Wine: Don't just bottle it on gifts

This Christmas, you can show a touch of glass in your choice of gifts - and there's much more besides, writes Tomás Clancy.

11th December, 2011
Wine: Don't just bottle it on gifts
Seán and Françoise Gilley in their Terroirs wine shop on Morehampton Road in Dublin. Photo: Feargal Ward

I believe that Irish wine-lovers have been overtaken by a feeling of calm this Christmas. For true wine-lovers, the heart will beat a little faster, whether the gift is a €1.99 app or a €1,000 wine trip to Chianti.

As a rule I tend to restrict my bottle-buying gifts to close relatives and friends where I know exactly the wine they like, down to the producer, grape and year.

This way, I avoid buying a...

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