Wine fit for Christmas (or any event)

Selecting a great wine should be a major priority for any discerning food and drink lover this Christmas, but selecting the perfect wine to pair with your perfect Christmas dinner does not have to be overwhelming.

We’ve chatted to our friend Barry Groves, the Yorkshire Wine Rascal, for his recommendations on wines.


Selecting a great wine should be a major priority for any discerning food and drink lover this Christmas, but selecting the perfect wine to pair with your perfect Christmas dinner does not have to be overwhelming.

We’ve chatted to our friend Barry Groves, the Yorkshire Wine Rascal, for his recommendations on wines.

Hand selected by him, these wines are available to order from this fabulous company that supplies wine from families, not factories, so it has the very best selection of lovingly produced wine at reasonable prices for you to enjoy.

“My selection of wines for this festive season has everything that you will require for a joyous Christmas and a very happy New Year,” said the Yorkshire Wine Rasca.

“Christmas should always start with some bubbles and this year I am recommending a Cava, a Prosecco and Champagne.  All are excellent wines and each feature the uniqueness of their geographical region.”

CAVA – 1+1=3 Cava Cygnus Organic Brut a Blend of Parellada, Xarel Lo, Macabeo grapes. Clean, fresh with touches of strawberry, cherry and raspberry with red fruits in the mouth and a long finish.

Price: £9.66

PROSECCO – La Farra Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut 100% Glera grape.

A fruity prosecco, with refreshing citrus notes that complement the ripe nectarine and peach flavours.

Price: £8.88

CHAMPAGNE – Thierry Triolet Brut 60% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier

Triolet Brut is a great balance of a light champagne with fruitiness and a touch of toastiness too.

Price: £18.11

“Any of these are suitable to celebrate Christmas Day and also to help you ring in the New Year,” explained the Yorkshire Wine Rascal


The Yorkshire Wine Rascal says: “Relax with one of our carefully sourced wines. I know it is difficult to choose, but try between my New and Old world selection:”

Argentina –  Terra Malbec 100% Malbec. – Hand-picked mid-April. Six months in French oak barrels followed by 6 months ageing in bottle. An intense red ruby colour with violet hues.  Clean with varietal aromas of mature red fruit, spices, vanilla and coffee.

Price: £7.20

Spain –  Marques de Castilla Crianza 2010 – 100% Tempranillo. Good aromatic intensity, with red fruits, toasty vanilla and sweet, soft tannins from the American oak. Round, well balanced and a sweet soft finish from the tannins.

Price: £7.60

South Africa – Aaldering – Lady M Pinotage 100% Pinotage. Initial notes of Mulberries, raspberries, Bing Cherries, cinnamon and spice on the nose.  Clean, fresh and elegant with touches of plum pudding and silky tannins.

Price: £15.69

France –  Chateau Croix Des Pins – Ventoux Bio rouge – Les Trois Villages – Blend:  Grenache 80%, Syrah 10%, Mouvédre 10%. Hand harvested. Aromas of dark chocolate, liquorice, evolving towards spicy and peppery notes.  Palate:  Soft, round tannins, berries and strawberries with notes of dried fruits and nuts. £8.58


Chile – Casa Donoso – Evolucion Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Citrus, lime and grapefruit together with notes of freshly cut grass with an aromatic finish.

Price: £7.94

France – Francois Millet – Sancerre.  The aromatics hint at smoky preserved lemons with a rosemary and sage twist. Palate is fresh and bright, with forward citrus fruits that drive the energy to the finish. It’s stylish and generous, but with some austerity to keep the fruit in check.

Price: £13.19

South Africa – Chenin Blanc – 100% Chenin Blanc. A really fruity dry wine, oozing with tropical fruits such as pineapple, combined with hints of citrus and dried apple.

Price: £5.99.

Australia – Churchview – Estate Range Chardonnay – A wonderful example of the purity of a Chardonnay. The aromas are fresh and lifted, dominated by orange blossom, white peach and fresh nectarines, with a lovely citrus character. The palate is full of those white fleshy fruits, with loads of flavour. The finish is soft and fruity, with long lingering flavours.

Price: £11.32

Thanks to the Yorkshire Wine Rascal for these recommendations that really hit the mark for taste and price.

What will I be drinking? Well, from this selection, it has to be the Champagne followed by the fabulous Argentinian Malbec for me.

Merry Christmas Everyone! Remember to drink  responsibly and drink quality.

Tabby xxx

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Five Things to Do in West Yorkshire this Christmas Season

five of the best things to do in West Yorkshire this Christmas

I’m not going to lie, I love the festive season and personally it’s all about the build-up. There’s something rather uplifting about the Christmas season for me (even if it does now start super early but I’m not complaining!) from watching Christmas Movies on Channel 5 in the afternoon whilst I’m working (I’m the Queen of multitasking!) to the traditional selection of my very special Scotch pine Christmas tree with my now teenage son; I love this time of year.

I’ll be honest, it really is about that time from late November (OK, mid-November!) to Christmas Eve and over the years I’ve loved being involved in a huge array of different festive events, both professionally and socially and this year I plan to lap up as much Festive cheer as possible to keep me buzzing through the Winter months; and I don’t just mean I’m going to ‘Gin-gle’ all the way!

Therefore, based on events I’ve experienced in previous years, added with a little something new and always supporting friends, musicians, local creatives, businesses and venues, here’s my list of five things to do in West Yorkshire this Christmas Season.

So, what are you waiting for? Get booking your tickets, planning your days, shop independent and go and have some Christmas cheer.

Much Love

Tabby xx


The Rothwell Temperance Band

Annual Christmas Concert

With special guests Red Carpet Theatre Group

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December 2017, 7.30pm

Blackburn Hall, Rothwell

Tickets £7 / £6

Further details at

5 things to do this December


Christmas Market at the Piece Hall, Halifax

3rd – 10th December 2017 (10am to 7pm)

Lots of independent makers and producers from across Yorkshire plus food and the fabulous Hygge Tipi serving food, drink and a whole host of Christmas chill factor.

Soak up the Christmas atmosphere and shop independent this Christmas.

Further details at



Leeds Hidden Christmas Market

Kirkstall Abbey

14th – 21st December 2017

A fairy tale themed market with added Christmas cheer. Live music, food, indie businesses selling products and a whole lot of creativity and fun.

Further details at

leeds hidden market


Christmas wreath and arrangement classes

Leafy Couture, Otley

5th and 12th December 2017

The lovely Sarah ay Leafy Couture is the most amazing florist and hosts these classes at her flower school, giving you something creative, magical and festive to take home.

Further details at



Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Party Night

Thursday 7th and 14th December 2017

The Arches @ Dean Clough

Festive Christmas Party Nights


Includes: 3 Course Meal, Fun Casino Tables, Live Band ‘The Psycho Slinkys,’ and DJ

Further details at:

jingle bell rock