What Bibendum's Drinking at Christmas

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We're a company of winelovers at Bibendum.

No matter who you speak to, there's always an inspiring wine-related story. So whether it's discovering something new or revisiting old favourites, the festive period is the time to dig out the corkscrew and get tasting. Here are five Bibendumites with what they'll be drinking this Christmas. Speak to your account manager if you'd like to list any of the wines seen here.


Sam Cooklin Smith

Tomas Cusine Vilosell 2013

Full of flavour, full bodied in style, ripe dark fruits, especially blackcurrant and a nice hint of chocolate. This is a great powerful wine yet it has a delicate edge which is inevitability due to the good acidity present from that high altitude. As winter is officially here, I can think of no better wine to enjoy with your favourite wholesome, hearty wintery dish of choice.

Sam Cooklin-Smith, Customer Ordering Executive.





Sophie Shields

Paul Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Blanc Les Jalets

Marsanne has been one of the revelations of my year so I can’t think of anything better than a bottle of Jaboulet’s Crozes Hermitage. We’re having turkey this year and my family normally go for white burgundy, I can’t wait to chill this down and enjoy it with all of them.

Sophie Shields, Events Manager.






Richard Pickles Paolo Conterno  Dolcetto d’Alba

I’m a sucker for an old world beauty. Smooth and supple with the kind of fruity character to get you out of bed in the morning. I’ve had the Barolo from Paolo Conterno before, it’s similarly stunning but when it comes to Christmas, for an Italian red you can’t go wrong with this guy. Year after year I go back to this Dolcetto, I look forward to every release as it’s always a joy to drink.

 Richard Pickles, North Regional Team Manager





Chris Harag

Bodega Garzon Viognier

I think the Bodega Garzon Viognier is one of the most surprising wines I’ve tried in the past year (in a good way). When you think of Uruguay, you don’t always think of wine, well not until you’ve tried this anyway. It’s got enough of the soft peach characteristics you’d expect with a delicious floral twist. Delicious.

Chris Harag, London Account Manager.





Ben Corkhill

Rive Leone Barbera

The nose has vitality and sweetness characterised by red cherries and raspberries but also subtle hints of liquorice and burnt caramel. On the palate it’s always more complex than I expect with quite a tangy acidity but a soft savoury finish that reminds me of plum crumble. A very expressive and well crafted wine for the price.

Ben Corkhill, Sales Operations Team Leader.

16th December 2014

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