'Tis the seasonto INDULGE

Festive food and drink special; Christmas heralds a feast for the senses


Christmas means preserves – and these gourmet spreads will add a touch of finesse to every meal. Orange & Ginger Marmalade is ideal for breakfast, Cranberry Sauce With Port is the perfect partner for turkey and Mulled Berry Jam makes a wonderful cake filling.

Liquid gold

It’s known for its sublime Super Tuscan wines – but Ornellaia takes just as much care creating olive oil. For its 2016 Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the olives were handpicked from 100-year-old Tuscan trees and pressed within two hours, retaining the herby aromas and antioxidant properties. The estate grows an eclectic variety of cultivars – including the Ornellaia, named after the farm that once stood here; combined with the unique terroir, the result is a fruity, almondy and peppery taste.

Edible jewels

Glimmering in a golden tin, new white-pearl caviar could easily be mistaken for these ivory jewels of the sea, such is the rare delicacy’s luminescence. The sturgeon eggs are harvested in Belgium from the species Acipenser ruthenus, which is given a special feed to yield the caviar’s complex flavour – rich and buttery, salty and creamy – that dances deliciously on the tongue.

TRUFF love

‘Tis the season for truffles – and Artisan de la Truffe’s creations let you savour the earthy flavour of these edible treasures in many forms. The range includes everything from truffle olive oil and salt to truffle-laced foie gras, ravioli, sauces and spreads. The coveted varieties from around the world include black, white, summer, and lesser-known brumale and black Australian – all harvested at their best.

High notes

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without copious chocolates doing the rounds; but banish the thought of an ordinary selection box. Harrod’s exquisite new Grand Cru Chocolate Collection is made from exclusive cocoa-bean blends to create a distinctive flavour profile. The milk-chocolate couverture features notes of red fruit, coffee and nuts, while the dark couverture is more spicy and floral. Key flavours include yuzu and grapefruit, rose and tonka – and there’s nary a strawberry cream in sight. Available from Harrods food hall

State of Grace

In recent years, China has been known has an enthusiastic consumer of, rather a source of, fine wine. But now its vineyards are showing signs of quality production. At the forefront of the production is Grace Vineyard, whose cuvées have pick up a string of international accolades. The pinnacle of its range is Chairman’s Reserve; the 2012 shows a typically deep Bordelais palate of cedar wood, black and red berries and a hint of spice on a velvety texture.

Pop cultured

Few of us need a reason to pop a cork, but Dom Perignon has given us a real occasion. The newly released limited-edition 2009 vintage is boldly fruity, with notes of guava, white peach and warm brioche – the result of a picture-perfect, warm growing season. Better yet, its palate has the voluptuousness to stand up to the likes of lobster, caviar and foie gras. And for rose fans, the new 2005 vintage shows similarly rich tropical tones, with toasty spice. (available at select fine wine and spirits stores worldwide)

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