Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes – but there is a third certainty, and as much as I try and pretend it's not happening my children will not let me forget that Christmas is on the near horizon. My son is after numerous gizmos for Christmas that changes daily on which particular adverts he's been watching (having said that the Nintendo 3DS does seem a permanent fixture on the changeable list) and my daughter is after a Cannon DSLR (aren't we all?) – but gizmos aside, the food and wine of Christmas needs careful attention to detail – after all, it's time to celebrate.

We often refer to the Yapp Christmas Sale as 'Legendary' - but it has rightly become a staple of the festive season preparation. On my first Yapp Sale, a couple arrived early doors on the Friday – these intrepid customers had left Northumbria at 3.30am and were in Mere in time for opening. It's all part of the inevitable run-up, that starts for me when my wife notes which weekend we're going to go to 'Fine Pines' to get the Christmas evergreen.


Christmas Bin Ends Wine Sale 2015


So, I strongly suspect that you may know the date already – but set yourself on the right Christmas trajectory, using the following details:

Christmas Wine Tasting and Sale
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November 2015
Yapp Brothers, Water Street, Mere, Wiltshire BA12 6DY

9.30am - 5.00pm.

We'll have over 30 wines open for tasting, some new to the Yapp Brothers list, and naturally our good friends at Godminster Cheese ( and Chesil Smokery ( will be along with for the ride – and on the Friday we'll also be welcoming Helen Chesshire from our new Gin supplier Brighton Gin (

Christmas wine and food – made easy!


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