Need to wine-down after the holidays? Whether you drink wine to celebrate, relax or it’s part of your hosting needs, we’ve got you covered. Also, for the wine lover who wants to say cheers on New Year’s, we have some fun goodies for you!
Seems like an obvious place to start, but sometimes the most obvious is the hardest to choose from, so we’ll do it for you!
Epicurious, one of the most trusted voices in food, has recently launched of a new collection of custom designed wines – Epicurious Wine - for people who love to cook, use great ingredients, and want to make sure their wine works just as well in their wine glass as it does in their pan sauce. Carefully blended in Sonoma, CA by award-winning winemaker Linda Trotta and Epicurious staff, the signature varietals include a robust Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a delicate Chardonnay. In conjunction with the wine’s development and release, Epicurious whipped up several custom recipes as well as food and wine pairings, including their White Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle with Spiced Pears prepared with Epicurious Chardonnay or Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze utilizingEpicurious Cabernet Sauvignon. Full recipes here.
Recently, I experienced a wonderful wine and dinner pairing at Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cecina with master sommelier Kathy Morgan, which opened my eyes and tastebuds to wines I never experienced, such as the sparking wine that happened to be 100% chardonnay! I included tasting notes and two of my favorites below-
Rocche dei Manzoni, Brut Riserva Zero, 2004
100% Chardonnay. Metodo Classico (second fermentation occurs inside the bottle just like Champagne) Sparkling wine, ages on the lees for over 5 years. This method of production leads to finer, more sophisticated bubbles and an exquisite taste of brioche on the palate due to the lengthen contact with the yeast.
Can find some options here. Average price retail $45
Villa Sparina, Gavi di Gavi, 2014
100% Cortese from the municipality of Gavi. This is a complex white wine with inital stone fruit and white flower aromas. To taste you will find nuances of peach, earth, and flint
Pretty easy to find this wine- Wine.com
Average price retail: $20
Meat the ultimate platter with tender, marbled and flavorful pork– sure to have your guests pigging out at your holiday party. Combo includes, two ounces each of Fermin’s best-Ibérico Jamòn, Chorizo Iberico, Salchichon Iberico, and Lomo Serrano. SPAIN. Available at Dean & Deluca with a set of 4 for $55 here.
Cheese of the Month Club
Maybe not ideal if you’re looking to purchases cheeses immediately for a holiday party, but a great gift for those who love wine and cheese pairings and want to try something new. Each month, Dean & Deluca will send an exquisite cheese plate carefully curated by their in-house cheesemonger.
Say cheese to holiday cheese flavor enhancements that bring the best out in cheese, which includes DEAN & DELUCA Forest Honey, and Marcona Almonds; The Fine Cheese Co. Rosemary Crackers; Rustic Bakery Olive Oil & Sel Gris Flatbreads; L’Epicurien Confit of Figs and Balsamic Vinegar; and Santomiele Fig Molasses.
Let your visitors know they’re entering the home of a wine lover with Clever Doormats’ simple and witty wine-themed doormats! Clever Doormats is a tried and true one-of-a-kind gift that is sure to spark a smile. Made from coir, these doormats have top-quality ink to ensure the imprint won’t erode and PVC backing to prevent it from sliding out of place. Mats are 20×30 inches and start at $49.99.
If you’d like more information, check out: http://cleverdoormats.com/
Discover EcoVessel’s newest creation: the VINE. The Vine bottle is a premium stainless steel bottle that holds up to 750 ml. of your favorite indulgence, always keeping the temperature just right for that perfect first sip. Fill the EcoVessel Vine with your best red, sparkling white or soothing rosé all kept fresh and luscious! For more on EcoVessel’s products, check out www.ecovessel.com.
If you need to be a bit more discreet about your wine, try the 6-piece travel flask from Wilouby! Specializing in the distribution of fine gifts, each Wilouby Product can accommodate any interest and gift wish list! This 3-flask carrying case with shot glasses is perfect for a wine tasting to-go!
Drinking wine and feeling fine, encourage your guests to throw their feet up and chill with an Uncommon Green wine glass engraved with a map of her favorite place. Each intricately designed map wraps entirely around the glass and extends from top to bottom achieving a striking effect that makes any beverage more fun to prepare, serve, and drink. Have the streets and neighborhoods of famous cities such as Miami, L.A., Paris and tons more etched right onto the glassware. Use GPS coordinates and a date to mark when and where something special took place. Make it extra personal and add a custom text. Glasses are custom made to order and take approximately one week to ship.
Wine contains sulfites that people can be allergic or sensitive to and cause terrible side effects such as stomachaches, rashes, and headaches. If you and wine don’t tend to mix well, Just the Wine drops may be the ultimate game changer. Just the Wine drops reduce the sulfites in red or white wine and champagne, so you can get the same taste without the negative side effects. Rediscover the joy of drinking wine with their effective and flavorless drops. Simply add 3 drops of Just the Wine into a standard glass of wine and swirl for 20 seconds.
The Wine works on reds, whites, and champagnes
3 drops in a glass of wine, swirl and drink
It does not change the flavor of your wine
A safe way to help with wine hangover caused by sulfites
Vegan and vegetarian approved
Offers more wine choices for sulfite-free wine drinkers
Not sure if you have sulfite sensitivities? Here is a full list of the symptoms here. Purchase Just the Wine for $5.95 per bottle and $27 for 5-bottle pack online www.justthewine.com
Need to tell the world how much you love wine? Wear it around your neck with Best Name Necklace! Their necklaces are customizable, perfect for creating your own “#wino” baubles! Worn by Hollywood’s hottest celebrities, such as Miley Cyrus and now Empire star and Golden Globe Award winner Taraji P. Henson, Best Name Necklace specializes in original and personalized jewelry. The craftsmanship in each piece of jewelry is truly remarkable and the company proudly guarantees 100% customer satisfaction with every purchase. The material is durable, thick and dainty, and is carefully tucked into a lovely packaging.