White, red, rose, champagne or bubbles, there’s a bottle for every occasion. And with Christmas coming off, there’s a bottle for that bloke who loves his wine. While some opt for a few schooners, some of us enjoy only the finest drop. If you’re a fan of a long stem and wide bore, then it’s time to collate your Christmas wine list. This is Man of Many’s 2020 Christmas Gift Guide – The Wine Lover edition. Check out all the great gift ideas for any cellar, big or small.
Penfolds Bin 111A Clare Valley Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Extraordinary circumstances call for an extraordinary drink, and nothing kicks the ordinary out of the way like a drop of Penfolds Bin 111A Clare Valley Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016. Representing the absolute pinnacle of winemaking abilities, Penfold’s endeavour has led them to use only the most exceptional fruit parcels from the very best regional sources.
With almost a decade passing since their last Special Bin release, what better year than 2020 to produce a testament to quality, criterion and craftmanship required to craft a wine of this stature. Special Bin 111A is a superb example of contemporary Penfolds winemaking philosophy. This impressively concentrated wine offers both balance and character. And according to Penfold’s, they’re onto a real winner here that is “feasibly destined to become an Australian classic.”
Blended using not one but two esteemed South Australian Shiraz vineyards, the Penfolds Bin 111A Clare Valley Barossa Valley Shiraz is an entirely new style delivering a drinking experience best described as exceptional. Though Penfold’s also throws out these words too: aromatically, structurally, texturally, cerebrally.
Receiving 100 point scores from both Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and JamesSuckling.com, the Penfolds Bin 111A Clare Valley Barossa Valley Shiraz is a gift that can be opened now, or put away for years to come. Reward your patience or your desires this Christmas with Penfolds – AU$1500 / US$1,109.94
Peter Lehmann Stonewell Riedel Gift Pack
Voted 5 Red Stars by James Halliday, this is a benchmark gift pack offers only the best Barossa Shiraz. Peter Lehmann’s Stonewell is a classic example of the rich, concentrated old-vine style. Delivering a bold flavour to the palate, there exists an inherent complexity despite its initial impact of flavour. Each pack contains one bottle of Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 2013 and 2 Riedel Veritas New World Shiraz glasses because the best requires the best – AU$160
Wine Simple: A Very Approachable Guide from an Otherwise Serious Sommelier
This one is for those that don’t know a single thing about wine other than the colours. If you’re a bit of a wine snob, then perhaps this could help reaffirm your beliefs and teachings gained through your experiences with the finest drops around. Or if you need a touch up on all things vino, this Very Approachable Guide from an Otherwise Serious Sommelier is wine made simple – AU$46.97
Lorenzi Milano Travel Champagne Cabinet
Mr Porter has some seriously cool gear available, and the Lorenzi Milano Travel Champagne Cabinet is no different. Ideal for picnics, a visit to the beach or travelling to wherever. Made with in Italy’s historic Navigli district, the Lorenzi Milano Travel Champagne Cabinet is made from hard-wearing full-grain leather, complete with a robust bamboo top handle. Inside you’ll find two slender flutes, cap opener pliers, a cooling bucket with a removable ice holder and a hermetic seal to prolong the bubbles. Take some bubbles with you for Christmas – A$4,515
Sometimes its easier to let someone else organise the gift for you. Vinebox e-gifts make it super easy to reward someone with nine glasses of wine. But not just any wine. Each glass delivered is a wine you should be drinking. Each box contains nine of the best wines of the moment, by the glass. Give the gift of a vineyard wine tasting at home.
Naked Wines Christmas Crackers Luxe Dozen
It’s the luxe festive collection of delicious Aussie and Kiwi wines from everyone’s favourite unbashful wine seller, Naked Wines. Each one is bursting with local personality, promising real bang for your buck for every drop your drink. No matter the setting for Christmas, each bottle from the Naked Wines Christmas Crackers Luxe Dozen is guaranteed to be a sure-fire hit from the moment you pop that cork, plus Man of Many readers can get $100 off their first case by going here – AU$227.38
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Vacu Vin Inc. Wine Saver Concerto
The Wine Saver is a vacuum pump designed to extract the air from an opened wine bottle and re-seals it using a rubber stopper. The airtight vacuum inhibits the oxidation process that is responsible for ruining that bottle of wine you left open overnight. Suitable for all but sparkling wines, the Vacu Vin Inc. Wine Saver Concerto is highly durable and easy to clean and is dishwasher safe – AU$27.65 / US$19.95
Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Forte Stemware Collection
Schott Zwiesel produces some of the finest German glassware in the world. Built on a 130-year tradition, each glass is made to last—durable, beautifully designed and manufactured to perfection. You can’t go wrong with the Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Forte Stemware Collection. Cop six glasses made of Tritan crystal light red, light white and tasting wines –AU$87.62 / US$49.99
Le Chateau Wine Decanter – Hand Blown Lead-free Crystal Glass
You have to let it breathe. And breathe it shall thanks to the hand-blown lead-free crystal glass wine decanter from Le Chateau. Impress your guests, amplify the ambience and enhance the purity, aroma, and taste of your favourite red or white wine with the Le Chateau Wine Decanter – AU$94.21 / US$49.95
James Suckling is here to teach you or your clueless mate all about wine appreciation. It’s the James Suckling Masterclass, and rather than suck down every wine put in front of you; you’ll learn how to savour every drop. Having tasted over 200,000 wines, there’s nothing James Suckling can’t teach you about wine.
Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne
Nothing beats the Dom. So give them the gift of vintage perfection and present them with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne. None of that sparkling white wine here, this the real deal, and arguably the pinnacle of the region. Using only the best grapes of the most exceptional years, each vintage is distinct. For the perfect gift this Christmas, give them a little bit of the bubbly – AU$295 / US$199.99
Coravin Model Two Win Wine Preservation System
Now, this is something totally unique and mind-blowing, even to the most well-seasoned wine connoisseur. This is the Coravin wine system. This gizmo provides wine enthusiasts with the freedom to pour any wine, in any amount, without removing the cork. Yup, you read that right. Specially designed with a Teflon coated wine needle, this thing pierces through the cork to get to the contents sealed below. Made to be gentle on your wine cork, the Coravin Model Two Win Wine Preservation System offers superior wine storage, preservation and is guaranteed to impress – AU$584.95 / US$170
DOIY Cheeseporn Cheeseboard
Nothing goes better with wine than cheese. So don’t just slap down a couple of wedges on some basic plate, get a cheeseboard and do it the right way. Don’t settle for cheese and crackers. Go beyond with a Cheeseporn Cheeseboard with two golden, stainless steel knives and a faux-leather hanging strap – AU$89.99
Rabbit Wine Charms Bottle Stopper
Hit two birds with one stone with the Rabbit Wine Charms Bottle Stopper. Keep the wine fresh on the table, and make sure everyone knows which glass is there’s with the included set of eight wine charms. All individually coloured, no one will mistake your glass for there’s at Christmas lunch.
Vinglace Original Wine Chiller
The Vinglace Original Wine Chiller is a one-of-a-kind design that will keep your wine, champagne, or any other bottle chilled for hours on end. Made from stainless steel, this double-walled, and vacuum-insulated wine chiller will keep your bottles colder for longer, and without all that annoying condensation. Say goodbye to wet tables and hello to chilling out with the Vinglace Original Wine Chiller – AU$135.71 / US$89.95
Nambe Vie Decanter
Size doesn’t always matter, and just because the Nambe Vie Decanter isn’t as big as other decanters on the market, doesn’t mean it isn’t good at its job. Made to serve, this modern-looking decanter combines input from renowned designers. Made for wine, whiskey, or any other spirit, set it on the bar or the table, and admire your drink of choice. Even cheap stuff sips smoother from this decanter – AU$236.27 / US$70
Rabbit Electric Corkscrew
Constructed from durable stainless steel, the Rabbit Electric Corkscrew is an easy way to remove the cork from any bottle using only one hand. Complete with gleaming accents for a touch of luxury, this is one fancy-looking corkscrew – US$100