Great gifts for drinks lovers

Festive SantaIf like me you have still to finish your Chrimbo shopping, here are five top British drink-related gifts that would keep the drinks lover in your life both entertained and informed.

World Atlas of Whisky

Fantabulous book written with Dave Broom’s customary deftness and style, this not only places the world’s top distilleries on the map, it also employs the Flavour Map he devised with Diageo to help you navigate your way around various whiskies, and includes New Make tasting notes for every distillery reviewed.

Mitchell Beazley, £30

Great Beers

The perfect stocking filler for the beer lover in your life. Characteristically clear layout and just the right amount of info on each of the 100s of beers covered.

Dorling Kindersley, £8.99

Best of English Meet the Winemaker events

Join and Artisan & Vine for an evening in the company of one of the UK’s top winemakers. A three-course meal, specially created to accompany the winery’s five wines. Choose between: Camel Valley, RidgeView, Bolney, Chapel Down, Brightwell, Biddenden and a’ Becketts.

£29.95, Artisan & Vine

Sacred Gin kitsSacred’s Gin Blending Kits

Choose between two collections of individual organic botanical distillates and blend your own gin. Each kit includes six 20cl bottles plus blending suggestions, or you could get all creative and come up with your own recipe.

  • Traditonal: juniper, mixed citrus, angelica, cardamom, coriander, licorice
  • Contemporary: juniper, pink grapefruit, orris root, cassia, nutmeg, star anise

c £90, Selfridge’s, Gerry’s Wines & Spirits, The Sampler, Vagabond of Fulham, online at,


Camel Valley gift packCamel Valley Sparkling Rosé

Snaffle one of the last remaining triple-trophy-winning bottles of the 2008 Sparkling Rosé in its special gift pack. Each bottle is numbered and comes with two designer glass flutes, a bottle saver and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the winemaker, Sam Lindo

£59.95, direct from Camel Valley, 01208 77959,






Festive SelectionAnd for something different to grace the dinner table, do check out Once Upon a Tree’s dessert pear cider, The Wonder and Sharp’s DW golden ale in its smart champagne-style bottle, both reviewed in My Festive Selection