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Gift Guide by Personality

Finding the right wine for the right person is easy… if you just know what kind of wine “personality” they have!

The collector
For the person who loves good wines and loves to collect them, here’s what we have. These folks are the most easy to buy for since there are so many great bottles to give.  What do we like to give the collector? Champagne and big reds!
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Limited Edition Gift Box ($199.00)– It’s the Cris. Three 97 point scores. Gorgeous package. Incredible wine. Think that’s enough said…
Il Poggione 2003 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ($89.00)–For those who want to hold onto a wine for a while… this will prove to provide the most pleasue in about 10 or more years.
Jordan 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.99)– A classic in the world of California winemaking, this Cabernet delivers an elegance highly sought after in the region.

The adventurer
For those who love to travel, we have nothing better to offer than our Tasting Room Travels – these are gifts that not only give wines, but give experiences! These are truely incredible gifts – they provide three wines from some top-notch wineries, as well as tasting passes for each winery, for up to 4 guests, that expire in December 2013. Great way to give something unique for the adventurous traveler.

The do-gooder
We all love to give-back, but some people on our list are so much happier to give than to receive. For those we recommend the Penfolds RED Wine Trio or the Penfolds RED Gift Basket – both of these gifts contain wines from Penfolds, who donates 15% of profits from each bottle of Thomas Hyland or Koonunga Hill wines sold (both of which are in the gifts) to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS in Africa.

The chocolate lover….
We all know them – perhaps we are one of them – those who love chocolate and wine and the pairing of the two. We’ve got some hot gifts for those folks, like one of my favorites, the BRIX Chocolate and Wine parings – a box of BRIx chocolates (that’s 4 bricks of chocolate), two of which pair perfectly with Bordeaux and Pinot Noir, which is why the gift includes a bottle each. Great package, great wines, delicious chocolate. We also have the gift with Zinfandel and Port. Yum!

The traveler
Take them to France, Spain, Italy our Australia with our pretty fantastic Worldly Wine Gifts. We have trios and 6-packs, wine collections and wine with food. You’re sure to find something special for the worldly traveler. nominated for best Wine Gift Basket

GiftRocket Gift Cards Gift Basket Competition
GiftRocket, an online gift card service that helps people send gifts to any local business in the country, has been accepting nominations for great gift-baskets and has been nominated in the Best Wine Gift Basket category. The gift basket selection at ranges from wine trios to super grand gourmet collections and a little of everything in-between. We take care in selecting the perfect wines to match up with an array of gourmet foods. You won’t find private labels or cheap mass-produced wine here – these are the kinds of baskets you’ll want to give to the wine loving friends on your gift list.

So, if you love our gift baskets as much as we love putting them together, please vote for our baskets!

Discover the Gems of Small Production Pinot Noir

At we love working with wines like Schug 2008 Sonoma Cost Pinot Noir. While this wine has garnered great praise – 90 points from PinotReport – and can be seen on many top winelists around the country – the winery itself is a still family run operation focused on keeping production small and winemaking excellent. And, wow, at under $20 we consider this one of the wine steals of the year!

So what makes small production Pinot like Schug so great? Just like the great wines of Burgundy, the best small production Pinot Noir from around the world focuses on hand-crafting, small case quantities, and loving attention to detail. In general, Pinot Noir as a varietal does not lend itself to the large production winemaking techniques typically used in crafting other red wine varietals. And so, it has only the most committed of winemakers, like the Schug family, who have the patience and passion to produce great Pinot Noir. For the wine aficionado getting to know and love these small production wines is a lifelong affair. While small production creates a challenge to source and acquire the good stuff, the journey is filled with many tasty rewards. Get started now with this “hand-picked” selection of some of our favorite boutique small production Pinot Noirs from California, Oregon and beyond.

Valentine’s Day labels

Though you usually don’t want to pick a wine ONLY on its label, for certain holidays and festivities, it’s nice to have a label that matches the occasion. A good holiday for that practice? Valentine’s Day!

Here are a few romantic wines to get you in the mood.

ironhorseweddingIron Horse Wedding Cuvee: Ideal if you are married, but not necessary. This is a fantastic and delicious bubbly that is sure to put romance in the glass as well.

Hugel Cuvee Les Amours: Amours… love in French. This cuvee is a lovely, delicate wine. With aromas of fresh flowers and stone fruits, a round texture and a refreshing finish – a great way to start off your Valentine evening…

Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling: This wine is named after a Beethoven symphony, but some (including myself) see the label and think, erotica? what? And the wine itself is so seductive in taste and flavor, this is a perfect wine for love.

Terra Valentine Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon: You can’t beat actually having Valentine in the name, can you? This winery is perched high above Napa in the Spring Mountain district. This high elevation leads to wines with structure and finesse. Delicious with a hearty Valentine’s Day dinner.

halfdozenroseOne wine won’t to, you must check out our gift idea – a half dozen or dozen “rosés” – you get six or 12 rosé wines – now who would not want that over actual roses? Reminds me of the scene in “Stranger than Fiction,” when Will Ferrell’s character gives Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character “flours” instead of “flowers.” Our case and half-case of rosé wine include some delicious pink wine perfect for Valentine’s Day. Especially if that loved one loves rosé, like me!

What are your favorite labels that fit the Valentine’s Day theme?

Evolution of the Gift Basket

Baskets have been used to hold, carry and gift things for many centuries, from perfume to eggs to wine. And the idea of the gift basket as we know it, the kind Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute passed around to former clients on The Office, is still one of the most popular forms of gift-giving during the holidays and other major events. Something about the basket and its contents presents an attractive package to distribute as a gift.

I actually found a nice article on the history of gift baskets here, which, instead of repeating, I’ll let you read for yourself.

For us at, we’ve been part of the gifting business for a while, but we’ve also taken a different look at the basket. There are some who are perhaps tired of giving (or getting) wicker to hold a gift,  not to mention that baskets often have a lot of filling that gets thrown out.

If you are tired of wicker, here are some ideas for gift “basket” alternatives:

Tuscan Trattoria – Since you receive pasta with this gift, what better way to package it than in a colander! So really, you get to use all that you get here. Less waste, more use.

Executive Selection Cabernet Quartet – All business here, with four bottles of wine and some goodies and gadgets – we put it all in a leatherette magazine holder rather than a basket. Definitely something that can be used afterwards.

Spanish Paella Gift Set – Another foodie gift that gets packaged with a Paella pan rather than a wicker basket – use and re-use.

Do you buy gift baskets as gifts? What do you look for when you do?