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I said I would say a personal hello to as many Wine Fair visitors that I could on my blog. So, as promised, here are a few shout outs.

The team at Taste of London Winter

Taste of London Winter

  • Tiffany and Carl, loyal customers, who drive past ‘another supermarket’ to get to Asda. Thank you! We love you, too!
  • Gini and Andrew, their son Jonathan and the lovely Sophie – great to meet the family!
  • Jason and Chiara who shared their enthusiasm for Goan cuisine – still think the Extra Special Viognier would be a great match!

Three Wine Men in Manchester

  • Gillian and John who couldn’t believe that Asda has a Master of Wine working for them and who said it gave them confidence to try our own label wine – hope you’ve been trying some Extra Special and have picked a few bottles for the festive season.
  • The delightfully enthusiastic Claire who we had a great laugh with and who is convinced I am responsible for changing her life by introducing her to wine. And then told Tim Atkin that she had met Philippa Carr, her heroine. Mildly embarrassing but hugely satisfying to know that knowledge paired with passion gets people interested in wine.
  • Kate and Barrie who were so keen on the Mencia that they described it as a wine which gives you a hug. Just the job for wintry weather.
  • Diane and Paul – thanks for a great conversation about wine and mutual friends
  • Hello to Christine, Sharon and Mike from Chester – hope you’ve entered the Win Philippa competition!

And last but not least…

  • All the brilliant people we met at the Wine Gang festival at VInopolis, especially the jolly bunch from the Warwick area – it was brilliant how you kept telling other visitors about our wines. And thank you for the University advice. We parents of teenagers going through the agonies of A levels definitely need to stick together!

So now I’ve stopped the travelling round the country for a bit I’m really missing the chat with customers. I would love to continue the conversations so feel free to add comments to the blog and let me know if you have done your Christmas shopping and which wines you’re enjoying from Asda.

You can add your reviews to the Wine Shop product pages as well – I’d love to hear from you.

In my next blog I shall be recommending wines for Christmas and New Year, so watch out for some of my favourites!

Posted in Philippa's Wine Blog on 19 December 2014
Philippa's Wine Blog

Well here we are having a great time at the Taste of London Winter festival in the cosy snugness of the Extra Special Festive Kitchen. Four days of wonderful food (who could forget the Iberico ham), inspiring demonstrations from celebrity chefs, Leiths and our own talented and totally amazing Margaret and Mark – and I did a few wine tastings as well.

Taste of Winter

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Posted in Philippa's Wine Blog on 12 December 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.

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Posted in Philippa's Wine Blog on 14 November 2014