Omnia Wines

October 04, 2005 13:41 ET


LONDON, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - Oct 04, 2005) - You may have ordered your Christmas turkey, posted your overseas cards and even finished buying presents, but have you remembered to sort out your Christmas wine? There's nothing more frustrating during that last-minute whiz around a supermarket only to be faced with a choice of wines you have never heard of. Here is a quick Christmas guide to some real winners from South Africa - from the light and fruity to the deep and intense.

Get organised and spread some extra Christmas cheer the Christmas by treating yourselves to a bottle of Thandi - a very special wine from South African and the first wine to achieve Fairtrade Foundation recognition.

The Xhosa word 'Thandi' means 'nurturing love', which many would say is the real essence of Christmas. But add to that the Gold Medal awarded to Thandi's Chardonnay 2003 at the prestigious London International Wine Challenge - and a seal of approval for the Thandi Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 - and you've got a choice of wines, including a Pinot Noir, which are not just for the festive season. These are available from selected Co-op, Tesco and Londis stores, priced from GBP 6.99.

As another suggestion, Arniston Bay wines from South Africa, the name inspired by the beautiful Cape fishing village, are consistently in the British top 20 wines list. For your Christmas treat to yourself you could take advantage of Sainsbury's special offer on two Arniston Bay wines, a white and a red. The wonderfully fruity Arniston Bay Chenin Chardonnay is an ideal companion for roast turkey, and red-wine lovers will enjoy the intense, medium bodied Arniston Bay Shiraz Merlot, with its overtones of blackcurrant and pepper. Between December 14 and January 10, both wines are both down to GBP 3.99 at Sainsbury's - a saving of GBP 1.00 a bottle (meaning the promotion is on long enough for you to stock up for New Year too!!)

More wines from the Arniston Bay range, including a Chardonnay Semillon, a Shiraz, a Ruby Cabernet Merlot and a Rose are available at selected supermarkets and off-licences.

So whatever you choose, be sure at some stage to sit back, pull the cork, pour, inhale, have a slow sip and have time to enjoy a peaceful and Merry Christmas.
For details of your local stockist, contact 01628 763769.

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