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Local online wine retailers Love Wine have joined forces with A.C. Gallie. Together they have completely refurbished and rebranded A.C. Gallie’s showroom to create a stylish one-of-a-kind tasting room complete with wine tasting machines and stocked to the brim with exciting wines.

“It’s the perfect partnership. Love Wine was born from a passion of wine and a desire to provide a bespoke offering that opens up the wine world for everyone to experience. A.C. Gallie, an already well-established drinks wholesaler on the Island owned and run by a Jersey family, was the perfect match. Love Wine sits comfortably alongside the wholesale aspect offering a much needed off-line retail presence showcasing an ever growing and exciting range of wines. Please come and visit us on Longueville Road and see for yourself!” commented Chris Rogers Director of Love Wine. We met Chris to get some great gift ideas.

For a Chocolate Fiend:
The Chocolate Block
Grape Varieties: Syrah, Cabernet sauvignon, Grenache noir, Cinsault and Viognier
Price: £19.50
This wine is wonderfully accessible and best shared with close friends, so make sure you hang around long enough for them to open it! This Boekenhoutskloof (pronounced Book-n-Howeds-kloof!)  has become one of South Africa’s most sought after reds. Exploding with fruit, exotic spices, violets and vanilla this wine shows well integrated, silky tannins resulting in a crowd-pleasing experience.

For an environment lover:
Figure Libre Freestyle Rouge 2011 IGP

Grape Varieties: Syrah, Grenache Noir, Carignan, Cabernet Franc, Cinsault
Price: £12.75
Domaine Gayda in the South of France has produced this fully organic wine with the forward thinking that is now coming out of the Languedoc region of France… Sustainable and Organic farming methods really set this winemaker aside from the once over farmed and over cropped vineyards of this beautiful region. It is Ruby red with some purple highlights. Vibrant, expressive nose of red and black fruits, pepper, spice and “garrigue”. A full bodied wine, with an expansive mouth feel, integrated tannins and a long, silky finish.

For a bit of a devil:
Tamar Ridge ‘Kayena Vinyard’
Pinot Noir 2010
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir
Price: £16.95
A delicious single vineyard Pinot Noir that we are proud to stock at Love Wine. Elegant and ronounced, with berry fruits and spicy, cedar notes. On the palate rich and  spicy with savoury dark cherry flavours and some French oak put to amazing effect. If you are looking to try something new from the other side of the world, this is the one.

For a bubbly personality
Vazart-Coquart & Fils, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Reserve, Grand Cru NV.

Grape Varieties: Chardonnay
Price: £28.95
This family owned Champagne House only holds 11 hectares under vine, all on the Cote de Blancs, Chouilly. The vineyards are classified Grand Cru for the Brut (100% Chardonnay) which is the top quality classification of Champagne. Not a ‘grand marque’, Vazart-Coquart & Fils is known as a Récoltant-Manipulant which means that the Champagne making process, from the growing of the grapes to the bottling and aging of the Champagne is done within the House…overseen by Mons. Perfect as an aperitif!

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Tasty Changes?

Crab Shack Gorey and St Brelade have a great new winter menu complemented by daily changing specials. Why not try a delicious crab taco with tomato, avocado, chilli and red onion salsa or a grilled steak sandwich with caramelised shallots?

Take a look at the dishes at  facebook.com/CrabShackJersey
Bookings at www.jerseycrabshack.com

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A big high five for their amazing high tea!

The Grand Hotel is adapting their famous High Teas for the Festive Season. The new December Festive Champagne Tea will include macaroons, mince pies, Christmas pudding soufflé and Gateaux Opera as well as the traditional scones, jam and clotted cream and a selection of sandwiches. The gallery girls headed to try it out (all in the name of work) and were really impressed with the tasty treats laid out. Whilst you’re sitting snug sipping Champagne in their cosy Lounge looking out at the crashing waves and picturesque castle any Christmas stress is guaranteed to melt away.
It is the perfect way to catch up with friends or family who might be over for the festive period.
Their afternoon Tea is served daily in The Champagne Lounge from 1pm until 5.30pm and is priced at £16.95 per person and £24.95 to include a glass of Champagne.

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Get into the Christmas Spirit!

Our favourite hang out for Christmas drinks is the fantastic bar at Ormer. With everything from aged rum, to the finest Scotch, to tantalizing pink vodka, you’re really spoilt for choice.
The Ormer Mixologists are also always on hand to create something to suit your taste. We recommend the eclectic Rhubarita or the signature Ormer Pisco Sour.
The Ormer Mixologists have shared a couple of their cocktail recipes with you today:

ORMER PISCO SOUR COCKTAIL: 

Ingredients:

20ml Egg White

75ml Pisco

30ml Lemon Juice

5ml Tradicional

12.5ml Sugar Syrup

Method:

Place 10 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.

Add all of the ingredients one-by-one.

Shake hard for 1 minute.

Strain the contents twice.

Serve in a Tall Tumbler glass and garnish

with lemon peel.

FIVE AND DRIVE 

(NON-ALCOHOLIC COCKTAIL): 

Ingredients:

50ml Cranberry Juice

50ml Pineapple Juice

25ml Peach Syrup

25ml Lemon Juice

Method:

Place 10 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.

Add all of the ingredients one-by-one.

Shake hard for 1 minute.

Strain the contents once.

Serve in a High Ball glass and garnish

with a slice of lemon.