Christmas culinary tips from the experts
We speak to food lovers Fortnum & Mason and wine experts The Vintner, both gift givers for our Silk Card reward scheme, about current trends.
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The term ‘drink responsibly’ is well-known and widely seen, particularly at this time of year. And according to Tom Gilbey, wine connoisseur and founder of The Vintner, it’s become much more than a slogan. It’s a very real priority among the wine-loving community.
“We are seeing much more emphasis on responsibility and sustainability among our clients,” he says. “It’s about drinking less but drinking better.
“People are really drawn toward organic wines that are grown responsibly, and we’re seeing a big trend towards low alcohol options too.”
Tom, who picks 100 wines “ready for drinking right now” from around the world for his customers, says the drop in alcohol doesn’t necessarily mean a drop in flavour.
He explains, “We are working with a grower in New Zealand who is making a wine that’s 9% alcohol by volume (ABV). Now, that doesn’t sound like a huge difference, but when you think the average New Zealand wine is more like 13% or 14%, that’s actually a pretty big shift. These guys are managing to get the right ripeness in their grapes without high sugar levels, keeping the alcohol level down but retaining all the flavour.”
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