Five superb New World wines to try in 2016


A New Year, a fresh start, right? So why not leap into 2016 enjoying the future of wine as we know it. We predict 2016 to be the year of big reds, especially New World offerings. New World wines, for those who may not know, come from countries that were once colonies, such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Chile. They tend to have much hotter climates than Old World Wine origins, and this tends to give the produce a much fuller body, creating much bolder fruit flavours. Unlike their Old World counterparts, New World wines have no strict rules or regulations imposed on them. Wine makers are free to experiment in any which way they please, making the wine more varied and exciting! Here are our top 5 New World Wines to look out for in 2016 Snapper Rock Pinot Noir Snapper Rock is a beautiful drink, perfect for any evening. It is a bright garnet colour with...
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Things that will definitely happen on Christmas Day…


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


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


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!


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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REVEALED: Scotland’s other greatest whiskies


We have a few secrets to share with you… We at Lockett Bros have decided to spill the beans and tell you the best of the best Scottish whiskies. Before we go any further, it’s an impossible task, such is the quality of Scotland’s single malts. As much as we think these whiskies are awesome, it is completely subjective. We’d love to hear your thoughts! So, here are our top five Scottish whiskies, in no particular order. Of course, there’s another couple of dozen whiskies that could be on this list. Old Pulteney 12-Year-Old This 12-Year-Old was matured in an ex-bourbon cask creating an even smoother taste. On the nose it gives off a crisp, clean scent with hints of botanical herbs such as parsley. It finishes with a nutty, almond scent. On the palate, this Pulteney has a classic oaky taste, with fruit and nut tones. Stunning. Carn Mor Auchentoshan 1989 One of our high-end whiskies and most definitely...
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Do your worst Abigail, we’ll be in front of the fire with a drink


‘Tis the season to drink and be merry (almost) so sit back and enjoy a little evening treat in front of a roaring fire! Winter is now most definitely here with Storm Abigail is bearing down on the UK. But don’t let this miserable weather get you down. There’s something strangely enjoyable about listening to a roaring storm as you sip a drink from the comfort of your home. Hurricane Abigail can throw what she wants at us. We’ll be fine in front of the fire with one of these beauties! Casa Silva Cool Coast Pinot Noir This is Casa Silva’s second 100 per cent Paredones-grown wine and a new addition to their ‘Cool Coast’ line. Planted on the coastal hills (hence the name) near the Pacific Ocean, this wine is dominated by the red fruits of pomegranate, cherries and strawberries. There’s a subtle but definite hint of cinnamon giving this wine a perfect winter touch. BUY NOW Alpha Zeta...
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Think you know Spanish wine? Think again!


There are some people out there who completely ignore Spanish wine and that bothers us at Lockett Bros. Spanish wine is fantastic and if the country’s wine marketers’ current efforts are rewarded, more and more Brits will be drinking it. There’s a big PR push to position Spanish wine as the natural pairing to particular foods. The “Eat Spain Drink Spain” campaign certainly has merit so let’s go on a little Spanish wine adventure. Spanish wine means variety Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world. It has more than 2.9 million acres of vineyards, making it the most widely planted wine-producing nation. There are more than 400 varieties of grape planted in Spain although 80 per cent of the country’s wine production uses just 20 of these. Rioja, Valdepenas and the northwest region of Galicia are the major wine regions in Spain, so if you are thinking of your next holiday’s destination these might be the go-to...
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Drinks to ensure fireworks at your bonfire party


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


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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