Seven Christmas Gifts Ideal for Epicureans 2020

Wines & Recipes by Raul Diaz, £30

Wines & Recipes by Raul Diaz

After 15 years as a leading wine expert, you’d expect Raul Diaz to know a thing or two about the stuff. In his book – with a foreword from none-other than Michel Roux Jr – Diaz goes through 50 different grape varieties and pairs each with dishes inspired by both his travels and his Chilean heritage. The result is vibrant, flavourful array of non-traditional pairings to get tastebuds and imaginations flaring.

More information at Wine Training School.

Rémy Martin XO Gold, £180

Rémy Martin XO Gold

Rémy Martin is marking the holiday season with a gold leaf-draped version of its superlative XO expression, housed in an exclusive gold coffret box, with nods to what really makes the Fine Champagne Cognac: exceptional terroirs, time and talents. Think floral notes of jasmine and iris, figs, sweet candied orange and prunes, and an exceptional, smooth balance. Christmas in a bottle.

Available exclusively at Harrods.

La Pavoni Esperto Lever Coffee Machine, £1,167

La Pavoni Esperto Lever Coffee Machine

If Jules Verne moonlighted as a barista, this is what he’d use. The industrial, steampunk style of La Pavoni’s cutting-edge coffee machine was created by renowned Italian designer Carlo Galizzi and doesn’t just look fantastic. For dedicated coffee-lovers, the variable pressure from the lever allows you to customise your espresso through repeatable extraction curves. We’d explain what those are, but more coffee is needed.

Available at Coffee Italia.

Fizzics Draftpour, £129.99

Fizzics Draftpour

Good craft ale deserves to be shown off to the full, and this beer lover’s dream gadget can help. Just plug in your can or bottle of choice and the DraftPour will pump it out as a luscious, microfoamy draught beer. Just pull the handle and you’re off. Not only does it enhance the natural flavour of the brew in question; it’s the closest thing to the pub we’re likely to get this season.

Available at Firebox.

Masterclass Subscription, £14.17/month (billed annually)

Masterclass Subscription, Gordan Ramsay

If mealtimes are just getting that little bit too predictable, online seminar platform MasterClass might be able to help. Offering cooking classes from the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Wolfgang Puck, the site’s lesson plans cover every aspect of culinary excellence. When heading to cooking classes isn’t exactly Covid-safe, this is a decent alternative to go at your own pace. Plus, once you’re done with fine dining, there’s always ‘The Art of Performance’, courtesy of Usher.

More details at Masterclass.

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin 70cl, £35

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz

The result of an experiment-gone-right, Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin, is what happens when you mix bloody good gin with shiraz grapes. Stronger than a traditional Sloe Gin and with less sweetness and a better balance it’s an ideal gift for aspiring gin connoisseurs.

Available at Waitrose.

No.3 Vesper Martini 70cl, £35.99

No.3 Vesper Martini

We all know someone who prefers drinking them over the ceremony of making cocktails. Luckily for them No.3 Gin has teamed up with bar-scene legend, Alessandro Palazzi of DUKES Bar, to launch a pre-bottled. Combining all the good stuff (gin, English vermouth and vodka) this limited edition cocktail tastes as good as it looks. Pour up to five cocktails straight up and be merry, hic.

Available at Selfridges.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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