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Slaney O'Toole
10 December 2019 | Guides, Marketing | Slaney O'Toole

Go-to Wine Gift Guide to combat the Christmas Chaos

Silly season is officially amongst us, along with the holiday hustle and bustle.

It’s time to put up the tree, make the Christmas pudding, and start the Christmas shopping.

Whether it’s the in-laws, your work buddy, the boss, or your good friends next door have no fear, Casella Cellar is here! It’s the one stop shop for Christmas gifting so read on for all the tips you need to eliminate the festive frustration.

Santa Claus is coming to town and so are your in-laws! We have the perfect selection of fine wines that will get you straight on their nice list.

For a sweet touch, spoil your M.I.L with a sparkling red. 2017 Baileys of Glenrowan Fronti is light and bright, inviting a ‘Turkish Delight’ sweetness to the palate. This fruity favourite is sure to score you extra brownie points.

For your F.I.L we suggest the 2012 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon. The Limited Release wines are made each year from selected parcels of fruit in Australia’s best known wine growing regions. This powerful, bold and full bodied red is perfect for drinking now, or can be cellared for a further 10 years. Just make sure you’re invited to dinner when he finally takes it out of the cellar!

If your family gathering usually involves indulging on a festive feast, treat them to a bottle of Morris of Rutherglen Classic Liqueur Muscat. The rich and luscious flavours make it the perfect accompaniment to a delicious Sticky Date Pudding.

For any self-proclaimed oenophiles (drink their wine with a pinkly slightly raised), why not gift them an extra special bottle to add to their stash. Only made in exceptional years, Peter Lehmann 2017 VSV 1885 Shiraz embodies a soft and elegant palate with a long, intense blue fruited finish. This wine should be saved for a special occasion and cellared until 2036.

Let us take the stress out of your secret Santa office gift. Tie a big red bow around a bottle of Morris of Rutherglen 2013 CHM Shiraz and have the other colleagues wishing you had picked them. This bright red beauty boasts ripe plum aromas and is generous in flavours of dark berries. The perfect way to say Merry Christmas. Plonk one on your boss’s desk while you’re at it.

Spread the Christmas cheer(s) and put a smile on the faces of your friends next door. Peter Lehmann 2013 Sparking Pinot Noir Chardonnay Cuvée is a sophisticated offering for any celebration and also makes for perfect Christmas gift/ advanced apology for the noisy New Year’s party to come.

Last but not least, we can’t forget the big guy in red. Wine and cheese is the new milk and cookies so why not give old St Nic what he really deserves; a glass of Brand’s Laira 2015 Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon. The rich, dark fruit flavours will ensure he can get through the busy night with a wine that is bold, round and full bodied, just like Santa himself.


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