Logan Weemala Pinot Noir

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I’ve genuinely lost count of the amount of times our Aussie winemaker friend Peter Logan has visited North Berwick, he just can’t get enough of it. This might actually be his tenth visit, but hey, what’s there not to love about East Lothian and North Berwick. He loves hanging out in the shop and chatting to customers who’ve enjoyed many of his wines over the years. So we’ll be adopting the usual format of opening loads of the Logan Wines and giving people the opportunity to taste the range and chat the man who put them together. One of those little beauties will be the Logan Weemala Pinot Noir 2015. The Weemala range is a little bit quirky and has attracted a loyal following for its restrained, elegant and excellent value for money wines. All of the wines in the Weemala series are comprised of fruit grown in Mudgee and Orange in Australia’s Central Ranges – like all Logan wines – they are...
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Things that will definitely happen on Christmas Day…

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Christmas is a day devoted to stereotypes and clichés, no matter how hard you try to avoid them. From eating the Christmas dinner to gathering round the TV, Christmas is a time when families reunite and settle down into the classic traditions that occur once every year. Here are 20 things that are more than likely to happen on your Christmas day. The ‘emergency chairs’ once again make an appearance as the extended family have joined your six-seater dining table, but somehow you all squeeze in… even if there is a height difference. The contents of those crackers you buy every year will still be just as bad…but you still buy them. The period just after eating dinner when the adults are cleaning up, the kids are running wild with their new toys and the elders are…fast asleep on the sofa. That ‘special’ bottle of single malt whisky that dad has kept on the highest shelf, not to be opened...
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Boozy gifts for that special person

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Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re still struggling to find that perfect gift for a certain someone, we might have just saved your bacon! Buying someone a simple bottle of wine may seem a little bland for someone who means much more so we have carefully selected what we think are the best gifts for people who appreciate a little tipple. Stocking Filler – Lockett Bros coasters If you’re looking for something unique yet still conventional our range of coasters may be the gift for your friends and family. Like the top of a whisky cask, these coasters will fit perfectly in a Christmas stocking. In three different styles, you can choose from the Bass, Craigleith or Fidra design. Couple gift – Whisky Stave tea light holder Couples can be the hardest people to buy for. They may not have similar tastes, making it even harder to buy just one present which is never a good thing!...
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Dos and don’ts at your work Christmas party

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Are you rejoicing that it’s nearly the end of a long hard-working year? It also means it’s finally time for that well-deserved Christmas break and what better way to end your working year with a party? A work party can be very different to a classy night on the town though, be warned. There are a few universal rules that you may have to take into consideration to ensure you still have your job come Monday morning!  Do continue with the pretence that you like everyone at work. Sometimes thoughts are best kept inside your head. It’s one night you have to keep up the illusion that everyone in your office is on your good side. Don’t let the old truth serum spoil that.          Don’t get wasted and tell everyone what you really think, this could end rather badly.          Do remember to be responsible and have a glass of water every so...
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Get yourself St Andrew’s Day-ready!

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It’s that beautiful time of year again when we Scots can shout from the hills in celebration of St Andrew, our patron saint. But what is being Scottish? Is it all whisky, Irn Bru, hills and deep fried Mars bars? No. Are we going to pull out some more tired old stereotypes? Maybe. Anyway, St Andrew’s Day will be celebrated not just in Scotland but all over the world. Here are Lockett Bros’ suggestions for making this St Andrew’s Day one to remember. Make sure you have your own Scottish playlist with some killer anthems from some killer Scottish artists. Should the Proclaimers be on there? Absolutely. Don’t forget the decorations! Bombard your house with the iconic St Andrew’s Cross, which is actually one of the oldest national flags in the world, and, according to legend, first appeared in battle in East Lothian (Lockett Bros’ home) in 832AD. Whether you want to have a formal evening or a casual affair,...
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It’s the Lockett Bros Awards! Let’s drink to that!

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It’s nearly the end of the year and what a year it has been! To celebrate in style, here at Lockett Brothers we decided to host our own awards ceremony for all the delicious whisky, wine and spirits you have enjoyed. When we say “host our own awards ceremony,” we mean write a blog. Ahem. So, let’s have a look at which wines and spirits we went a little bit nuts about this year. Wine of the Year So many exceptional wines enjoyed this year but our winner comes from our friends over in France. The Boisset Bourgogne Chardonnay is our choice, albeit a difficult one. Its fresh mineral character distinguishes it from the competitors. It is deeper than some of its classic contemporary whites and offers a polished acidity that is insanely good. Whisky of the Year Although this whisky was matured in 2003 and not bottled until 2013, it has still become our choice for whisky of 2015....
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Drinks to ensure fireworks at your bonfire party

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Halloween is over and Christmas is not quite here yet, but Bonfire Night is tomorrow! Whether you’re having a big bang of a party or just a little gathering, make sure your drinks are on fire with our suggestions! The Sparkler To start the night off try The Sparkler. It’s a sharp drink and a real cracking way to really get your party started! For this you will need: Tequila, sparkling wine (we’d suggest Bortolomiol Prosecco Frizzante), raspberry liquor and lychee liquor. Simply combine 30ml of Tequila, 150ml of lychee liquor and 150ml of raspberry liquor in the bottom of a champagne flute and top it off with sparkling wine for a superb way to kick your night off!     Fire Cracker This simple-to-make drink will set the taste buds alight and get you in the mood for the  fireworks show. All you will need for this is: Vodka (go for Arbikie Potato Vodka), Blue Curacao and tonic. Mix...
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Why this Rugby World Cup won’t be all about beer

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We all know that big sporting events go hand in hand with a good beer but we want to show you that it’s not all about hops. The Rugby World Cup, which kicks off tonight, will be a festival of sport and even self-confessed sports haters will struggle not to get swept up in it. Almost six weeks of world-class rugby will need some world-class drinks to enjoy it with. Beer will be most sport fans’ first thought when it comes to game-time drinks and we love a good beer as much as the next fan. But what if you’re not a beer fan? There’s a whole world of fantastic drinks to enjoy, from fine single malt whisky to rich and delicious wines to refreshing gins. There’s even vodka to be enjoyed! You’re only limited by your imagine. Tonight, after all the preambles and unnecessary ceremony is done with, hosts England will do battle with Fiji in the opening game....
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Wines to enjoy during the Tour de France… and you don’t even need a bike

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We’re now almost a third of the way through the 2015 Tour de France so we thought it would be a good time to look at the brutal route the cyclists take and see which wines we can all enjoy along the way. Of course, Christopher Froome, Alberto Contador et al won’t be thinking about wine is they push their bodies to the limits of human endurance but at least we can (wine, not human endurance). The Tour de France is a punishing sporting spectacle that only the bravest and fittest of athletes could ever hope to win. It also happens to weave its way through, and near, dozens of France’s premier wine producing regions and that makes the event a magnet for sports fans and wine connoisseurs alike. Watching the gruelling Tour de France might not put you in the mood to jump on a bike and hit the road (although we’d recommend you try it) but there’s a...
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Wines and spirits to the fore, the Scottish Open is coming!

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The Scottish Open is just days away and the excitement for this event in our backyard is building with every hour, especially now the sun has finally come out to play! To have an event of this calibre right on our doorstep at Gullane Golf Club is pretty special, and when you see the list of world golf superstars who will take to the field, you realize how important it is to the sport. The Lockett Bros team cannot wait to see our little part of East Lothian – in North Berwick – buzzing during the event and we’re all set to welcome golf-mad fans from all around the globe. And let’s be honest, a world-class sporting event needs world-class wines and spirits to really enjoy the festivities and we have plenty on offer. So who’s coming to the Scottish Open? Well, it’s a real who’s who of world golf’s elite. Let’s take a look at some of the stars...
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