So here we go with another Christmas gift guide then. They proved so popular that I thought I’d resurrect them and tell you about all the lovely stuff I’ve discovered that will be just perfect for your foodie loved one’s stocking.
First up from Octopus is Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2014 (£11.99). The best selling annual wine guide is back for another year and is indespensible if you’re a wine lover.
Organic Seed & Bean’s organic chocolates are really special, 100% ethical and handmade in the UK. The mini bars would make perfect stocking fillers for a food lover, while the hampers are beautiful.
A really special single malt whisky is a fabulous foodie present. Seek out The Macallan Amber for its smooth toffee apple and cinnamon flavours (available at specialist whisky retailers including The Whisky Shop) or The Glenrothes Select Reserve (around £38) for a touch of citrus and hints of spice – plus I think the bottle is amazing (available from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda and whisky specialists).
Remember Blue Nun? Well now it has released a sparkling limited edition wine, with little flecks of 22 carat gold leaf suspended in it! It’s also available in teeny tiny little bottles that would make cute stocking fillers. I had a taste and it’s exactly as I remember – it’s medium, so if you’re not a fan I think it would be amazing as a party cocktail with a good spritz of lime or maybe a splash of cherry liqueur. Yum. The full size bottle of Blue Nun Sparkling Gold is available to buy exclusively online from Drinks Direct or The Drink Shop for around £10. Or you can buy the little baby bottles from ASDA for £2.25.
Lovely Louisa Cefaz makes the most amazing artisan marshmallow in some amazing flavours (I can testify that the white chocolate peanut butter flavour is to die for). Find Louisa’s amazing creations at: FluffyPuffPuffs.
Kings Fine Food specialise in luxury hampers stuffed with all sorts of really special products (I’m a huge fan of the Amedei Tuscan chocolate that they sell). Hampers start from £49.99 right up to £249.99 and there’s also a gift wrapping service. If anyone wants to buy me a pressie, I’d like to try their very delicious sounding Visciolata Del Cardinale cherry infused wine, thank you please.