Can you believe there are only five weekends until Christmas? Ideas, lists and gift shopping are all on the agenda at the moment and if you have someone on your list deserving an exclusive gift, we have some great wine gift ideas to share with you.
There are a couple essentials to consider when selecting the perfect wine gift. One is, know you are handing over a bottle of good quality. Let’s face it, none of us want to be responsible for presenting a horrendous hangover along with our gift. And two – know that you have chosen something that your recipient will actually drink and enjoy (not use in their next recipe!).
For quality – look for quality guarantees from your supplier before making your purchase (that rules out selecting your wine gift from a row of nice looking labels on a shelf in your local store!), and read our guide to selecting the best wine gift. It’s easy when you know how.
For the wine lover who likes to experiment
A mixed case is a good idea if you know the recipient enjoys a variety of wines – and likes to experiment a little. Presentation still matters for a mixed case gift. Don’t go for boring old labels, choose something that makes an eyecatching presentation when the bottles are grouped together.
Our picks for a mixed case gift:
Perfect for Italian wine fans
Alpha Zeta Classic Italian Collection
Our Alpha Zeta Classic Italian collection includes six of Italy’s most famous wines; Amarone, Corvina, Garganega, Pinot Grigio, Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso and Soave. Your gift recipient will enjoy working their way through the alphabet of these top quality wines. Mixed case of six just £69.65 (rrp £80.40)
For the music fan who also enjoys a nice glass
Claymore Wines Mixed Case
Don’t mistake these wines for a gimmick. Claymore wines are the real deal and one of the best wine gift ideas we have seen. Australian wines of premium quality and taste. In fact Claymore “Walk on the Wild Side” Shiraz and their “Purple Rain” Sauvignon Blanc were two of the most popular wines with customers at our recent Glasgow Wine Festival.
A case of six Claymore Wines is just £83.90 (rrp £96.50) and includes two of:
Claymore “You’ll Never Walk Alone” GSM
Claymore “Purple Rain” Sauvignon Blanc
Claymore “Walk On The Wild Side” Shiraz
For the theatrical person in your life
Vinaceous Wines Mixed Case
The creativity of Director Nick Stacey of Vinaceous Wines shows no bounds in the design of these striking labels, each based on mystical beings from a bygone era. The concept was to produce seven distinctive wines representing seven personalities – men, women, angels, demons, mermaids and other creatures of mythology. All in the style of theatrical/circus posters from the ‘30s and ‘40s.
And the wine? Well, as producers of premium quality Australian wine from the Margaret River region, you won’t be disappointed.
A case that’s sure to be a talking point with the lucky recipient and a good all round selection of classic wines:
“Sirenya” Pinot Grigio
“Divine” Light Sauvignon Blanc
“Red Right Hand” Shiraz/Grenache/Tempranillo blend
“Snake Charmer” Shiraz
and “Raconteur” Cabernet Sauvignon
For the wine lover who likes their tried and tested favourites
Mar da Pahla Portugese Sauvignon Blanc
There is nothing wrong with sticking with a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Noir if you know someone who absolutely relies on this as their
favourite wine. However try to think a little “out of the box” and perhaps choose a more unusual wine region such as a Sauvignon Blanc from Portugal or a Pinot Noir from Germany. Different wine regions produce many different styles of the same grape varietal so why not try something you don’t see on the high street every day?
You can find a huge selection of guaranteed quality single bottles of wine to buy online from around £6.00 at winepalate.co.uk.
For the connoisseur
Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz a collectors fine wine
The connoisseur is likely to have tried their fare share of quality wines and although it may seem intimidating buying for this person, there are a couple of ways to really impress. The first thing to do is have a budget in mind for this gift, and instead of blowing the budget on several wines under £10, select one bottle of wine that:
– Is from a wine region known for producing fine wines (your wine merchant should be able to advise you on this or you can select from the Wine Palate white or red fine wine collection).
– Is not mass produced (i.e not found in supermarkets or chain stores)
Present this gift in a quality wine gift box and you are good to go.
Quality Crystal Glass Frio Decanter with detachable cooler base
If you still feel nervous about buying for a connoisseur, consider buying wine accessories instead. A quality glass decanter or good quality wine glasses never go wrong. You can find quality wine accessories online at Wine Palate.
And for something a little different
Brix Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party Set
Chocolate and wine are actually a wonderful match, and this Chocolate and wine tasting kit makes a fantastic gift at just £29.95. All you need to do is add wine (find our recommended wine matches online at winepalate.co.uk) or just present the set on its’ own. The set comes complete with instructions and includes the wooden chopping board and knife set. Something different!
All wines from Wine Palate are backed by a money back quality guarantee, there’s no minimum order, and you collect reward points with every purchase.