Thank you Santa for the prezzies

Did you have a wish list for Xmas? I did. I wrote Santa a letter with my requests and after  receiving my lovely presents, I wrote him a thank you letter.

Dear Santa,

Here is my Christmas wish list

  1. A bottle of Chateau d’Yquem, one of the greatest sweet wines in the world from the famous Sauternes region. Any vintage will do. Available in half bottles from fine wine retailers, prices start around $300 increasing to over $1000 for some of the older, cellar-aged wines. As every sip costs dollars, I will savour it before drinking anything else.
  2. A bottle of Krug Champagne. It’s unusual champagne as the cuvée has some barrel aging. I have never tasted Krug but by all accounts it is truly sensational. It’s also truly expensive at around $250 for the non vintage offering.
  3. Etienne Meneau carafe No5An Etienne Meneau carafe, even though it seems more arty than functional. I’ve checked out the range of these limited edition collectors’ pieces on and I think Carafe No. 5 (pictured) is fascinating.
  4. The new World Atlas of Wine, 7th edition, published October 2013. Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson have the very latest developments of all the world’s wine growing regions in this 400-page tome, around $189 locally.

Please enjoy the glass of port and the piece of Christmas cake I’ve left for you beside the chimney.

Best Wishes,

December 26 2013

Dear Santa,

Thanks for the exciting Christmas presents you left me. I realise my wish list was rather extravagant but I am delighted with your thoughtful substitutes.

  1. The multi-gold medal winning Seifried Winemakers Collection Sweet Agnes Riesling 2013 was delicious served chilled to accompany the pavlova.
  2. Morton BL BubblesThe trophy-winning Morton Estate Black Label Methode Traditionelle 2004 was just divine. It is so nice to taste locally produced bubbles with bottle age. On the way to the beach I’ll stop at the Morton Estate cellar door, on SH2 just south of Katikati, and pick up some more. Wine tastings are free but I may book a tour to see how bubbles are made. See
  3. The more traditional style decanter you gave is far more practical and it looks just like the one I was admiring at Briscoes.
  4. The World Atlas of Wine eBook from the iTunes store just pops on my iPad and is more realistically priced at US$19.99.

Thank you once again Santa for the prezzies and I’m so glad you enjoyed the cake and the port.

All the best for 2014,


This was originally published in Urban & Country wine column, December 2013

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