Wine – a perfect Christmas gift for most people
07 December 2015
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Brad Brown: Welcome onto this edition of Old Mutual Live, great things start here, great things start now. The festive season is looming in a big way and if you’re anything like me, I’ve got a couple of people in my life that are almost impossible to buy gifts for.
They don’t have everything, but they’re not the easiest people to shop for. I thought, you know what, wine is a great gift idea and who better to talk about it than Judy Brower from wine.co.za. Judy, welcome onto Old Mutual Live, thanks for joining us today.
Judy Brower: Morning Brad, thank you, nice to be back on again.
BB: It’s crazy to think we’re talking Christmas already but this year has absolutely flown by and I don’t know, do you have anybody in your life that’s impossible to shop for when it comes to Christmas?
A great bottle of wine is for everyone
JB: Oh ja, I think many people these days, I think especially, in this neck of the woods where you have so much available, it’s really hard to find the right thing for people. But I must say wine, there are very few people who don’t like wine and who don’t like receiving a really great bottle of wine or a great gift of wine. That’s always a good thing to buy.
BB: It’s funny you bring that up because people think wine, but there are so many different wines that it’s a case of, someone might not like one. But they’ll definitely like another and that makes it a bit easier too. It’s not like you’re just buying wine, you’re buying a wine that someone would like.
JB: Ja, absolutely, we’ve got quite a nice range of different gift packs really in our wine.co.za gift section and they range from a three bottle pack to a one bottle, 1.5l magnum to dessert wines, to bubbly. So we can have a look at the different types and see what works and different people like different things, and lovely presentations too.
BB: Judy, are you finding that as time goes on, the years pass, that more and more people are gifting wine and not just at Christmas, maybe for birthdays or anniversaries and that sort of thing? Is it becoming a more popular gift or has it been pretty popular and it’s staying stable over time?
Wine is a popular Christmas gift
JB: It’s always more popular over Christmas and that kind of season. I mean we have a little bit of lift for things like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day and during the year, but Christmas is still the biggest time for it. We’d like it to be more during the year, but it is still bigger over the Christmas period, definitely. These gifts are available all year round, so if you do have special birthdays and things coming up, it’s a really easy way to find something that’s of great value and looks good and tastes delicious.
BB: As it stands now Judy, what are some of the most popular purchases on that website as far as gifts go, that people are buying quite often?
JB: I mean we find the classic old brands like Meerlust, for example, who in fact are celebrating their 40th year this year, which is quite a coup. Their Meerlust Rubicon has always been a great buy and we have their 1.5l bottle in a beautiful can really branded can. That’s for a single bottle goes for R830 and that’s including delivery to your door anywhere in South Africa.
If you’ve got a boss up in Jo’burg or somebody you want to get a perfect gift for, that’s quite good and Meerlust is very popular as a brand and they have the various collectors tins. They have the slightly less expensive which is a R399, also a 750ml in a tin, a Meerlust Merlot, but the Rubicon has always been a great seller.
We also have the Rupert & Rothschild, they have a great three bottle pack which is also very popular for R899. Morgenster in Somerset West, in fact, with the Italian Julio Bertrand and his winemaker, Henry Kotze, they make the most delicious, really top end red wines. Particularly they’re my favourite and their Italian collection, three bottle, wooden box, which is very popular too and that’s R960 for the three. It’s in a beautiful wooden box with a branded Morgenster. Those have been very popular buys over time.
Then another one which is sort of coming up is the Beyerskloof, who is really our Mr Pinotage, the king of Pinotage and he makes also a very good 1.5l single bottle Pinotage in a beautiful presentation box and that’s R265 delivered to your door. So varying sort of set of prices as well.
An added touch is always nice
BB: Which is ideal, that’s, I guess, one of the big appeals of gifting wine as well and one thing I love, you mentioned the Meerlust and those special edition tins that they come in and the Morgenster, the wooden box, that really makes it appealing as well. You’re not just buying a bottle of wine, you’re almost buying an experience for whoever you’re giving it to.
JB: Yes, I mean there’s all the sort of heritage of those brands, the Morgenster and the Meerlust and the Rupert & Rothschild and the beautiful boxes and the beautiful branding. You can stick them up in your bar or your lounge or your cellar or wherever you put these things. It really adds a touch of class, I think, very nice.
BB: As far as some of the others, we’ve touched on a couple of the reds, let’s look at some of the whites, if someone you know is not that into red wine, but prefers white, what are some of the great ideas that you’ve got available.
White wine options this Christmas
JB: We have a couple really. We have, for me one of the really top wine makers in the country is Dawid Nieuwoudt from Cedarburg and he makes the most superb wines, both red and white. We have a sort of pack, also beautifully branded box of their World of Sauvignon Blanc by Dawid Nieuwoudt.
So there’s three bottles of his different styles of Sauvignon Blanc for R599. Dawid also makes the most delicious, I mean everything really, he makes a fabulous wine which in fact isn’t on our gift list, but if you’re having an Asian curry or something, it’s a really great addition. Those are some lovely whites.
Then we have sort of the classic Chardonnay family, the De Wet in Robertson, we have their De Wetshof Bon Vallon twin packs, they’re also beautifully packaged. Two bottle pack of their Bon Vallon Chardonnay for R339 for the two bottles delivered to your door.
If you’re into bubbly, we also have the De Grendel which I’m not sure if you know them, but they’re in Durbanville, just on the outskirts of Cape Town, almost in Durbanville. They have fabulous views of CT and they have their De Grendel Brut MCC, their sparkling wine, a gift box, for R299, so that’s also a white. Those are the really top end whites that we have which are delicious.
BB: Judy, as far as online shopping goes, we’ve spoken about the wine.co.za online portal in a previous episode of Old Mutual Live, but as far as shopping around this time of the year, if someone is considering buying some wine as a gift and they want to get it delivered.
When is the cut-off date as far as getting those deliveries, whether it be to you or if you want to send it directly to whoever is getting it, obviously there’s a bit of a lag, when is the latest that someone can hop onto that website and buy?
Wine deliveries within seven days
JB: We usually deliver within seven days and over Christmas, of course, it’s crazy, so our cut-off really, if you really want to make sure that you get it before Christmas, the cut-off date is Monday the 14th of December for your orders to be in. I would suggest you start browsing around now and have a look at what you really need and make sure that we get the orders by then so we can make sure we get them to you before Christmas.
If you continue shopping over the Christmas period, we will certainly deliver them, but it might be a little bit later, certainly. There’s another bottle I forgot to mention earlier, Klein Constantia, the Vin de Constance which is really the very, very famous sweet wine, also special gift box, that’s for R850 a bottle.
The other one I wanted to mention to you, Pierre Jourdan which comes from Haute Cabriere in Franschoek, they make a delicious small bottle of wine which is a sort of delicious sweet wine in a beautiful bottle and it’s a very inexpensive gift at R199 delivered to your door. Beautiful box, beautiful bottle and it’s a really special gift to have with your dessert or even as an aperitif before your meal, delicious.
BB: Judy, I think that’s awesome. I’m just flicking through the website now and there’s such a variety and there is something for everyone. I would really suggest, if you’re listening to this and there’s someone in your life that you really struggle to buy for 2015, make it the year of wine and pop onto that website and you can go and check out some of those gifts and what I love as well, there’s such a wide price variety, there is literally something to suit every single budget.
JB: Absolutely. I mean I’m just looking here, I think that I mentioned is probably our lowest priced gift, which is R199 and then the most expensive, for those of you who really want to push the budget, we have R2 100 for a single bottle of Delaire Graff, Laurence Graff Reserve 2011. So really, from R200 to R2 000, you can find anything.
BB: All the bases are covered. You can get to wine.co.za and just go check out that shop and get shopping, 14th of December, if you want it before Christmas is probably the latest you can do it, just go get it, do it, it makes it so much easier.
I must tell you as well, I tend to do, last year we did it, we’re going to do it again this year, all our Christmas shopping online. I hate shopping malls this time of the year and it’s becoming so easy to shop online. I think it’s the way to go. Judy, I don’t know if you agree?
JB: Absolutely, really, nobody has time anymore, so it’s much easier. I think we really are the easiest way to buy wine, so if you’re looking for wine gifts, this is the place to go.
BB: And who wants to spend time in a shopping mall when you can sit and have a glass of wine watching the sun go down and that’s the way it should be done.
JB: Absolutely, knock on the door and have it delivered.
BB: Exactly, Judy, thank you so much for your time, much appreciated, we’ll pop those links into the show notes of this episode and we look forward to catching up again soon.
JB: Great, have a good festive season, thanks a lot.
BB: You too, cheers.