This Christmas enjoy the best Luxury Hampers curated by Hashtag Life and especially for enjoying with family and friends, and giving as gifts. We have selected our favourite Food and Wine hampers of 2021.
If you follow our Instagram @hashtaglife then you will already know that we are big fans of Dukeshill, be it the BBQ boxes in the Summer, the sumptuous cuts of Meat all year round, the Cheese and Deli selections for friends and family gatherings. So when it comes to Christmas we are definitely going to stock up on Dukeshill’s festive hampers.
Truly Magnificent Hamper – £795.00 | Available to Order Online For Home Delivery
This Hamper (first photo) has to be the crowning glory in the Dukeshill hamper collection. You will fine 2 wicker baskets filled to the bream with the finest selection of delights offered by Dukeshill. A showstopper, brimming with only the finest festive food and drink. Christmas centrepieces include the Large St. George’s Ham, which is expertly cured before being baked in a glaze of spiced oranges, cinnamon, mace and cloves. You will also fine the whole side of superior Oak Smoked Salmon sourced from the cold waters of Western Scotland. There will also be a host of cheeses, chutneys, crackers and pâtés, along with the Celebratory Pork Pie specially crafted for Dukeshill by a top Melton Mowbray producer. Along with a delectable Christmas pudding, mincepies ,shortbread and a hand finished brandy laden Christmas fruit cake, exclusively made for Dukeshill, whilst a selection of fine wines and Champagne complete the hamper.
The Box of Delights – £250.00 | Available to Order Online For Home Delivery
A perfect balance between savoury and sweet treats, to be enjoyed by all. This Box of Delights features the perfect selection of sweet and savoury, ideal for entertaining. From the famous Boneless Wiltshire Ham, made by Dukeshill’s Master Curer to the finest Oak Smoked Salmon and a stunning selection of cheeses. Perfectly paired with a Boxing Day Chutney, Cornish Sea Salt Thins and some Proper Piccalilli, this hamper has all you need for festive feasting. Finished with an array of sweet treats including the Dukeshill Extra Large Christmas Pudding, Luxury Mince Pies and Turkish Delight selection. You’ll also find a bottle of the finest La Grande Saumur Brut, deliciously light and well balanced.
We love the possibilities to enjoy family meals the Sweet & Savoury Hamper, priced at £195.00 includes a bottle of wonderful Barolo wine, many antipasti items, as well as wonderful Italian sweets, and a trio of artisan chocolates. Fragrant Fiocco di Prosciutto and Il Biondo cheese from Italy with Grilled Red Pepper Confit from Andalucia and a selection of fresh authentic Italian pasta with zesty sauces paired with a full-bodied Barolo from Piedmont . Drizzle orange infused EVOO, crunch on Sicilian fig biscuits and enjoy a mouthwatering selection of innovative chocolate tiles in Chai Tea and Pink Peppercorn or Reishi Mushrooms and Sea Buckthorn.
We equally love the Christmas Celebration Hamper, priced at £220.00 (pictured above). A Christmas feast including the Delicario Panettone with Chocolate and Champagne Brut Expression Premier Cru from family vineyard Damien-Buffet. Diners can journey from Black Olive Paté to authentic Italian pasta accompanied by a zesty selection of artisan sauces such as Capers and Pistachio Pesto. Wash down with a glass of Ribolla Gialla IGT Delle Venezie or for red lovers, Barbera D’Alba DOC 2019. Organic Alpine Honey, a selection of traditional organic biscuits from Piedmont and an innovative selection of artisan chocolates with liquorice, pear and passion fruit bring sweet endings.
Do you love Cheese as much as we do (and that’s a lot!). Well we are proud to introduce you to Slate Cheese. Slate prides itself on sourcing the very best cheese from the UK and abroad and its hampers make the perfect gift for cheese lovers – and those hard to buy for relatives. Slate is a specialist cheese retailer and delicatessen with shops in Aldeburgh and Southwold, Suffolk, and offer a 6-month free UK delivery pass for a one-off £20 charge. The family run company offers a carefully curated range of British and European artisan cheeses, displayed as a magnificent wall of cheese. Slate offer a Subscription Service for cheese lovers who want to join their Club, starting from £99.00 for 3 months. The company also ensures that they include helpful tasting notes for all cheese offered in the store.
Slate offers hampers starting from £25.00, in sizes standard or large. We highly recommend:
The Best of British Cheese Selection – £47.50 (standard) / £85.00 (large)
This perfectly balanced selection includes a rich and creamy Shropshire Blue, from the makers of Cropwell Bishop Stilton, a delicious new award-winning Cheddar from Trethowan’s Dairy – Pitchfork. There is also the delicate-flavoured Pave Cobble, an ash-coated sheep’s cheese.The total weight for the standard hamper is 1.1kg, and the large comes in at 2kg of cheese, plus a box of of Peter’s Yard Original Sourdough Crackers (105g)
European Favourite Cheese & Gluten Free Cracker Selection – £47.50 (standard) / £85.00 (large)
A beautifully curated selection of European cheese. This selection includes: Comté Vieux AOC – made from rich raw cow’s milk in the Jura mountains and matured for 18 months. Brie de Meaux AOC is a raw milk soft cheese with a bloomy rind produced in the Meuse. Morbier AOC – a semi-hard cheese made from the same rich raw cow’s milk as Comté. A layer of edible ash runs through its centre. Picos de Europa PGI – a blue-veined cheese from Leon in northern Spain. It is made from a blend of pasteurised cow’s and goat’s milk and wrapped in leaves. Monte Enebro – a semi-soft cheese goat’s cheese with a blue mould rind and a creamy white paste. It is made from pasteurised goat’s milk in Avila, central Spain.
Club Vino will always tell you a story. Whether tasting, entertaining clients or developing a restaurant menu, the Club Vino story is what defines your experience. There are multiple Collections, that each tell a story, available online, such as “The Steak Night” “Girls Night”, “Sushi”, “Roast Dinner”, “Curry Night” and so many other collections.
This Christmas, Club Vino through the guide of well-renowned sommelier Marco Castelanelli, presents a tasteful curation of 6 premium wines (pictured above). Each of the hand-picked bottles of wine come from family-owned vineyards around the world, and Marco knows the story for every bottle. It is the perfect selection to take you from your toasting glass of champagne to your multiple courses. Each bottle has its perfect place throughout Christmas day, making for a flawless festive tasting experience. To aid your experience, the Christmas Collection comes with a Tasting Notebook, including all the history of the vineyard, the grapes, and pairing suggestions. The bottles of wine included are:
- Bolney Blanc de Blanc 2016, English Sparkling – Beautifully made English Sparkling with lots of yellow fruit character. With floral notes, and wonderful yeasty undertones bringing tropical and zesty notes, lovely length finish.
- Champagne Joseph Perrier Cuvée Brut, France – Rich and luxurious Champagne with of hints of toasty hazelnuts and brioche for a real indulgence.
- Chablis 2018, Domaine Mothe, Burgundy, France – Extremely quaffable wine, soft tropical notes cut through great acidity and plenty of mineral character, with some slightly creamy notes and a drop of honey.
- Demuerte Classic, Winery On, Yecla, Spain – Modern and young expression of Spanish red, fine bouquet on the nose and smooth and creamy on the palate.
- Saint Emilion Gran Cru 2013, Jean de Trimoulet, Bordeaux, France – Fresh and fruity Bordeaux, hints of red berries, blueberry and raspberry, well balanced with gentle spicy notes.
- Port Noval Black, Quinta do Noval, Portugal – A new way to drink port, a new-age port destined to be enjoyed with dark chocolate or simply drank chilled.
Collectivino is a wonderful new wine supplier and collective, founded during lockdown by best-friends and Londoners, Martin Stead and Toby Radcliffe. Collectivino offers only sustainable and ethically sourced wines, and what makes them a great option for your festive gifts and entertainment needs is that they take away the hassle of choosing good wines by doing all the curation and testing for you!
Collectivino pride themselves for specialising in sourcing exquisite and ethical wines. All the vineyards in their collective use sustainable farming practices, and many of the featured wines are organic and naturally low in sulphites. They also ensure that bottles are delivered to you with net zero carbon impact through the entire supply chain. Better for you, better for the planet. As the founders say “it’s also possible to enjoy great wine without creating a hangover for the planet”.
Their Celebration Selection Box contains 6 wines designed to delight and impress you and your guests this Christmas season. Whether you’re hosting your loved ones or sending a gift to someone, this case of curated ethical wines will not disappoint. As an pictured above, a typical selection might include the Carabo De Confesionario 2018, Rioja, the 4 Elementos, Fuego Tradición Rioja 2016, or from the French, Damaine Du Pas De L’Escalette 2020. For whites, you can find interesting sweeter white wines such as the Albert Seltz Gewürztraminer Réserve, or the fresh Yannick Cadiou Chablis 2018. For sparkling, you can expect wonderful suggestions from the English method, such as Chapel Down Brut.
The Celebration Selection is priced at £129.00, and all their wines are available to view and purchase online at Collectivino.
Wickhams’ Wine is one of the UK’s biggest merchants for fine wines from across the globe. You will find the perfect wine for gifts and personal enjoyment. We are impressed by this years lovely gift ideas from Wickham. For claret lovers, look no further than Wickhams’ Luxury Claret Gift Set containing Château Bechereau, Lalande de Pomerol 2017 (75cl, ABV 14%) and Château Gachon, Montagne-Saint-Émilion, 2016 (75cl, ABV 13%) in a luxury clasped wooden presentation case.
A classic full-bodied red, Lalande de Pomerol is a blend of the Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. Family owned Chateau Béchereau ferment half of the wine in stainless steel before ageing in oak barrels with the other half fermented in oak. The result, a classic claret with a good balance of black fruits, toasty notes and sweet spice.
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, Château Gachon’s Montagne-Saint-Émilion is a classic French red with a deep ruby colour and soft nose of cherry, cassis and spice from oak aging. Well-balanced on the palate with a solid tannic structure it has a complementary soft mid-palate of ripe fruits including plums and red berries.
Wickhams’ Ultimate Chardonnay Gift Set showcases two shining examples of the most widely planted white grape variety in the world, Auxey-Duresses Blanc Jean Pascal et Fils 2018 and Chardonnay De Wetshof Estate Bon Vallon Sur Lie 2020.
A fabulous expression of Chardonnay, Auxey-Duresses Blanc Jean Pascal et Fils (75cl, ABV 13%) is a medium to full-bodied white with a refreshing acidity, boasting a rich palate and long finish. Produced by husband and wife team, Yann and Alexandra Pascal, this 2018 classic French Burgundian white is crisp and clean with a nutty-rich nose of summer orchard fruits.
Chardonnay De Wetshof Estate Bon Vallon Sur Lie 2020 (75cl, ABV 13.5%) is a fresh and expressive Chardonnay from the internationally renowned De Wetshof Estate. A beautifully balanced medium bodied white, it’s matured on its lees resulting in a vibrant, lemony dry wine with a yeasty and delicate nutty clean long finish. The nose is delicate with aromas of lemon, honeysuckle blossom and peach.