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Christmas Gifts for Cognac Lovers

Updated on February 3, 2015
All about Cognac - find out what Cognac is and how it's made.
All about Cognac - find out what Cognac is and how it's made. | Source

What Are The Very Best Christmas Gifts for Cognac Lovers?

Cognac of course - but after that? Get into the Christmas spirit with these specially chosen best Christmas gifts for Cognac Lovers. Are you looking for gift ideas for someone who loves brandy and Cognac?

These gifts for lovers of Cognac are perfect for Christmas but also ideal for Fathers Day, Valentine's Day and birthdays. This is a selection of the best Cognac gifts - Cognac glasses, Cognac posters, Cognac bottles, books about Cognac and even Cognac vacations and tours.

So what is Cognac? It's a brandy that's made in - yes, you've guessed it - Cognac, a picturesque town in South West France renown for the production of this fine spirit. The town is situated on the River Charente and is in the Poitou-Charentes region of France.

So why not get yourself into the Christmas spirit and cast your eyes down these top tasty gifts - warm the cockles of your heart.

Do you know a Cognac lover?

Cognac for the Connoisseur in Your life

Gifts for men are always difficult but if your man loves Cognac Brandy ...

Ok, you're looking for a gift for a Cognac-lover and I'm guessing that might be for the man in your life - your partner, husband, father or son. Not that the love of Cognac is just for men - I adore a little nip after a wonderful meal, and it is medicinal you know. Oh yes, excellent for the old digestive system :)

Never-the-less, the Cognac Connoisseur, the one that makes the imbibing of this fine spirit into an art form, might well be male rather than female. The clue is in the very word Connoisseur which comes from the old French word conoisseor "a judge, one well-versed," which in turn comes from conoistre, from L. cognoscere "to know," and it's masculine. Men take a pride in their knowledge and enjoyment of fine spirits and Cognac, one of the finest of brandies, is well worth the devotion.

I've brought together a gift guide for brandy lovers and lovers of cognac. Doesn't this make a Cognac gift the perfect gift for the connoisseur in your life?

Brandy Warmer 4-Piece Gift Set - Release all those beautiful scents

Wine Enthusiast 4-Piece Brandy Warmer Gift Set
Wine Enthusiast 4-Piece Brandy Warmer Gift Set

Sadly, the brandy is not included - come to Cognac for that - but what is included in this gift set is a mouth-blow over-sized snifter (no lead), a chrome stand, a candle, and glass holder. The glass snifter (I think the word 'balloon' is slightly nicer) is dishwasher safe. The chrome stand should be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Measures: Snifter - 6"H, 25 oz.; Stand - 7"H

 

Where in the World is Cognac?

Cognac Charente department in SW France and is built on the banks of the River Charente between Angoulême and Saintes. It's about 50 minutes from Angouleme and Limoges and 400 kilometres south west of Paris. Cognac is on one of the famous pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostella

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Cognac Barrel Gifts

Gifts for Cognac lovers that you can personalize

My image of two Cognac barrels from the Baron Otard Chateau in the city of Cognac, France appears on a whole host of gifts from badges and key rings to phone cases, aprons - you name it .....

If you can't find this picture on the gift you would like to give, just leave a comment in the box at the end and I'll make one for you!

How personal is that? Well, it can get a whole lot more personal because you can add text and even more photos so that you can make that special Cognac gift that little bit MORE special! Cognac Brandy Barrels Coffee Mug by LesTroisChenes
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Cognac Glasses

Two Beautiful Final Touch Relax Cognac Glasses - With special peaked centre

I love the design of these glasses - something just a little bit different. Instead of a stem there are little peaks of glass hold the bowl at a jaunty angle. Fun!

I love it when new design meets time-honoured tradition.

Vintage Cognac Posters

Cognac Template by Alphonse Mucha

My personal favourite

As a teenager (many moons ago) I had Mucha posters on my bedroom wall. I still love them!

Here is a tiny bit of information about the artist: Alfons Maria Mucha was born 24 July 1860 - 14 July 1939. He is a wold famous Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist best known for his distinct Art Nouveau style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs.

Cognac Template by Alphonse Mucha

Advertising poster for Cognac by Alfons Mucha.
Advertising poster for Cognac by Alfons Mucha. | Source

A Vacation or Break in Cognac

What is it That Makes Cognac Cognac ...

And not just brandy?

To merit the name Cognac, the brandy must do more than just come from the town of Cognac or the Cognac region of France.

The name Cognac is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée, and it must be produced to meet certain legal requirements: it must be made from specific grapes ( Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard, Folignan, Jurançon blanc, Meslier St-François (also called Blanc Ramé), Sélect, Montils or Sémillon. Ugni Blanc, known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the predominant variety.

The brandy must also be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels (wood which comes from the Limousin or Tronçais).

The oak comes from the woodlands around Les Trois Chenes (which means The Three Oaks) - just one of our claims to fame!

Visit the Chateau of Baron Otar - Take a tour and buy your Cognac here at bargain prices

I made the trip to Cognac in South West France and took this tour of the Chateau of Baron Otar and I can tell you that it was a wonderful experience. You absolutely don't have to be a drinker or lover of Cognac or brandy to enjoy this tour. It is a feast for the intellect and the senses. You'll love this if you're an artist (like me), an historian, a Francophile, a lover of historic building or simply someone who is interested in how things are made. It's a great educational outing for kids and everyone will love the fabulous chateau and the spooky caves with their stocks of huge, oak barrels.

Take a Vacation in Cognac and See Cognac Being Made - What to do and where to stay

Why not take a once-in-a-lifetime holiday break in the French city of Cognac? You can visit so many of the top Cognac producers and see the French brandy being made. Take a tour of Hennessey, Remy Martel, Baron Otar and many more famous names. Go to Limousin and see the oak forrests which produce the cognac barrels, do a little shopping for the world-famous Limoges porcelain and taste some world-famous Limousin beefin top-nothc restaurants at super, non-rip-off prices.

Cognac Books

Cognac by Axel Behrendt, Bibiana Behrendt

Cognac has a long history and there is so much to learn about this wonderful drink. How about a book on Cognac so your Cognac connoisseur can become one of the Cognac cognoscenti

Cognac
Cognac

- Organized alphabetically for easy reference

- Illustrated with full-color photographs

- Extensive tasting notes describing aroma and flavor

- Information about the quality and individual character of each brand. I

- Everything you want to know about Cognac, from history and distilling methods to Cognac cocktail recipes.

 

Still Need More Choice of Cognac Gifts?

Town of Cognac Gifts - And to Cognac Region

Cognac itself is a beautiful town build from the soft, blond stone of the Charente. It's situated on the River Charente and at this point the river runs wide and magnificently. If you take a tour of the Hennessy chateau, then you begin with a boat trip down the river.

You'll love the typically French narrow and ancient streets, the lively cafes, the ancient walls, magnificent castles, beautiful churches and all the wonderful vineyards of the area.

Are You a Lover of Cognac? - I'd love to hear from you

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      In our family, there's a preference for Armagnac but we also love Cognac from this area.

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      Barbara Walton 3 years ago from France

      @aesta1: Thanks for dropping by aesta1. I love Armagnac too. I have never visited the producers though, have you? Cognac is not too far for us to go so it was nice to see it being made.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Very interesting information about Cognac.

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