It’s almost impossible to conceive of us having reached November already. This year has proven to be a huge test of strength and endurance for everyone. With Christmas holidays looming and the possibility of further, more stringent lockdown, it may be wise to make sure your cellars are stocked to ensure a stress-free December break. Something we all thoroughly deserve.

Our Push Play 2020 Festive Catalogue launched earlier this month and is jam-packed full of great gifting ideas at great prices. So if it’s gifting for loved ones or simply stocking up on your festive season fare, there is definitely something for everybody. Gin continues to trend in South Africa and at R399 with a fabulous gin goblet thrown in, the Botanist is definitely one of my favourites. Malfi, Gin Mare, Tanqueray, Bulldog and a few more are also offering gin glasses in their gift packs – they make for super stocking fillers.

Roberto Cavalli Gold Vodka in a litre bottle for R769 is new and novel. If it’s the beach you’re headed to, why not try Chateau del Rei wine in 250ml cans? From a sheer convenience perspective these make 100% sense. Rosé is another perfect option for summer fun and the pricing on both French and local Rosé is hard to ignore.

Bubbles abound (both local and French), and what festive season is complete without a few bottles of bubbly? Boschendal, Graham Beck and Villiera top my favourites if we’re talking MCC. If we’re flashing French then Bollinger at R799 for their Special Cuvée is a super spoil. 

To allow everybody a stab at what is usually a one-day Black Friday bonanza, bearing social distancing in mind, we have extended our Black Friday specials to run till the end of November. Pop online to keep abreast of those extra-special deals. Or visit any one of the Norman Goodfellows stores to take advantage of this very competitive pricing. We can definitely all do with a bargain or two!

As of 11 November, we’re once again allowed to trade our normal hours which gives you all some leeway on weekends. Check online for the opening and closing times of our stores across the country.

There are 40 days to Christmas. Draw up your shopping lists. Don’t forget that we offer great party services as well as gift wrapping. Reasonable lead time is essential at this busy time of the year.

Thanks again to all our loyal customers – you have managed to keep us alive this year.

Happy, summer sipping!