Philippa's Wine Blog

Christmas really is the season for giving – and, goodness me, I can’t believe how generous we are with our amazing offer of six bottles for only £25.

I’ve been through the list and believe me there are lots of great wines included in the offer, including tasty treats from Jacob’s Creek and that Marlborough star, Koru Sauvignon Blanc. But, if I really, really had to make a choice (life is so hard, isn’t it?) here are my half dozen favourites. So here goes…

Pick of the bunch for Christmas lunch

Six wines for £25

With starters or party bites
Extra Special Viognier
People absolutely loved this soft and ever-so-slightly apricotty French wine at the recent Wine Gang and Taste of Winter wine and food fairs and they just couldn’t believe the value at £5 – marvellous with spicy nibbles.

LFE Familia Sauvignon Blanc
Oh, the fresh, zesty greenness of this brilliant Sauvie from Chile. Layer a plate with our Extra Special Smoked Salmon with Buck’s Fizz, generously squeeze over fresh lemon and pour a chilled glass of this great Sauvignon Blanc. Bliss at Christmas.

The main event: turkey or roast beef
Extra Special Barbera d’Asti
One visitor to the Wine Gang tasting at Vinopolis last weekend stood in front of the Asda table and declared: “This is the best value wine for a fiver at the Fair”. That was at a fiver – imagine the deep joy you’ll feel buying some of this gorgeously fruity but authentically brisk on the finish Italian red at less than £4.20 a bottle. A wondrous wine to go with turkey and all the trimmings.

Faustino VII Rioja
Wow! Faustino for well under a fiver – oaky, smoky, spicy and juicy, a totally delicious Rioja to go with roast beef, duck, venison or vegetarian roasts. Be rude not to.

Party, party…
Wolf Blass Red Label Chardonnay/Semillon
Super smooth and fresh as anything, this Aussie white would make a brilliant party or Boxing Day Buffet white. Goes with just about anything!

Casillero Cabernet Sauvignon
Somebody once wrote that this is probably the best value Cabernet Sauvignon on the planet and at 6 bottles for £25 you really can’t find a better fabulously blackcurrant fruity red – mighty fine with spicy foods, cold meats, snacks, nibbles and any kind of music on the playlist. Bring on the celebration!

Visit the Asda Wine Shop

Posted in Philippa's Wine Blog on 25 November 2014
Philippa's Wine Blog

It was really great to meet all you lovely people who came along to the Wine Gang Christmas Wine Fair at Vinopolis on Saturday and I did enjoy chatting to you all.

Here’s a photo of Sarah, Hannah and me just before we welcomed all you brilliant wine tasters to our tables.

Philippa, Sarah and Hannah at the Wine Gang Christmas fair

Yes, I am very passionate about my wines so I hope you will be popping a few bottles into your Wine Shop basket this week and make me even more of a smiley person! And if you order some Extra Special wine remember you could win a wine tasting led by yours truly.

Imagine all that Philippa enthusiasm bubbling around your kitchen table!

Thanks especially to Landy_151 for dropping me a line. Landy, I agree about the Bierzo El Pajaro Rojo Mencia being superb so I’ve beaten you to it on the ordering stakes – I took delivery of half a dozen bottles yesterday. Happy Days!

And if anyone is planning a visit to A Taste of Winter at Tobacco Dock in London from the 20th to the 23rd – please pop along to the Asda stand and say hello. I’ll be doing some wine talks plus a very exciting cheese and wine matching demonstration with Alex James, Cheese Guru and ex-member of Blur. How cool is that?

Visit the Asda Wine Shop

Posted in Philippa's Wine Blog on 21 November 2014
Philippa's Wine Blog

Sarah, Hannah and I from the very friendly Asda Wine Team will be pouring and talking at the Wine Gang Show at Vinopolis in London on Saturday.

Come along and say hello – we love to meet people and chat about wine!

Win a Wine Tasting with Philippa!
Find out about how you can win a wine tasting for you and up to 10 friends hosted by me by picking up a leaflet at Vinopolis on Saturday.

Visit the Asda Wine Shop

Posted in Philippa's Wine Blog on 14 November 2014
Philippa's Wine Blog

Yes, I know it sounds like an early Christmas message but I promise there isn’t a glitter of tinsel in sight. What I’m getting excited about this week is our rather wonderful selection of wine parcels – tiny quantities of posh wines discovered especially for you, dear Wine Shop customer.

De Bortoli Mixed Case

There’s Pauillac for a present (won’t someone be pleased), or Medoc to match roast beef for Sunday Lunch, Pouilly Fuisse as the perfect partner to seafood, plus a highly rated Rioja and a mixed half dozen of De Bortoli Beauties.

And the joy of these parcels is that you can mix and match with your normal shop, so treat yourself to as many or as few fine wines as you fancy. But don’t dither – at these prices stocks won’t last long.

Find out more.
Posted in Philippa's Wine Blog on 14 November 2014
Philippa's Wine Blog

Now here’s a fun idea that’s pretty unique – enter our prize draw by buying some Extra Special wines and you could win an Extra Special wine tasting at home for you and up to ten of your best friends with me teaching you all about the wine!*

Master of Wine Philippa Carr

Yep, that’s me, Philippa, I’m real and I’m really looking forward to meeting you and telling you all about Extra Special wines – where they come from, what foods they go brilliantly with and all sorts of fun facts and random thoughts about wine in general. And I promise it will be one of the least stuffy and most enjoyable evenings you’ll have this year.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to go to a wine tasting with one of only 319 Masters of Wine in the world who is proper serious about wine but who never, ever takes wine (or herself) too seriously, then enter our competition. You never know, it could be your door I’ll be knocking on in the New Year with a box of tasty Extra Special wines to share with your friends.

Why not try our award winning Extra Special Louis Bernard Champagne Premier Cru NV, Extra Special Prosecco, Old Vine Garnacha 2013, Rueda Verdejo or Shiraz Languedoc Roussillon 2013.

Good Luck! (And if you don’t win, well at least you’ve tried some really scrumptious Extra Special wines…)

*Competition excludes customers in Scotland or Northern Ireland. Click here to review full terms and conditions.

Posted in Philippa's Wine Blog on 07 November 2014