We look at the best festive wine selections in Manchester

What’s red and white and makes Xmas merry? 

Wine of course. The festive season is an excuse to treat yourself and your loved ones to some extra special bottles. 

Baubles to the supermarkets, buy your Christmas wine case from your local wine merchant who will really appreciate your custom as well as providing far superior wine. 

Here is our pick of local indies doing crackers of Christmas wine cases.

Where: Ad Hoc Wines

What: Bespoke box of six

Prices vary

The newest wine store in the NQ will put together six wines of your choice in a gift box for Crimbo. Their recommended selection includes a bottle of Krone champagne, a Swartland old vines white, a bottle of Cotes De Nuits Villages Pinot Noir and a Vire Clessé Chardonnay both from Burgundy, a Spanish red and a bottle of port but you do you. There's plenty of craft beer in here too. Well worth a visit. 

2020 12 10 Wine Evuna
Let Evuna Cava your turkey Image: Evuna

Where: Evuna

What: Festive selection  

How much: £103 for six 

This wonderful little Spanish tapas bar has had it harder than most during the pandemic as its restaurants are tiny and some weren’t able to open with social distancing rules in place. It adapted quickly to takeaway tapas and opened an online wine shop that is still going strong. This festive case is, in Spanish style, all about the Cava with FOUR bottles of the stuff, two white, two rosé, as well as a couple of bottles of Reserva Rioja. 

Festive Six Natural Wines From Manchester Wine Shop Garrigue
We don't approve of Gary Glitter at Xmas but we do approve of Garrigue. Image: Garrigue Wines

Where: Garrigue Wines

What: Festive six-bottle selection

How much: £120

Named after a kind of scrub vegetation that grows on limestone soil (many a grape's favourite), this new wine shop is the latest project from Kimberley McBride who has worked as a sommelier for the likes of The Creameries and Erst as well as being the wine expert of choice for Plattfields Market Gardens. You can't go far wrong letting Kim pick your Xmas wines for you. This festive selection has a focus on natural and byodynamic wines and comes in a reusable wine carrier (because you never know when you might need to transport some bottles). Wines include a Beaujolais (a perfect pair for turkey btw) and a lightly sparkling rose from Meinklang Klub in Germany. 

2020 12 10 Wine Isca
It's Chr-Isca-mas! Image: Isca

Where: Isca

What: Christmas Wine Selection

How much: £120 for six bottles

As sommelier at Where The Light Gets In Caroline Dubois knows a thing or two about wine - especially of the natural, low intervention and biodynamic variety. Her wine shop and deli Isca in Levenshulme has an exciting range of un-mucked-about-with wines all year and Caroline has put together a special surprise case for Xmas featuring two bottles of bubbles, one orange, one white and two red wines. You can get a mixed cheese and wine box from them too. 

Le Social Ultimate Continental Hamper For Xmas With Wine
We're not letting Brexit get in between us and these French treats Image: Le Social

Where: Le Social

What: Ultimate continental hamper

How much: £75 for two bottles plus extras

Another one for lovers of natural and low intervention wines, this uber-hip wine merchants in Ancoats is another one going down the hamper route this year - though there is a wide range of wines by the bottle you can mix and match if you prefer. The Ultimate Continental Hamper features the natty-lovers' favourite: pet nat - which is a little more delicate in fizz than champers - as well as Viognier, Bourgogne Rouge, port and sherry. There is a whole host of frou-frou snacks too including Marcona almonds and duck rillettes, ooh la la!

Christmas Day Case Of Six Bottles Of Wine From Reserve In Didsbury South Manchester
I'll reserve ten of these cases please, that should see me through another potential lockdown. Image: Reserve Wines

Where: Reserve Wines

What: Christmas party case

How much: £150 for twelve bottles

Didsbury darlings and one of our favourite places to nip for a drink in Mackie Mayor. Reserve’s head honcho Kate Goodman is also BBC2’s Food & Drink show’s drinks pairing expert. This Christmas party case (main pic at the top) contains plenty of crowd-pleasing new and old world reds and whites (everything from delicate Chablis to intense Italian Neropasso - not a million miles away from Amarone but less pricey) as well as a couple of bottles of fizz, a Sauternes dessert wine and a Nierport LBV port. If you want a smaller version (pictured above), there is a Xmas day case of 6 bottles each with food pairing suggestion - buttery Chardonnay with your turkey, Neropasso with the cheese. Reserve also does festive tastings and has a new subscription option which would make a very generous gift for the wine lover in your life.

2021 02 26 Salut International Womens Day Sara Saunby Wine
Say Salut to Noel Image: Salut

Where: Salut

What: Mixed Fizz

How much: £95 for six bottles

If there's ever a time for fizz, it's Xmas - and especially this year. With bubbles in the shape of Cava, Prosecco and Champagne (of course) this box is more bubbly than Michael Buble and is sure to put a twinkly light in everyone’s eye. Salut has also launched Christmas hampers this year which include cheese, charcuterie and nibbles as well as bottles of red and white - they come in various options including vegan ones. Ideal for a Xmas Eve gift from you to you.

Tinys Tipple Fancy Xmas Selection In Chorlton Manchester
Tiny's Tipple has your Xmas wine in the bag Image: Tiny's Tipple

Where: Tiny's Tipple

What: Super Fancy Xmas Selection

How much: £198 for six bottles

This bijou Chorlton wine shop has put together a corking Xmas bundle fit for the fanciest celebrations. This extra special collection includes Lallier Champagne, a rich Chenin Blanc from Touraine in the Loire, a bold Argentinian red, the Xmas pudding in a glass that is Pedro Ximenez sherry, an LBV port and some Armagnac ideal as a nightcap - or for making Champagne cocktails. Certain to guarantee a good night’s sleep, probably starting midway through the Xmas film at around 6pm.

Want more? Here are some other local wine shops who would be happy to talk to you about festive bottles

Blossom Street Social - Ex-Hanging Ditch Ancoats wine bar

Carrington's - Didsbury OG that does great wine and booze

Cork Of The North - Award-winning wine tastings too

Corks Out - Warrington wine wallas

Flawd - Ancoats natural wine bar and shop from the team behind Higher Ground

Grape To Grain - Prestwich wine merchants famous for fun tastings

Harvey Leonards - a Glossop favourite

It's Alive - Another natural wine specialist that also does a nice line in glassware

Kerb - More natty in Ancoats

Kwoff - Bury's koolest wine store

Nordie - Beer and natural wine in Levenshulme

Salvis - Italian specialists

Sam’s Chop House - Wines and tastings from a Manchester institution with a top sommelier

Sicilian NQ - Our beloved NQ Sicilians

Tipples of Mcr - Teeny booze boutique off Albert Square

The Vineyard- Ramsbottom's treasure trove of wine and other boozy delights

Wandering Palate - Monton's top wine, booze and deli shop

Whalley Wine Shop - Award-winning Lancashire wine shop

and there's always Manchester Wine School for wine tasting vouchers

Read next: The best things to drink in Manchester in December

Competition: Win a year of wine in 2022 from Le Social 

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