Fine wine makes a wonderful gift. Whether it’s for the person who has everything or you are looking for a business gift that will convey your appreciation, wine has been shown time and time again to be the gift that people love to receive.
With so many great wines on offer these days – at MWH Wine we stock well over 500 – it can be hard to know what to choose. To make this easier we’ve put together the following wine gift selections. Our choices are based on our most popular gifts and are drawn from a range of prices and styles so there’s something for everyone. All our wines are available for fast worldwide delivery so no matter how far-flung, at MWH Wines we can ensure that your gift will get there.
We hope that this will be of interest but if you would like any further help getting the right fine wine gift, then please get in touch. You can call MWH Wine on 0118 984 4654 or email the team and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Warre 1991 Vintage Port
Christmas and Port go together like turkey and cranberries, and while prices have been on the rise over the last few years as more and more people discover its charms it remains a seriously affordable fine wine. The Warre 1991 (£54) for example is a glorious choice; fully mature and perfectly balancing fruit, warmth and richness, it’s a gift any wine lover would be delighted to receive.
Woody Nook Chardonnay
Australia is one of the world’s great wine nations and its fine wine centre is in the western region of Margaret River. Here the combination of cool climate and ancient soils provide perfect terroir for growing classic varieties such as Cabernet and Chardonnay. The multi award-winning Woody Nook Chardonnay (£17.95) shows the region’s wines at their finest. Full and ripe with stunning balance between luscious fruit and firm structure, its superb with or without food.
Woody Nook Wooky Delight
Sticking with this fantastic boutique winery, but with a complete change of pace, we have the Wooky Delight (£25.95). Australia’s industry was founded on the creation of fortified wines and while production is far smaller today, those that do remain can be extraordinary. The Wooky Delight is an indulgently sweet, ripe, chocolate and cherry creation that’s been dubbed ‘Christmas cake in a glass’ – what could be a more fitting gift?
Champagne is the ultimate celebratory wine and after the year we’ve had there’s never been a better time to pop a cork or two. We’ve been buying Champagne Chauvet for years. It’s one of those increasingly rare champagnes that offers character and value (£135 a case of 6). With Pinot Noir giving it structure and weight and Chardonnay giving it lift and elegance, this is classic champagne that’s guaranteed to put the sparkle into the festive season.
Domaine Tatraux 2016, Givry 1er Cru Les Grandes Berges
Red Burgundy prices have gone through the roof of late. While the top wines such as those from Domaine de la Romanee Conti (DRC), Leroy and Rousseau have always been eye-wateringly expensive, in recent years we've seen all wines rise on a high tide of demand. This has priced many wine lovers out of the market, but if you know where to look – and as importantly for whom – great wines can still be found. The Domaine Tatraux 2016, Givry 1er Cru Les Grandes Berges (£270 a case of 12) with its bright red berry fruit and subtle minerality bears the hallmarks of classic red Burgundy and is drinking wonderfully well now.
Caronne St Gemme 2016
For many, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without claret. As with Burgundy prices for the top wines have continued to shoot up, but thanks to a run of wonderful vintages affordable wines can be genuinely fine. The Caronne St Gemme 2016 (£164 a case), for example, is superb. Blackcurrants, plums, chocolate and raspberries abound in this medium-bodied, silky and stylish wine from a property that’s at the height of its considerable powers.
Spring Creek Pinot Noir 2015
Looking for something a bit different? Something that shows how well the world’s finest red grape can perform away from home? Then try the Spring Creek Pinot Noir (£14) from New Zealand’s Marlborough region. A newcomer to the scene, Peter and James Macdonald craft classically proportioned Pinot that’s elegant and fresh with sublime depth and complexity. Definitely a winery to watch…
Chateau Guiraud 1997
Christmas is a time for indulgence and what better way to do that than with a bottle of fine, mature Sauternes? The Guiraud 1997 (£48) was almost too sweet in youth, but time has mellowed its youthful over-exuberance and its now a fat, sweet, barley sugar and candied pineapple cracker that has balance and surprising elegance given its concentration and weight.
Dixon’s Double Diamond
If you would like to give the gift that keeps on giving, then let us recommend the Dixons Double Diamond 10 Year-Old Wood Port (£120 for 12 halves). This wonderfully rich, amply fruited tawny Port is aged in barrels for a decade before release and is raisiny, malmsey Madeira rich and gloriously concentrated. Once opened it will be keep for several days and as they have a case it will give them a number of chances to indulge.
For a very, very special Christmas gift then how about a bottle of Krug 1990 (£540). Krug are arguably the finest of all champagne houses and their vintage wines are known for their phenomenal complexity, intensity and power. 1990 was as a good a vintage as you are likely to find and at 30 this extraordinary wine is at its peak. Providing ample fruit flavours that range from peaches to citrus, dazzlingly pure notes of spiced pear with honey and a precise finish that seems to go on forever, you will be hard pushed to find a finer champagne.
Like Some Fine Wine Gift Help?
We hope you found this wine gift blog of use, if you are looking for a specific wine then please get in touch by calling Mike on 0118 984 4654 or by emailing MWH Wines.