WE'LL BRING THE WINE to fill up your Wine Rack this Festive season and of course for Christmas Day itself. Everyone wants a full wine rack for Christmas and even better, one that will cover all eventualities, all festive occasions and feasts, and those last-minute gifts or unexpected guests!

A SPARKLING WINE to kick off the celebrations or fizztivities, toast the year end, revive the jaded worker, toast special moments or the ‘just because’ wine


  • Poirier Method Traditionnelle
  • Grenelle Platine Cremant de la Loire
  • Si Irresistible Cremant rosé


  • Pronol Millesimato Spumante Prosecco


  • Cyrus Brut Champagne
  • Haton ‘Extra’ Brut Grand Cru Champagne

Cavavin’s Ultimate Selections: Cyrus Blanc de Blancs, Haton ‘Extra’ Rosé Grand Cru,Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2012

A COOL PALATE-REVIVING WHITE for the jaded worker, to pair with nibbles,
canapés or any starters or for a post festive feast tipple. This style of wine could be a Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo, Pinot Grigio. Some of our selections are:

  • Picpoul de Pinet Cuvée Lou Peyrette (Picpoul grape)
  • Chateau Bernes Bordeaux blanc (100% Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Bardon Touraine ‘Les Demoiselles’ (Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Château Rose Sarron Graves Bordeaux blanc (Sauvignon, Sémillon, Muscadelle)
  • Domaine Jean Jacques Auchère Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc)

Cavavin’s Ultimate Selections: Jean Pabiot Pouilly-Fumé, Serge Laloue Sancerre Cuvée Silex

A FULL AND FLAVOURSOME WHITE for sumptuous rich creamy sides e.g. potato gratin, buttery mashed potatoes or as a much-desired palate cleanser between courses. This style of wine includes chardonnay, Chablis, Rhone Valley blends, or Viognier. Some of our selections are:

  • Infiniment Chardonnay
  • Grand Braquet Chardonnay
  • Pennautier Viognier
  • Terres Secretes white Burgundy
  • Lafond Lirac blanc (Viognier, Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne)

Cavavin’s Ultimate Selections: Domaine Michel Viré-Clessé (Burgundy village Chardonnay), Domaine Labry Auxey-Duresses (a Chardonnay village nearby Chablis)

A VERSATILE OFF-DRY OR AROMATIC WHITE for smoky, Christmas spiced or smoked dishes - baked ham with cloves/sweet glaze. This style includes Riesling, Chenin Blanc, fruity white blends with viognier, Albarino, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc. Some of our selections are:

  • Domaine des Raynieres Saumur blanc (Chenin Blanc)
  • Frey Sohler Riesling
  • Grand Braquet Edition Limité Gewurztraminer
  • Lafond Lirac Blanc (Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache blanc)

Cavavin’s Ultimate Selection: Adour et Moi Pacherenc Vic Bilh blanc

A FOOD FRIENDLY, PLEASURE IN YOUR GLASS ALL-ROUNDER ROSÉ. Rosé can be your ‘go-to’ wine if in doubt and it comes in so many styles. Nearly all are in the Provence style - dry, crisp and refreshing and a beautiful pale pink colour. Some of our selections are:


  • M de Minuty
  • Chateau Minuty Prestige


  • Si Irresistible


  • Haton ‘Extra’ Rosé Grand Cru Champagne
  • Cyrus Rosé Champagne

AN ALL-ROUNDER WHITE OR RED that will go with absolutely everything. This is a style of red or white that is either smooth and juicy red with soft tannins and generous fruits, such as French red blends, a Bordeaux, Cotes du Rhone or a crisp and refreshing white with high acidity to balance any strong flavours or richness, such as Muscadet, white blends, Albarino. There is some great value for money here too.Some of our selections are:

  • Château Etang Corbieres (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre GSM)
  • Seixo Amarelo (Portuguese red blend)
  • Casal Alvarinho (Portuguese Albarino)
  • Cantina Castiadas Vermentino (Italian Vermentino)
  • C de Chenard Muscadet
  • L’Air de Rien Corbieres blanc (Vermentino, Roussanne)
  • Mourat O.V.N.I (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay)
  • Beaubois Expression blanc or rouge (Rhone Valley blends)
  • Le Loup de Loubiere (Merlot, Cab sauv, Cab Franc)
  • Hu-Ha (Spanish Bobal red grape)
  • Petit Baron (Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv)

A DIGESTIBLE RED for festive lunches or feathered game/poultry - the main event. Something light with good acidity as Turkey or game can be drier than red meats so the wine needs to be fruity with good acidity to keep the juices going! Examples include Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Franc or some lighter style of Bordeaux or Spanish reds like a Tempranillo can work well too. Some of our selections are:

  • Raynieres Saumur rouge or Saumur-Champigny Vieilles Vignes
  • Bardon La Favorite Gamay or Valençay rouge
  • Infiniment Pinot noir
  • Frey Sohler Pinot Noir

Cavavin’s Ultimate Selections: Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Clos les Ormes 2017Filliatreau Saumur-Champigny Vieilles Vignes 2017, Bergera Barolo 2014

A BIG, RICH FULL-BODIED RED for spicy stew, next day leftovers, game or your earthy vegetable sides during the main event like your roasted carrots and parsnips, roasted beetroot, celeriac or the dreaded sprouts.

  • Primitivo
  • Les Canthares Cotes du Bourg (Merlot, Malbec, Cab Franc)
  • Château la Coustarelle Cahors Prestige (Malbec, Tannat)
  • Château Cassana Haut-Médoc 2015 (Cab Sauv, Merlot, Petit Verdot)
  • Château de Mauves Graves 2016 (Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cabernet Franc)
  • Plan de Dieu Côtes du Rhône Villages (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre)
  • Château Tour de Bel Air Montagne-Saint-Émilion (Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv)
  • Tamaral Tempranillo Roble Ribera del Duero (Spanish Tempranillo)

Cavavin’s Ultimate Selections: Esprit du Gigognan Chateauneuf du Pape, Bottega Brunello di Montalcino 2016, Différente de Château Ferrand 2016, Château les Ormes Saint-Julian 2016

THE FINISHER, THE ICING ON THE CAKE, THE LAST TIPPLE, THE NIGHTCAP. Something sweet to pair with your favourite dessert, cheeseboard, mince pies or pudding.

  • Jurancon ‘le Harmonie’ 375ml
  • Petite Borie Bergerac Moelleux (Sauvignon, Sémillon)
  • Lanca Ruby Port
  • Lanca White Port & Tonic

Cavavin’s Ultimate Selections: Tawny port and pudding or cheese, Diznoko Tokaji with any dessert or soft cheeses or blue, and to sip - Bottega Amarone 2016, Lanca 10 year port

December 12, 2022 — Louise O'Brien