Looking for something different this Christmas? Whether it’s for a stocking filler or a gift for the person that has everything we have some great options. If you are looking for a unique gift for him or for her, have a read below for some inspiration.
Unusual gift ideas for Christmas
If you are looking for a unique and craft produced Irish product, then look no further the Kinsale Mead. Their beautifully presented (and tasty) Mead Miniature Gift Pack makes the ideal stocking filler. If you’re in luck they may open it up and you will get to share!
If you’re a Mead fan, or know one, don’t forget we also have the full-size bottles of Kinsale Mead on offer over Christmas at just €18.95
Kinsale Mead Minitures
Another drink that ticks the boxes when it comes unique craft Irish products is Stonewell Tawny. This rich and opulent still cider comes in at 15% alcohol after its twelve months aging. Truly offering something different and delicious for the wine, port or cider fan.
Jameson Cold Brew
How about one for the coffee lovers? The limited release Jameson Cold Brewbrings a modern turn on the classic whiskey and coffee combination. Rich smooth cold brewed coffee, made with 100% Fairtrade Arabica beans from Columbia and Brazil, blended with triple distilled Jameson.
We have a selection of beer gift packs and mixed beer cases on our website (and even more in stores), check them out here.
12 Beers of Christmas
This includes our 12 Beers of Christmas. From Brut IPA to Barrel Aged Stouts, this pack contains some incredible craft beers. We can’t tell you what they are or that would ruin the surprise but trust me these are sure to delight craft beer fans.
You could also give them the gift of beer for the next three or six months with our Craft Club. The gift that keeps giving! Each month they will receive six great beers and tasting notes. From the freshest limited releases to iconic world class beers.
O'Briens Craft Club
Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.
December is only just around the corner, time to get in the Christmas spirit? Well we can help with that!
We have our biggest range of spirits gifts ever this year. Take a look at our full range on line here or pop in store for a chat. We are sure we have the perfect spirits gift for you. From ideal corporate gifts to the perfect stocking filler we have you covered this Christmas.
There is so much to choose from and so little space but here is just a small selection from our extensive spirits range.
Midleton Very Rare
Irish Whiskey Gifts
What could be better than getting the superb Writers Tears Copper Pot for just €39.95. Well how about a Writers Tears gift set with Copper Pot whiskey and two glasses for the same price. A bargain too good to turn down.
Midleton Very Rare, the 2018 release of this excellent whiskey is available. Perhaps Ireland most recognised and awarded premium whiskey. Sure to impress and delight any whiskey fan. On top on that it’s on offer at €170.
Looking for something a little different? Then look out for our limited release collaboration with Teeling whiskey. This 12 year old single malt finished in Amarone cask won’t be around for long.
Jameson Makers Series
Not sure what whiskey to get for that special someone? Why not get them three? Jameson Maker Series makes it easy with three different expressions in 20cl bottles. Allowing us to explore the craft of the distiller, cooper and blender. Meanwhile, the Teeling Trinity Miniature pack makes the perfect stocking filler
Staying with a little bit of variety we have a gin pack guaranteed to lift your Christmas spirit. The 12 Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar features a 5cl miniature, behind every drawer. A different gin to discover each day.
12 Days of Gin Advent Calendar
Looking for a great craft Irish gin? Here we have the eye-catching Glendalough Gin gift pack. A delicious Irish gin together with two beautifully designed branded lowball style glasses
Or how about the excellent Dingle gin gift pack with everything a budding cocktail maker needs. This beautifully presented pack comes with a bottle of Dingle gin, branded glass, spirits measure, a pot of juniper berries and a cocktail recipe book.
Dingle Gin Gift & Glendalough Gin Gift
Other Spirits Gifts
Thinking of a classic scotch malt, then think no further than Talisker. This world renowned smoky single malt whisky comes two elegant yet sturdy globe-shape glasses.
Talisker Gift & Hennessy VSOP Gift
We also have the brandy drinker covered with Hennessy VSOP gift pack, a superb spirit from the quintessential cognac house. The gift pack come complete with a stirring glass and bar spoon making it also a perfect gift for the budding mixologist!
Staying in the cognac region of France but with a completely different spirit we have Grey Goose vodka. If you are looking to gift a super-premium vodka, or fancy one for yourself, then look no further than Grey Goose. Currently available in a limited-edition presentation tin.
Finally, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a glass of cream liqueur. The newly release Five Farms from Co. Cork is just the ticket. This rich and luxurious liqueur is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
This week we welcome the return of Rhône Wine Week Ireland, celebrating all things vinous from this wonderfully diverse southern French wine region. To showcase the fabulous quality of the Côtes du Rhône AOC, all of our O'Briens Wine stores will be holding a Rhône tasting this weekend, Thursday 8th- Saturday 10th November featuring six exciting wines from the Côtes du Rhône AOC.
Located along the length of the Rhône river in southern France, this region has been cultivating vines since the Ancient Romans ruled the Mediterranean and is now the second largest wine producing region in France (behind Bordeaux) with 70,00 hectares under vine.
The whole regions boasts an impressive annual production of over 370 million bottles spread across 31 Appellations and 5,300 producers. This vast size leads to a range of wine styles from the elegant Syrah in the precipitous Northern Rhône to the rich bold blends from the warmer southern crus. A diverse variety of white, sparkling and sweet wines are also produced.
French wine producing regions with Rhône valley highlighted
To better understand such diversity of wine styles the Rhône Valley is divided in to a hierarchy of production. At the first step of this ladder we find the Côtes du Rhône AOC, which can be made anywhere across the region. The next step is the Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC, production of which is limited to the town named on the bottle. These will display a little more locality and terroir than the basic classification.
At the top of the pyramid we find the Rhône Crus, the best known of which include Lirac, Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the southern Rhône and Hermitage, Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie in the north. These are some of the most prestigious wines of the world.
Appellation hierarchy of Côtes du Rhône wine
Côtes du Rhône AOC
Whilst the prestige cru wines of the Rhône valley are eagerly sought after, the relatively humble Côtes du Rhône AOC can offer exceptional value high-quality wines. Many are made by the same producers as the more illustrious Rhône names, so the best receive the same meticulous focus on quality.
The Côtes du Rhône AOC accounts for almost half the entire production of the Rhône valley and wines with this label can originate from the northern or southern Rhône regions. However, as production in the northern Rhône is dominated by the prestigious crus and only accounts for 5% of the total Rhône valley output the vast majority of Côtes du Rhône AOC wines hail from the warmer southern regions.
Breakdown of the Rhône valley wine production area by percentage. Côtes du Rhône AOC accounts for 48% of the total production in the valley.
In this warm Mediterranean influenced climate of the southern Rhône valley Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre dominate, but it is permitted to use a total of 21 grape varieties. The majority of production is red wine, accounting for 88% of the total output, but there are some rich and fragrant white wines primarily produced from the Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier grape varieties.
Côtes du Rhône AOC production by wine colour and grape variety
The climate in this southern French region is typically Mediterranean with hot dry summers that are tempered by the cooling (and often violent) influence of the Mistral wind that blows down the valley from central France. This wind can wreak havoc with vines, but can also benefit the grape growers by inhibiting spring frosts.
The Wines of Côtes du Rhône AOC
With such a vast production area it is hard to give a definitive style for Côtes du Rhône AOC wines. But in general the best will have some of the same characteristics of the prestigious crus: medium to full-bodied with ripe red fruit and a warming peppery spice on the finish. These wines often offer extremely good value for money over Bordeaux at the same price. To further explore these delicious wines drop in to your local O'Briens store where you will be welcome to try six Côtes du Rhône AOC wines over the weekend.
There is a whole host of other events around the country to celebrate the exciting wines of the Rhône valley. For more information visit the Rhône Wine Week website at wwww.rhonewineweekireland.com/
The O'Briens Wine Team in the Rhône valley last year