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• New Book Shows Off Merits of Shrubs in Cocktails

New Book Shows Off Merits of Shrubs in Cocktails

You might not enjoy slurping down a glass of straight vinegar, but throw some fruit and sugar in with the vinegar and the resulting shrub, as it’s called, makes any drink — alcoholic or not — a refreshing thirst-quencher. Although vinegar-based syrups haven’t been common in the days since canning and refrigeration were invented, they’ve […]

Last Minute Gift Guide! It’s Not Too Late!

Last Minute Gift Guide! It’s Not Too Late!

            SUNGLASSES MADE FROM WINE BARRELS Woodzee makes sunglasses out of wood. In November, they’re teaming with Northern California’s Robert Mondavi Private Selection to offer glasses made of repurposed barrels, wine stains included. The wood is smooth and the aroma heavenly. They come in four different lenses but the same […]

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Wine Lovers Must Have: Eyeglasses Made From Wine Barrels

Wine Lovers Must Have: Eyeglasses Made From Wine Barrels

Robert Mondavi Winery has collaborated with California-based sunglasses maker Woodzee on a pair of shades crafted from old wine barrels. The frames of the Wayfarer-shaped specs are made from wood used to age Central Coast red blend, Robert Mondavi Private Selection Coastal Crush Red. Priced at an eye-popping US$120 a pair, the limited edition sunnies, […]

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• De-stress, De-tox, De-light with a gift of massage &/or private yoga sessions

De-stress, De-tox, De-light with a gift of massage &/or private yoga sessions

Holidays stress out the most serene among us. Indulgence and overindulgence are partying stalking horses reminding us that we are mere mortals. One more cocktail, pig in a blanket, eggnog with extra whipped cream…& on & on. Forget the gym…we’re on HOLIDAY! Aaaargh. That beer gut is about to pop. And we still have gifts […]

• Gift a Breathalyzer. Could be a livesaver.

Gift a Breathalyzer. Could be a livesaver.

Breathalyzers…hey, you should totally have one on hand to check your party guests before they jump into their potential death mobiles. Oh sorry, didn’t mean to be such an alarmist. But, really, it’s a nice gesture to have on hand to make sure everyone stays safe. And, you can keep one in your car for […]

• Gifts for the Arrogant Bastard fan who loves everything Stone

Gifts for the Arrogant Bastard fan who loves everything Stone

Given: Stone Brewery makes some awesome beer. Giver: Gifts for the Arrogant Bastard fan who loves everything Stone.

• Serve Your Vodka With Panache

Serve Your Vodka With Panache

Product Features 8-Piece vodka serving set by Oggi Set includes bucket with shot glass holder and 6 shot glasses Double wall; prevents condensation from forming on the outside Use for holidays, parties and every day Measures 7-1/2 by 7-1/2 by 9-inch Unfortunately this item does not come with the bottle of Grey Goose!

• Mailing something fragile? Here's a helpful tip

Mailing something fragile? Here's a helpful tip

“This final note today: A helpful tip as you get those holiday packages ready to ship off to relatives. Whatever you do, don’t mark it “fragile.” The good people at Popular Mechanics did some actual science on this. They packaged up identical bunches of vibration sensors, sent them via FedEx, UPS and the US Postal […]

• Need Inspiration? How About An Amazon Gift Card?

Need Inspiration? How About An Amazon Gift Card?

An Amazon gift card seems like the answer when you’re racking your brain for gift inspiration. The world is your gift-giving oyster! Buy here…oh, and one for yourself!

• Best Wine Decanter & Aerator Helps Enjoy Your Wine Faster

Best Wine Decanter & Aerator Helps Enjoy Your Wine Faster

Here is a comparison of wine aerators and Soirée came out on top. Soirée fits securely into any wine bottle allowing you to pour, without dripping directly through the Soirée. By pouring wine with a Soirée, the Soirée creates an intermediary stage where the wine is infused with oxygen and then cascades into your glass. […]

• Joe Bastianich Knows Italian Wine Like Nobody's Business

Joe Bastianich Knows Italian Wine Like Nobody's Business

Joseph Bastianich is steeped in Italian wines like no one else. Not only is he the co-owner, with Mario Batali, of some of America’s premier Italian restaurants, but he also produces wine on four separate estates—three in Italy—and is responsible for bringing Eataly, the groundbreaking artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace, to New York. His […]

• Set of whisky stones. What's that?!

Set of whisky stones. What's that?!

Whisky stones keep your drink chilled without diluting it. Food grade soapstone, milled in Vemont. Oh yes. Finally. Who wouldn’t appreciate that?

• Hops and Dreams: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Hops and Dreams: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

“On November 15, thirty years ago, two friends mixed 300 pounds of pale malt and roasted barley, then added six pounds of hops. A week later they pried open their bottles of beer and poured it all down the drain—it had an unwelcome astringent taste. Ten batches later, after seeking advice internationally and experimenting, Ken […]

• Here's a triple whammy: Dark Chocolate Truffles Infused with Barolo Wine & Grappa

Here's a triple whammy: Dark Chocolate Truffles Infused with Barolo Wine & Grappa

From a favorite small Italian pasticceria, that of artisan Giovanni Cogno, tucked deep within Italian wine country. A sensual assortment of dark chocolate truffles infused with Barolo wine and grappa distilled from Barolo wine. For the true indulgents on your list (or in your household!)

• Be A Show-Off: A Gift of Riedel Wine Glasses Says You're A Connoisseur

Be A Show-Off: A Gift of Riedel Wine Glasses Says You're A Connoisseur

“The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.” (Source: Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate)