Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Halfwine half-bottle wines review

There's an ongoing joke in foodie circles that whenever a recipe calls for leftover wine, bloggers say "Leftover wine? When does that ever happen ?!". In reality, the answer is actually quite often though. Maybe you like red and your partner prefers white or you're driving and will only have one glass with dinner or there's only one drinker in the family (maybe you're pregnant or breastfeeding but your partner would still like a cheeky glass of wine). Whatever the reason, sometimes half a bottle is all you need, so I was instantly won over by the concept behind the Halfwine company, which provides a wide array of half-size bottles containing 2-3 glasses.

They sent us through a couple of bottles to try out - an Old Winery Cabernet Merlot from Tyrell's Wines (£5.95) and a Pinot Grigio from Cabert (£5.95). The first is a red Australian wine, very fruity and easy to drink (perfect for me because I'm not keen on the really strong, earthy flavours of the very old French wines that French Madhouse Daddy and his family favour) and the second is a white Old World Pinot Grigio from Friuli, Italy, the perfect accompaniment to the smoked salmon that many of us will be tucking into over the Christmas period.

Halfwine have put together a little Christmas Wish List to help you pick your festive tipples :

1. For Her

Forget diamonds, Champagne is a girls’ best friend this Christmas! Treat the special lady in your life with a Champagne Gift Pack. This great gift set includes two half bottles (375ml) of grower Champagne Marc Hebrart, NV, Cuvee de Reserve Brut 1sr Cru; available for just only £34.90 delivered too.

2. For Him

Give him a timeless gift this Christmas with a Great Vintage Bordeaux and Burgundy Gift Pack (2 x 375ml). This classic gift contains a half bottle of Harmand-Geoffroy, Gevrey Chambertin 2012 and half a bottle of Chateau le Chatelet Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2005. £42.90 delivered.

3. Something For Everyone

Love your old and new world wines? Or have a friend who would like to learn their Australian from their French? Then Taste Your Way Around The World Gift Pack is the perfect gift. This 24 x 375ml gift set contains classic examples of the major varietals produced around the world from the range and is just £199 delivered.

4. For Food Lovers

Great wine paired with good food is a match made in heaven, so give the foodie in your life the ultimate gift this Christmas with a Dinner Gift Pack (4 x 375ml). Start with a grower Champagne aperitif Cuvee de Reserve Brut 1sr Cru - Marc Hebrart, NV; complement your starter with a Chablis - William Fevre 2012; enjoy your main with a Burgundy – Harmand-Geoffroy - Gevrey Chambertin, 2012; and finish with a Sauternes - Chateau Sainte Helène 2009 for just £57.90 delivered.

5. Design Your Own Gift

Design your own gift for a loved one this Christmas and select any combination of individual half bottles or tasting packs to make up your 4, 6 or 12 half bottle gift packs. FREE delivery is available for 12 or more half bottles.

As Madhouse Daddy is French, he considers himself a bit of a wine buff, but there are so many different wines available that it is impossible to try them all. Buying a Halfwine taster pack is a fabulous way of broadening his horizons and trying out varieties that he might have passed by otherwise.

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Disclosure : We received some samples in order to write an honest review.

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