Gift Guide: For the Wine Lover
The bottles to present and pop this holiday season.
A bottle of wine, whether for partying in the present or saving for the future, needs to be carefully considered. But by sticking to classics, buying the best and, depending on the number of recipients, the right amount, it can also be a foolproof way to deliver joy to a big group of people all at once. Below, NUVO has rounded up the seven bottles to present this holiday season.
Bottega Gold Prosecco
From mimosas in the morning to turkey at night, an ideal pairing for a day of Christmas eating is prosecco. This offering from Bottega is as consistent as the number of glasses you’ll be pouring for loved ones throughout the day. A good-value pick, there’s no reason not to grab a couple of bottles—you’ll need them.
CheckMate Artisanal Winery Double Check Wine Set
Year after year, CheckMate’s chardonnays and merlots garner 95-plus point scores from critics in Canada and abroad. The Double Check wine set introduces giftees to CheckMate via one bottle each of Queen Taken chardonnay and Black Rook merlot, packaged in a beautiful gift box. These wines are so good, recipients will want to open them the day they get them, but they’ll also reward patience—these are wines that bear the hallmarks of ageworthiness.
Coravin Pivot™+ Premium Bundle
Whether your giftee regularly pours superpremium bottles of wine, or is trying to cut back, a Coravin is a wonderful gift for the wine lover who has you stumped. The Pivot™+ Premium Bundle offers equipment to extend the life of a bottle for up to four weeks. Who knows, maybe the lucky recipient will pour you a glass of that Petrus they’ve been sitting on.
Graham’s 10 Years Old Tawny Port
There’s something about a nice glass of port after a big holiday meal, and it’s best to stick with a classic from one of its most esteemed makers. Graham’s has 202 years of experience , so it’s safe to say that with this purchase, you’re in good hands. More richly savoury than many ports, the stewed plum and winter spice qualities of Graham’s 10 Years Old bodes well for pairing with sharp cheeses and Christmas cakes.
Rosewood Mulling Kit
Rosewood Estates Winery’s Mulling Kit is a perfect introduction to the world of mead for the otherwise uninitiated. With three bottles of mead (one traditional, one spiced, and one co-fermented with apple juice), a mulling kit, a Rosewood-branded corkscrew, and a four pack of sangria cans, your giftee can take this package in a number of directions.
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut
Ruinart, one of the foremost houses in Champagne, is steeped in almost 300 years of history. But it isn’t resting on its laurels. In 2020, Ruinart introduced its Second Skin packaging, an environmentally friendly substitute for the resource-heavy gift packaging champagne is customarily sold in during the holidays. The 99 per cent paper, 100 per cent recyclable packaging is nine times lighter than its predecessor and creates less than half the CO2 equivalent of its predecessor. This year, giving Ruinart helps protect the environment, which means more champagne in the future.
When Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi decided to collaborate in the early 1990s, they did so with the express intent to produce Chile’s first icon wine. Seña, the result of their efforts, remains Chile’s finest and is now seen as one of the world’s great wines. A bottle of the 2019 vintage—available in half-, regular-, and magnum-sized bottles—celebrates 25 years of Seña. While delicious upon release, the outstanding menthol and red-fruit aromatics layered over the well-structured, chocolatey backbone means that this wine, like the winery, will age gracefully for another 25 years.