Things that will definitely happen on Christmas Day…

IN: EVENTSHOW TONEWSVODKAWHISKYWINE

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

IN: EVENTSGINHOW TOVODKAWHISKYWINE

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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It’s the Lockett Bros Awards! Let’s drink to that!

IN: EVENTSGINNEWSPRODUCERSVODKAWHISKYWINE

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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Do your worst Abigail, we’ll be in front of the fire with a drink

IN: HOW TOWHISKYWINE

‘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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How to fake it as a wine expert

IN: HOW TOWINE

Are you a wine expert? If the answer is yes, then good for you. You know your stuff and you can hold your own with any wine connoisseurs. But what if you’re not an expert? You might love a good wine and you’re pretty good at knowing a decent one from a bad one but when it comes to the intricacies of wine tasting, that might be when you start to panic. Well, we’re here to help you! You might not want to spend hours researching wine trends and tasting notes. Perhaps you want to go for the quicker (some might say lazier) route and fake your way to being a wine expert. But how do you do it? Easy! Follow our tips and you can hold your own in any wine conversation, kind of. DISCLAIMER: If you’re found out to be a fraud, we at Lockett Bros won’t be held responsible for your public humiliation. Take your time and...
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Why is Sauvignon Blanc so popular?

IN: PRODUCERSTRAVELSWINE

Sauvignon Blanc. It’s the wine people turn to again and again because they enjoy it and it’s a safe bet, but why is it so popular? Go into any wine merchant or supermarket in practically any developed country in the world and you’ll find dozens of Sauvignon Blanc options but it wasn’t always like this. Before the 1980s, Sauvignon Blanc was a variety that featured rarely in the world’s top wines but today it’s a staple. Can you imagine a world without Sauvignon Blanc? So what happened? Well, we have New Zealand to thank for its popularity today. Surprising perhaps that a relatively young wine-producing nation could have almost single-handedly changed our wine tastes, but it’s absolutely true. Pre-1980s, none of the big French wine producers paid any attention to Sauvignon Blanc. They didn’t need to. It was of course a component of white Bordeaux but that was about as far as its use went. Then those crafty Kiwis, without...
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Wines to enjoy during the Tour de France… and you don’t even need a bike

IN: CYCLINGEVENTSWINE

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!

IN: EVENTSTRAVELS

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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What your wine taste says about you

IN: HOW TOWINE

Wine tastes are a curious thing and they can say an awful lot about a person, we reckon. In fact, there’s even been some serious research done into what wine preference says about our character. So, in a completely unscientific way we at Lockett Bros decided to come up with a little guide about what your wine-tippling tastes and desires say about you. We produced a similar guide for whisky – which you can read here – and you seemed to love it. So for the wine connoisseurs, and for those who might only have a passing interest in wines, here’s the not-so-definitive Lockett Bros Wine Personality Guide. Sauvignon Blanc You are the dependable one in your circle of friends. People value your opinion and many seek counsel with you. You certainly know how to enjoy yourself but you never, ever go overboard. You’re not one for being particularly experimental and you’ve probably holidayed at the same location for the...
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Summer wines to get your party started

IN: HOW TO

Summer is just around the corner… apparently, so we thought it was about time to have a look at some of the best wines to enjoy at your summer parties and barbeques. When the mercury starts to rise (from 4 to 8C if you’re in the UK) and you feel like enjoying life al fresco then there are certain wines that you just have to have. It would be very easy to wheel out the old favourites and look for the usual characteristics – crisp, light and clean but they don’t always have to be what you’re looking for in a summer wine. So, with that in mind, here are five of favourites for a rocking summer party. Dandelion Vineyards Shiraz Our team loved this exciting little number so much that we made it our wine of the week a while back. That love hasn’t been lost. There’s a Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass with this Shiraz and...
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