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Gift Guide: Perfect Presents For Food And Wine Lovers

If a bottle of wine just isn’t going to cut it under the Christmas tree this year, try opting for one of these gifts for the food and wine lover instead. Between the gourmet subscription boxes, wine gadgets and foodie experiences, there is something on the list to suit all tastes.

Miyabi 5000MCD Santoku Knife 18cm

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For anyone who is keen in the kitchen, owning a good knife is as just as important as cooking with the highest quality produce. Thinner, harder and sharper are the 3 most important attributes when searching for an excellent kitchen knife; and Japanese knives are just that.

The Japanese prefer to stick to tradition, often still opting to do things by hand. Knife making is no exception to this. Known for their craftsmanship, the Japanese make some of the best knives in the world.

Thanks to the harder and thinner steel blade (in comparison to European knives), the Miyabi 5000MCD Santoku ($362.95) allows for incredibly precise slicing and dicing. Capable of being sharpened to a very fine angle, the Santoku takes all of the hard work out of food prep.

Lonely Planet ‘From the Source’ Cookbooks

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Food and travel go hand in hand, so it was only a matter of time before Lonely Planet released their own line of cookbooks. Launched in 2015, the ‘From the Source’ series ($34.99 each) now comprises of 6 books; each of which focuses on one particular country’s cuisine in great detail.

More than just a book filled with recipes, the ‘From the Source’ series is a collection of the most authentic recipes sourced from the people who know them best. Organised by region, the books take you on a journey through all corners of the country and the foods that they are known for. As a prelude to each recipe, there is an interview with the local chef who prepared it, to give some background to the dish.

Make no mistake, these recipes aren’t a gift for the ‘dinner in 30 minutes’ kind of cooks. From a traditional French fish and eel bouillabaisse and escargot, to a Mexican crème brûlée de tuetano con erizo (beef bone marrow and sea urchin crème brûlée), these recipes are a labour of love and as traditional as they come.

The countries and cuisines currently featured in the collection are Japan, Spain, Italy, France, Thailand and Mexico.

Vasse Felix ‘Epicurean Tour’

You can’t go past the gift of an experience for the person who seemingly has everything. If thrill seeking isn’t quite up their alley, perhaps a more sophisticated day spent at Vasse Felix winery in the Margaret River wine region is?

Starting with a behind the scenes tour of the region’s founding estate, the Vasse Felix ‘Epicurean Tour’ ($275 per person) gives you a firsthand look at the history of the winery, as well as their winemaking process.

But the most exciting part of the tour is when the vault is opened and a private tasting is held with some of the finest wines housed in there. Expect to swill some of Vasse Felix’s most premium wines – including one of the older and rarer vintages – before heading upstairs for a decadent, 5-course degustation lunch.

As a parting gift, all guests get to select their choice of bottle of Vasse Felix Premier wine to take home with them.

Coravin Model Two Elite

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The Coravin Model Two Elite ($599) is the ultimate gadget gift for the oenophile in your life.

Who would have thought you could ever enjoy the perfect glass of wine without having to open the bottle? Well, you can.

The ingenious, patented Coravin Model Two Elite uses a tiny wine needle to gently pierce the cork, which then allows you to pour straight from the bottle without opening it. The Properfit clamp creates a vacuum seal around the top of the bottle once it is in place, and 99.9% pure argon gas gets pumped into the bottle after every pour to protect the remaining wine from oxidising. Once the system is removed from the bottle the cork will reseal itself naturally, and the argon gas will maintain the quality of the wine left over.

Cheese Therapy Cheese Club Subscription

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Cheese Therapy, Photo: Facebook

Subscription boxes are the foodie product du jour, but no other box can even compare to the indulgence that is the Cheese Therapy Cheese Club (subscriptions start from $54 every quarter). Fresh, hard-to-come-by cheeses delivered straight to your door each month? It is the gift that keeps on giving.

Each delivery is a tasting journey that showcases the best handcrafted, artisan cheeses from Australia and around the world. Accompanied by Larder & Co Sea Salt Wafers and the famed Cheese Therapy tasting notes, everything that you need for a relaxing afternoon – bar the wine – is included.

The delivery box is fully customisable, allowing you to opt out of having a certain style of cheese delivered (obviously they know how polarising blue cheese can be), as well as choose whether you wish to have 2, 3, 4 or 8 different cheeses delivered monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.

Tiffany & Co ‘Diamond Point’ Champagne Flute Set

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Seeing the iconic blue box sitting under the Christmas tree is every bit as magical as the Hollywood movies make it out to be.

Someone’s toast to the silly season could be looking a whole lot prettier this Christmas thanks to this Tiffany & Co champagne flute set ($215). Designed with a geometric band and more square bowl, the Diamond Point collection gives the classic champagne flute a modern edge. With over 30 products in the range, this pair of glasses could be the start of a growing Tiffany & Co homewares collection.

Bockers & Co ‘Good Times Red Wine’ Hamper

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Bockers & Co have given the humble food hamper quite the makeover. This generous and gorgeously gourmet ‘Good Times Red Wine’ hamper ($349) is no last-minute gift.

Packaged in a silver suitcase, the hamper includes a bottle of Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2013, a Camphor Laurel cheese board, 2 Riedel Overture red wine glasses and an assortment of delicious snacks and condiments – all you need to add is cheese!

Anthropologie ‘Monette’ Monogram Cheese Board

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Instantly up your gift recipient’s cheese platter game with one of these personalised Anthropologie serving boards ($94).

Made of a combination of marble, paua shell, mother-of-pearl and brass, this monogrammed cheese board will be the focal point on any dinner table. The serving board doesn’t require regular oiling or any major upkeep, simply give it a once over with a cloth after use and pop it away for next time.

Published 07 December, 2018