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

Looking for a great wine event where you can taste fantastic wines from the Yorkshire Wine Rascal? Then click here to grab your tickets for our fantastic Wines of the Wars event on 24th night 24.3.18


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

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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

The Mode for… Events Top Three DIY Wedding and Events Venues

The Mode for…Events Top Three Wedding and Events Venues 2017

Now, it’s not unusual for you to hear me say I love a DIY wedding and events venue and I spend a lot of time researching great places where you can host your absolutely perfect, intimate and unique wedding or event without blowing your budget on grand facilities and gardens that you may never use.

I’m also a huge fan of the ‘dry hire’ venue because, to be quite frank, I don’t like being told what to do and which suppliers to use. I like the personal touch, creating a unique event with facilities that allow me to use the suppliers I love to work with or to be able to do things myself.

I don’t like to be told what menu I have to select from that only has 3 options and I definitely don’t like ridiculous bar prices for my friends to pay, so a menu of my favourite food and a free or realistically priced bar is a huge incentive for me to book a venue.

This was definitely the driving force and the brief in hunting for our own wedding venue  in 2015 and when hunting for venues for our own series of The MF Tasting Notes events in the last few months; I want blank spaces that would have a great feel about them, that I could personalise for the style of event, that I have complete freedom for food choices and no ridiculous bar or corkage charges.

I’ll be honest, that brief is not as easy as it may sound; these venues are tricky to find and they usually come on recommendation or luck! But I’m going to make it easy for you and give you my Top Three DIY wedding and events venues and save you some of the leg work in research.

These three venues, which are in no particular order because actually I love them all, are on point for creating a fabulous unique wedding or event. They have fabulous owners and staff and really give you the opportunity to let your creativity run wild and bring your wedding and event in on a sensible budget.

The Mode for… Events top three DIY wedding and events venues are:

1. Parwich Memorial Hall, Parwich, nr. Ashbourne

parwich VH
Parwich Memorial Hall Photo by Olivia Photography UK

2. Hargate Hall, Wormhill, Buxton

Hargate Hall Photo by Adam Wilkinson Photography

3. East Keswick Village Hall, East Keswick, nr. Wetherby

East Keswick Village Hall Photo courtesy of EKVH

Still not sold on the whole DIY element of doing everything yourself? Don’t panic. We’ve got you covered. With services from planning to coordination, styling to catering, here at Mode for…Events we can arrange your whole wedding or event for you and take all the strain off you and you’ll still get that unique and personal style whilst sticking to a sensible budget. We take time to really get to know you and your family so we totally deliver your dreams.

Recent DIY bride Laura Stroud had this to say after her wedding in October at Parwich Memorial Hall: “We are so grateful for everything you did for us.  It felt like you were part of our family. We had the most perfect of days and we will always be so thankful that you made everything run so smoothly and you even smiled the whole day with us when we know you must have been exhausted!  I know I said it on Saturday, but I knew as soon as we met I could trust you with our wedding ❤️. I’m not sure many people could handle my OCD planning like you did!”

We actually supplied planning support, coordination, catering, floral bouquets and ran the bar for the wedding of Laura and Graham at Parwich Memorial Hall and we loved every minute. The hall itself is one of the best equipped and most beautiful halls we’ve had the pleasure to work in. It was so easy to deliver a perfect event there and we can’t recommend it enough. We’re also dying to go back and do another wedding or event there now we’ve found it, not just for the hall itself but the beautfully amazing village it’s in. Definitely a perfect location.

Hargate Hall obviously holds a special place in our hearts as it’s where Simon and I got married in 2016 but with around 17 weddings undertaken there now in the last two years, supplying planning, coordination, catering, floristry and styling we are always wowed at how every wedding is different and would recommend this venue to everyone that wants somewhere that everyone can come and stay and have a great big party in your ‘own home’ for the weekend and we know just how to make it work for every style of event.

Recent bride Tiffany Chevis said: “Thank you so much for all your hard work. It was the perfect day and we couldn’t have done it without you.”

East Keswick Village Hall is a very special venue and a real gem in the crown of village halls. With lovely people helping to run the hall, a fabulous space that really can be styled from rustic to luxury and a fabulously beautiful location it offers a wonderful opportunity for your wedding and events. With great facilities for you and your suppliers, this hall is a perfect choice and again it’s getting us a little bit excited as it’s also our venue of choice for our own ‘A Little Gin and Jazz’ and ‘Wines of the Wars’ events in January and March 2018. So, if you want to check it out, come and party with us at these events and see how amazing it is for yourself!

So there’s our Mode for… Events Top Three DIY wedding and events venues. Go check them out now and drop me a message with any DIY wedding or events questions you have. Or, got Amazon and check out my Guide to DIY Weddings here!

Happy planning!

Much Love

Tabby xxx