Gifts to lift seasonal drinkers' spirits
LAST ACTION HEROES
Oozing old-style charm, these two handsome labels from winery Nederburg have been created to honour some of the major figures in South African winemaking. The Heritage Heroes range includes The Young Airhawk (£14.99, Morrisons), a zesty sauvignon blanc with good minerality; and The Motorcycle Marvel (£14.99, Morrisons), a Rhone-style blend packed with spicy flavour and sweet red berries.
A BERRY GOOD CAUSE
Soft and sweet, smooth and silky, the clean taste of Belvedere Vodka has earned it an A-list following, and Belvedere (RED) Special Edition (£34.50, Waitrose) celebrates the second year of its partnership with (RED). The charity founded by Bono partners with the world's most iconic brands to raise proceeds for the Global Fund, with Belvedere contributing 50 per cent of profits to help the fight against HIV/Aids.
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GIN PALACES ARE IN SEASON
Adored by serious gin drinkers and mixologists, Tanqueray's slick gift box has been designed with cocktail lovers in mind.
The interior features a vintage-themed illustrated guide on how to throw the perfect cocktail party and comes complete with a 70cl bottle of ultra premium Tanqueray No Ten and two bespoke martini glasses. Tanqueray No Ten Gift Set (£55, Selfridges nationwide)
PUT A SHINE ON
Shoe designer Tim Little has linked up with Speyside star Chivas Regal to create a luxury gift tin showcasing the elements of the classic brogue shoe. One of the best-selling Scotches in the world, Chivas Regal 'made for Gentleman' Luxury Gift Tin (£25.39, 70cl, Sainsbury's) offers whisky noses the chance to enjoy the rich honeyed taste and lingering butterscotch notes of its 12-year-old whisky while mulling over the craftsmanship of a quality pair of brogues.
ON THE US TRAIL
Named after the crossing where buffalo passed over the Kentucky River, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Kentucky (£32.99, www.thewhiskyexchange.com or 020 7403 8688) is aged for a minimum of nine years. Made from corn grain, wheat, rye and barley, it's sweet and fruity with a long spicy finish and vanilla notes. Packaged in a wooden box portraying its 220-year history and eight-step crafting process, the traditional Julep cup holds plenty of promise for bourbon fans.
Laithwaites has done all the hard work for you by sourcing 12 wines to complement a traditional festive menu. Favourites include premier cru champagne, a chenin blanc from the Loire Valley, old vine Chablis, an Argentinian malbec, a top-notch Australian cabernet sauvignon from the Margaret River region, a Rioja 2005, vintage port and Canadian icewine. Laithwaites Luxury Mixed Dozen (£165, www.laithwaites.co.uk).