As the festive season approaches, many of us, despite these so called times of austerity will be thinking of a special gift for our loved ones. If you’re a complete food and drink nut, like me, then nothing is more welcome than a special bottle of Champagne or Cognac to celebrate Christmas. I mean, you can’t go wrong, can you?
So if you are planning to buy something special for your gourmet partner, parent or best friend, either during a trip to London or online, you should consider the options below. I’ve put together a list of some really extra special food and drink gifts; everything is spot on from the distinctive packaging to the fantastic product inside. None of the gifts are cheap, admittedly, but they are perfect if you’re looking to really spoil someone.
Rémy Martin Limited Edition XO Gold Cognac (France), £130.00, approx. $210 US Dollars
Where to buy: Harrods, Majestic
A sublime cognac from Remy Martin, an historic producer that was founded 1724 and today produces superb Champagne cognac, so called because the grapes for the cognac come from a specific sub-region of the Cognac appellation. The golden gift box strikes the right tone of exclusivity and elegance, but of course this would be nothing if the cognac itself was not up to scratch. Thankfully, it more than lives up to its billing, offering gorgeous floral aromas, intermixed with notes of jasmine, cinnamon and toffee. The palate is rich, complex and long. The perfect gift for a cognac connoisseur!
Vueve Clicquot Champagne Gift Box & 2 Lsa Moya Champagne flutes (France), £49.50, approx $80 US Dollars
Where to buy: www.thechampagnecompany.com
Vueve Cliquot is a highly respected Champagne house, their entry level NV Champagne sets the standard for other to follow with its lively, luxurious palate, a wonderful freshness and intense, brioche and biscuity flavours. It has always been one of my favourite Champagnes and this lovely gift set, complete with two very stylish flutes would be my perfect Christmas present – a must for any Champagne lover.
John Lewis Wine Basket Christmas Hamper (Various), £50, approx $80 US Dollars
Where to buy: www.johnlewis.com
This is one of my top choices for an affordable Christmas Wine Hamper this Holiday Season. John Lewis has included a delicious Chardonnay from a Vin de Pays area in France, a classically blackcurrant and cassis flavoured claret, and of course, a Sauternes for dessert. Round off your Christmas lunch with the Dow’s Christmas port. So, a wine for every part of your Christmas meal, then!
M and S Festive Favourites Hamper (Various), £30, approx $48 US Dollars
Where to buy: www.marksandspencer.com
One of the best value Christmas food hampers can be found this year at the retailer M&S, recently reduced from £40 to £30! It is full of seasonal goodies. Highlights include a delicious Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, chutneys, preserves, brandy butter and biscuits galore. Calorific but, with food this good, who could resist?
And now for something really special:
Dom Perignon 2003 Vintage Champagne David Lynch Gift Box (France), £135, approx $216 US Dollars
Where to buy: www.selfridges.com
Moet and Chandon’s prestige cuvee is undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous Champagnes, the perfect expression of luxury. Their wine is named after the legendary figure of Dom Perignon, a monk in ancient France who perfected the art of blending wines to create something greater than the sum of its parts. This stylish gift box set contains the 2003 vintage, a complex, powerful Champagne with aromas of grilled nuts, spice, citrus and cream. The palate is equally as impressive, the finish long – a real treat for sparkling wine lovers.