OK, I know it is still quite-a-few-sleeps away, but let’s be honest … some of us (chaps!) need to be encouraged to get our act in order sooner rather than later to ensure we get our gifts sorted without a last minute panic.
What might be an interesting and different gift for a wine loving friend / partner / relative (or for yourself that you could mention to others)?
A gift of wine is always gratefully received, of course, but by the same token there are only so many corkscrews, wine chillers, or glass charm rings that we can politely store.
I hope this list will inspire you and others, and maybe we can gather a list of really useful gifts for a change.
Reading the thread about the Alcoholic advent calendars I was reminded of a fantastic gift my wife gave me a few years ago (since repeated).
Normally I buy all the wine, so I know pretty much everything we have in the house. So, for a change, she ordered a selection of wines herself. She put together a case of 12 bottles, (took careful note of key information) and then wrapped each bottle for secrecy. The only condition for selection was that they were either single-varietal wines, or blends representative of their region.
We then organised a monthly blind-tasting dinner where she would select one of the bottles, prepare a meal to match it, then allow me the ‘pleasure’ of blind tasting the wine to guess: grape / vintage / region / price
I often failed miserably, but was surprisingly close once or twice.
The great thing was to try something that I had not chosen myself, but to enjoy it at home … so if I failed the tasting miserably, only she would know and we still got to enjoy a regular special event.
Rather than try to organise a bottle-a-day for December, it struck me that buying a case for enjoying across the year made more sense for a wine lover. Instead of an advent calendar, therefore, maybe The Society could create a mystery ‘blind tasting’ case with pre-wrapped bottles instead. What do you think?
Have you had any really great or different wine gifts, or ideas for any that you’d like to receive?