Drinks are an important part of the festivities that come with the Christmas season. Having the right drink in your glass is the exact juice you need to get your groove on this yuletide season.
With the malls filled to the entrance, Lagos traffic ever at its peak and the fear of falling victim to fake drinks, where will you be shopping for drinks this Christmas?
What you need is a trusted source that guarantees authentic drinks, stocks a wide range of brands at the most pocket-friendly price. You need a drinks store you can simply rely on.
Considering the above, here are top reasons why you should buy from Drinks.ng this Christmas.
We understand that satisfying our customers is key to a successful business, which is why our customer service reps are friendly and always ready to help you with your orders. Immediate on our Live chat, polite on the phone and quick with email replies, we leave everyone who buys from us feeling like ‘Drinks.ng is our friend’.
Little wonder why Idowu left this 5-star review:
“Really Great Service! Called last minute on Friday evening about 6:30pm to pick up drinks I just bought. They close at 6pm or so but the representative on the phone (a kind lady) made sure we got our drinks even though we got there about 7:35pm (last minute rushing). They were very accommodating even offering a drink while the car was coming to pick up. Really great service! Thanks –Idowu”
Best Prices Nationwide
Yes! Go and compare elsewhere, we have the most competitive and pocket-friendly prices across available nationwide. We are cheaper than every other online store and way more economical than the malls in your neighbourhood. You can’t find a better pricing for bottles and cartons elsewhere!
Quick & Efficient Delivery Service
We are not here to compete with Santa, but we can tell you that our delivery service is faster than his Red-nosed Reindeer. No! We ain’t kidding at all. Within Lekki and Victoria Island, we deliver under 24-hours from the time the order is confirmed. For other parts of Lagos, you will find your orders under the Christmas tree within 48 hours.
Godwin here knows better:
“Ordered all I needed without issues. Chose the transfer to bank option. Biggest shock was that delivery happened same day (about 6 hrs later). Awesome!”
Nationwide Delivery Service
If you are travelling home this Christmas, you will definitely need bottles of wine for your many cousins, mature whiskies for your dad and Mazi Okoro which is where Drinks.ng comes in.
Drinks.ng work with excellent courier service to providers to make sure that your products get to you anywhere in Nigeria. Remember that deliveries outside Lagos take 3-5 working days depending on distance.
Amazing Deals & Gifts
At Drinks.ng, there is an array of amazingly FREE gifts that come with every purchase you make. We are talking branded headsets, Bluetooth speakers, 24 Apparel hats, mini bottles, flash drives, sunglasses and lots more! We are never short of mouth-watering deals and our Promos and Gifts page is a testament to our generosity. That means you don’t just buy to drinks for drinking sake, you can buy as a gift for friends and family.
This is a guarantee as we buy directly from the companies who own these drink brands or from their approved distributors. What does this mean? A bottle of Hennessy or a case of Moet & Chandon purchased from our store is as authentic as the word itself.
As a proof of authenticity, the brand owners themselves are never shy of working with us in terms of promos and customer education experiences.
Saves You Time & Money
Ordering from us means you don’t only get drinks at the best prices, we also save you the time you would spend driving all the way to the market or mall to get the drinks yourself. So if you believe ‘time is money’, then you will understand that we are saving your money for you on a double level.
We Work Weekends & Public Holidays
If you are the type that waits till it’s Christmas weekend to do your shopping, we are here for you as we also work on weekends.
Secret? There will be someone to pick your call and deliver to you even if you decide to order on Christmas morning.
Dipset was not only happy with our quick response, he thinks it’s impressive that we work on weekends too so he left this review:
“Your service was fast. I haven’t even finished ordering online before one of your representatives called me to assist me with my order. And you work on weekends. That’s a plus..”
What are you waiting for? Place your order now on Drinks.ng for authentic champagnes, wines and spirit. We are waiting to add extra merriment to your Christmas.
If you are still questioning why you should spend that extra cash on getting that expensive bottle of wine, scientists have provided a befitting answer to that.
The answer is steeped in the fact that more expensive wines taste better than the cheaper brands you would rather opt for. Researchers in in Germany and France have arrived at an explanation why more expensive wine taste better on the palate. Their findings also relates to the reward areas of the brain, aside from the palate.
Bernd Weber, of Germany’s Bonn University, conducted the research with France’s INSEAD Business School, and published in the journal, “Scientific Reports’’ on Tuesday.
“The reward system is activated in a significantly stronger fashion with higher prices and in this way apparently also the taste experience.
“The fascinating question is now whether we can train the reward system so that it is less susceptible to such ‘placebo marketing’ effects,’’ Weber said.
The experiment made use of 15 men and 15 women, placed in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner for a wine tasting. Each participant was told the price of the wine before drinking a millilitre through a hose.
After drinking, they required to press a button to evaluate the taste of the wine on a nine-point scale. While the wine was always the same wine, the price was given as 3.50, 7 or 21.15 dollars for a bottle.
“As expected, the test subjects claimed that the wine with the higher price tasted better than the cheaper wine,’’ INSEAD researcher Hilke Plassmann said.
The MRI scanner further showed that the frontal lobes and the ventral striatum said to be involved in reward processing and motivation were more active with the higher prices.
“In the end, it seems like the reward and motivation system is playing a trick on us,’’ INSEAD researcher Liane Schmidt concluded.
Champagne may be the leading lady of sparkling wines, but it is not exclusively the only drink worth popping at celebrations.
Sparkling wines hold their own worth when it comes to getting the party started. Note that most sparkling wines are made in the Champagne method, via a second fermentation in the bottle, but only those from the Champagne region of France can legally be classified as Champagne.
While Nigerians are definitely in love with the sound of popping champagne bottles, they have also found love for these three sparkling wines.
Veuve Du Vernay hit the Nigerian sparkling wine market from sheer obscurity, but has risen to become one of the most sought after brands.
The sparkling wine is a popular feature at weddings, and the lovely white and pink-coated bottle just helps it blend in beautifully with the ceremonial surroundings.
Veuve Du Vernay Ice Rose is a beautiful, light pink wine with numerous, fine, sparkling bubbles. On the nose, it is fruity with prominent notes of wild berries. The drink is well-balanced, full-bodied with good fruit and a fine acidic aftertaste which gives a lovely freshness.
Due to the sweet palate of Nigerians, its fruity character makes it a really enticing wine. Best drunk within 1 year from purchase to enjoy freshness and fruitiness. Serve this well-chilled, or with ice cubes.
Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rose is simply a party in a bottle. Popularly known as Martini Rose among lovers of the wine, the wine is a combination of fun and sweetness. Not only does it come from the iconic brand Martini & Rossi, it lives up to the full glory of its name.
There is something absolutely delicious about this wine! From the fruity and refreshing mouth feel to the not-too-sweet palate, with mouthwatering flavours of strawberries and raspberries, Martini Rose is everything a sparkling wine should be.
Winemaker Giorgio Castagnotti describes the beguiling shade as “Disco Pink.” You never know what description you will give this beauty of a wine when you encounter it at the many festive occasions in the country.
Andre Rose has found a way to remain relevant among the various brands of sparkling Rose wines in the country. This is another beautiful sparkling rose wine that has become quite popular among the young generation in Nigeria.
The tenacity of Andre Rose makes it sync beautifully with the new youth culture in the country. The wine is an original blend with a semi-sweet taste and a brisk fruity aromas, coupled with pleasing cranberry essences. Andre Rose California Sparkling Wine is a complete party starter. It’s floral and fruity effervescent is bursting with seductive strawberry flavours. Fresh, grapey notes linger on in the finish, making it perfect for the Nigerian that loves to party.
Sparkling wine is one of the world’s most celebrated alcoholic beverages, little wonder it is the drink people turn to at times of celebration.
People reach for a bottle of bubbly whether it is a birthday, New Year and Christmas holidays, Wedding ceremonies, romantic dates, or any other reason to pop a bottle.
Sparkling wines may satisfy our memorable moments, but there is a lot to commit to memory about them.
Brief history of Sparkling Wines
First thought to be a mistake in wine making, sparkling wine has been part of history since the classical Greek and Roman empires. Superstitions surrounding the bubbles included suspicions of evil spirits and the phase of the moon.
It is recorded that many winemakers were actually employed to find ways of removing the bubbles from the wine. Often, due to intense pressure from the cork, the bottle would burst creating a fountain flow of bursting bubbles. Winemakers had to wear helmets to protect their faces from the bursting bottles as they were yet to master the pressure behind the cork. This led to sparkling wine being called “The Devil’s Wine” back then.
It was not until the 18th century that sparkling wines finally gained it s own right as a type of wine and production of the wine began on intent.
What creates the sparkle?
The sparkling characteristics of these wines come from the carbon dioxide trapped inside the bottle during fermentation of the juice. The carbon dioxide builds up in pressure in the bottle, which forms streams of bubbles.
The wine is made mostly through the traditional or classic French way called Méthode Champenoise. It involves a process whereby the winemaker creates a base wine (cuvee) and adds a bit of sugar and yeast, initiating a second fermentation in the sealed bottle. It is during this process that the carbon dioxide is trapped, releasing the beautiful sparkling bubbles that fill our palates.
The other method of making sparkling wine is the Charmat Method. This method involves storing the whole batch of wine in a large tank that is designed to withstand certain pressure.
For some cheap sparkling wine, the makers may choose to inject the carbon dioxide directly into the wine. While there is nothing wrong with this, we humbly advise you stay away from cheap wine. Be classy!
The sparkles are usually released when the recently released gas (resulting from popping the bottle) come in contact with the dry glass. Wine journalists and blogs often theorize that there over 15 million bubbles fizzing in a glass of sparkling wine. That is enough sparkle to make you glow.
What grapes are used?
Sparkling wine can be made with any grape. However, many winemakers choose to use grapes from the Champagne region: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. For Prosecco and Cava, grapes that are indigenous to their respective countries are being used. Glera grapes are mostly used for Prosecco, while Cava is a blend of Xarel-Lo, Macabeo and Parellada grapes.
Sparkling wines are categorised according to their levels of sweetness, and the keywords are usually specified on the bottle of each wine. The sweetness varies according to the amount of sugar added during the second fermentation and the number of years the wine has been aged.
Wines produced outside the European Union (EU) may not specify the sweetness level on the bottle, but it is mandatory for wines produced in EU countries.
In identifying how sweet your bottle of wine is, here is what to look out for in descending order from super dry to excellently sweet:
Brut Natural or Brut Zero – Has no sugar added or less than 3 grams of sugar per litre.
Extra Brut – Very dry. Less than 6 grams of sugar per litre.
Brut – Dry. Less than 12 grams of sugar per litre.
Extra Dry or Extra Sec – Dry wine, but has a 12–17 grams of sugar.
Sec – Slightly sweet. Up to 17–32 grams of sugar in it.
Doux – Very sweet. Has 50 or more grams of sugar in it.
Types of Sparkling Wine
Sparkling wine is known by many names, usually derived from the country or region from which the wine is made. From France’s Champagne, Italy’s Prosecco, Spain’s Cava, to Germany’s Sekt, here are the essential names of sparkling wines.
If you are an avid reader of wine articles, then you already know this, or have come across the saying “champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne.” So there is absolutely no surprise here.
Champagne is actually the granddaddy of all sparkling wines; it is the real deal. While many other sparkling winemakers have adopted the production method of champagne, they cannot be called champagne as only wine from the Champagne region of France qualifies to be called champagne.
The main grapes used for champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Munier, and it is made in the ‘Traditional method’ meaning a second fermentation in the bottle. The limestone–chalk soil produces grapes that have a certain balance of acidity, extract and richness that is difficult to replicate in other parts of the world. All three grapes are blended in the winemaking process, which is a hallmark of Champagne wine. Chardonnay is used for its finesse and aging ability. Pinot noir gives a nice body and fruit while Pinot meunier adds to the aroma, adding fruit and floral notes.
Originally known as creamy sparkling wine because the lesser carbon dioxide used in its productions made the wine taste creamy rather than fizzy. However, it is still made following the same method as champagnes, only that they come from outside the Champagne region.
Crémant is made in eight different appellations throughout Franceand are called by the designation Crémant. They are as follows:
Crémant de Bordeaux
Crémant de Bourgogne
Crémant de Die
Crémant du Jura
Crémant de Limoux
Crémant de Loire
Crémant de Savoie
Although regional rules can vary, all Crémant wines adhere to certain requirements like manual harvesting of grapes, whole bunch pressing with limited must extraction (100 litres of juice from 150 kg grapes), and at least nine months lees aging.
Anne de K Cremant Brut Blanc de Bl is a good example of a French Crémant.
Crémant de Luxembourg
Luxembourg is the only other country outside of France where Crémant is produced and the term “Crémant” can be legally used. Cremant production came to be in Luxembourg when in 1885, the French company Champagne Mercier began to produce champagne in Luxembourg in order to save on taxes.
Made from grapes grown in the Moselle district under the Moselle Luxembourgeoise Appellation, it has common varietals used in production which include Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Rivaner (Müller Thurgau), Elbling, Auxerrois, Pinot Noir (for rosé), and Chardonnay.
An example of a Crémant de Luxembourg is Cuvée de L’Ecusson – Bernard-Massard.
While there are other categories of sparkling wine in Italy, Prosecco is the national sparkling wine of Italy. Prosecco is a light, frothy, airy, and clean sparkling wine made from grapes by the same name in the hills toward the city of Venice.
Other wines made in Italy include Franciacorta from Lombardy, Asti from Piedmont and Lambrusco from Emilia. Franciorta is made using the traditional method, while other Italian sparkling wines, in particular Asti and Prosecco, are made with the Charmat method.
Prosecco wines are made either as a spumante (fully sparkling) or as a frizzante (lightly sparkling). They are produced to be generally dry but sweeter examples are produced. An example of a good prosecco is the Martini Prosecco.
If Prosecco is the national sparkling wine of Italy, so is Cava for Spain. Cava is the name given to wine produced in the mainly in the Penedès region in Catalonia, south west of Barcelona. Other regions in Spain where the wine is produced are Valencia, La Rioja, Aragon, Extremadura. It was created in 1872 by Josep Raventós
Produced in the same traditional method as champagne, as stipulated by law, various grapes can be used in making Cava wine. The wine got its name from the Latin word ‘cava’, which means ‘cave’. Caves were originally used in aging the wines. It typically has hints of green apple and lime, with earthy notes.
Rondel Brut Cava is a typical Sparkling wine from Spain.
Germany consumes the most sparkling wine per capita in the world, and their official bubbly goodness is Sekt.The annual per capita consumption of about five liters is the highest in the world
German production of sparkling wines dates back to 1826, when G. C. Kessler & Co. was founded in Esslingen am Neckar by Georg Christian Kessler (1787–1842), who had previously worked at the Champagne house Veuve Clicquot from 1807 to 1826.
Over 95% of sekt produced is done using the Charmat method. Deutscher Sekt is made only from German grapes, and Sekt b.A. (bestimmter Anbaugebiete) only from grapes from one of the 13 quality wine regions in Germany. Some of the major grapes used include Riesling, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris and Pinot noir.
Sparkling wine has been in production in America for a very long time, with Carlifornia being a major region in the continent. Most California sparkling winemakers stick to Champagne’s classic trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and come in a richer, riper style, though, thanks to the state’s balmy climate. Cuvees are typically derived from around 20 wines taken from 1 to 2 years worth of vintages.
Methode Cap Classique or MCC is a sparkling wine made by the traditional Champagne method in South Africa. Sauvignon blanc and Chenin blanc are the most used MCC grapes, but Chardonnay and Pinot noir have been increasingly used recently.
The wines are made in the Mzanzi region and are very fruity due to the high temperatures of the lands. Labels will either show the cultivar or the stylistic name, like Blanc de Blanc (made purely from white grapes), Blanc de Noir (from dark grapes) or Rosé (a blend).
Pongrácz Brut MCC is a typical South African sparkling wine.
Other sparkling wines
We also have sparkling wines made in other countries and regions of the world. Australia, Chileand Canada join America and South Africa among the New World sparkling wine regions. Russia’s Sovetskoye Shampanskoye, Hungary’s ’Pezsgő’, Portugal’s Espumante (Mateus Sparkling Brut) and English Sparkling wine are popular as Old World wines.