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Autumnal Drinks

A word from Neil Phillips, The wine tipster


Autumn is a special and exciting time of year. As the colours change, we find ourselves being drawn to new tastes and experiences, whether that’s with food or drink. Neil Phillips ‘The Wine Tipster’, and Jockey Club Catering’s resident wine expert, is here to help with inspiration around how to mix up your drink repertoire along with the change of seasons.



Autumn has arrived, hot on the heels of a long summer. I love seeing the rich colours being blown across pavements and muddy lanes as we dig out our big coats from the back of the cupboard. As leaves explode with colour and we switch up our wardrobes, it’s a great time to explore new drinks.



I’m relishing the arrival of Autumn. It’s a chance to light crackling fires, cook hearty beef stews packed with squashes and pulses, and warm the taste buds with new drinks you haven’t yet tried – enjoy! Here are my top tips and suggestions to add variety to your trusted go-to favourites.



Nothing quite beats the clink of glasses with friends, and so as we stop to notice things we love about the UK at this time of year, what better choice than a stunning English sparkling wine?


Nyetimber Classic Cuvée MV is beautifully crafted by award-winning winemaker Cherie Spriggs. Blended over several vintages for that perfect balance of elegance and intensity, this classic English sparkling wine from Nyetimber’s vineyards in West Sussex and Hampshire richly deserves all the accolades it receives.


It pairs perfectly with a range of canapés like salmon and cream cheese before a Sunday roast, or with scallops and sushi as lighter options. Nyetimber Classic Cuvée MV is available in Waitrose at £38.00, and Fortnum & Mason.



There’s never been so much interest in quality Provence rosé, whatever the weather. Why? It’s incredibly versatile, making it great on its own and with a wide range of foods.


Whispering Angel led the ‘Rosé Renaissance’ and their stunning Rock Angel Côtes de Provence Rosé 2021 is a pinnacle must-try wine. Delicate and dry, it comes from Caves d’Esclans – a magnificent estate in the heart of Provence. This wine takes you on a journey of everything we love about Provence rose with its alluring complexity, structure, intensity of fruit flavours and richness.


It’s great as an aperitif, delicate enough to enjoy with fish and shellfish, but complex enough to stand up a traditional British chicken pie and spicy foods like warming Thai curries. Rock Angel Côtes de Provence Rosé 2021, Caves d’ Esclans, Provence is available in Waitrose at £26.00 and at stockists including Selfridges and Master of Malt.



Autumn wouldn’t be complete without warming the cockles with a great Scottish whisky and Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Whisky makes for the perfect dram.


Family owned and managed by 5 generations since 1865, Glenfarclas uses time-honoured traditions to create the finest quality Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky in the traditional Speyside way. Bottled at 60% ABV, Glenfarclas 105 offers a complex combination of spicy, rich and sweet notes. Add a small drop of water to open up the fabulous flavours of this whisky, which is perfect for kicking back with friends or simply to savour at home.


The Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Whisky is available from The Whisky Exchange, Amathus, Hay Wines and The Whisky Stock at a RRP of £53.75-£55.95.




The UK has enjoyed a long love affair with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2022 from Marlborough in New Zealand is a great choice. 2022 was a classic year for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and winemaker Natalie Christensen is known for making some of the best wines, including this great value example at around £10. This wine’s attractive flavours of citrus and tropical fruits, balanced by a refreshing and crisp minerally finish, make it perfect for a warming Friday night fish ‘n’ chips. Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough, New Zealand is available in Asda, Co-op and Sainsbury’s at £9.99.


If you’re looking for something a bit different, and closer to home - give Yotes Court ‘On The Nod’ Bacchus 2021 from Kent a try. This top-class Bacchus offers delicious aromas of elderflower, passion fruit and gooseberry, along with attractive citrus flavours, and a zingy zesty finish. This stylish wine is a real crowd pleaser and brings to life why Bacchus is becoming so popular. Susannah Ricci, founder and owner of Yotes Court, is a keen racing fan and owner who started the EqWine Club and with her husband Rich Ricci has had winners at the Cheltenham Festival, including Faugheen, Douvan and Valtour. ‘On The Nod’ is available from at £17 (£102.00 for case of 6).




Autumn really is red’s time to shine, and there’s a spread of delicious varieties from across the world to suit every palate, budget and occasion.


Have you heard of Chilean País? First brought to Chile in the 16th century, this grape is growing in popularity for producing high-quality lighter and fresher fruit styles of red wine. I really enjoy Morandé Reserva One To One Old Vines Pais 2019, a lovely light-to-medium bodied red that’s well-balanced and offers smokey and spicy notes, together with fruity blackcurrant and redcurrant flavours. It’s delicious with cured meats and hard cheeses, tomato-sauce based pastas and grilled lamb or sausages.  Morandé Reserva One To One Old Vines Pais 2019, Maule Valley, Chile is available in Majestic at £8.99 (or £7.99 as a mixed case of 6 bottles).


If you’re looking for a fuller-bodied red, consider Porta 6 Vinho Regional from Lisboa in Portugal. Portugal produces so many good wines of all styles, and this blend of Tinto Roriz, Castelão and Touriga Nacional offers an attractive brambly character and dark fruit flavours of blackcurrants and plums. An excellent red that’s versatile with a wide variety of winter dishes, it’s available in Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Asda at £7.50 - £8.50. 



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