Supermarket scrap on
The Christmas supermarket scrap is on in the UK. Tesco had on offer from November 10 to 12 for Louis Delaunay Champagne at just £9 ($14.64). The price was reduced from £16, and it was available in 800 stores, so there had to be several containers available.
Aldi has its Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut at £9.99 bottle. Lidl is matching Aldi with its Comte de Senneval at £9.99.
Sainsbury’s hasn’t yet joined the scrap. Its Antoine De Clevecy NV Brut Champagne is £14. Waitrose is way behind with Waitrose Brut NV Pinot Noir French Champagne at £18.99, as is Morrisons with Wm Morrison Brut Champagne NV, also £18.99
China for all
Australian wine is doing extremely well in China, but it appears every wine-producing country in the world wants a slice of the Chinese market. The Ministry of Economy of Azerbaijan has sent out a media release informing that a dozen winemaking companies exhibited their products at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair.
From the release: “The expansion of the Chinese market will not be a cakewalk. In China, for example, the Azerbaijani winemakers have to face stiff competition from their Russian counterparts, with at least 200-year history.”
At least they are not looking at taking on Australia. Well, not yet.
Prancer’s and Dancer’s balls
The Jolly Sailor, a pub in Canterbury, Kent (south of England), has upset some local residents by introducing meatballs made from reindeer for the Christmas season. What wine is best to accompany Prancer’s and Dancer’s balls?