With Christmas right around the corner, one can assume that all the decorations are placed, the menus decided and of course, the gifts chosen and wrapped for the special day. Just kidding, it was September a blink ago and now we’ve waltzed into the most wonderful time of the year with at least a present or two still in our ‘to do’ list.
To help you choose the perfect gift for the wine lover or drinks enthusiast in your life, we’ve prepared a selection of wine, spirits, accessories and experiences to inspire you. To further make life easy, we’ve split them into four categories to suit different tastes and personalities.
Explorers and adventurers
Off the beaten track they go, looking for something new and exciting, and unafraid to try something a little different.
Claus Preisinger ‘Kalkstein’ Blaufränkisch 2020
€22 – Available at Natty Wine.
Austria’s flagship red grape variety, Blaufränkisch, stars in this natural beauty.
Certified organic and made under biodynamic principles, this wine is generous in blackberry aromas with a peppery note, vibrant and intense.
Proclamation Blended Irish Whiskey Gift Set
€35 – Available at Carry Out Off Licences, proclamationwhiskey.com, Celtic Whiskey Shop and independent retailers
Created in honour of the printers of the Irish Proclamation, Dubliners, William O’Brien, Michael Molloy and Christopher Joseph Brady. It is a treat created to please both whiskey and history lovers. This smooth and award-winning blended Irish whiskey is aged in American oak barrels and comes with an Irish Coffee glass, perfect to cozy up and stay warm up after a day out.
Spirit or drinks
Regal Rogue Bold Red
€23.50 – Available at irishdrinkshop.com.
This unique vermouth hails from Australia and is made with a base of organic Shiraz wine flavoured with thyme, pepper berry, wattle seed, cinnamon, clove, star anise, nutmeg, ginger, bitter orange, dried fig and dried cherry.
Posh Nosh Picnic Backpack
€95 – Available at Hampers & Co.
Not only this backpack has all the elements to carry a delightful picnic, it comes packed with carefully selected treats (Irish cheese, savoury biscuits, artisan crips and more) and a bottle of award-winning Domaine De Cibadies Cabernet Sauvignon.
Treat an adventurous wine aficionado to a present that will glam up their picnic game.
Listoke Gin School
Prices from €95 – Available at listokedistillery.ie
This experience starts with a G&T followed by a distillery tour. Then, guests attend a gin-making class where they can choose their own recipe with numerous botanicals to try and experiment.
Students get to bring home a bottle of their own and share a spread of foods from the Boyne Valley.
Classic and elegant
They’ve refined taste and an appreciation for those flavours and experiences that have stood the test of time.
Protos Reserva 2015
€35 – Available at Whelehans Wines, Wineonline.ie, Jus de Vine, Mortons Food Stores, Fine Wines, La Touche Wines, On the Grapevine.
This full-bodied, rich red from Spain’s prestigious Ribera del Duero is made from Tempranillo grapes aged for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels.
Expect a deep, concentrated red with boldness and balance between black and red fruit, spices, licorice and the oak’s pleasant toasted note.
The Irishman Cask Strength 2021
€135 – Available at Celtic Whiskey Shop
This very limited edition, super-premium Irish whiskey comes in a classic wooden cask, uniquely numbered (there are only 3,000 bottles) and signed by the range creator and co-founder of Walsh Whiskey, Bernard Walsh.
While dressed to impress, its true beauty lies within the bottle as it’s a balanced, complex whiskey that even at casks strength glides on the palate.
Spirit or drinks
Dingle Irish Vodka
€38.95 – Available at dingledistillery.ie, Celtic Whiskey Shop
Acknowledged as one of the best Irish vodkas, this elegant and refined spirit is quintuple distilled to ensure the purity and crystal crispness of world-class vodkas.
Made by one of Ireland’s pioneering modern distilleries in Dingle, Co. Kerry, it is a timeless must-have in any home bar, and a fabulous base for countless cocktails.
Etched Champagne Coupes Laurel (set of 2)
€33.95 – Available at The Kitchen Whisk
Flutes and tulips might be the textbook choice for fizz, but this pair of couple style Champagne glasses are a gorgeous alternative that echoes a la Gatsby charm and timeless elegance.
Its delicate etched laurel detail adds the extra touch for a beautiful gift.
Tickets to Whiskey Live Dublin 2022
Tickets from €48.46 – Available at Whiskey Live Dublin
One of Ireland’s most highly anticipated drink events is returning in 2022. Organised by the team behind Celtic Whiskey Shop, guests will be in line for a whiskey extravaganza featuring producers from Ireland and abroad showcasing their big hits, their finest and their newest creations.
The event is scheduled to take place on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 of MArch of 2022 in the RDS in Dublin 4.
The soul of the party… Sharers, mixers and definitively shakers, they will love presents that encourage fun, gracious hosting and socialising.
Champagne Brimoncourt, Brut Régence NV, 1.5 Ltr Magnum
€101 – Available at Boutique Wines
A gift as bubbly as their personality and big enough to share with a large group of friends, this Champagne is made by a modern Maison de Champagne based in Aÿ. It is a blend of Chardonnay (80%) and Pinot Noir (20%).
It has a very lively fizz, and a pleasant combination of fresh and mature aromas, think citrus and sorbet meet toast almonds and brioche.
Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey Gift Set
€35 – Available at SuperValu.
This special edition gift set includes two whiskey tumblers plus a bottle of Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey, a special blend of triple and double-distilled malt and grain whiskeys with a distinctive high malt content.
With a smooth palate rich in flavours of orange peel, caramel, honey and vanilla, it is lovely on its own or with ice, but also versatile when starring in cocktails.
Spirit or drinks
Skellig Six18 Food Pairing Gift Box
€75 – Available at skelligsix18distillery.ie.
Hailing from Kerry’s beautiful Skellig Coast, this artisan, small-batch gin will take your G&T game to the next level. Expect a combination of herbaceous and citrus botanicals including locally foraged yarrow, fresh douglas fir needles and birch sap.
This special hamper will be perfect for sharing the love for Irish drinks and food this season. It includes one Skellig Six18 Pot Still Gin 70cl, two Poacher’s Irish Classic Tonic Water, Sheridans Handmade Irish Mixed Seed Crackers, Camo’s Mixed Pepper and Red Onion Relish and Kells Bay Cheese. Ideal to get the party started or to keep it going!
Le Creuset Vitesse Wine Fountain
€76 [on offer from €95] – Available at Arnotts.
This stylish set includes a sleek decanter and wine aeration device. It is ideal to both let wines breathe and to add some theatrics into any wine moment.
The device allows a steady stream of air bubbles into a wine bottle, which begins the aeration process. Then the wine is poured into the decanter where it circulates for maximum aeration. Definitely an ice breaker!
Whiskey Cocktail Making Class at the Jameson Distillery Bow St.
€50 (per person) – Available at jamesonwhiskey.com
This experience is a great opportunity to both learn and mingle with other drink enthusiasts in a relaxed, fun setting.
The experience includes a 60-minute cocktail-making masterclass hosted by a skilled Jameson bartender where attendees will create and enjoy three Jameson cocktails.
Quiet and relaxed
‘Me time’ is precious and presents that can be enjoyed during those moments will be most welcome.
Niepoort Tawny Dee Port
€24.95 – Available at The Corkscrew, Martins Off-Licence.
This Tawny Port comes from low-yielding vineyards in Cima Corgo region of Portugal’s Douro Valley. Aromas and flavours of nuts, caramel and dried fruits merge into a delicate and inviting wine with a long, mellow finish.
Ideal with or in lieu of dessert (especially pecan or apple pie, or burnt sugar preparations), or simply sipped by the fire.
Redbreast’s Project Wingman Bird Feeder Bottle
€70 – Available at redbreastwhiskey.com
This special edition of the renowned Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Aged 12 Years was designed in partnership with Birdlife International and proceeds from each sale will support the organisation’s efforts.
The bottles feature a copper casing that transforms into a beautiful bird feeder and can be hung from a branch. It is a present that treats you twice: First, as one chills with a great drop, and then when enjoying the peaceful fun of admiring our flying friends.
Spirit or drinks
Maharani Gin Christmas Hamper
€70 – Available at rebelcitydistillery.com (free shipping in Ireland)
This premium gin made in Cork by Rebel City Distillery offers a modern and balanced take on the popular spirit. Among its botanicals, you’ll find organic pomelo fruit, cassia and nutmeg-mace, all sourced from a women’s cooperative in Kerala.
The Christmas hamper comes with a 70cl bottle of Maharani Gin, 2 cans of tonic, Mr Bell’s Premium Spice Bag Mix, and a Maharani or Rebel City Tote Bag. Perfect for a great night in with G&Ts accompanied by a homemade version of the takeaway favourite.
Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Candle by Rewined
€36 – Available at rewinedcandles.eu
These beautiful candles are handcrafted in the US. They’re made with premium natural soy wax and fragrances inspired by the world’s favourite wine varietals (and more recently, cocktails).
While there are numerous options to choose from, we love the combination of fresh fig, cranberry, leather and violet that the aged Pinot Noir candle features. It comes in a barrel-inspired vessel made from acacia wood.
DIY Wine Course – The Beginners Palate by The Nude Wine Co.
€110 – Available at The Nude Wine Co.
An introvert’s dream initiation into the world of wine, it can be explored at home individually or in a small group with zero pressure and at one’s own pace.
The Beginners Palate DIY WINE COURSE ™ is ideal for those starting their wine journey and it includes six bottles that any aspiring connoisseur needs to know: Chardonnay, Picpoul de Pinet, Rioja Crianza, Cotes du Rhone, Nero d’Avola and Malbec.
WRITTEN BY GABY GUEDEZ