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Inspiration & advice

Delicious ideas for the
festive season

Champagne on ice with glasses waiting

Need some advice?

Whether you are catering for 2 or 200 our Wine Specilaists are on hand to help you with any food and wine pairing queries you may have

Either drop them an email waitrosecellar.com or to speak to one of the team call 03456 100 304

Christmas cases

Take the hassle out of Christmas and purchase a pre-mixed case. We've done the hard work so you don't have too, reds, whites, mixed there is something for everyone.

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Watch Phillip's festive
recommendation

Want to know what Phillip will be drinking throughout the festive season. Click 'play' to view

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Instant wow factor

A super-simple way to take plain spirits and mixers out of the ordinary is to freeze individual garnishes into ice cubes. All it takes is just a little preparation beforehand. The perfect drink to serve them with is a gin-based cocktail, which really gives the ice cubes a chance to shine.

Take inspiration from the botanical makeup of the gin: go for classic lemon or lime slices with your Gordons or Tanqueray, rosemary with Gin Mare, cucumber for your Hendrick’s, apple slices for Caorunn, and cardamom pods with No.3 London Dry Gin.

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And finally for the cheese...

If you still have room or just enjoying a lighter Boxing day treat there is nothing better than a cheeseboard. There are a lot of different flavours and textures on a cheese board making it difficult to match the complete experience instead of one cheese in particular.

With gentle tannin alongside sweetness, port has the best chance of coping with the diverse flavours, and it also doubles up as a digestif after a big meal. When it comes to matching wines and cheese specifically, there are some divine matches! Sauternes is wonderful paired with blue cheese, Sauvignon Blanc is ideal with goat’s cheese and white Burgandy (or a very mellow red) can be brilliant with soft cheeses.

 
Find out more about Wine and Cheese pairing