The wine buff: Last minute gifts
With Christmas Day on a Tuesday, there's a lovely weekend run in to the big day, so plenty of time for last minute presents.
If you're a guest on Christmas Day, a nice bottle will always be appreciated - and if you're looking for a little something extra to put under the tree, or a stocking filler, you might be inspired by a few ideas here.
Have a wonderful Christmas. Cheers!
Clos du Roi Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014
€25.50, 15pc, from Dunnes
With classic rich flavours from Syrah and Grenache, this full-bodied red has a deliciously ripe palate with plenty of bright red fruit and bramble, and soft vanilla notes from well integrated oak.
Tesco Finest Vintage Grand Cru Champagne 2009
€35, 12.5pc, from Tesco
A great price for an award-winning vintage Champagne, this is 100pc Chardonnay and as it's nine years old, a complexity of flavour has developed, with rounded notes of lemon wrapped in lightly toasted richness.
Maynard's 30 Years Old Tawny Port
€39.99, 20pc, from Aldi
With 30 years age on this Port, you're talking about something really special. With rich flavours of figs, hazelnuts, candied peel and spice, it is silky and alluring and oh so perfect with Christmas pudding.
Château-Fuissé's Pouilly-Fuissé Tête de Cru 2015
€26.95 reduced from €31.95, 13.5pc, from O'Briens and obrienswine.ie
Perfect for a Christmas Day present, this silky white Burgundy will match beautifully with turkey with rich layers of citrus, tropical fruit, butter and a touch of spicy cloves on the finish.
Boyle's Irish Gin Tasting Set
€9.99, from Aldi
The perfect stocking filler for a gin-lover, this has three 5cl bottles, which include Boyle's Classic Gin, Boyle's Raspberry Blush Gin, which has a fresh raspberry flavour, and a rich, autumnal Sloe & Damson Gin Liqueur.
Fercullen 10-Year-Old Single Grain Whiskey
Approx €58 RRP, 40pc, from The Celtic Whiskey Shop and Mitchell & Sons; The Powerscourt Distillery, Enniskerry and powerscourtdistillery.com
From the new Powerscourt Distillery, the Fercullen 10-Year-Old Single Grain has been matured in ex-Bourbon barrels which bring notes of sweet vanilla and honey to this smooth fruity whiskey and a touch of citrus, spice, and almonds.
Five Farms Single Batch Irish Cream Liqueur
€34.95, 17pc, from O'Briens and obrienswine.ie
Most cream liqueurs contain less than 1pc whiskey, this premium arriviste has a hefty 10pc and with cream sourced from five farms in Cork it is packed full of lush caramel flavours and already picking up the gongs for its outstanding quality.
Finca La Celia Elite 2015
€17.99, 14pc, from Spar, Eurospar, Londis and Mace
Just about everyone loves Malbec, and this one, which has a touch of Cabernet Franc, is pure quality, with a beautifully floral nose and a structural line of graphite through the concentrated palate of red and dark fruit.
Wine Tasting Experience
€15 per person
A voucher for a wine tasting in the New Year makes a perfect stocking filler. There are two great line-ups: Flavours of New Zealand Tasting is at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dublin on Monday, January 14, and the highly rated Searson's tasting is on Monday, February 4 at the Marker, Dublin. Tickets online at eventbrite.co.uk/e/flavours-of-new-zealand-dublin-tickets and searsons.com/product/searsons-tindal-portfolio-tasting/
Tbilvino Qvevris 2015
€15, 12pc, from Marks & Spencer
For something a little bit different, the grapes for this Georgian orange wine are fermented on their skins in a qvevri, a clay vessel which is buried in the ground. Silky with flavours of roasted peach skins, a touch of ground almonds and a note of grapefruit pith.