Pairings | Competition
It’s always a bit of a dilemma what to put in our December competition. We can’t make it too Christmassy cos the winner won’t get their prize until after the festivities so we have to think to ourselves ‘what would I like in January?’ And the answer is something that’s healthy after all that excess but which still feels like a treat. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
I’ve been a fan of Peter’s Yard since they first arrived on the scene in 2008 and regularly buy their delicious sourdough Scandi-inspired crispbreads. Each batch begins with a 45-year-old sourdough starter which is slowly fermented for 16 hours - it’s the long, slow proving that’s the secret of their crispness and flavour. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
We have a really great prize for all you sparkling wine enthusiasts out there - a six bottle case of super-premium Cava. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED BUT DON'T WORRY, THERE WILL BE A NEW ONE SOON!
I’ve been having major home-made pizza envy since I spotted a couple of pals producing madly professional pizzas on their dinky Ooni pizza ovens and although I can’t win one this month for obvious reasons you CAN. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
Some of the best barbecues I’ve had have been in Argentina where they have perfected the art of ‘asado’ - and have one of the best wines, in the form of malbec, to drink with it. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
We’re thrilled to have our old friends Belazu back with a gorgeous hamper for one of you to win this month.
Anyone who has been to California will have fallen in love with the beautiful vineyards and incredible wine and food. Maybe it’s going to be a while before you can get back there but in the meantime here’s a chance to win a fabulous case of wine that reflects the varieties California does so well. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Easter, like Christmas, is an occasion to feast with family and friends so we couldn’t mark it with a better prize than this fabulous meat box from prize-winning butcher Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
Frankly there’s nothing that says Christmas like a trip to twinkly Fortnum & Mason so we were thrilled when they agreed to offer one of their fabulous hampers as our prize this month.
I know this month’s competition is going to be really popular because so many of you love Rioja. However it’s probably the red wines of the region you’re most familiar with: this is a chance to try the whites and rosados (rosés) too along with some more expensive wines you may not have had a chance to taste before.
Although France is famous for wine there are parts of the country that fall under the radar and one of these is south-west France which is represented by the growers’ co-operative Plaimont which has vineyards which stretch from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the hills and valleys of Gascony. Benedictine monks grew vines in the region back in the 11th century. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
If you’re not already a fan of German wines this fascinating case of modern German wines should convert you. It comes from German specialist The WineBarn which has picked up many awards for its range. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
We have a fabulous prize for the wine lovers among you this month - a six bottle case of Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2013 from Vina Errazuriz*, one of the best known wineries in Chile. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
Great wines don’t simply come from the classic wine growing regions of Europe these days, you can find them all over the world. But not many have the pedigree of this collaboration between Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and top Argentinian producer Nicolas Catena THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
I was in South Africa back in February - a country that produces more remarkable wines every time I go there - so was really thrilled when Wines of South Africa offered a case of the country’s best red wines as this month's prize. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
If you’ve always wanted to learn more about wine now’s your chance with this month’s competition prize from Armit Wines.
If you're one of those people who loves to read 'trends' pieces about what's going to be hot in the coming year here's your chance to win six drinks that are going to be very much on-trend in 2019. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
If you’ve travelled in France you’ll be aware that the counties there are referred to as departements and my friend Liam Steevenson of Vineyard Productions wanted to reflect their individual character in a range of wines. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
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For this month’s comp we’ve teamed up with our good friends Islington-based butchers Turner & George* again to offer you a type of beef that’s become a real hit on the London restaurant scene. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
We’re spreading the love this February with a chance for three of you to win one of these fabulous food boxes from the family owned Tracklements which we hope will provide much needed cheer and pzazz to your food during lockdown.
Meat hampers from the fabulous meatpeter, as he’s known on instagram, are always an incredible treat but this one more than most as it comes from a new range he’s launching later this month which will be available for nationwide UK & Ireland delivery. (Hurrah!)
We have a really fabulous giveaway this month - a Magimix Gelato Expert ice cream maker worth £500!
If you’ve missed travelling to Spain this year (me too!) you’ll be thrilled to know there’s a chance to win a fabulous hamper of Spanish food and wine from the Eat Spain Drink Spain campaign.
We have an absolutely fabulous prize this month for all you keen bakers and cake-makers: a Kitchenaid 3.3L MINI Stand Mixer in glorious Hot Sauce red.
If you’re already a fan of Ribera del Duero wines you’re going to LOVE this case of wine. If you’ve never tasted them before you’re in for an absolute treat. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
This month’s prize involves two of my favourite food and drink producers and a unique chance to enjoy their cheeses and ciders together.
Having just been to Asti and Turin, I’m really into vermouth, an underrated drink which makes a brilliant aperitif on a warm summer evening.
We’ve a really special prize this month both for gin lovers and those who are concerned about the fate of the Amazon.
We know you LOVE champagne (who doesn’t?) so one of you is going to be very happy indeed to win this month’s prize, a case of Gosset champagne and six champagne glasses.
I’m sure a lot of you have been celebrating the glorious weather of the past two weeks with a glass or two of rosé. And if it’s the whisper pink Provencal style you’re loving you’re in luck.
We know you love a champagne competition but this is really something exceptional: a case of one of my own favourites, family-owned champagne house Billecart Salmon’s Sous Bois Brut.
The quality of English and Welsh wines has increased immeasurably over the last few years which is reflected in the 245 medals they’ve picked up this year in the Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) awards which were judged this year by TV wine presenters Oz Clarke and Susie Barrie.
We’ve got a really great prize for any lover of Italian food this month from Sacla the company that pioneered pesto in the UK
I’ve used Le Creuset since I was given a casserole for my 21st birthday a fair few years ago (no, I’m not going to tell you EXACTLY how many but I still have it) so I’m thrilled to be able to offer you a fabulous prize from their latest Colours of Spice range which showcases a selection of cookware with a spice-inspired twist. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
We know you love hampers so we've gone back to our friends at luxury retailer Harvey Nichols and persuaded them to donate another great seasonal hamper to our subscribers!
Now I know this month’s prize might be considered unsuitable for January being neither meat-, carb- or alcohol-free but given we’re all in lockdown AGAIN we thought it might be welcome. Especially if you’re a Hawksmoor fan and can’t get to the restaurants currently.
We've got a fabulous case of Australian wines as our flagship prize this month from the lovely guys at Great Western Wine. The case of 12 bottles, worth £273, includes wines from some of the best respected winemakers in Australia - an absolute treat for any Aussie wine fan.
We’ve got yet ANOTHER cracking prize for you this month inspired by my recent ebook 101 Great ways to enjoy Cheese & Wine. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
One of the aspects of the World’s Best Sommelier competition I hadn’t really thought about is how on earth you create a menu for a roomful of sommeliers. And choose wine pairings they won’t be sniffy about. One way is to impress them with large format bottles and old vintages which is the route competition sponsor Moët et Chandon took . . .
As we’re well into the holiday season and thought many of you would be heading for the coast we thought you might be in the mood for a fishy feast so we teamed up with Cornwall based Fish for Thought to offer four of you one of their new Speciality Seafood Recipe Boxes.
This month’s prize is the perfect present for a wine geek but any wine collector is going to want it for themselves.