Looking for the perfect Christmas present for the oenophile in your life? Here’s our top picks…
After something a little different? What about a bottle of this unique wine so they can toast the New Year in with a bubbling flute of Something Blue? The light cuvee made at Adgestone Vineyard on the Isle of Wight, is the only blue sparkling wine made in the UK and is certain to be the most novel thing they’ll put in their wine cellar this year.
Made only in the best of seasons from 100% hand-picked Pinot Noir, the limited release 2015 Cubitt Blanc de Noirs in magnum size is something a little extra special for them to crack open on Christmas day. With toasted and honeyed brioche characters on the nose and a rich and full-bodied palate of savoury, buttery notes leading to a soft and creamy finish, it’s the perfect accompaniment to smoked salmon.
The perfect combination for a Christmas gift, nothing goes together quite like cheese and wine. This gift box contains a bottle of the Sharpham’s 2020 Pinot Noir, together with a 300g Sharpham Brie, which was named runner-up as the Best Soft Cheese and People’s Choice categories of the inaugural Great British Cheese Awards earlier this year.
Help them keep track of all the wines they have tried and loved with this 400-page Moleskin Wine Journal. Including wine themed introductory pages and dedicated fields so you can write tasting notes, prices and winemaker details. It’s the perfect cellar companion.
Who doesn’t love a gorgeous Christmas tablescape? Taking inspiration from Nyetimber’s green colour palette, Lay London has created a range of tableware items including a hand-block printed tablecloth and complementary napkins, iconic spearmint green Nyetimber Routemaster bus bauble and marbled mint and emerald green tall candles. The bauble and two candles are available along with a 750ml bottle of Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage and 2 Nyetimber Glasses, priced at £90, while the napkins and tablecloth are available in a party bundle which also includes the bauble, six candles and six bottles of Nyetimber for £420.
If you need a gift for someone who thinks they know their wine, this wine IQ quiz game will prove it either way. Inside there are 400 question cards so there’s plenty of chance to play again and again. Play alone or in teams if you prefer, either way it makes for a great post-Christmas lunch entertainment.
If they’re less of a competitive person then perhaps a wine map puzzle from Water & Wines will tick their boxes. A refreshing approach to a classic game, Water & Wines makes jigsaw puzzles that take you on a journey through the world of wine. The beautifully hand-illustrated, puzzles depict popular wine regions around the world, such as France, Italy and South Africa.
8. An overnight stay at an English vineyard, venues and prices vary
Wine tourism is beginning to boom in the UK and many vineyards in England and Wales now have accommodation on site. From cosy lodges overlooking the vines at places like Three Choirs in Gloucestershire and Ashling Park and Tinwood in Sussex to Wild Escape treehouses at Black Chalk in Hampshire and luxury country hotels such as The Pig in the South Downs, Denbies Vineyard Hotel in Surrey and Lympstone Manor near Exeter, give them something to look forward to in 2022 with a vineyard venture.
Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? At White Castle Vineyard in Abergavenny in South East Wales, you can ‘adopt-a-wine’. The recipient can choose five grape varieties to adopt for 12-months, have a plaque placed upon their adopted vine and then handpick the grapes when it comes to harvest time to create their own one-of-a-kind Monmouthshire wine.
Founded by Hamish Martin in 2017, the Secret Garden Distillery’s latest launch is made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes grown naturally and hand harvested in the distillery’s award-winning Secret Garden, nestled at the foot of the Pentland Hills in Edinburgh. To make the gin, the grapes are treadled and blended through their base gin of Juniper, Coriander, Angelica Root and Winter Savory with all of the colour and flavour coming from the grape jus. Choose from a 20ml size for £19.95 or a 50cl for £47.95.
Made with individual vintage cards sourced from a 1930s spelling game, double mounted into a stylish black wood box frame and a quartz clock mechanism inserted into the frame this stylish clock is a great addition to any wine lover’s home.
Satisfy their sweet tooth with this record-breaking wine from Biddenden in Kent. Made from the sweetest grape must recorded in the UK the Ortega Late Harvest 2018 displays floral aromas with complex nectar, honey and butterscotch notes and a long, clean & crisp finish with the tiniest hint of black pepper on the tongue.
Help them be a little more mindful with their drinking habits and eke out the enjoyment of their favourite wines a little longer with this stunning wine decanter and wine preservation system from ETO Wines. The sleek design, finished in brass, stainless steel or copper satin, makes for a stylish centre piece on the table and equally as a statement piece on a shelf, dresser or bar.
Who doesn’t love a bit of skincare at Christmas? This new premium range from Pelegrims takes by-product ingredients from wines made at Westwell vineyard, near Ashford, to create exceptionally potent, antioxidant-rich skincare, designed to rejuvenate, repair and replenish the skin. This starter kit includes 10ml sized versions of their Facial Oil, Facial Balm and Hand Pomade in a washable kraft paper bag.
Surrey-based Lucy Hitchcock set up Partner in Wine after being fed up of having to drink warm rosé when meeting friends for socially distanced drinks in the park in summer. The insulated tumblers, which come in pink, black, white, lilac, turquoise, khaki, festive red and stainless steel, mean they can wave goodbye to warm wine in the summer and hello to toasty mulled wine in the winter. There are also insulated wine bottles for £35.
The perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa gift, these English Sparkling Wines in a can come in four varieties; a white and rosé bubbly and a white and rosé spritzer. Sustainably made from grapes grown in Kent, Hampshire and Surrey, the wines are available in single cans from Waitrose and Selfridges, and in gift packs from wearetheuncommon.com.
Another one for the foodies. Take a dip into the world of chutneys and preserves, with this trio gift pack of condiments made from Bolney Wine Estate’s award-winning wines and gins in Sussex. The pack includes a Bacchus Chutney, made with Lychgate Bacchus, a Sparkling Rosé and a Gin & Lemon Marmalade.
The Golden Harvest collection is created with antioxidant English grape extract from Simpsons Wine Estate in Kent. Extracts of English Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir grapes are one of the most powerful anti-oxidants in the plant world, helping to promote clean, bright, healthy skin and the glorious blend of mellow fruitfulness is available in a hand wash, hand Lotion, bubble bath, shower gel and body hydrator.
There’s nothing quite like sitting down with a good book and a glass of wine. Every month Words with Wine will send the lucky recipient their book of the month along with a full-sized bottle of wine for them to enjoy while reading the book. You can either signt them up to a monthly subscription for £25 per month or buy a one-off box of £28. They also have a special Christmas gift box available through November and December (pictured) for £45 (worth over £70) containing a bottle of Crémant, a copy of Baby It’s Cold Outside by Emily Bell, a limited-edition Words With Wine x Wild Glow candle ‘Fireside Reading’, a Melrose Christmas bathbomb, membership to the exclusive online bookclub and and tasting notes for the wine.
Do you know someone keen to extend their wine knowledge and tasting skills? A Wine & Spirit Education Trust wine course is the perfect gift for any wine-lover – Level 1 is a great introduction to the World of Wine and the sessions are great fun too. There are various wine schools across the UK, so visit WSETGlobal to find out the nearest to the person you’re buying for.
For that person you might not be able to get together with this Christmas, how about sending them a Mulled Wine Letterbox Wine gift? Each kit, which fits through the letterbox, contains a 75cl, shatterproof bottle of either juicy Tempranillo or Italian Organic red two and two hessian fabric pouch sachets from the Spice Kitchen: a mulled spice sachet bursting with festive flavours like cinnamon, bay and dried citrus peel and a sachet of decorative cloves, star anise and cinnamon sticks.