All kinds of alcohol are associated with Christmas. From a glass of fizz to start the day, through to delicious wines with dinner and a tot of whisky for a nightcap. There are parties to enjoy, special dinners to eat and people to catch up with. And, of course, there are gifts to buy.
We may be a couple of months away from Christmas, but it’s never too early to think about gifts for loved ones. Or to put on your own Christmas list! Here are a few ideas that could make someone happy in time for the festivities this year.
A classic with a twist
Moët have a limited edition out this year with their French Art-de-Vivre. You can’t beat a bit of this classic fizz to toast Christmas and the New Year, and this bottle of Moët Impérial Blanc comes with a beautifully designed label. The golden outline of the Eiffel Tower adds a bit of special sparkle and means it’s lovely to look at as well as to drink. A bottle of Moet is opened every single second around the world, so you won’t be on your own if you choose this version as a gift this Christmas!
A South African red
Choose a red wine from the Bouchard Finlayson vineyard in the popular wine region of Walker Bay in the Western Cape of South Africa, for something very special. The principal winemaker is called Peter Finlayson and is known as “the Pioneer of Pinot Noir”, which means his Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2003 must be good. It’s a deep, rich aromatic red packed with fruit, and it’s perfect served up with the Christmas turkey.
An ideal decanter
Not a wine, but guaranteed to improve it, the Riedel Decanter is the newest version of the mamba decanter. Ideally designed for young, fresh wines, it’s made of crystal glass and is mouthblown in Austria. Each one is differently shaped, and they’re all gorgeous.
A sparkling pudding wine
There’s always plenty of fizz flowing at Christmas. For a special treat, try Ca’del Bosco, Cuvée Prestige. Ideal for wine-lovers looking to try something a bit different, this sparkler has spicy notes of oregano and spearmint mingling with heavier tones of almonds and honeydew melon. The uniquely aromatic flavour profile makes it ideal for dessert.