Gift Guide For Wine Connoisseurs Offers Good Words, Good Cheer

November 21, 2012

Iconic Spirits

Some recently published books that would be perfect gifts for the wine-lovers on your list.

A veritable feast of new publications are this year’s recommendations for holiday gifts for wine lovers, beginning with “Iconic Spirits — An Intoxicating History,” by Mark Spivak, the former host of NPR’s “Uncorked” and a prolific writer on food, wine and spirits.

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Spirits Can Raise The Spirits Of The Holiday Season

December 1, 2010

Glenrothes

Holiday gift ideas including some special Scotch, Gin and Vodka as well as two book suggestions

Options abound for the wine-lovers on your holiday gift list, many of whom also enjoy other spirits. For those who like Scotch, a special whisky is a great present. From the noted Japanese distillery Suntory is Hibiki 12 Year Old ($55). Its name is a word that can be translated into a number of positive expressions including “harmony.” This version is offered in a lovely 24-sided bottle that represents the ancient Japanese calendar. It has vanilla and fruit aromas along with a clean, slightly sweet, soft caramel, clove and tropical fruit notes with a pleasant smooth finish lacking the burn of lesser made spirits.

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No Whining Here: Gift Ideas To Please Wine-Lovers

December 2, 2009

Tesseron Cognac

Some holiday gift ideas for the wine-lovers on your list.

Holiday gift suggestions for wine-lovers can range from the functional to the extravagant. Glassware is always appreciated and the lightest stemware I have ever used is from the Ravenscroft Crystal “Invisibles Collection.” Nearly weightless, these hand-blown lead-free crystal glasses come in a variety of shapes to enhance the flavors found in specific varietals. The web site (www.ravenscroftcrystal.com) also contains other gift ideas such as wine accessories, decanters and glassware specific for spirits.

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Wine Lovers May Appreciate More Thoughtful Holiday Gifts

December 17, 2008

George Roullet Cognac

Some wine-related gift suggestions for this holiday season.

A grape-bunch patterned tie or a Santa shaped bottle stopper may not be the best choice for the wine lovers on this year’s gift list. Here are some alternatives.

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Wine-Related Gifts For Your Host

June 15, 2006

Ralph Steadman Untrodden Grapes

Gift suggestions for your wine-loving friends.

If you are going to a special dinner party and want to bring your host something a little out of the ordinary, here’s a suggestion. Everyone who loves wine will also enjoy receiving a wine-related gift. A carefully selected present will usually adorn their home a lot longer than a bottle of wine and you will be remembered fondly every time it is utilized. Just stay away from the more useless items like the figurine decorated wine-stoppers and the gigantic wine glasses that double as cooling buckets.

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A Modest Proposal For Reaping Greater Rewards

January 18, 2006

Riedel

Some wine related New Year’s resolutions.

Nowhere does it say that New Year’s resolutions have to be limited to diet and exercise. For those who wish to enhance their wine experience and knowledge, here are some wine-related ones.

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Diary Of a Second-Tier Wine Writer

August 1, 2005

Second Tier

Sure, life at the top has its perks, but life near the top isn’t so bad either.

Not being Robert Parker has its benefits. That’s pretty rarified air, up there on the first-tier of wine writing. People like Oz Clarke, Karen MacNeil and Jancis Robinson must thrive under stress. There’s a lot of pressure when your comments can make the next cult wine or destroy an entire region’s economy. Everything the first-tier folks write is widely scrutinized, and some of their readers invariably get upset, either because their wines weren’t mentioned, or perhaps because they were. And can a first-tier writer just once go to a dinner without having some lout try to stump them in a spontaneous blind tasting?

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Tracing America’s Wine History from Shaky Native Grape to the Big Time

December 31, 2000

AMERICAN VINTAGE: THE RISE OF AMERICAN WINE

    Review of AMERICAN VINTAGE: THE RISE OF AMERICAN WINE By Paul Lukacs   By Louis Marmon   The Washington Times  December 31, 2000   Wine appeals to all of the senses. It is described in terms of appearance, smell, taste and texture, which, when combined correctly, change a mere beverage into something more […]

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