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2015 Holiday Gift Guide

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

ruffino_ruffinoRuffino Bruscetta Board 

Brooklyn designers Molly FitzSimons and Christopher Moore teamed up with Ruffino, the iconic Italian winery, to create this Bruschetta Board, available only this fall/winter.


Inspired by Tuscany and its culinary heritage, this board is hand-carved from walnut and polished into a functional yet beautiful piece to grace your table. Partnered with Ruffino, the iconic Italian winery,


Available this fall and winter for $175 from Noble Goods. They strive to create their products with the most environmentally friendly materials possible, such as using bioderived materials and locally salvaged wood.  In addition, a percentage of their annual profits benefit Habitat for Humanity.




Art With a Side of Mystery



These prints are GORGEOUS! (They sent me a small sample – the colors are as vivid in real life as on the screen!)


These works of art portray the raw ingredients from some of New York City’s most iconic dishes – but the titles are your only clue to the dish and its chef!


Perfect for the foodie who has everything or the person who just appreciates good art. Starting at $23.99 depending on size & other options.



personalized-wine-barrel-1Make it Personal


Okay, I can’t even with this wine barrel! First off, you can get it personalized, which is pretty cool. But then, you can actually use it to store and serve wine or even any other beverage – beer, tequila, whatever floats your boat. Talk about a conversation piece. From the NY Times gift shop. $89.95


For something a little more sedate, go for a customized stainless steel cooler for white wine or bubbly.  The sample they sent me is  lovely and has gotten lots of compliments from visitors!


Or, go for this stainless steel beer tub for those who prefer their beverages sudsy. ($79.95 and $84.95, respectively.) Finally, you can look for other personalized gifts on the site as well.




vnw248-bordeaux-wall-mount-vanity-anvil-wine-barrel_1Wine Barrel Vanity 


Who knew you could take a wine barrel and make a powder room vanity out of it???


Obviously not me, but kudos to the designers at Native Trails. The Bordeaux Anvil Suite includes the wall-mounted vanity, vanity top, sink, drain and mirror – basically everything but the faucet. $3,947 for five pieces.


PS – want a conversation piece for your bar? Check out this wine barrel bar sink. Yowza!


Native Trails with partners with artisans from around the world to create kitchen and back products from natural, sustainable resources, including recycled and reclaimed materials.




image-logoCooking with Wine


Wine Country Kitchens is a Napa Valley gourmet food producer with a focus on natural, organic and gluten-free products. They were kind enough to send me samples of their Napa Jack’s Merlot BBQ Sauce and Cherry Cabernet Vinegar.


Let me say, both are yummy! The sauce is rich and thick, with sweet tangy pepper, a little smoke, and just a touch of heat that mellows out on the finish. And the vinegar packs a huge cherry punch with subtle cab undertones – it is seriously beyond delicious.


They have lots of other delicious items, so you can also DIY a gift basket from their selections.




nav_logoPainting With A Twist 


If you’re the sort who prefers to give experiences, check out  Painting with a Twist.


This paint-and-sip studio gives attendees a blank canvas, tips and suggestions from a local art instructor, and the chance to drink wine with our friends as you discover your inner artist. Take a friend or give a gift certificate. Studios are located across the country and class costs vary. Click here to find one near you.




zodax-raw-aluminum-three-bottle-wine-holderEasy Entertaining


So it seems that Filene’s Basement is back online – perfect timing for the holiday season! They have lots of little items that help make hosting a breeze.



Make serving simple with this three-bottle wine holder, crafted from raw aluminum for a lovely patina. Stock it with one wine to always have a chilled bottle available, or stick a different wine in each slot to satisfy a variety of tastes.


These napkins will bring a smile to guests’ faces, or tie a pretty bow around the package for a sweet hostess gift.




corridor-bar-5620-bdi-cwl-door-open-propped-2Corridor Bar


The Corridor Bar is one seriously good looking piece of furniture!


The beautiful louvered cabinet conceals a full bar, with room for all your wine and spirits glasses, bottles of said wine and spirits, buckets, corkscrews, serving pieces and more.


Best of all, its compact size is perfect for smaller spaces or tucked in the corner of a large room.


$2,199 from BDI, one of the country’s leading makers of contemporary furniture.




wine_storage_under_the_stairs_grandeWall of Wine


Here’s a sleek, sexy way to store your wine: STACT, created by 2012 ICFF award-winning designer Eric Pfeiffer.


Each square holds nine bottles on aluminum pegs with a variety of wood or lacquer finishes to match any décor. Buy one or buy 100 – these modular pieces combine to store as much wine as your wall allows. (The pic, by the way, is from an actual customer!)




c2b0b7a7a6bca26e7fe5a1e7f12060fb#Wines That Do Good


Drink and do good with any of these three wines from Napa vintner ME Wine.


#Besties is a dry rose made from cabernet sauvignon, with a portion of the proceeds supporting battered women and children. $36


#selfie is a white blend, with proceeds helping fund reconstructive surgery for those who have been injured, burnt or born with a cleft lip. $36


#Bromance is a red blend, with sales benefiting family members of fallen soldiers. $39


This line of wines is a new collaboration between Jason Elkin, a wine entrepreneur, and the Mather family (hence ME), descendants of David Fulton, who planted the first experimental wine grapes in Napa in 1858. $1 from each bottle sold supports the designated charities.




-2Drinking & Dining Discounts


The good folks at Travelzoo have a huge list of discount offers for various wine events around the country. Two in particular looked super-fun to me.


First up, for west coasties, you can save 50% on a wine passport for two in Santa Barbara. You’ll have a year to visit the 25 participating wineries – but don’t try to visit them all at once!


The offers vary – typically either a two-for-one tasting and/or discounts on purchases – and there are some great places on the list, including Arcadian Winery, Blackjack Ranch Vineyards, Foxen Vineyards and Roblar Winery & Vineyards. The cost for the pass is $29.


East coasters like me can head to City Winery and get half off a mid-week (Sunday-Wednesday) dinner in their Barrel Room. Enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired menu in this cozy space – it has just 40 seats – that features 11 wines on tap.


Looking for something else? Head to their web site and keyword-search for wine.



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