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“I have no idea what to buy !”-Christmas Gifts and Alcohol

We have all got friends and family for whom we have no idea what to get.

We’ll walk into a bottleshop, look around, realise we have no idea, then go to the shop attendant, and ask him what we should get.

Here are a couple of very very broad generalisations on buying liquor for others.

Men like Red Wine, Spirits and Beer.

Men like to experience new tastes and flavours.  They are generally happy with pretty much most things, if you want to get him something special.

Look for:

Limited releases in Spirits

Glenmorangie Companta 700ml ($135.00)

Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack 700ml ($51.99)

Peated Malts sample gift pack ($39.99)

El Dorado Rum sample gift packs ($39.99)

Craft Beers

Pirate Life IPA 6pk ($29.99)

Bacchus Brewery beers (regularly changing limited release lines).

Boutique, hard to source but spectacular wines.

Tisdall Heathcote Shiraz ($18.99)

Massoni Shiraz ($19.99)

Kaelser Old Bastard Shiraz ($180)


Women like White wine, Sparkling, and Liqueurs.   Women like to think that you have put some actual thought into the selection.

Look for:

French Champagne

Jacquart NV  ($64.99)

Mumm Cordon Rouge NV ($46.99)

Reserve/Vintage Sparklings

Amadio Grande Reserve ($35.00)

Cester D’asogno Prosecco ($18.99)

Boutique wine, from classic regions like:

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: Mahi Sauvignon Blanc ($24.99)

Adelaide Hills Chardonnay: Michael Hall Chardonnay ($44.99)

Cenral Otago Pinot Gris : Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris ($21.99)


Frangelico Gift Packs 700ml ($33.99)

Malibu 700ml($26.99)

Midori 500ml ($24.99)

Solerno 700ml ($59.99)


Please note, Prices are from our Xmas specials that run til 1/1/17.

If you’re still unsure grab a Gift Certificate from Purple Palate, and they can grab their own.





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