10 Bottles For 10 Occasions And What Each Bottle Says About You
It's Christmas and for some of us this means procuring thoughtful presents, those that show you remembered how Johnny loves the Ramones and Daniella likes those cute little tea cosies.
For the rest of us it means a mad dash on December 23rd at 5pm to BT's to buy a voucher.
But we have found a middle ground: wine.
Wine can show a bit of personality and thoughtfulness but thankfully our guide takes out all the hard work…
1. For the in-laws €40+
Wine spectator tells us that this wine is lovely and we trust the kind folk at wine spectator because that's what they do. So grab this Musella Amarone Riservato impress your in-laws at Christmas. We're told that it works equally well for meeting the parents for the first time!
2. For a secret santa prize €15-
You've got Patricia from accounts in Secret Santa, she said something about loving New Zealand from her year travelling (this was before you fell asleep from listening to the boring drone). So this top wine from New Zealand can also double up as you pretending you were listening.
3. To impress your boss €20-
To impress your boss. When your boss googles this wine (it's unlikely they've heard of it) they'll see it's won plaudits from the Irish Times, Sunday Business Post and it's winner of winery of the year making you look like a bloody wine connoisseur for spotting this niche Greek wine when all you really did was read our guide you lazy fecker.
4. For your new squeeze €30+
There's no point in a huge capital investment for someone you've only been dating a month, but equally if you have any chance of getting the shift on a permanent basis you've got to throw a few quid behind it. Make sure to throw out lines like 'reminiscent of a quality Chateauneuf-du-Pape' so they know you've put a few euro's into this (equally this may lead them to thinking you're a knob head.) Either way if the relationship is looking like it's going to head south make sure to crack this fine wine open before it's over and out.
5. For a secret santa €10-
For the tight arse secret santa's who think €15 is just plain extravagant. We're told it's 'wonderfully pure fruit, sweet but without being jammy, and a good lick of oak served up in a silky smooth palate'. In other words it does actually taste nice and it's great value for money.
6. For the high roller €190+
This is the boom is back champagne. This is the Rolex, the Bentley, the Shelbourne of champagne. This is I've got so much money I need to figure out a way to spend it kind of champagne. For a champagne aficionado this is like they've won the lotto, married a supermodel, backed the winning horse and hit a 10 under par round all in one go.
7. For your best mate €15+
You may want your best mate to feel like a million dollars, but the fact of the matter is you only just have enough cash in your account to see you through until pay day- all those 12 pubs add up. This bottle of bubbly holds your best mate's silence on all your nasty secrets a bit longer… Which is truly priceless.
8. Office secretary who's witnessed the office Christmas party €15-
Your office secretary is the keeper of all the workplaces secrets. She knows that you scored Lisa from HR and you also told her exactly what you thought of your boss (your words may have included the words "face like a slapped arse"). It's always best to keep the office secretary on side with a bottle of fizz, they know too much.
9. Self gifting because you're bloody worth it €30-
Everyone loves a little fizz in their lives and if you can't treat yourself at Christmas, when can you. This is perfect for… Yourself. Because you deserve a present more than all the other people whose Christmas gifts are quickly driving you into poverty.
10. For your boozy Dad - Case of wine under €80-
You can try and be as creative as you want but the fact of the matter is that nothing will make your old man happier on Christmas than working his way through a case of fine wines. With a little bit of everything, it's like a selection box for grown ups.
This post was sponsored by O'Briens Wines. You can check out their store locations here, if you're more of an online shopper then you'll be delighted here you can order your wine online, though at this point deliveries can't be guaranteed before Christmas.