We're so excited that it's finally December and we can go FULL Christmas on F&W! With that in mind, we've asked wine writer Raymond Blake to select the ultimate gifts for the wine enthusiast in your life.
Decanters may look beautiful but they are pesky to wash and peskier to dry, and that last little puddle of damp often leaves a stain. Not any more. Simply up-end your decanter on this stand and, when finished, disassemble it for ease of storage.
L'Atelier du Vin's ON/OFF decanter, €29.50 Terroirs, Donnybrook
A Brace of Books
One for reference and one for relaxed reading in front of the fire after Christmas. John Wilson’s annual guide is now an indispensable stocking filler. Steven Spurrier’s memoir starts with a grand vinous tour of Europe in the 1960s. An epic read.
Wilson on Wine, €12.99 independent wine shops
Wine – A way of Life, GBP £15.99 Amazon
The Nose Has It
Know your apricot from your peach? Your clove from your cinnamon? Your lemon from your grapefruit? Are you sure? Banish all doubt with this set of 54 different scents in miniature bottles. Never be uncertain again.
Le Nez du Vin, €299 Le Caveau, Kilkenny
For the Burgundy nerd in your life. This is the finest wine-related app available today, containing an extraordinary amount of information. It is the brilliantly detailed and endlessly fascinating maps, however, that move this baby to the top of the class.
ClimaVinea, US $24.99
The mother of all stocking fillers is this five-night guided tour to the city that can rightly claim to be the wine world’s capital: Bordeaux. Accompanied by a representative from Mitchell & Son, Ireland’s oldest wine merchant.
Mitchell & Son €1,495 (pp sharing)
If you have any great gift ideas for wine lovers, leave a comment below!
Author: Raymond Blake