Recommended wine-related Christmas presents

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Come November, the wine writer becomes rather busy! I’m not complaining, of course, just preparing you with this wine ripple before the wine-al wave hits the shore.

I’m often asked about any wine-related presents I might recommend for the lady who wants to surprise the man, and indeed, vice versa for the man who is keen to please his lady. Many of us love wine and all that’s associated with it, so here are some recommendations for you to buy as stocking fillers and/or full-on presents!

Let’s start with the paperwork. You might like to think about buying a year’s subscription to a Spanish wine magazine – I have two for you, plus a subscription to Europe’s leading champagne and sparkling wine magazine.

Firstly, I’m always delighted when my PlanetaVino magazine arrives. Founder Señor Proensa is a respected wine journalist, and all writers really know what they are talking about. It’s articulate, well-researched and informative: www.proensa.com/planetavino/ .

There is also perhaps the doyen of Spanish wine writers, Victor de la Serna’s online wine ‘magazine’ El Mundo Vino. Again, excellent and informed reading. Victor is always my first port of call when I have a question about Spanish wine. The beauty here is that it’s free! (www.elmundovino.com) .

Read more in this week’s print edition or go to e-paper

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