So, the countdown is on……..we are just 2 weeks away from Christmas. How did that happen?!! We hope you are starting to get into the spirit and looking forward to fun times with friends and family. The Alteus Christmas cake is made and the Pudding is next on the list, made with a good measure of Harvey’s Stout!!

Star wines from our Grand Christmas Tasting

This year’s Christmas wine tasting was our biggest yet, with 18 wines on show. It was fantastic to see so many of you drop in to try the range. We have a few that were hands down winners with many of you!

When it came to the white wines, the Valminor Albarino from Spain was the favourite. This lovely refreshing and zesty wine, with stone fruits and citrus notes is the flagship wine for the Valminor Estate. It’s £17.95

On the red front, it was a battle between the Maggio Petit Syrah from the USA and the Mariana from Portugal. The Mariana just won the day. This is a vibrant blend of traditional Portuguese grapes. Red berries, some subtle spice and a lovely silky finish and great value at £13.95.

When it came to a dessert wine the outright favourite was the Zuccardi Fortified Torrontes. The only fortified Torrontes from Argentia. Basically, nectar in a glass. Figs, nuts and honey. Wonderful slightly chilled and perfect with Christmas pudding or a cheese board. £21.95

Fantastic Sussex Produce in stock

Our centre table is full of wonderful treats and gift ideas for Christmas. We have some great artisan producers of Rums, Gins and Liqueurs, not to mention our range of craft beers. Some of the range includes:

Birch Gin from Wadhurst – a beautifully smooth dry gin

The Lemon Bomb also from the team at Birch Gin – amazing straight from the freezer

Goldstone Rums from Hendfield – We have Dark, Spiced and Lime & Ginger all in stock

Ditchling Gin – made with Sussex Spring water

And don’t forget that we do gift vouchers if you can’t decide what to buy!

Champagne Offer

If you are looking for a special Champagne this year then we have the Charles Heidsieck Brut. The original ‘Champagne Charlie’ from a Champagne House that is centuries old. It is an elegant bottle and comes with a gift box. The Champagne is a blend of the classic Champagne grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It has been aged for 3 years, so has developed some beautiful toasty notes. It’s a really classy drop and we have 10% off until Christmas. It’s now £53.95.

By Al WIghton


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