, we have a fantastic range of perfect presents this Christmas.
If you are unsure of what is the best choice for that special someone this Christmas, why not have a look at our suggestions for a very merry Christmas.

Dapper Dads (and Grandads)

Quinta do Noval 20 Year Old Tawny Port

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This delicious blend of ports is carefully matured in oak casks. The perfect way to round off a delicious Christmas lunch.

Marvellous Mums (and Grandmas)

The Mionetto Sergio Prosecco or Mionetto Sergio Rose Spumante

Whether you opt for prosecco or the Rose spumante, mum’s everywhere are bound to love these superb sparkling wines from the Veneto and Trentino areas of Italy.

Party Princesses

Deutz Brut Rose Champagne

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It’s party season and what better way for party princesses to celebrate than with a glass of fabulous pink champagne in hand.

Lovers of all things Vintage

Quinta do Noval Silval Vintage Port 2005

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A superb vintage port, perfect to enjoy now.

Those who dare to be different

Quinta do Noval White Port

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Perfect for those who love to try new things.

Gonzalez Byass 12 Anos Palo Cortado Sherry

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While Sherry used to be reserved for the Christmas trifle, this wine is not just for Christmas and is certainly on trend this year.

The Wine Aficionado

The Around the World Mixed Case

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If you can’t decide between white or red, then our Around the World case will do the job for you. A great way for wine aficionado’s to sample a wide range of wines.

Organic Foodies/Gin Lover

Forest Gin, Premium London Gry Gin

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This award winning gin is hand-crafted in small batches and is made with organic certified botanicals foraged from Macclesfield Forest.

If you would like any more help, please be sure to email, tweet or connect with us on facebookand our helpful team of wine experts will be sure to point you in the right direction.

Happy hunting!

It’s Christmas time, anyone for Port?

We may be biased but in our opinion there is nothing finer than a bottle of Port at Christmas time… or any time for that matter!

When paired with a good stilton, there is little better, but below are some other excellent food pairings to try over the festive season.

Ruby port

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Ruby Ports are the ideal partner for a cheeseboard or chocolate dessert. They also make fantastic Port wine reductions to complement roast beef or duck.Try with full flavoured cheeses such as a good farmhouse Cheddar, Red Leicester or gorgonzola.

The sweet and full berry flavours of ruby port complement chocolate desserts such as a molten chocolate cake or a chocolate-walnut tart. Alternatively, a rich cherry pie would work brilliantly.

We love Quinta do Noval’s Ruby Port, so much that we stock it!

Tawny port

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A glass of aged tawny port is delicious when matched with a hard, nutty cheese or a pudding such as apple pie, tarte tatin, baked figs or caramel tart.

Cheeses such as Parmesan and Manchego complement the naturally nutty flavours of tawny ports. Alternatively, go for any eggy dessert—for which the Portuguese are famous – such as Pastel de nata or a crème brûlée.

Be warned though, if you start eating Pastel de nata you will find it impossible to stop!

Quinta do Noval have wonderful Tawny ports, available from us here.

Vintage Port

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A vintage is only declared when the port house believes it has a truly exceptional wine.

The truly classic pairing is Vintage Port with blue cheeses such as Stilton. The tangy, soft and mellow character of mature blue cheese compliments the powerful character of Vintage Port. If Stilton isn’t your thing, you could consider Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Agur Blue.

If you are looking for the punch of a Vintage but at a more reasonable price then you should consider Quinta do Noval’s Silval Port. Quinta do Noval is one of the top Port houses in the World and produces the internationally renowned Nacionale. The Silval vintages are only declared in very good years and this is an excellent example. This wine also represents superb value for money compared to other vintage ports.

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White Port

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White port is wonderful when served chilled as an aperitif, or poured over ice, and pairs well with olives, nuts, gouda and similar cheeses, or even seafood.

Quinta do Noval produce a wonderful dry white port, available from us here.

If these pairing suggestions have whet (that’s the right spelling) your appetite, then check out our range of Ports.

Last Delivery Dates for Christmas 2015

We know Christmas is a whole 16 sleeps away but we would hate for people to miss out on one of our fabulous wines or ports as a Christmas gift due to delivery issues.

If you’d like to send something special then please place your order before 6pm on Friday the 18th of December. We will make sure your order goes out for delivery first thing on Saturday the 19th.

After that it’s in the hands of the couriers. Obviously parcel delivery companies are under extra pressure around Christmas. Our couriers will endeavour to deliver your gift in time but can’t guarantee it. So we hope you won’t wait until the 18th!

Now that’s the information delivered – we’ll toast to that!

Christmas Drinks Guide

When it comes to Christmas Day, while the turkey is usually the star of the show, we think the wine should get top billing. So here’s our guide to wine pairings for Christmas lunch.

Aperitif

Whether you choose to enjoy while opening gifts or when guests arrive, nothing sets the tone for a fabulous lunch better than a glass of champagne. So let the corks pop, the bubbles flow and the good times roll with our Deutz Brut Classic Champagne.

Alternatively, if you fancy offering guests something a bit different our Forest Gin and Gonzalez Byass 12 Anos Palo Cortado Sherry are bound to delight, while not over filling hungry tums.

The Main Event

Turkey

Turkey is a medium-weight poultry with a delicate flavour, so it’s important not to over power the turkey with the wine. For red wines, go for lighter wines, such as Pinot Noir, while a slightly fuller bodied white wine such a Chardonnay will also work well.

We recommend our Undurraga Sibaris Reserva Especial Pinot Noir 2013 and Jackson Estate Shelter Belt Chardonnay 2011.

Roast Beef

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If you’ve opted for a rich, rib of beef then our Beronia Reserva 2010 DOCa Rioja works a treat.

Venison

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Venison is a rich, lean gamey meat which works well with medium-bodied red wines. Our Cantina Zaccagnini Tralcetto Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2013 is a perfect pick.

Salmon

Chardonnay is an obvious pick for Salmon (see our Jackson Estate Shelter Belt Chardonnay 2011) but our Cantina Campagnola Bardolino Chiaretto Classico 2013 is an excellent rose alternative.

Digestif

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Quite simply, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a Port. Our Quinta do Noval Silval Vintage Port is exquisite and the perfect way to round off a wonderful Christmas.

Cheers!

This Season It’s All About The Accessories!

As the party season gets into full swing, we know that it’s all about the accessories. We’re not talking bags and sparkly shoes – we’re talking decanters, stoppers and openers!

From our luxury, silver plated drip catcher to our lead crystal decanters we have all the accessories to make this season pop.

Silver Plated Drip Catcher

When the Christmas table is set, nothing spoils the scene more than wine stains on your linen. Helpfully, our luxury, silver plated drip catcher ensures your bottle looks fantastic, while also protecting your table and linens. The catcher is compatible with most standard wine bottles and the luxury red felt inner is the perfect seasonal adornment for your favourite bottle.

Deluxe Wing Corkscrew

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This classic style, double-handled heavy duty wing corkscrew, with a mirror polished finish and a comfortable curved top handle is perfect for opening all types of cork bottle tops. The corkscrew is of a single cast design, so no broken toys on christmas day. This corkscrew is used in professional bars, so why not take the party home.

Silver Plated Wine Bottle Stopper

While we find it hard to leave a bottle of our fantastic wine unfinished, on the odd occasion when it happens, this stopper is the perfect solution. Not only does the rubber seal maintain the wine’s freshness, but the silver plated top is pure luxury.

Silver Plated Champagne Bottle Opener

While there are many ways to open a Champagne bottle, using this beautiful opener is certainly easier than attempting sabrage and has the advantage of avoiding flying corks a waste of good champagne spray!

Our Crystal Decanters (Square and Fluted)

The piece de resistance! Our beautiful 24% lead crystal decanters are the perfect addition to any drinks cabinet and make a wonderful gift for lovers of fine drinks.

We strongly suspect it’s going to be a very merry Christmas!

Give a better bottle this Christmas!

Ever since the wise men gave Jesus a bottle of Frankincense, the giving of a bottle of something lovely at Christmas can make the perfect gift.

However, the rise of cheaper and mass produced wines and spirits mean that finding something really special can be something of a lottery.

At Charles Rose Wines, we make finding the perfect Christmas gift easy. Whether it’s a fine wine, aged port or a vintage champagne, we have a fantastic range of perfect presents this Christmas.

All of our wines and spirits have been carefully chosen for their quality and individuality. We work hard with our suppliers to find great quality wines at the best possible price. Plus, when combined with our beautiful gift boxes, the lucky recipient knows they are receiving a carefully selected bottle that looks as special as the thought that went into choosing it (rather than just a supermarket special!)

If you are looking for wine gifts this Christmas time, but are unsure what to purchase, please check out our gift buying guide or feel free to email, tweet or connect with us on facebook and our helpful team of wine experts will be sure to point you in the right direction.

So as we say, don’t just give a bottle, give a better bottle this Christmas!

Charles’ Ultimate Gift Buying Guide

At Charles Rose Wines, we make finding the perfect Christmas gift easy. Whether it’s a fine wine, aged port or a vintage champagne, we have a fantastic range of perfect presents this Christmas.

If you are unsure of what is the best choice for that special someone this Christmas, why not have a look at our suggestions for a very merry Christmas.

Dapper Dads (and Grandads)

Quinta do Noval 20 Year Old Tawny Port

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This delicious blend of ports is carefully matured in oak casks. The perfect way to round off a delicious Christmas lunch.

Marvellous Mums (and Grandmas)

The Mionetto Sergio Prosecco or Mionetto Rose Sergio Prosecco

 

Whether you opt for the White or the Rose prosecco, mum’s everywhere are bound to love these superb sparkling proseccos from the Veneto and Trentino areas of Italy.

Party Princesses

Deutz Brut Rose Champagne

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It’s party season and what better way for party princesses to celebrate than with a glass of fabulous pink champagne in hand.

Lovers of all things Vintage

Deutz Brut Vintage 2006 Champagne

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This champagne is a class act. Perfect for those who love the finer things in life.

Quinta do Noval Silval Vintage Port 2005

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A superb vintage port, perfect to enjoy now.

Those who dare to be different

Quinta do Noval White Port

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Perfect for those who love to try new things.

Gonzalez Byass 12 Anos Palo Cortado Sherry

Sherry

While Sherry used to be reserved for the Christmas trifle, this wine is not just for Christmas and is certainly on trend this year.

The Wine Aficionado

The Around the World Mixed Case

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If you can’t decide between white or red, then our Around the World case will do the job for you. A great way for wine aficionado’s to sample a wide range of wines.

Organic Foodies/Gin Lover

Forest Gin, Premium London Gry Gin

Gin

This award winning gin is hand-crafted in small batches and is made with organic certified botanicals foraged from Macclesfield Forest.

If you would like any more help, please be sure to email, tweet or connect with us on facebook and our helpful team of wine experts will be sure to point you in the right direction.

Happy hunting!