Fête Wine Giveaway!

They say you never forget your first love (I married mine but that’s another story). Anyway, point is when you first fall for someone – or something – you never forget it. With wine, the first place I fell for was France. When I was training to be a wine buyer for a big supermarket years ago, the Loire Valley was one of the first regions I was given to look after. Bordeaux and Beaujolais soon followed and to this day, those regions remain among my absolute favourites. The Loire Valley is stuffed with so many styles you could drink wine from here alone and never get bored. Bordeaux offers great value if you know where to look and Beaujolais produces bright, joyous wines in one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen.

So when new wine brand Fête des Flaveurs came along, celebrating these particular regions and flavours of France, I couldn’t resist. We’ve got a mixed case of six bottles up for grabs just in time to stock up the wine rack for December. To enter, simply leave a comment here on the blog and a winner will be picked next week. For a (virtual) taste of what to expect, see this week’s recommendations. Good luck!

T&Cs: UK residents only. Must be over 18 years old to enter. Competition closes on 8th December 2021 at 11.59pm. The winner will be notified by email and the prize will be posted to the winner after that date.

This post is sponsored by Fête des Flaveurs.

 

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Current red in the rack: Fête des Flaveurs Beaujolais Villages

Price: £8.50 - Buy From Sainsburys

The Beaujolais region’s granite soils and warm climate suit the Gamay grape perfectly, producing medium-bodied wines with juicy black cherry and blueberry fruit flavours just like this one. Happy enough on its own or with a plate of charcuterie. Sausages & mash a good shout, too.

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Current red in the rack: Fête des Flaveurs Bordeaux

Price: £8.50 - Buy From Sainsbury's

Bordeaux might be one of the most famous wine regions in the world but it’s not all leathery old clarets and decanters. This one, made from the Merlot grape with some Cabernet Sauvignon (a classic Bordeaux blend) is packed with plum fruits and a touch of spice. Simply delicious.

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Current white in the fridge: Fête des Flaveurs Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

Price: £8.50 - Buy From Sainsbury's

Much as I love a perky passionfruit-loaded Sauvignon Blanc, my real love is for this rather more elegant style so typical of the Loire Valley, especially those from Touraine. Think citrus with a dash of the florals and you get the idea. Bright, fresh and crying out to go with anything from the sea beside it.

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134 Comments

  • Martina
    7 months ago

    Yay! Would love this prize

  • Judy McDonnell
    7 months ago

    Like many other a delivery like this would make my week

  • john
    7 months ago

    france – going for a simple messaging approach. cheers to that!

  • Jo F-W
    7 months ago

    Fingers crossed – but looks like a trip to sainsburys is in order!

  • Ceri Harries
    7 months ago

    Great prize

    • Kelly France
      7 months ago

      Once again thank you for making the ‘wall of wine’ more accessible.

      • Vicki Skelsey
        7 months ago

        Perfect timing to stock up for Christmas, yes please!

  • Marion & Ken
    7 months ago

    We would so love these in our Christmas Stocking 😍

  • Gillian Mansbridge
    7 months ago

    Although I never win these ‘competitions’:-

    “if your not in, you can’t win from Helen McGinn”

  • Elizabeth Fuente Avila
    7 months ago

    Christmas has come early 😍

  • Simon Heape
    7 months ago

    What a lovely brand, bringing together many of my favourite wines.
    I’d love to win this case.

  • Liz P
    7 months ago

    Having just complete my first Dryathlon for Cancer Research in a cold, wet November I would love to taste some of this. Sounds delicious!

  • Liz P
    7 months ago

    Having just complete my first Dryathlon for a cancer Research in November I would love to try some of this. Sounds delicious!

    • Ruth Guest
      7 months ago

      Your story is so resonant Helen. I loved Loire & Bordeaux without even realising. Only learning about it all much much later. Beaujolais & Loire are now amongst my favourite wines. This is a fab prize.

  • Andrew Hill
    7 months ago

    What a fantastic competition! Good luck everyone! :o)

  • Liz
    7 months ago

    Oh! What a wine to be in with a chance of winning.

  • Sarah Gibson
    7 months ago

    This prize would be an amazing addition to Christmas 🎄

  • Penny
    7 months ago

    Yes please! Would love to try these.

  • Kevin Hurley
    7 months ago

    Recommended, good value wines from my local supermarket – what’s not to love

  • Jenny
    7 months ago

    Cheers to that 🍷

  • Trina Redshaw
    7 months ago

    Fantastic selection and great to have the food recommendations – my mind is already planning what to pair with them, even this early in the am!🤪

  • Alison
    7 months ago

    French wine is amazing, we’d love to try these over Christmas with friends

  • Alison
    7 months ago

    Oops, email address wrong. Wine looks great though!

  • Shaun Bennett
    7 months ago

    It’s always France for me!

  • Sandra Macdonald
    7 months ago

    Ooh La La!! I hope it’s me!!

  • Sophie Wilkinson
    7 months ago

    Sounds delicious!

    • Helen Morgan
      7 months ago

      Sounds fabulous! Well done on finding these wines! Fingers crossed 🤞

      • Jackie Walder
        7 months ago

        You have to love a French wine!

  • Linda Dove
    7 months ago

    Perfect for Christmas 🎄

  • Dee Taliadoros
    7 months ago

    Would love to win please!

  • Donna
    7 months ago

    My wine rack is ready and waiting to be replenished!

  • Jo Scattergood
    7 months ago

    Ooh how lovely. That would make a very Merry Christmas time! 🎄

  • Libby Burke
    7 months ago

    Great memories of visiting wine caves in Loire valley in our campervan – pre-kids! This would be a fabulous treat!

  • Janet Readings
    7 months ago

    Would be a super Christmas treat.

  • Jane Hart
    7 months ago

    Shame! Had Bangers & Mash last night – have Beaujolais Villages next time!

  • Jane Hart
    7 months ago

    Shame, had Bangers & Mash yesterday – have Beaujolais Villages next time!

    • James Thompson
      7 months ago

      I love Beaujolais!!

  • Linda
    7 months ago

    I didn’t marry my 1st love, or my 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc (I fell in love easily in those days), but the one I eventually married introduced me to Beaujolais over 40 years ago and it is still one of my favourites

  • 7 months ago

    France calls me, I’m very much missing visiting just now, it’s been over two years. Loire Valley and the Rhone are my favourite wines, Bordeaux is an area we have yet to visit. Beaujolais Villages would certain bring back happy memories, à la vôtre.

  • Adrian
    7 months ago

    Be lovely for Christmas

  • julie Hull
    7 months ago

    This prize reminds me of my lovely old house in Burgundy which I have had for 20 years and all the wounderful wine and food I miss, I never expected that when I closed the door in November 2019 that due to Covid19 I would not have returned there in the last two years.

  • Sara
    7 months ago

    It would be rude not to comment…love the sound of this.😍

  • Jean
    7 months ago

    Will certainly give these wines a try! On my Sainsburys shopping list!

  • Amelia Franklin
    7 months ago

    What a fantastic treat this would be for Crimbo!
    Good luck everyone 🤞🏻🤞🏻

  • Catherine Ramsay
    7 months ago

    These sound delicious 😋

  • Rachel Liddon
    7 months ago

    These wines would be such a Christmas treat!

  • Karien read
    7 months ago

    Would love to to try these they look fab

  • Karien read
    7 months ago

    Would love to try these.

  • Tammy Watson
    7 months ago

    🍷 ooh would be lovely to win!

  • 7 months ago

    My first love was an Italian dessert wine, I didn’t realise that I could enjoy dessert wines, had always dismissed them as being too sweet. A lovely prize from one of my favourite regions today, keeping fingers crossed for a win! X

  • Joyce Scully
    7 months ago

    In so many ways, these wines set the standard for other wines to be judged by. Clean, fruit-driven and full of taste. Not sure what more I could ask for.

  • Tim Taylor
    7 months ago

    Have added a trip to Sainsburys to the Christmas drinks list. These wines sound superb.

  • Nicola
    7 months ago

    These wines sound fantastic, what a wonderful giveaway x

  • Patricia Sey
    7 months ago

    Another great recommendation and a fab festive giveaway! 🤞❤️

  • Hilary Wood
    7 months ago

    For me, France is simply heaven. How amazing is it when you find a wine which takes you to that place?

  • 7 months ago

    What a lovely prize and opportunity. It sounds like the perfect wine to enjoy while reading your new novel!

  • Gemma
    7 months ago

    Sounds great- I would love to give these a try!

  • Tracey Jackson
    7 months ago

    My first love I met again 10 years ago and is now my best friend and parter for our restaurant nights out.

    If I win then we can have a few nights in with food and wine instead.

    Happy Christmas

  • LRS
    7 months ago

    Missing travelling to France so a case to drink would be great!!

  • Tim Smith
    7 months ago

    Yes please, these wines sound great.

  • Debra Ward
    7 months ago

    Looking forward to (hopefully) trying these wines

  • Sue Eastwood
    7 months ago

    This prize would be a great introduction to good French wines for our family, having being disappointed so often with our own choices. Having tried some of Helen’s other recommendations from Saturday Kitchen, I know this case will not disappoint.

    • 7 months ago

      Completely understand how you fell in love with these wines. When I was 20, I spent a year teaching English in France and so began my love affair with French wines especially from the Loire and Bordeaux.

  • Kim
    7 months ago

    Lovely, yes please!

  • Helen
    7 months ago

    Sounds great, yes please!!

  • 7 months ago

    A big fan of the Loire for wine. Some beautiful wine styles. Remembering a lovely holiday there many years ago with lots of tasting of course.

  • Simone
    7 months ago

    Chin chin x 🍷

  • Susan Jane Gray
    7 months ago

    I would love to win this a fine Wine Collection. I am a lover of Good Wines

  • Leyla Newling
    7 months ago

    What a great prize, thanks Helen. 🍷

  • Amber
    7 months ago

    Yes please! Sounds delicious!

  • christine harris
    7 months ago

    They’ve been added to the shopping list but would love to win the 6 🍷🍇😍

  • Pauline Knight
    7 months ago

    This would be perfect for celebrating my 68th Xmas day birthday with my family. XXX

  • Hannah
    7 months ago

    We drank gallons of Beaujolais growing up. My father took part in The Beaujolais Run every year through the 70s & 80s – a midnight race back to Britain with their car boot filled with the latest release of pinky-red Beaujolais Nouveau! Would obviously donate the prize to my father if I won 😉

  • Rachel
    7 months ago

    Ooh what a treat this would be!

  • Lyndsay Peck
    7 months ago

    What a fantastic prize! we don’t often choose French wines, so would love to try these wines with friends! THANKS

  • Michelle Mason
    7 months ago

    These sound wonderful! I’d love to win.

  • 7 months ago

    Fingers crossed for this one, Hels! Mx

  • Eddie Davies
    7 months ago

    Can only agree that. I was blown away by the variety on offer on my first visit to the Loire that I stopped off (usually in Saumur )) to fill my boot before heading home. Happy days wonder if we can ever get back and enjoy to same extent again?

  • Katrina Gibbs
    7 months ago

    Not an area I am familiar with so would be a great prize to help get acquainted

  • Samantha Day
    7 months ago

    What a lovely link to memories of the wines and regions. Would love to taste the wine x

  • Jennifer Roberts
    7 months ago

    Yes please – would love to win this prize.

  • Bridgette Ryan
    7 months ago

    Happy Birthday to me 🎉😋🥳🥂

  • Beth Miles
    7 months ago

    These sound delicious, a great way to enjoy France without the travel (and passenger locator forms, and day 2 testing!)

  • Gemma Coleman
    7 months ago

    I wish my careers advisor at school had suggested training to become a wine taster🤣🍷🥂

  • LaLa would love it
    7 months ago

    Must be my turn!!

  • LaLa would love it
    7 months ago

    Must be my turn..!

  • Maria
    7 months ago

    Looking forward to trying wines from this brand – so would love to win…

  • Michael Chirnside
    7 months ago

    Cherries and blueberries: my favourite breakfast fruits! So does that mean I can drink this in the morning, and have it count towards my 5/10-a-day?🤷🏻‍♂️ Asking for a friend…😉😂

  • Carol Mitchell
    7 months ago

    This would be perfect for our Christmas celebration meals, love to try new wines 🍷🍷

  • Linda Cummings
    7 months ago

    It’s my birthday on 8th December so this would be a fabulous birthday gift!

  • Joanne Hamilton
    7 months ago

    Would be a fantastic prize for drinking on Christmas day!! X

  • Sami
    7 months ago

    Sat by the fire with a glass of wine, after a 4.30 start – in all weathers, shooing sheep, cajoling cattle, precarious pigs, pampered ponies, would be so very welcomed 😄

    • Helen McGinn
      7 months ago

      Hi Sami, you WON! I’ll email you now so we can get the case of wine on its way to you asap x

  • Emma jones
    7 months ago

    Fingers crossed!

  • Andrea Nash
    7 months ago

    Loving this website, found it a few weeks ago, brilliant for finding a nice couple of bottles to go with the Roast. My Anniversary today, 23 happy years so I am looking for something special.

  • Richard Scott
    7 months ago

    Oh yes please

  • Tanya C
    7 months ago

    Sounds like many happy memories in a glass

  • Ian Bromilow
    7 months ago

    Fingers crossed…

  • Ali Stockwell
    7 months ago

    Great prize!

  • Heulwen Rees
    7 months ago

    They’re onto my shopping list

  • Catherine Lewis
    7 months ago

    This would be a fabulous prize to share with rest friends and family #lifeestooshortforbadwinedays

  • Laura Joseph
    7 months ago

    Yes luuurrrrrve a fancy red ❤

  • Gemma Williams
    7 months ago

    Faites un tour de France…fantastique! What a fabulous selection of wines.

  • Sue Roberts
    7 months ago

    Yes please would be fab 🍷

  • Sarah Alexander
    7 months ago

    Always first is very special.. 🥳
    Looks a fab prize!!

  • Lauren Denton
    7 months ago

    What lovely wines to celebrate Christmas with. Fingers crossed!

  • Gill
    7 months ago

    What a lovely Christmas treat this would be x

  • Lou
    7 months ago

    My friends and I follow you and your recommendations religiously.
    Thank you for being such fun and informative.
    Crossed fingers x

  • Louise
    7 months ago

    The wine rack always needs restocking. Would love to win this. Merry Christmas one and all!

  • Karen Parry
    7 months ago

    Sounds perfect. Added to my sainsburys shop for delivery in the weekend!

  • 7 months ago

    I would love to try this and share this with my family at Christmas. I love trying new wines. It’s exciting. Cheers xx

  • Louise Jackman
    7 months ago

    Ooooh yes please, these sound delicious!

  • Belinda Marshall
    7 months ago

    I would love to win this! Fingers crossed 🤞

  • 7 months ago

    I would love this. Been another tough year at work in our GP surgery.

  • 7 months ago

    I would love to win this. Had another tough year working at our GP surgery. xxx

  • Joanne Roberts
    7 months ago

    Oooh yea please 🙏 I would ❤️ to win this 🍷🍾

  • Nick Roberts
    7 months ago

    Fab prize, love Touraine!

  • Zoe M
    7 months ago

    Keeping fingers & toes crossed for this one!

  • Sarah Fox
    7 months ago

    These look fabulous- fingers crossed x

  • Angela Doyle
    7 months ago

    Could this be a fete accomplis – see what I did there ?! Cheers would be lovely !

  • James Griffiths
    7 months ago

    Great idea -would love these for our family Christmas get together!

  • Elizabeth
    7 months ago

    Would love this under the tree 🎄
    Gamay was my first love of red wine (from the slopes of Savoir)

  • Gilly G
    7 months ago

    Great prize, love to win something this year!!
    Good luck to all😀

  • Jenny
    7 months ago

    They sound great! Would be amazing to stock my new wine rack up with these!

  • Mandy
    7 months ago

    Great choice and elegant bottles

  • Lucinda
    7 months ago

    Wine please 🍷 🙏🏻

  • Nick White
    7 months ago

    These look great. Fingers crossed

  • Lindsey
    7 months ago

    This would certainly bring some festive cheer to my house! Cheers! 🎄🍷

  • Karen Mizen
    7 months ago

    These bottles look beautifully French, I’d love to taste what’s inside them. Cheers Helen 🎅🏼🎄

  • Beverly Govin
    7 months ago

    What a fabulous giveaway – I’d love to try
    Thankyou 🍷

  • Christine Shipp
    7 months ago

    Having extended family round for Xmas for the first time in several years. This wine would certainly help us enjoy the moment even more!

  • Patsy Smith
    7 months ago

    I fell in love with wine in France too! Mine was less idyllic though, it was a trip to Calais with my late mother to stock up on some wine for Christmas. We stopped for some steak and pomme frites in the olde worlde restaurant in the hypermarche, and the red wine was divine. I was never a fan before, I just hadn’t been trying the right wines! I stocked up that year on some incredible French wines and have been a fan ever since!

  • Janene Cherry
    7 months ago

    I recently bought and tried the Fete recommended on your latest blog. It isn’t the sort of wine I would normally buy but I am trying to give different wines a try recently. I was surprised how much I liked it and I would definitely buy it again. Thanks for another great recommendation.

  • Barry Rainbird
    6 months ago

    Hi Helen, just re watched your show with Stanley Tucci, Genaro, Angela and Matt. Always a good watch when you are on. Anyway, I have just made the Ribollita Tuscan soup recipe and it’s in the oven ready to serve at 1900! Unfortunately I will be having it with my home made Rose (It goes with everything I make). Hope you and your family have a good Christmas and look forward to seeing you on the TV in the New Year,

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