Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wines for gifts

A bottle of wine can make an excellent gift, but choosing something for the connoisseur can be difficult. So here are some unusual ones that you may like to put on your shopping list as well as a favourite that anybody who knows about champagne will find hard to resist.  

Pol Roger Réserve, Brut, £39.95 per bottle or £191.76 for a case of 6 (£31.96 per bottle) Berry Bros. & Rudd (
Reputed to have been Winston Churchill’s favourite fizz, this stylish, well-balanced champagne, still produced by descendants of the house’s founder, is worth every penny. Pale gold in colour, with a steam of delicate bubbles, this classic Grande Marque tantalises the taste buds with gorgeous fruity tangs. A real treat that exudes class.

Rara Neagră, 2011, Purcari, Purcari Estate, Moldova, £11.95,
This is a superb velvety, dry red loaded with red fruits given a twist of spice. Made with indigenous Rara Neagră grapes, it slips down so easily that it is sure to please.

Grüner Veltliner, 2012, Hohenberg, Josef Ehmoser, Wagram, Austria, £16.50
Made from Austria’s signature white grape, this zingy, yet refined medium-bodied dry white is fresh and bursting with flavours of  juicy citrus and a slight hint of pepper. Those that like crisp white wines without oak will enjoy this number.

Moscato d'Asti, Canelli, Cerutti, Cassinasco, Piedmont, Italy £12.95,
Ideal for those who only like a little alcohol (it only contains 5 per cent), this delicious, frothy and sweet Italian number is the perfect way to end a meal.

By Daralyn Danns