Hampering the wine efforts….

Monday, November 25th, 2013

All you need is love and a bottle of wine, apparently. Well, yes… and no. Both help if you’re trying to get pregnant, but right now it’s Christmas, a time of giving and a time when love and a bottle of wine never quite seems enough.

Ok then, how about love, wine and a few nibbly bits? I’m talking hampers. I’ve always been wary of them as an idea, never quite knowing what’s hiding under the cellophane. To me they slap of corporate gratefulness and a lack of imagination, invariably gifted to someone you’re obliged to buy for rather than want to gift to. And wine invariably comes as part of the deal but what can be said of the quality?

Hamper companies will often supply you with an exclusive wine label that’s not available on the high street so no one really knows the wines’ worth, and all too often they’re like the hamper concept itself: the thought is there but the love is lost. I felt a little like this when I received a hamper from Hampergifts who have a range of hampers to suit different tastes and budgets. The Hardy’s Mill Cellars Shiraz was a basic red to discreetly off-load at your neighbours Christmas drinks but the Cullinan View Chenin Blanc from South Africa was enjoyable enough, a dollop of honey short of a greek yoghurt in style and went nicely with the Cajun Spiced Chilli nuts also in the basket.

Together with chocolates, biscuits, tea bags, coffee, mustard, Christmas pudding (!) cheese crackers and fig relish to be fair there was something for everyone. Maybe that’s where the hamper gift giving business gets it right. Christmas is a time for love, for wine, a few nibbly bits and family. And where Hampergifts Luxury Christmas Wine Hamper lacks excitement on the wine front it gives generously in other ways.

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