Christmas last orders

It is worth checking out the website of your favourite producer as there are some excellent Christmas packs, specials and deals to be found. (Photo: Photo by andres chaparro from Pexels)

To guarantee a pre-Christmas delivery, it is time to place your orders.

With around two weeks to go before Christmas, one needs to order, without delay, to secure your favourite bottles direct from the winery.

Before you buy a case of something you have never heard of, buy a single bottle first to see if it is to your liking.

For many wineries, this week is the cut-off for pre-Christmas delivery though some have already stopped taking orders.

It is worth checking out the website of your favourite producer as there are some excellent Christmas packs, specials and deals to be found. Some of these are exclusive to mailing list or wine club members, another reason why it is good to join these loyalty programs.

If you are shopping at the big retail chains, there are some fantastic deals to be found. But before you buy a case of something you have never heard of, buy a single bottle first to see if it is to your liking. In the flurry of the festive season, you want to be serving your guests wine that you have the utmost confidence in.

The big chains also have looming delivery cut-off dates, particularly if the wine you have ordered is stored at an interstate warehouse.

Though if you want advice about what to buy, as well as some personalised service, head to your local independent wine shop. These stores are the perfect place to find a quirky bottle for the hard-to-buy-for, or a lesser-known grower Champagne to serve on Christmas day.

Riedel glassware is a perfect gift for your wine-buff friends and relatives. If ordering direct from Riedel, pre-Christmas delivery is still possible, though you may need to choose the express option to ensure that your gifts arrive in time.

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