For those of you that are either hosts or are always attending events or parties you know how essential it is to have your go to’s of perfect gift giving options. My rule of thumb for gifting has always been to only gift something I would want to be gifted or buy myself so here is a list of a few of my favorite Wine & Food gifts. Let’s be honest, it feels great giving gifts to friends or family so take advantage of some of my favorites considering I try approximately 40-50 new wines a month I may know about a few goodies you have not had a chance to taste or discover. Happy gifting!
1. Cameron Hughes Wine
Cameron Hughes Wine is a California based brand offering curated wines from all over the country at a fraction of what you’d expect to pay. How do they do it? They source grapes from wineries throughout California and abroad and secure amazing prices in order to bring wine to their customers at a fraction of what you’d pay direct from the wineries. Read more about the brand and some of my favorite Cameron Hughes Wines here. Visit Cameron Hughes to shop. Lucky for you, they’re offering JetSetting Fashionista readers free shipping with the code, JSF.
2. Marin French Cheese Company
What better gift for a foodie than an assortment of delicious organic French Cheeses. I actually used this gift basket for a few parties I hosted, it was perfect to pair with some Charcuterie and wines as the assortment had something for everyone. I love that this gift basket includes jams, a cutting board and a cheese knife. You’re really all set! Visit Marin French Cheese to shop for the Marin Collection gift basket (shown) at $78 or other delicious cheese options.
3. Carta Coffee
Carta Coffee is an incredible brand I just discovered out of Hawaii. Founded in 2015 by a third generation winemaker and enologist from Sonoma wine country, Carta Coffee offers the very finest expressions of single origin, handcrafted, 100% Kona Coffee available. The perfect gift for coffee lovers is Carta Coffee’s SBS Tasting Sampler: a two-bag (6 oz. each) gift package highlighting a side-by-side offering of beans processed in two different ways. Latitude Traditional Process and Latitude Natural Process feature different drying techniques, Natural and Traditional, each impacting the coffee’s flavor and body. Visit Carta Coffee to purchase this set at $47. Enter code JSF to receive a 15% discount on the sampler, along with 2 signature Carta Coffee compass rose mugs to toast the morning! Valid through November 21, 2016.
4. Mauritson Wines
Mauritson Wines is one of the oldest family wineries in Dry Creek with delicious Wines. I first tasted Mauritson Wines Charlie Palmer’s Project Zin (read more here) event and then enjoyed this amazing Sauvignon Blanc at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and fell in love. On a hot summer day this is such a delicious Wine. It’s light and crisp with lush tropical and citrus fruits with slight nuances of minerality. On the palate there are notes of pink grapefruit with flavors of white nectarine, passion fruit and lime zest. This will for sure be a crowd pleaser and it’s only $21. Visit Mauritson Wines to purchase this yummy Sauvignon Blanc.
5. Aervana Electric Wine Aerator
The Aervana Electric Wine Aerator is the gift the true wine lovers will adore, especially those that drink full body Cabernets and like to decanter their wines. I experienced this tasting a Cabernet Sauvignon side by side, one with the aerator and one without and I was blown away by the difference in body and smoothness after using the aerator. Visit Aervana to purchase at $99.
6. Cambria Wines
Those of you Chardonnay lovers like me will adore this delicious Chardonnay with lively fruit and oak spice aromas and citrus, pineapple and white peach flavors. Cambria, is a family-owned estate winery located in the heart of the famed Santa Maria bench in Santa Barbara County. Cambria’s wines expresses the unique signature of the incredible cool climate in this region, part of why as a Chardonnay lover I adore the wines from Santa Maria Valley so much. Visit Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery to purchase at $22.
7. Stolen Fruit Cocktail Mixers
Mixing it Up Wine Country Style. Shaking up craft cocktails at home is all the rage and what’s better than hosting a cocktail party with some cool grape cocktail mixers. Created by a Sonoma Chef and grape growers, Stolen Fruit is a line of varietal wine grape-based mixers crafted to create food-friendly libations with ease. With five flavors – Lemongrass Ginger Sauvignon Blanc, Jasmine Juniper Viognier, Hibiscus Grenache, Blood Orange Muscat, and Fig Grains of Paradise Zin – there’s something for every palate and occasion. Pair with your have spirit – from vodka, gin and pisco, to tequila, rum, bourbon, or sparking wine for balanced, flavorful cocktails – or sparkling water for refreshing and complex non-alcoholic options. Order a three-bottle pack for entertaining at Stolen Fruit at $54 and receive free shipping! Enter JSFashion at checkout. Valid through November 15, 2016.
8. The Plant Cafe Juice Cleanse
For someone like me who dines out extensively, a cleanse is something I have started incorporating into my routine and I love them. The Plant Cleanse was the first cleanse I tried and I really liked it so much that I realized it’s the perfect gift for any food lover. Cleanses are designed to give the body a rest while nourishing the system with highly beneficial vitamins, minerals and nutrients. The Plant offers purely organic and local ingredients and have been available in the Bay Area since 2005. I tried the Refresh, Restore & Revive cleanses (each for a day) which are $55 – $59 per day and it made my body feel lighter and cleaner. Most people ask if I lost weight and yes, I did 4 lbs in 3 days, not bad! To be honest, the hardest part were the headaches I got since I gave up coffee for the three days. I recommend giving it a try and if you need to keep coffee in your diet (which I will do going forward as I cleanse to avoid the headaches) you still are giving your body a great rest and refresh and will see some amazing benefits. Visit The Plant to purchase, prices vary by cleanse.
9. Cuvaison Andy Warhol Gift Set
This may be one of the coolest gifts for both art lovers and wine lovers. Cuvaison is offering a three series set of Andy Warhol collector boxes. This is the first of three including two Napa Valley estate wines, a Chardonnay from Carneros and a red Bordeaux blend from Brandlin Vineyard on Mount Veeder. Both the beautifully-crafted wines and collector’s box feature original artwork created by Andy Warhol. Visit Cuvaison Estate Wines to purchase this limited set at $250.
10. Riedel Glasses & Decanter
Every wine lover needs some nice glasses which is why I recommended Riedel for serious wine drinks. The glasses are gorgeous and they have incredible decanters and such which are just as essential as wine glasses for those drinking heavier reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux blends. A few of my go to Riedel items are the below Cabernet decanter and glasses. Riedel XL Pinot Noir set, the Riedel extreme Chardonnay set (which look way cooler than the regular size). Click on link to purchase.
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