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November 6, 2023

Luxuria Lifestyle recommended Christmas tipples guide

Indulge in the spirit of the season with Luxuria Lifestyle’s exquisite Christmas drink recommendations. Elevate your festive celebrations with our curated selection of luxurious libations, designed to enchant your senses and add a touch of opulence to your holiday gatherings. Discover the art of festive imbibing with our handpicked concoctions, ensuring your Christmas is filled with unparalleled taste and style. Cheers to a lavish holiday experience! Click Here for Johnnie Walker Gift Packs to add a dash of sophistication to your festivities.

The Summerton Whisky Club

This Christmas, Gift a Premium Summerton Whisky Club Subscription. Spirit Lovers Will Enjoy an Exclusive Bottle from the World’s Finest Artisan Whiskies.

Founded by Daniel Humphrey as a Christmas present for his dad, the acclaimed Summerton Whisky Club is going from strength-to-strength.

This fantastic value-for-money subscription is delivered every two months.  Members will also enjoy access to the Summerton Whisky Club shop – featuring exclusive bottles and discounts.

Members and whisky lovers will broaden their knowledge and enjoyment through participating in the growing community too. With regular virtual sipping sessions with distillery owners, distillery tours and exclusive member events there’s a lot to enjoy throughout the year.

Each membership helps to support distillers and craft producers. Participants include Denmark’s Stauning Distillery, the East London Liquor Co, Australia’s Starward, Ireland’s Liag and Connacht Distillers, with Scotland’s Wolfburn, Fettercairn, Deanston and Glasgow Distillers too.

Members will also enjoy access to the Summerton Whisky Club shop – featuring exclusive discounts.

Club Membership Benefits

·       Join the discussion on Facebook & Discord

·       Enjoy more whisky in the Club Shop with special member discounts.

·       Enjoy exclusive member events and tastings throughout the year.

Available Online Now, £50 every two months at The Summerton Whisky Club

Domaine de la Métairie d’Alon Chardonnay Village 2022 (organic)

RRP: £19.99 or £17.99 mix six (new instore and online mid October)
Stockist: Majestic Wines

Tasting Note: Domaine de la Métairie d’Alon is a 25-hectare estate with terroir ideal for the production of top-quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which are grown organically and handpicked at optimum ripeness. This is a balanced and complex wine with a textured mouthfeel reflective of 75% of the cuvée being aged on lees for 8 months and 20% of the final blend undergoing malolactic fermentation. The resulting wine sparkles pale gold in the glass and leads onto a nose ripe with peach, lemon, fresh banana and delectable pastry notes reminiscent of lemon tart. The palate reveals discreet woody notes with hazelnut and dried banana. A showcase for the Languedoc’s capacity to make top end Chardonnay, this is a vivacious, fresh and harmonious wine which would serve as a perfect all-rounder during the Christmas feasting period.

How to serve: A versatile serve, this wine would work equally well with a light, pre-Christmas grilled fish supper; a goat’s cheese, pear, pecan and watercress salad served at a lunch time gathering for friends or on the Christmas lunch table as a worthy partner to a traditional turkey roast.

Domaine de la Métairie d’Alon Pinot Noir Village 2019 (organic)

RRP: £19.99 or £17.99 mix six (new instore and online mid October)
Stockist: Majestic Wines

Tasting Note: Located in the Languedoc but with its wine-making approach firmly rooted in Burgundy, Domaine de la Métairie d’Alon blends grapes from a selection of top plots to produce its exceptional ‘Village’ cuvées. This wine is cultivated on plots at higher altitude than is usual in the Languedoc, lending the grapes the benefit of fresh night temperatures and sunny days. A selection of the Pinot Noir for this blend comes from 12-year-old vines facing North in a hot basin, which allows a slow ripening of the grapes and leads to balance in the wine. To ensure freshness, 60% of the wines were aged at a low temperature in stainless steel for 9 months while the remaining 40% of the blend was aged in 3-4 year old barrels for 6 months. All the grapes are grown organically.

Displaying a beautiful cherry colour in the glass, the nose evokes summer gardens and hedgerows, with red berry notes mingling with peony and rose and married with the warmth of ginger. Belying its southerly location, this elegant wine charms with a fresh, yet round palate lifted by liquorice and white pepper. Elegant and long, this is superb Pinot Noir for festive fine dining.

How to serve: Arguably there is no better red wine for the Christmas season than a versatile Pinot Noir and this example will stand out with style at any festive occasion. Pour for drinks party guests to sip with antipasti platters, enjoy at the table with roasted game birds or partner with a comfort food winter risotto with mushrooms and a drizzle of truffle oil.

Domaine de la Métairie d’Alon Pinot Noir ‘Solaire’ 2017 (organic)

RRP: £26.99 or £23.99 mix six (new instore and online mid October)
Stockist: Majestic Wines

Tasting Note: Grapes for the ‘Single Vineyard’ wines from Domaine de la Métairie d’Alon are selected from the estate’s best plots in the Vallée de l’Aude and reflect the intrinsic character of their terroir. This wine is named after the plot Solaire, a 17-year-old vineyard sited on northerly facing land with clay soil. Following full malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in 1 – 3-year-old oak barrels for 9 months. The result is a beautifully deep coloured wine with a savoury, earthy quality with notes of the forest floor, peat and a floral fragrance. This initial woodland character develops into an altogether richer, fruitier aroma with raspberry liqueur, ripe cherry and hint of dark chocolate. Balanced to perfection on the palate, this wine is full bodied yet elegant, with a generously silky mouthfeel with notes of rhubarb and a hint of liquorice.

How to serve: A wine for fine dining over the festive season, this is the perfect match if serving red meat at the Christmas table. With a depth and richness of flavour which belies its elegance, this wine would happily partner a rare roast beef fillet or an Ottolenghi inspired middle eastern lamb feast.

2010 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne Gift Box

This holiday season, Porte Noire, renowned for its exceptional selection of premium champagnes, presents the 2010 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne Gift Box – a luxurious and thoughtful Christmas gift that encapsulates the spirit of celebration and elegance.

The meticulously designed gift box adds an extra layer of opulence to this already exceptional champagne. This Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2010 is a rich and sensual serve. On the nose you’ll find lemon and subtle meringue with notes of toast, coffee, and hazelnut. It’s racy on the palate, with delicate bubbles and a long, rich, mature finish.

Whether you need a toast for your Christmas dinner, or an elegant serve for your Christmas party – Porte Noire promises excellence in every sip and is guarenteed to delight your loved ones this Christmas.

Available for £89.99 from the Porte Noire store in Kings Cross, and online from Porte Noire

Codorniu Ars Collecta Blanc de Blancs Cava

Codorníu is thrilled to present the perfect holiday gift for wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. Introducing the extraordinary Codorníu Ars Collecta Bottle which is an exquisite addition to any celebratory occasion!

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Codorníu Ars Collecta bottle is elegant and sophisticated. Encased in an opulent hand-blown glass bottle, the deep amber hues evoke warmth and festivity, while the unique design is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Spain and the artistic legacy of famous architect Gaudí. The bottle showcases a distinct shape that echoes his masterpieces’ organic curves and intricate patterns, such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell in Barcelona.

The Codorníu Ars Collecta Bottles are not just a gift, but an unforgettable experience designed to create lasting memories this holiday season. Whether shared among loved ones around a crackling fireplace or presented as a token of appreciation to esteemed colleagues and friends, this gorgeous bottle will elevate every festive gathering and add an element of luxury to any occasion. Should there be any vegans present at your Christmas dinner, you and your guests will be delighted to be able to sip in confidence. Codorníu Ars Collecta is proud of its vegan-friendly status, as no animal-derived ingredients are used in its production.

£18 Available from Ocado

St-Rémy, the world’s number one French brandy

St-Rémy, the world’s number one French brandy, unveils its exclusive collaboration with celebrated French artist Lucas Beaufort, which unites the worlds of fine spirits and urban artistry,

and is sure to captivate collectors, art enthusiasts, and connoisseurs alike.

Lucas Beaufort brings his revered vibrant street art vision into the St-Rémy brand with a stunning limited-edition bottle design that showcases Beaufort’s signature urban style, blending dynamic colours and captivating geometry that reflects his inspiration after tasting the St- Rémy XO with Master Blender, Cécile Roudaut.

At the heart of this collaboration lies the shared values of authenticity, generosity, and open- mindedness, both of which Lucas Beaufort and St-Rémy hold dear. It’s a meeting of two artists: Lucas, the painter of colours, memories, and emotions, and Cécile, the Master Blender, who expertly crafts harmony from the diversity of French terroirs.

“Collaborating with St-Rémy on this project has been an incredible opportunity to fuse the worlds of art and savoire-faire,” said Lucas Beaufort. “The design of this limited-edition bottle encapsulates the spirit of both our artistic endeavours and the refined excellence of St-Rémy brandy.”

Lucas Beaufort’s captivating bottle artwork was inspired by an extensive tasting and masterclass with Master Blender Cécile Roudaut, where he translated St-Rémy XO’s bold flavours of vanilla and wood, paired with the delicate notes of ripe fruits and honey into different shades of colours.

W: St-Remy

ARDRAY® – £60

ARDRAY® is an exquisite, beautifully complex, yet approachable malt-rich blended whisky created to challenge preconceptions and offer a fresh perspective in Scotch. Bringing the unique terroir of Scotland together with the precision and artistry of Japan defines this moment. Presented in a bespoke bottle, each one is marked with the year of release and features the striking artwork of artist Lia Melia, capturing Scotland’s raw beauty and terroir.
Available from The Whisky Shop, Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange.

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