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Decanter’s Christmas Advent Calendar

To celebrate the run-up to Christmas, we've created an advent calendar filled with new galleries, competitions, quizzes and exclusive videos for you to enjoy each day.

Plus remember to keep checking our galleries of great Champagne offers for the best deals from all the major UK supermarkets and independent wine merchants.

1st December: Christmas messages video 1

Watch our exclusive video of Christmas messages from Charles Chevallier – Domaine Barons De Rothschild, Ketil Groenli – Marques De Murrieta, Aline Baly – Chateau Coutet and Charles Philipponnat – Champagne Philipponnat.

2nd December: Vintage Champagne panel tasting results

If you’d like to celebrate the festive period with an extra special bottle of vintage Champagne be sure to take a look through our gallery of four and five star bottles that triumphed at our panel tasting session.

3rd December: Riedel competition

Enter the first of our Christmas competitions to be in with a chance of winning a Riedel ‘Flirt’ decanter worth £125 and get it delivered in time for Christmas. Good Luck!

4th December: Wine quiz 1

Test your wine knowledge in the first of our Decanter Christmas quizes. For all the answers, please e-mail: decanter@ipcmedia.com

5th December: English wine: expert’s choice

Fancy trying something a little different to drink this festive period? Why not try some English wine? See Susy Atkins’ pick of the best sparking and still English wines to drink this Christmas.


6th December: Christmas message video 2

Watch our exclusive video featuring a Christmas message from Paul Draper, Chief Winemaker at Ridge Vineyards.

7th December: Exclusive subscription offer

For a limited time only – If you’re still looking for the perfect Christmas gift, or fancy treating yourself, today is the day to take advantage our exclusive Christmas subscription offers

8th December: Hugh Johnson’s ‘How to handle a wine’ video series

Back by popular demand – and in the spirit of Christmas repeats – we’re giving you the chance to watch Hugh Johnson’s brilliant ‘How to Handle a Wine’ series again for a limited period only. Enjoy.

9th December: Decanter’s Ultimate Wine Lover’s Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is fast approaching so if you’re stuck for present inspiration or just need a helping hand to make up your mind, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of great gifts for the wine lovers in your life. See all the gifts here…

10th December: Win a two night wine tasting break to Porto!

We’ve teamed up with Grape Escapes to offer one lucky Decanter reader and a guest the opportunity to experience one of their brand new wine tasting breaks to Porto, which launches in March 2012.

11th December: Christmas Film & Wine Quiz

Calling all film fans – Put your film and wine knowledge to the test by answering these 10 questions.

12th December: Christmas messages video 3

Watch our video of seasons greetings from winemakers from around the world, including Sylvie Cazes, Jean-Michel Laporte and Dannie De Wet.

13th December: Steven Spurrier’s Christmas cellar vintage guide

Want to know which bottles of wine you should be plucking from your cellar this Christmas? Steven Spurrier tells Decanter his recommendations for Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux.

14th December: Best Christmas reads

See our pick of the best wine books to put on your present wish list or give as gifts this Christmas.

15th December: Christmas messages video 4

Watch our exclusive video featuring Christmas messages from winemakers Aurelio Montes of Montes & Kaiken Wines, Marie-Hélène Dussech of Chateau D’Issan and Bruce Cakebread of Cakebread Cellars.

16th December: Grower Champagne

Want some extra inspiration for Christmas drinks? Take a look at the results our grower Champagne panel tasting including seven four star Champagnes.

17th December: Spanish Fine Wine Encounter competition

Win two tickets to the next Spanish Fine Wine Encounter in February 2012 plus two tickets to a masterclass of your choice.

18th December: The joy of Terroir quiz

Test your vineyard knowledge with our picture quiz of terroirs from the past year’s worth of issues of Decanter magazine.

Written by Georgina Hindle

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