Logs ablaze. The crackling of timber, the hot embers. And there you are, curled up in front of a roaring fire with some fine wine. It’s certainly a romantic notion. To get the real picture, it has to be in a remote log cabin surely. Far from the madding crowd. No mobile phones. No texting, no facebooking, twittering, skyping, you tubing, or instagramming. There’s no TV. No episodes of Masterchef with chefs bellowing out “you have 2 seconds…go, go go!” No Married at First Sight. How appalling. No Reno Rumble where the tense drama revolves around the width of a skirting board. You’re away from all that nonsense. It’s just the two of you and some excellent fine wine around a fire in cabin somewhere in the middle of nowhere.



Now if you can’t escape to that log cabin, do the next best thing. Settle for plenty of warmth at home with a wine hamper from The Complete Basketcase. Get the ball rolling with a Cheers to You Gift Basket. Not only do you get the chance to savor a fine Cab Merlot, but some Four Pines boutique beer. It also comes with pretzels, crisps, fruit paste, nuts, crackers and camembert cheese. Beautiful.


Another real winter warmer is Simply Yum. Uncork a Loose Leaf Cab Sav and you’re away. There’s plenty of goodies, even chocolate coated raspberry bullets, Ferrero Rocher chockies and hazelnut cream filled cookies. This is a real favourite; Wine and Dine. You taste a great red and whip up a quick meal to go with it. Start with a great red as you cook up garlic and black pepper penne with Pukara extra virgin olive oil, add the sensational pasta sauce with red wine and serve with the stainless steel pasta tongs. Too easy! Add to that a ceramic cheese platter, plunger coffee and camembert cheese. What more could you want?


For the perfect mix of warmth and wine for winter, organise a hamper from the girls at The Complete Basketcase. There’s plenty to choose from, and you can put together your very own. Then settle back in the warm comforts of your home and raise a glass to that raging fire in a remote log cabin.


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