The excitement and energy in our shop is palpable in the final run to Christmas. The Pogues slog it out with Wizzard, Slade, Elvis Presley, Band Aid, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole. It`s a heady mix to be sure, especially when Christmas songs are accompanied by the whiff of Janet`s mince-pies, and naturally the clinking of glasses. It`s Christmas, after all. This near to the `big day` customers are cavalier, as prone to accepting a glass as they are to last-minute spending. In our industry we call it harvest, and we put out fruit in plenty. Hampers are the sweetest fruit – our customers just can`t get enough of them. Christmas cake and ale for papa, Italian biscotti and sweet Vin Santo for mama, Rhubarb-Gin and Fever-Tree tonic for `la signora` – you take your pick, we`ll wrap it up and bow it. Wine & Cheese is another great combo. Or simply a beautiful bottle of wine in a gift bag. This, ladies, can be the most perfect, thoughtful gift for your man – a bottle of velvety-rich Amarone which is a price he wouldn`t ordinarily pay for himself, possibly; or a sophisticated Chianti Classico which will remind him of the holiday in Florence earlier in the year. And how about you gentlemen? How thoughtful would it be to buy your wife the Champagne you had at your wedding? Or a bottle of the latest craft gin? We know how much store our ladies put into the gift-giving business, don`t we? Indeed. But don`t panic gentlemen because we at The Wine Centre can help you. Yes, even this late! Finally, for an original drinks gift, how about tickets to one of our new year events: Gin Masterclass (18th Jan, £25); Wine-tasting dinner (25th Jan, £65), Rum Masterclass (15th Feb, £25); and Cheese & Wine Masterclass (15th March, £35), all subject to availability (so late) of course, we also have the u shaped body pillow for purchase!
Happy Christmas everyone!