Corney & Barrow Christmas
Christmas with Corney & Barrow: unique, easy and memorable
“The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will’, consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities…”
Which is a reasonably pithy way of suggesting that you stop thinking about Christmas and understand that our little team has laboured relentlessly, tirelessly and with utter devotion and absolute commitment to bring you our best Christmas offering yet, making that transition of ‘I wish’ into ‘I will’ as silkily smooth as possible.
We therefore hope you take the chance to come to our tastings, visit our shops, and explore our complete selection of wines online. And remember, we are just a delivery away.
Have a very splendid Christmas and thank you so much for all the support that you have shown this year.
Exciting wines that won’t break the bank!
At Corney & Barrow, we pride ourselves on representing some of the world’s finest estates and winemakers. Our C&B Own Labels Range is the result of these decades-long partnerships. Working closely with the winemakers to create our own recipes, we aim to source the best possible quality to bottle benchmark classics that we are proud to put our name on.
Brilliant bottles to have on hand throughout the festive season, stock up for those impromptu evenings with your nearest and dearest when one bottle just won’t do! Begin by toasting Christmas with perennial favourite C&B Sparkling Blanc de Blancs, the perfect festive fizz for serving at parties.
Enjoy a cosy evening by the fire, catching up with friends over a glass of the endlessly versatile White Burgundy or our satisfyingly spiced Rioja Crianza (also available in magnum). When it’s cold out, let one of our trusted Corney & Barrow Clarets sparkle under the stars. Finally, don’t forget our luxurious Sauternes, the perfect after-dinner treat and a fine pairing for hard cheeses or fruity desserts.
Add some festive sparkle
There is nothing more satisfying than the rewarding ‘pop’ when uncorking a bottle of fizz. Synonymous with celebration, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a few bottles (or magnums) of Champagne and Sparkling Wines.
Whether you’re planning an outdoor soirée, a cosy evening indoors with friends, or simply seeking the perfect apéritif to kickstart your festivities, these wines are the essential Christmas companion.
Discover Jura with Tissot Maire’s subtle Crémants or savour the refined style of Le Colture Prosecco, produced from stunningly steep hillsides.
Champagne lovers will revel in the vibrancy of J.M Labruyère’s Prologue, a Pinot Noir dominant blend with bags of character.
Those with a penchant for Blanc de Blancs will delight in Champagne Delamotte’s masterful 2014 vintage expressing white flower scents and fresh pâtisserie flavours. With our home-grown sparklers standing toe-to-toe with the very best in the world, why not try Ambriel Blanc de Blancs 2017, an ode to West Sussex, or luxuriate in one of Peter Hall’s exquisite cuvées from Breaky Bottom.
Christmas Winter Warmers
Picture this: the table is laid, the decorations are up, the fire is crackling, and the room is slowly filling with promising scents of a roast dinner to come... It could be a scene straight out of a Christmas card – if only we could guarantee snow falling outside! But there is still one essential thing left to complete the scene: pull the cork on that special bottle of red.
We’ve whittled down our extensive wine range to showcase the perfect winter warmers for the festive period ahead – an eclectic range sure to sure to bring delight.
Amongst the timeless classics of Bordeaux’s Right Bank such as Mitjavile and Moueix wines, we have some other fine discoveries for you to explore.
Domaine des Hauts Châssis makes a supple and smooth Syrah from stony terraces in the Northern Rhône whilst Joostenberg’s Klippe Kou, our newest South African find, has a savoury and smoky edge to its brambly black fruit.
Dreaming of a White Christmas
Dining tables represent a veritable smörgåsbord throughout the Christmas period – brimming with platters that are laden with trimmings. To cope with the variety of food, you need wines that are agile, versatile and nimble on their feet…
For a selection of bottles that can go the distance throughout the festive feasting and continue to impress with their drive and dynamism as you require a lie-down, whites are the answer.
Bright and zippy wines are the ideal foil to smoked salmon’s oily richness – try ‘Moulin de la Justice’ Muscadet Sèvre et Maine from Domaine Julien Braud for Loire Valley freshness, or the vivid fruit flavours of Thanisch Riesling Kabinett. For roast turkey, Chardonnay’s creamy fruit and racy acidity make a superb match – select the ripe peach and pastry flavours of Domaine de la Jobeline’s Mâcon-Villages; the elegant and expressive Elephant Hill Chardonnay with its toasty kiss of oak; or the bold fruit and flicker of sweet spice of Cakebread Chardonnay from Napa Valley.
Centrepieces that keep the wine flowing
The equivalent of two bottles, magnums make a festive statement and will let your guests know that they are in for a good time. Making for an impressive Christmas dining table centrepiece, these bottles are the ideal size for sharing.
If you’re hosting this year, kick off proceedings with the perfect aperitivo – Pianer Prosecco, meticulously crafted by sparkling wine experts Le Colture. Perfect with a roast, Barrail du Blanc Grand Cru St-Émilion is a longstanding C&B favourite packed with plush, plummy fruit draped in velvety tannins.
Or impress your guests with Ridolfi’s layered and complex Brunello di Montalcino. Alternatively, consider a magnum as a tremendous gift for any wine lover. Due to their larger size, magnums are widely regarded as an excellent format for maturing wine – the amount of oxygen in the neck is roughly equivalent to the amount found in a standard-sized bottle, but there is twice the liquid, meaning the wine in a magnum ages more slowly and gracefully.
Often an afterthought, sweet wines are just too good to play a supporting role on the big day. These delicious drinks display a masterclass of balance, combining luscious sweetness with mouthwatering acidity.
Made using a variety of methods and demonstrating a range of styles, these wines are a testament to the art of viticulture and winemaking. Packing a riot of aromas, flavours and textures into a bottle, sweet wines are a marvellous match for Christmas cake and pudding, chocolatey desserts or a fabulous companion to cheese.
Our Corney & Barrow Sauternes and Joostenberg Estate’s Noble Late Harvest Chenin Blanc are made using grapes affected by ‘Botrytis’ – a fungus that can be so devastating in nature, harnessed here to produce something magnificent. Think flavours of candied orange, crème brûlée and ginger. Whereas the beguiling nutty caramel and spiced notes of Corney & Barrow’s 20-year-old Tawny Port is achieved through fortifying a base.
Give special moments
No need to panic buy socks – if you’re looking for Christmas presents, you’ve come to the right place. A great bottle of wine is more than a material gift, it is an experience. It can build new memories or recall old ones; tell a story or spark a conversation. After all, the best gifts are the ones that can be shared…
Our range of Christmas mixed cases gathers together global selections of timeless and contemporary classics at various price points. Each case has been carefully curated by the Corney & Barrow team to showcase bottles from some of the outstanding winemakers we are proud to partner with.
For a gift with added ‘wow’, choose one of our Special Occasion Gift Boxes; the 2-bottle gift includes a plummy Bordeaux red next to a rich Californian Chardonnay from two of the world’s best wine producers. The 3-bottle gift encompasses a food-friendly German Riesling alongside a juicy Bordeaux red and an expressive Portuguese red, all from leading winemakers. Both gifts are beautifully presented in etched wooden boxes with a hinged lid.
An effortless touch of magic
The lead-up to Christmas can be a whirlwind – where on earth does the time go? Amidst the hustle and bustle, along with catching up with friends and family, the to-do lists can seem never-ending.
Picking the right wines therefore can seem like a daunting task, but we are here to help take the stress out of the season with our special Christmas mixed cases. Whether for a gift or for your own Christmas wine supplies, these cases are designed to please every palate – connoisseurs and novices alike!
Each selection has been carefully curated by the Corney & Barrow team to include both longstanding favourites and bestsellers, produced by outstanding winemakers that we are proud to partner with. Better still, our dedicated fleet of crimson-coloured vans deliver across the country, so why not skip the crowds and the wintery weather and let us do the heavy lifting for you?
Wine Pairings for Christmas!
‘Tis the season for some delicious food! As it’s never too early to begin preparing (or salivating over what you might be eating), here are three delectable festive recipes from the Fish hotel and their perfect wine pairings for you to delve into.
Let’s face it, almost everybody’s favourite Christmas trimming is the abundance of Pigs in Blankets! Pair with this velvety-smooth Crozes-Hermitage, layered with ripe blueberries and brambly fruits, underpinned by floral elements and black pepper spice.
This scrumptious Baba Ghanoush dip is sure to be your new favourite recipe. Partner with this stylish white Rioja boasting vibrant tropical fruit, underpinned by a baked orchard fruit medley and ripe citrus character, all complemented by a delicate floral note. Barrel fermentation and maturation in oak for one year contribute sweet spices and nutty nuances along with a rich texture.
For the main event on Christmas day, you always want to impress. An energetic and fruity red with turkey can be simply delicious – especially when it comes in a magnum! Brimming with ripe and luscious dark berry fruit balanced by delicate cedar-spice notes, this Cabernet hails from the heart of Languedoc in southern France.
Visit our blog to discover more food and wine pairings for Christmas.
OUR CHRISTMAS WINE GUIDE: A C&B WINE FOR EVERY OCCASION!
At Christmas we look forward to all those magical moments, the decorations, the candles, the presents. At Corney & Barrow, we also get particularly excited about the bottles we will get to share! Follow our guide, we have your Christmas wines sorted!
A C&B Christmas Eve
Whatever your Christmas Eve tradition – last-minute shopping, wrapping presents until midnight while hanging up stockings, or catching up with friends and family ahead of the big day – the C&B own label range provides a selection of wines to suit every taste.
Discover our Christmas Eve wine tips
Impress on Christmas Day
In amongst all the excitement of Christmas Day, there is one thing we can all look forward to: Christmas dinner. The ultimate excuse to indulge in fine wine, food and make merry!
Discover our Christmas Day wine tips
Relax and unwind on Boxing Day
Start the day with a brisk walk in the crisp winter sun or battle it out at the Boxing Day sales, no doubt the afternoon will then consist of snacking on leftovers and reclining at home.
Discover our Boxing Day wine tips
New Years Eve Celebrations
Add sparkle to your celebrations with a magnum of Pianer Prosecco DOCG Valdobbiadene, Le Colture Extra Dry, delicate white blossom aromas are followed by beautifully pure fruit on the palate and a sumptuously creamy mousse.
Discover our New Year's Eve wine tips
Ever wondered what's the perfect temperature to serve your Champagne or how much wine you need for your Christmas gathering?
Find out more with our wine serving tips.
Some important Christmas questions answered for you
Can I send a gift?
Of course! Our Christmas gift range includes a selection of mixed cases, wine experiences and luxury gift sets, all carefully chosen by our team of experts – take a look at our Christmas Gifts to begin checking off your list.
If you would prefer to create a bespoke present, select your wines and add a lovely Corney & Barrow gift box of your choice. Whilst we do not offer a gift wrap service, we will ensure the bottles are carefully packaged in your chosen gift box.
If you want to send the gift directly to your recipient, add their address details at the checkout and don’t forget to include a gift message (of up to 250 characters) so they know who to thank! Please note we are unable to include pre-purchased cards or handwritten messages.
We will never include prices or invoices in gift deliveries.
Not sure when they will be in? We can contact the recipient on your behalf to arrange a delivery to suit them.
If you wish to order gift vouchers or send gifts to multiple addresses (e.g. corporate gifts), please Contact Us, and we will be happy to help.
When do I need to order by for pre-Christmas delivery?
To ensure Father Christmas hasn’t missed loading anything into his sleigh (cleverly disguised as a Corney & Barrow van), please ensure you order by the following dates:
For UK deliveries: please place your order by 1pm on 18th December.
For Scottish Highlands deliveries: please place your order by 1pm on 8th December.
For deliveries outside of mainland UK: please place your order by 1pm on 4th December.
For orders from Customer Reserves: please Contact Us for more information.
See our Delivery Information for the most up-to-date details.
Can I manage my order?
If your order is being delivered via one of our own vans, you will be sent an automated email detailing an estimated delivery slot with the ability to track your order in real time.
For the most up-to-date delivery information, including the delivery schedule to UK postcodes, please see our Delivery Information page.
To pre-arrange a specified delivery date or to amend your order, please Contact Form (corneyandbarrow.com).
Can you offer me advice?
Absolutely! Whether you’re seeking out special gifts, wines for your own table, or would like to know when you should be enjoying your wines stored in our Customer Reserves, our friendly and knowledgeable team are on hand to advise you. To get in touch, find all the details you need on our Contact Us page.
Do I need to decant my Christmas Day wine?
Need personal advice? Please contact us at [email protected] or at 0207 265 2430.