A rule of thumb I always use when thinking of the perfect give I want to share is would I want to receive that gift myself? I will only give people gifts that are items I would be ecstatic to receive (unless of course, they asked for something specific that only they may want or enjoy). This year I’m continuing my holiday tradition of sharing the Holiday Wine Gift Guide for the Wine & Foodies in your life. Read more below!
As someone who loves to cook, high-quality cooking brands are essential. They make the experience that much more enjoyable and it makes it easier to prepare amazing food when you’re cooking with high-quality brands. A brand that I can’t imagine life without in my kitchen includes John Boos Cutting Boards. I bought my first John Boos cutting board a few years ago at Williams Sonoma and I’ve been hooked ever since. Recently after a few years of being hooked on these products, I partnered with John Boos to try a few more products (such as their rolling rack cutting board show below). What’s more perfect for me, this product includes both wine storage AND a fabulous custom-made cutting board. See more about this amazing kitchen essential below.
Working hard in the kitchen prepping for a recipe on my gorgeous John Boos cutting block.
Gary Farrell Winery
Those who read my blog regularly know that Gary Farrell Wines, made by winemaker Theresa Heredia, read my Interview with Theresa Heredia here are spectacular! Each of their wines truly reflects the sense of place and vineyard that the wines are from (as Gary Farrell sources all of their grapes since they don’t have their own vineyards). This year they have some spectacular Gift Sets that I’d like to share with you perfect for the Pinot Noir Wine Lover in your life.
Fly With Wine
Another essential for anyone who travels like me and likes to bring wine with them is a travel wine suitcase from Fly With Wine. There are two different sizes, one which holds a case (the size I prefer) since I am usually packing for a week or two a case is about what I’d want. Or there is a smaller size that holds 6 bottles of wine. Learn more about Fly With Wine online here, use the code JSF15 to save 15% (can not combine with other discounts).
The Fly With Wine smaller suitcase which holds 6 bottles and also space on the other half for your clothes and other items to pack. Save 15% on your purchase with JSF15.
There is also a larger size (on the left) which holds 12 bottles of wine. This is the size I have and when 12 bottles are packed that takes up the entire suitcase.
Kobler Estate Winery
Kobler Estate Winery is a brand that I’ve been familiar with for years having met Mike Kobler (the son of Owner Mike Sr.) at events and really enjoying the wines. It’s family-owned (which I adore) and produces beautiful Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Syrahs from Sonoma, California. Learn more about Kobler Estate Winery here.
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All smiles enjoying the Bacigalupi Vineyards Chardonnay from Kobler Estate.
Morgan Winery is an organically farmed and family-owned Winery in the Santa Lucia Highlands that I’d love to introduce you to. I first tasted their wines on a Sommelier Trip I attended in Santa Lucia Highlands which you can read more about here. Their wines are a great expression of the Central Coast and are perfect for holiday gift-giving. Learn more & purchase Morgan Winery gift sets here.
As a JSF reader, enjoy FREE shipping with the code JSF. Note that each holiday bundle comes with a complimentary kraft gift box, Morgan corkscrew, and a handwritten greeting card.
Morgan Estate Gifts: Sun, wind, and fog work together at Morgan Estate’s Double L Vineyard to produce wines of the highest caliber. Organic and sustainable farming, careful harvesting of small lots, and the finest French oak cooperage results in wines with the purest expression of terroir. Our estate gifts offer attention to detail and fantastic taste, creating a memorable experience for your recipient.
Morgan Estate Estate Duo (above)
Double L Vineyard Chardonnay
Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir
Morgan Estate Estate Trio (Above)
Double L Vineyard Chardonnay
Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir
Double L Vineyard Syrah
Morgan Winery’s Santa Lucia Highland gifts perfectly capture the unique personality of the region and offer excellent value. These appellation selections will show your appreciation to associates with quality wines that are ideal for hosting a dinner party or relaxing at home with comfort in a glass.
Riedel Wine Glasses
This holiday I suggest you give your wine-loving pals the NEWEST glasses from Riedel. Read the history of these beautiful new glasses below and purchase online here.
Over the course of his 47-years working in his family business, 10th generation Georg Riedel has become the father of functional glassware, having built a career on products designed to enhance the enjoyment of beverages. Now, Georg introduces his swansong series to the world: RIEDEL Winewings.
In the Northern Summer of 2018, Georg was asked by a customer to create ‘the ultimate glass’ for Cabernet Sauvignon. Following 12 months of tastings and changes to shape, size and rim diameter, Georg’s single glass for Cabernet developed into seven shapes for the most popular grape varietals, and a completely new shape emerged.
Flat-bottomed and reminiscent of an aircraft wing, complete with winglets, RIEDEL Winewings was born and about to take flight! While not the most visually beautiful collection, RIEDEL Winewings is “brutally functional, taking the wine’s aromas and flavors on a flight,” Georg says.
This innovative series is a symbolic shift in aesthetic for the RIEDEL brand, as it is a step away from his father’s original Sommeliers series shapes, and towards a new era of functional glassware. The impact of this new shape is a collection for the true wine connoisseur. For the first time, the RIEDEL Winewings glasses primarily emphasize the minerality of the wine, whereas all other collections tend to highlight fruit. The collection is ideal for the ultimate wine geek who prefers wines with depth and complexity.
RIEDEL Winewings is produced by machine in lead-free crystal glass, and sold as a single glass. All RIEDEL glasses are dishwasher safe.
Sangiacomo Wines is a brand I’ve gotten very familiar over the past two years after learning about them and having them at my Inaugural Pinots & Plaid 2019 Luxury Wine Tasting. These wines are made by adored winemaker James MacPhail, learn more about James in my Interview with James MacPhail here and they’re produced with the beautiful grapes farmed by the Sangiacomo Family. Their holiday set includes 3 wines any Burgundy lover will enjoy including a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Rose of Pinot Noir. Purchase online at Sangiacomo Wines here.
Sutro Wine Co.
Speaking of family-owned wineries, Sutro Wine Co. is a Healdsburg-based Winery that I’ve been enjoying for a few years as well. It’s made by Winemaker Alice Sutro. Read more about Winemaker Alice Sutro in my interview here.
One of the great gift options available is this Sutro Wine Co bottle in a pine box. Purchase online here.