Thursday, 4 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

The festive season is in full swing but don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to order your wines in time for the big day.

We’re taking orders right up until 21st December for guaranteed Christmas delivery. However, please bear in mind that parcels of wine will run out at this time of year so the earlier you order the better and don't rely on good weather at the last minute!

We’re busy planning a huge Christmas in the Avery household this year with 16 of us for Christmas Day, including my sister and her family from South Africa. Photos will be posted when they arrive on my nephew's birthday - the 22nd. Then I plan to take all the nieces to the Bristol Old Vic on the Tuesday to see Swallows and Amazons (I have managed to get a box!) feel very like my grandmother - who used to take me to the theatre - and I remember these even though I was only 8!

We always start the day with a mammoth present-opening session. With six children in the house, this means much excitement and wrapping paper everywhere! Also we have to keep an eye on the stability of the 22ft Christmas tree - if the cats have been around it can get dislodged, and believe me, it's happened once before! So while we can’t help you with the kids’ presents to put under the tree, we can help with luxury gifts for those hard-to-buy for friends.

While the children enjoy their presents, the adults enjoy a much-needed glass of sparkling – it is Christmas after all! If you’re looking for Champagne, take a look at the £84 saving on Averys Special Cuvée Champagne – our best-ever price for this grower Champagne.

As for wines for Christmas dinner, if you’re catering for as many people as we are, magnums are ideal. We have a fantastic range of magnums this year which always make a fabulous centrepiece to a Christmas dinner table. With wines available from only £12.99 per magnum, they’re great value too.

You’ll find my own personal wine recommendations for Christmas Day, including the best matches for ham, goose, turkey and beef. Plus, we have one of my favourite all-round sweeties which adds the finishing touch to any Christmas Day dinner.

Finally, don’t forget to order a few extra bottles for New Year celebrations (note to self: get these too as it seems we have two more families coming over for New Year's Eve). We will be delivering between Christmas and New Year but delivery slots are very limited!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from myself and the entire Avery family.

Mimi Avery

Richard Avery with Hal in his arms, Jo Avery, Larrissa Avery, 
Jo's Fiancee and Maia, in front Isabella (with me behind the camera!)