1. Buy a case of wine (12 bottles) instead of individual bottles!  Great discounts by case and make 12 lovely Xmas gifts to give. 

2. Look for wine bottles with screw caps as easy to open at parties plus you can screw the lid back on when not in use to keep airtight (less corkage too).  Any leftovers can be transported easily for a recovery party the next day!

3. Select food friendly wines as big holiday meals tend to have lots of dishes with competing flavours.  Versatile wines such as Pinot Noir, Rieslings and Moscato’s will do the trick.  Any wine you like is fine, just thing not to wildly sweet or tannic!

4. Champagne is always a winner at parties but can blow the budget and disappoint the palate.  Try Prosecco from Italy – very affordable, stylish and great tasting sparkling wine!  For aussy sparkling you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Domaine Chandon.

5. Why not make Sangria or punch for that holiday get together – a cheaper and often more fun option than having a glass of wine or two to offer everyone!   Seek out good quality inexpensive wines that would be delicious in a bowl of punch or Sangria (see our Sangria recipe in previous blog).  Try Dan Murphy’s for some good value discounted wine. 

Chillout Travel wishes you all a wonderful festive season and the best ever 2010…don’t forget to check out our tours such as the Yarra Valley Winery Tour which makes a great gift at anytime of the year @ $98 per Gift Voucher per person.