Apart from happily receiving wine, a few other gift suggestions that wine lovers may appreciate this time of year include wine decanters, wine glasses, gift sets and WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Wine and WSET Spirit qualification vouchers. Sharing magnums
(1.5 litre bottles) and even larger bottles of Champagne and whites and reds can give extra joy and pleasure, so they are well worth seeking out.
Independent wine merchants know their wines and are very happy to listen to your needs and advise. They keep track of what wines are drinking particularly well and offer great value. Speak to them and get the inside track. This is where the indies really come into their own and where you can certainly benefit.
Cheers Wine Merchants
LOUIS JADOT CHABLIS “Cellier de la Sabliere” 2018 (Burgundy, France) *Vegetarian £18.99 per bottle with a special offer on a case!
This elegant (unoaked) Chablis shows beautiful stone fruit (such as peaches) and has a mineral, stony character. It is crisp and racy with a refreshing long finish. A perfect foil to shellfish, roast white meats and creamy dishes.
BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVEE NV Gift Set with 2 glasses (Champagne, France)
Was £80.00 NOW £69.95
The Bollinger Special Cuvee sleek gift box contains a 75cl bottle of the Bollinger Special Cuvee Champagne paired with two beautiful Bollinger engraved flute glasses. A vivacious, rich and complex style with hints of roasted apples, peaches, pears and brioche/pastry. Very fine and persistent bubbles. Perfect with prawns, grilled lobster and roasted white meats.
Fine Wines Direct UK (Cardiff)
MARQUES DE CACERES EXCELLENS GRAN RESERVA RIOJA 2010
Was £19.99 NOW £16.99
Made from grapes selected from 35-50 year old vineyards (the grapes are smaller and more concentrated) with a minimum of 24 months spent in French oak barrels. A lively balance of stewed fruit, refined oak, spices and balsamic notes. Full bodied with a persistent finish. Try with roast lamb, roast beef and rich mushroom risotto/pasta dishes.
BARBADILLO OLOROSO SHERRY (Jerez, Spain)
Was £10.79 NOW £9.71
Barbadillo is a key producer in Jerez and has a reputation for producing out-standing Sherry. Oloroso is a style that is achieved by oxidative ageing through the criaderas y solera system, a system of fractional blending (younger wines with older wines) in old American oak barrels called butts. The Barbadillo Oloroso (made from the Palomino Fino grape variety) is dry and rich with flavours of dried figs and prunes joined up with a warm, toasted nuttiness. A versatile fortified wine at 18% abv that will work well with red meats, game dishes, mushroom dishes and creamy cheeses. Best served between 12-14 degrees C either as an aperitif, with food or after dinner. Incredible value for an aged fortified wine.
WINE FOR LIFE LEARNING
is a dynamic Approved Programme Provider for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and runs WSET qualifications in Swansea, Cardiff and all over Wales. Gift vouchers for the wine courses make ideal gifts. *2020 dates for the WSET Level 1 and 2 Award in Wines will be released soon. The WSET Level 1 and 2 Award in Spirits are also available!
To see details and to book please go to www.wineforlifelearning.co.uk.
*Prices and vintages correct at the time of print