It’s not long now until Christmas arrives. Are you ready??? I sure am with all sorts of wrapped toys, beauty products, sweet treats, foodie gifts, gins and wines ready to go out to friends and family.
For those not quite prepared for the big day that are looking for something different and unique sometimes looking at what someone might enjoy when relaxing can be the answer you’re looking for.
Let’s take my dad for example, he enjoys sitting and watching tv or reading a book with a glass of wine or gin and he’s not the only one. Many enjoy a glass of wine or the like during the week with their meal or when friends come to visit or like my dad when they’re relaxing (obviously when the kids and I haven’t gone to disturb the peace lol.)
Giving wine or a wine-related gift is ideal for someone that enjoys a good wine, gin, whisky, port etc. As you may have seen recently in my post The Best wines to Serve with Meats at Christmas my dad introduced me to Rude Wines recently. Thanks dad this chance recommendation has given me lots to share with my readers.
The cogs started turning when I realised the site had a range of items that would make great gifts including some fine quality wine accessories like glasses and decanters.
First port of call for wine gifts (sorry couldn’t help myself) is good quality glasses. Wine tastes much better out of a proper wine glass I was informed by a friend one evening at ours having partaken in a few wine sampling evenings. She does love her wine and her knowledge far exceeds mine. Apparently choosing the correct shape of glass for your wine will help the flavours and aromas to be released to optimise the enjoyment factor. It’s important to choose the right glasses for Red vs White, fluted glasses for fizz, and correctly sized and shaped glasses for Bordeaux or Burgundy.
Ideal for my friend and her partner would be the Rude Prosecco and Flutes Gift Box (£26.99). I got excited when I saw this on the site as I know she does love Prosecco. It’s presented in a lovely wooden gift box filled with a bottle of exclusive Rude Wines Prosecco and two Dartington Crystal flutes. The prosecco is a crisp, light fizz to grace any occasion and was finalist in the People’s Choice Wine Awards 2019. This makes a lovely gift for anyone and it’s under £30!!!!
If you are looking to spend a little more on something for your dad, brother or sister or even brother-in-laws the Salcombe Gin and Four Riedel Gin Glasses Gift Set (£59.99 including free delivery) is a great option. Gin is the drink of the year and will be for a while yet. As this has four glasses maybe they’ll share one day with my husband and I when we go visit. If I decided to spend a little less my alternative would be a single bottle available at £36.95.
I’m going to be really girly and say, they’re soooo pretty!!!! It’s not just about the aesthetics, these help wine aerate. Leaving wine to breathe it’s like adding salt to a dish it really does enhance the flavours and aromas.
I used to enjoy a small glass of Port with my gran as she was partial to it. Ever ended up with sediment in your glass? Not pleasant I agree. Top tip – decant your port, sounds obvious now really doesn’t it. Vintage ports, unfiltered LBV’s and crusted ports will all need decanting. Having your wine poured from a designer glass decanter can make the experience far more luxurious. Having the decanter and set of wine glasses is even better!
The great thing is the Rude Wines site has options should I need to get one. I can choose from a decanter on it’s own or one with a set of 6 glasses. Hubby seems to be having a smashing time at the moment (I have no control of the puns today it seems). We may be looking back on the site for some glasses soon.
My wine loving friend also loves books. She has an enormous and having done some detective work I noticed her books on wine were lacking. They would definitely be a welcome addition.
Ideal for her is the Wine: A Connoisseur’s Journal (£14.99). It has advice from expert wine writer Andrew Jefford. This beautifully produced journal is somewhere she can note memorable wine moments, building to an invaluable personal wine resource. Never again will she forget which wine she had that she loved as it can all be noted down for future reference! Maybe I need one for my husband and I too.
Wine & Food: Perfect Pairings Every Time (£16.99)
Jane Parkinson’s book is what any novice wine connoisseur needs to help them learn how to get the most from wine and food pairings. It’s not at all geeky, it simply walks you through the grape varieties, wines and foods to give an entertaining overview.
It goes without saying wine is going to be on the list. No point having lovely decanters, the right glasses and nothing to fill them with! When gifting adults I think giving one nice gift far outweighs lots of smaller items especially when there is no thought behind them. This also applies to wine.
Use knowledge of the type of wines your giftee likes as a starting point. A special type that reminds them of great memories is always good. A case is of course even better. We have the most basic corkscrew at home which I tend to hide away when guests come as it’s awful. I may have to look at getting a proper one like the Flint and Flame Waiter’s Friend corkscrew and pop that in hubby’s stocking for Christmas.
As for the wine
A Christmas Claret Case (6 bottles for £106.38 now down to £92.99).
Claret and Christmas go together like mistletoe and wine. A magical match that’s somehow perfect for this festive time of year. If your home’s a Bordeaux stronghold this is exactly what you need.
Quinta Da Romaneira Port, 2008 (£45.00 per bottle)
Made at a beautiful Quinta or wine estate situated high up in the heart of the Douro Valley. This port is a dense, purple colour, with a fresh, red berry fruit character. Pair with a yummy mature blue cheese and decant at least two hours before serving. Drink straight away or leave for 10 years in a wine cellar or wine rack for the wine flavour to develop.
Will you be giving any wine or wine related gifts this year?
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