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The Australian Financial Review

The best ideas are the ones that make you think, well, why has no one done that before? And that’s exactly what I thought when I heard about the boozy jigsaw puzzle maps launched the other day by UK-based Master of Wine Rebecca Gibb. The 500-piece puzzles – the first two in what I’m sure will become a series – feature a map of the chateaux that produce The Wines of Bordeaux, and a map of the distilleries that make The Whiskies of Scotland. As Gibb rightly points out, “jigsaws, like vinyl, are enjoying a renaissance in a digital world. There’s a simple, in-the-moment pleasure to finding the right piece, whether you’re doing a jigsaw alone or with loved ones.” They’re also, needless to say, best enjoyed with glass in hand.

 

The Drinks Business

Perfect for the wine-lover who is just about to start working their way up through the WSET qualifications, wine writer Rebecca Gibb has just launched her own jigsaw puzzle company (what, you haven’t?). So far there are two puzzles in the portfolio; a Scotch version and a Bordeaux. This 500-piece puzzle of Bordeaux is the perfect way for wine lovers to navigate the historic wine region. The recipient will be able to get to grips with the area’s numerous appellations and sub-regions, perhaps over a glass or two of claret to really get in the spirit.

 

Master of Malt blog

We’ve had some interesting boozy mash-ups on the blog recently: booze biscuits, booze candles, and now what we’ve all been waiting for: booze jigsaws. Produced by the excellently-named Bamboozled, the new jigsaws come in two flavours, the Wines of Bordeaux and the Whiskies of Scotland. Each jigsaw is a map of one of these celebrated places marked with famous châteaux and distilleries. Bamboozled is the brainchild of Rebecca Gibb, an actual Master of Wine, so you should learn something while you puzzle. Sounds like the perfect post-Christmas lunch activity to us, though you’ll need to keep a clearish head when tackling them as they have 500 pieces. You don’t want any to fall down the back of the sofa or get chewed by the dog/child/general relative pre-Christmas dinner. That would be a disaster.