Cathal McBride: Getting into the Christmas spirit

Whether you’re looking for that special gift for someone, or just treating yourself, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to filling the Christmas stocking with that luxurious bottle of whiskey, wine or Champagne

Christmas festivities: ‘Champagne is one of those elegant extras in life’, said Dickens

Christmas is that special time of the year when celebration and extravagance join together in holy matrimony. There’s an inherent joy in gifting to others but there’s never any harm in treating yourself too, particularly when that special bottle will be shared and enjoyed with loved ones. Whether expressing gratitude, or simply wishing to deliver a luxurious present, follow my guide for all wine and spirit-related gifting options.

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