This week’s Wine of the Week – a tasty mulled wine for Bonfire Night

Hi again,

It wouldn’t be Bonfire Night without a hot glass of delicious mulled wine. That’s why this week I’ve chosen our November bestseller as my Wine of the Week. It’s full of winter flavour, has a beautiful aroma, and, to make it even better, it’s included in our huge Buy Any 6 Save 25% wine sale (choose from 600 wines).

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About the wine

It’s a red wine blended with subtle flavours of cinnamon cloves and the zest of oranges and lemons, providing a delicious drink with lots of spice and fruit character – here’s how I’ll be serving mine next week.

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Introducing… Wine of the Week

As a wine buyer with over 30 years of experience, I know how difficult buying wine can be. With so many great wines out there choosing the right wine and trying something new can be hard.Julian

That’s why we are introducing Wine of the Week. It does exactly what it says on the bottle really. I’ll simply choose a bottle of wine I think you should know about – maybe it’s new, or exclusive to Ocado, or on sale at a really great price, or maybe it just goes perfectly with roast chicken – essentially it’s the bottle of wine I’d recommend to a friend.Wine Of The Week

I’ll share it here, and on Facebook and Twitter, and hopefully along the way we’ll discover a lot of nice new wine together. If there’s anything you’d like me to talk about please feel free to leave a comment below.

And now for this week’s Wine of the Week…Merlot

 Bioletti’s Block Merlot

Grape: Merlot

Region: California

Price: £5.99 (Half Price)

About the grape: the merlot grape has its spiritual home in Bordeaux where it is blended with the slighter fuller cabernet sauvignon to give the wine more roundness and softer fruitier flavours.

The Californian variety is warmer, bigger and richer – due to warmer weather – and has an appealing plummy blackberry fruit aroma, yummy soft rich red flavours, and a pleasant long lingering finish. The Californian merlot also has less tannin, a nice medium weight and is soft with a hint of spice, making it very different to South American and European merlot.

About the wine: A lovely example of Californian merlot.

Notes: Fruity enough; without hard edges; very drinkable when served at a cool room temperature.

Drink with: Pairs really well with medium to full-flavoured red meat and perfect with hearty stews. Great with roast chicken, especially with rich stuffings and other full-flavoured accompaniments.

Price: Half Price at £5.99 until November 4th (or while stocks last)

So, that’s my first Wine of the Week. If it sounds like your kind of wine and you give it a try make sure to let me know how you find it. You can post comments here or on Facebook, but the best way to share your opinion is to leave a review on the product page.

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Cheers!

Julian

Wine Buyer

NOW EXPIRED Celebrate Thanksgiving with a FREE bottle of Beringer for your next shop

13/11/2013 16.09 UPDATE – THIS OFFER HAS NOW EXPIRED – THE REDEMPTION LIMIT OF 300 HAS BEEN REACHED. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This American tradition centres around families and friends eating a meal together to express gratitude for the blessings of the year (originally it was to give thanks for the harvest).  Anyway, I’m certainly in favour of any excuse to spend time with loved ones over dinner!

The Ocado Thanksgiving event is filled with offers on American treats to help you plan a Thanksgiving celebration, but our friends at Beringer have also kindly offered 300 bottles of their Classic Cabernet Sauvignon to give us all something else to be thankful for.

Beringer Classic Cabernet Sauvignon

Give thanks at Thanksgiving with this week’s freebie. To claim a free bottle of Beringer Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl with your next shop, follow the steps below:

1. Place an order for at least £80

2. Add one bottle of Beringer Classic Cabernet Sauvignon to your order and enter the voucher code VOU7655472 as you check out (cannot be used with any other voucher).

3. We’ll deduct the cost of the product for the first 300 people to enter this code and check out for deliveries between 14/11/2013 and the last available delivery slot on Wednesday 20/11/2013

For full Terms and Conditions visit ocado.com

Bottoms up! Naomi Bullivant, PR and Social Media Executive