The Big Christmas Tasting, Chapter 1

Wednesday 16th December – 4pm to 8pm

A Wine Tour with James MacNay

(We hope you can join us for our Big Christmas Tasting.  Included in the ticket price is an £8 bottle deposit, which will be fully refunded on safe return of the bottles we ship to you).

Normally one of Cuculo’s most popular annual events is the Big Christmas Tasting.

Now, we are certainly not about to let a submicroscopic infectious agent with a daft name get in the way of that. This year we will be running two online tasting sessions, and tasting a total of twenty wines. Each session will be repeated by way of our “Circular Tasting” concept.

The tasting costs £20 per person, and that includes:

  • 10 wine samples, each of 50ml (for couples a 100ml bottle is provided) (NB dessert wines 25ml per person);
  • A tasting pack from our extensive counters of cheeses, cured meats, olives and antipasti (let us know any dietary requirements and we will adjust your tasting pack to suit your needs);
  • Accompanying literature;
  • An online presentation and tasting, complete with maps and slides.  This is participatory and we invite you to ask questions and share your comments;
  • A £5 voucher for any purchase above £30.

The wines have been chosen as our Christmas picks, and include everything from jolly juicers to some pretty special bottles from some of the great Italian appellazioni. We’ll include dessert wines, but regret that sparklers are not possible to taste in this format.

“Circular Tasting” – an innovative idea

The tasting will commence at 4pm on Wednesday 16th December.  Once all ten wines have been presented and tasted, instead of finishing, James will start back again at wine number one.  That will be repeated until the last sequence, which should start around 8pm.  This way you can join in a fun, informative and fully participatory tasting event at a time of your choosing (within the hours described above). Ask questions and share comments whenever you like.


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    Subject to availability and vintage change, the wines for this tasting are below.  The shelf prices in brackets are for reference.

    • Sicilia IGT Bianco Ciello by Normanno (£8.45)
    • Offida Pecorino DOCG 2018 Le Merlettaie by Ciù Ciù (£14.45)
    • Etna DOC Bianco 2019 by Pietradolce (£19.95)
    • Sicilia IGT Bianco 2018 SP68 by Arianna Occhipinti (£22.95)
    • Primitivo Tarantino IGP Rosso 2017 Arpago (£12.95)
    • Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2017 Montessu (£18.95)
    • Bolgheri DOC 2018 by Michele Satta (£22.95)
    • Etna DOC Rosso 2018 by Pietradolce (£19.95)
    • Brunello do Montalcino DOCG 2015 by Collosorbo (£50.45)
    • Passito di Pantelleria DOC. 2017 Sese by Tua Rita (£39.95 / 50cl)

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