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• Is this the geekiest or coolest – wine glass holder necklaces?!

Is this the geekiest or coolest – wine glass holder necklaces?!

Whaddya think? Want one? Yeah? Buy here.

• Which wine aerator provides the best bang for your buck?

Which wine aerator provides the best bang for your buck?

THE QUESTION: Which wine aerator provides the best bang for your buck? They all seem to do the same thing and even the Vinturi has a specific white-wine and red-wine aerator. What’s the difference? THE ANSWER: Aerators are all the rage in the wine-accessories world. I’ve tried out countless versions. Aerators are designed to improve […]

• Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Oregon, Washington & British Columbia

Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Oregon, Washington & British Columbia

Traveling to the NW? Don’t forget your guide! Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest is a suds-soaked adventure through the 115 key breweries and brew pubs in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Lisa Morrison, a.k.a. The Beer Goddess, has included every brewery worth visiting, from pioneers like McMenamins, whose Hillsdale Brewery and Public House in […]

• Wine & War: The French, The Nazis & The Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure

Wine & War: The French, The Nazis & The Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure

Wine & War: “It’s a hell of a story” The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.”To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine.” –Claude Terrail, owner, Restaurant La Tour d’ArgentIn 1940, France […]

• Vertical, the sequel to Sideways

Vertical, the sequel to Sideways

Miles and Jack are back. It’s seven years later. Miles has written a novel that has been made into a wildly successful movie, and the movie has changed his life. jack, contrarily, is divorced, has a kid, and is on the skids. Phyllis, Miles’s mom, has suffered a stroke that’s left her wheel-chair bound and […]

• History in a Glass: Sixty Years of Wine Writing from Gourmet

History in a Glass: Sixty Years of Wine Writing from Gourmet

When Gourmet magazine debuted in the 1940s, America’s wineries were still reeling from the lingering effects of Prohibition and the loss of wines from war-torn Europe. But for every closed door, there was an open bottle: The bleak postwar years were actually a prelude to today’s unprecedented and widespread appreciation for the grape. Gourmet editor […]

• The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

For anyone interested in wine, this book is simply a must. First of all, it takes you into a rarefied world few us will ever have the chance to partake. There is that tiny upper echelon, in terms of income, who have the pocket change to buy bottles and bottles of rare wines and stoke […]

• 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.

• 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!

• 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)

• A New Classic: "Reading between the Wines"

A New Classic: "Reading between the Wines"

This book about why wine is important is going to end up taking its place among the most important wine books ever written. Beauty, according to the brilliant importer and writer Terry Theise, is what we’re ultimately seeking in life. Start there. Everything else is exposition. And the beauty in Theise’s prose is his refusal […]