Fine Wines By The Half Bottle Make Perfect Gifts For Wine Lovers
A new specialist UK merchant of half bottles of wine www.halfwine.com is offering gift packs for wine lovers in time for the festive season, including a option to 'Taste your Way Around the World'. The site offers an exclusive, easy-to-choose range of quality wines that are not usually available in 37.5cl bottles on the high street.
halfwine.com gift packs make the perfect present for health-conscious wine lovers who value quality over quantity. Half bottles contain 37.5cl or two to three glasses of wine. Gift packs can be selected yourself or you can choose from various sets:
Taste your way around the World (22 x 375ml) – Taste a selection of wines from around the world. Gift Pack includes some of the best examples of the halfwine.com range for just £199.50.
* Champagne Gift Pack (2 x 375ml) – Two half bottles (375ml) of Guy Charbaut NV, Cuvée de Réserve Brut 1er Cru Champagne can be delivered to anywhere in mainland UK for £34.90 including delivery; the same price as a medium sized bunch of flowers. www.halfwine.com
* Bordeaux and Burgundy 2005 (4 x 375ml) – includes a half bottle of both Harmand-Geoffroy, Gevrey Chambertin; and Chateau le Chatelet Saint Emilion Grand Crufrom the great 2005 vintage. Available on halfwine.com for just £38.90 including delivery.
* Dinner Gift Pack (4 x 375ml) – Start with a champagne aperitif Guy Charbaut NV, Cuvée de Réserve Brut 1er Cru; complement your starter with a Chablis – William Fevre 2009; enjoy your main with a Burgundy – Harmand-Geoffroy 2005, Gevrey Chambertin; and finish with a Sauternes, Chateau Sainte Helène 2007. Available on halfwine.com for just £47.35.
halfwine.com Tasting Packs
Tasting packs make the perfect gift for a wine-loving friend. Tasting packs offer a comparison of varieties and styles for consumers who are looking to widen their palate. They include four half bottles of fine wine selected by halfwine.com experts to compare and contrast different wine varieties and regions. Available from £33.30.
If you are looking for a longer lasting wine gift then a subscription to the halfwine.com wine club might make the perfect treat. Four or six half bottles cases containing white, red or mixed seasonal varieties can be delivered to your door every month.
The regularly updated range of recommended wines has been carefully selected to offer exceptional examples and recognisable flavour and aroma characteristics of the most popular wine varieties and styles. The halfwine.com range comprises old and new world Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, champagne, sparkling and dessert wine. There are also 'guest' wines from lesser known varietals such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Gamay and Sangiovese. Wines can be bought singularly, by the case and as a tasting or gift-pack selection.
A 37.5cl bottle of wine is an ideal quantity for people who enjoy matching complementary wines with different home-cooked dishes. The handy size makes half bottles convenient for picnics, theatre-outings or even at the end of a dinner party when opening another full bottle would be too much. Or how about a half bottle of champagne whilst dressing to go out?
The halfwine.com founders have been buying half bottles for more than twenty years and know just how difficult it is to source quality wines at a fair price. Kevin Dilton-Hill and his team have personally tasted many examples of every style in the range, and selected the best wines. Whenever possible they buy wines from family owned organic winemakers. They have toured many of the wineries and the website includes a blog of the halfwine.com travels giving information about the wineries they visited as well as restaurants and local hotels across France, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina. They select wineries with a good reputation and also search out the smaller, owner-managed, organic places.
There are many benefits to half bottles of wine:
"Drink better wine" – Half bottles encourage you to choose quality over quantity, and thus enhance your life.
"Reduce wine wastage" – even if wine saving methods are used, opened bottles of wine degenerate quickly, which negatively alters the taste of the wine if the full bottle is not required.
"Healthier lifestyle choices" – With government initiatives such as drinkaware highlighting the dangers of long term excessive drinking, the need to limit intake is more pertinent than ever before. Half bottles of wine allow you to enjoy wine in moderation.
"Enjoy increased variety" – Half bottles allow you to broaden your palate and try new varieties in a more cost effective way.
"Save money" – Half bottles of fine wines are better value than regular sized bottles if you do not wish to finish the whole bottle. The range also includes everyday wines, which are low cost, true to type and do not compromise on quality.
"Ready to drink" – Half bottles reach their peak faster than 75cl bottles so you can drink mature red wines sooner, known as accelerated maturation.