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Wine Gifts For the Wine Lover In Your Life (December 17, 2003)

...for the 12 Days of Christmas (ready for drinking or reading):

  1. Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte (special price for Christmas: $39.95). Tasty, toasty champagne at a great price.
  2. Dievole Sangiovese 1999 in magnum (Vintages, $99.95). Chianti at its best.
  3. Meukow XO Cognac (Vintages, $69.95, 375 mL). Pure magic in the mouth.
  4. The Vineyard Handbook: Appellations, Maps & Statistics, by Patrick W. Fegan (Chicago Wine School – call 312-266-9463 – $60 US includes handling and postage). An indispensable reference book for the true wine aficionado.
  5. Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Port (Vintages, $33.75). Delicious and different from bottle-aged ports
  6. Bowmore Islay Malt Whisky Aged 17 Years (Vintages, $87.95). Peaty, smoky, iodine flavour that goes on and on.
  7. Johnny Walker Family Edition – four 200 mL bottlings of Johnny Walker Blue, Gold, Red and Black label blends ($89.95). A great way to taste the range of JW scotches.
  8. Wine Report 2004, by Tom Stevenson – what David Lawrason called "The CNN of the Wine Books" in Wine Access magazine (published by Darling Kindersley, London, $23). Confession: I wrote the Canadian section.
  9. Inferno Pepper Pot Vodka Caesar Kit – the red pepper-infused vodka with Mott's Clamato Juice and rimmer. For the Bloody Caesar fan ($29.95).
  10. Emilio Lustau East India Solera (Vintages, $15.95, 375 mL). A sweet sherry of great distinction at a bargain price.
  11. Vineland Estates Vidal Icewine 2001 (Vintages, $41.95). Rich, ripe, honeyed peach.
  12. Robert Mondavi Merlot 1999 Carneros District, Napa Valley (Vintages, $49.55). This is what Napa Merlot should taste like.

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