Special Gifts For Special People

Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in Newsletters, Wine Blog | 0 comments

Do you have to buy a present and not have any idea what to get? Have we got ideas for you!

First as an adjunct to our popular “wine” shirt business, we have brought in a line of aprons, napkins and refrigerators magnets. They make the perfect stocking stuffers for your favorite wine drinkers. Stop in and see what we have.

And, by the way, I don’t think that wine makes the perfect gift I think “Red wine” makes the perfect gift. Whether it is a hostess gift that means to be drunk right away or one to be treasured and consumed at a later date, red wines are the perfect choice. While I love white wines and champagnes, gifting reds avoids the dilemma of should it be brought chilled or not. This way the recipient of the gift can choose whether to open the bottle now or drink it later.

As most of you know, we have an extensive selection of gift packaging from the cloth bags that are hand stitched by a little old lady from Methuen (no, really), to our bags that are made from the bark of the mulberry tree. The bark regenerates and the tree remains healthy. A win all the way around. With 2, 3 and 6 bottle gift boxes, we can create the perfect gift for you, whether it is one gift for a special person or gifts for an entire department of employees. And let’s not forget if you need that wine shipped we are licensed to ship as well!

Below are just a few of our favorite red wines for gifting. Please feel free to ask us and we’ll be happy to help you with these specific recommendations or any other specific ones you’d like help with.

Great Gift Ideas

2007 Toscana
Villa Antinori
Tuscany, Italy

The 2007 Villa Antinori is an attractive, fleshy wine graced with expressive red fruit and an open, accessible personality, with no hard edges and plenty of vintage 2007 character. The round, generous finish is quite inviting. Villa Antinori is predominantly Sangiovese, with some Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.

2009 Malbec
Susanna Balbo
Mendoza, Argentina

Susana Balbo is reputed throughout Argentina and the world for her incredible winemaking skill, experience, and passion. Susana has been making wine since she earned her enology degree in 1981, and she has probably produced a wider variety of wines than any other winemaker in Argentina. She has made wine in Australia, California, Chile, France, Italy, South Africa, and Spain, and she spends a month each year in a different wine region of the world studying with local winemakers and growers.

Beautiful deep violet color with exploding aromas of blackberry, black cherry and violets framed by hints of oak and mint. The wonderful aromas are mirrored on the palate and they are joined by ripe plum fruit and a hint of toasty vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of mint on the finish. This is a very ripe and rich style of wine, but the Cabernet adds structure, reigning in the fruit and focusing it into a long finish. A wine that truly struggles between its fun and serious side.

2007 Triumvirat
Ester Nin
Priorat, Spain

While this wine is named Triumvirat, a blend of Carineña, Garnacha and Syrah, it is really all about the Carineña, which accounts for most of the blend. The old vine grapes give this wine tremendous intensity combined with a supple feel. Ester’s immeasurable talent is certainly on display here.

The 2007 Triumvirat is an organically farmed blend of 90% Carinena with the balance Garnacha and Syrah. Garnet-colored, it exhibits a straightforward perfume of slate, underbrush, and blueberry. Elegant on the palate with sweet fruit and a forward personality, it will provide much enjoyment from now though 2015 at least.

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, California

The fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon emphasizes three clones, grown on three separate blocks. From the river benchland they use a block of clone 337 for its fruit-forward black cherry flavors. On an adjacent block, planted over 20 years ago, a field selection from the Belle Terre Vineyard is grown, which produces grapes with tannic concentration and blue fruit notes. And lastly, clone 7 fruit is grown on a terraced hillside block, which adds floral layers and classic Cabernet cassis and cherry elements.

Vivid ruby. Musky redcurrant and cherry on the nose, with notes of tobacco and herbs giving an old-school Bordeaux impression. Firm, focused red fruit flavors gain flesh and sweetness with air and pick up suggestion of darker fruit. Dusty tannins add grip and focus to the long, chewy finish. I like this wine’s blend of depth and vivacity. ~International Wine Cellar 90 points

2004 Soluna
Oriel Wines
Napa, California

Soluna is a contraction of the sun and the moon, signifying the warm days and cools nights of the Napa Valley, which are the backbone of the quality of the region. The winemaker, Philippe Melka has been tasked with making the best possible wine from the best available grapes. The last vintage of this wine was Cabernet Sauvignon based; this one is based on Syrah. Why would they give a winemaker this much autonomy? Probably, because it’s Philippe Melka!

Philippe has learned his craft working alongside talented winemakers such as Jean Philippe Masclef and Jean Delmas at Haut Brion, Jean Claude Berrouet and Christian Moueix at Petrus and Dominus, Paul Draper at Ridge Vineyards and Roberto Stucchi Prinnetti and Maurizio Castelli at Badia o Coltibuono. Philippe consults for an elite band of wineries in Napa valley including Bryant Family Vineyard, Caldwell Vineyard, Hundred Acre, Lail Vineyards, Quintessa, Seavey Vineyard and Vineyard 29. In 2005, Philippe was named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by Food & Wine Magazine. In November 2008, Robert Parker selected Philippe as one of the ‘World’s Most Influential Wine Consultants’.

2004 Soluna is a big ripe Syrah with raspberries, coffee beans and chocolate in the bouquet. The nicely developed round flavors suggest pairing this wine with your holiday roast.

Vista Allegre 10 year old Tawny Port
Pinhao, Portugal

Vista Allegre 10 year old Tawny Port is the result of a careful and learned choice in the blending wines, from their best estates in the Douro. This wine is matured in oak casks, and has an average age of 10 years old. Traditionally ports are enjoyed as dessert wines particularly with chocolate, coffee and almonds. Excellent complement, for a cigar too.

Wine (or Beer) of the Month Club

Buy it for yourself or Give it as a Gift

The club’s bottom line objectives are to place truly terrific wine or beer into your hands. We are confident that we can pick out (from the dozens we taste each month) wines or beers that will please enthusiasts, from the novice to the seasoned lover. We’ll do all of the upfront “work,” of tasting and sifting through the list, to offer only the best of the best from boutique wineries and breweries throughout the world. We will include an array of wine from the US, France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, and Australia just to name a few – all with the same objective, deliver exceptional wines from small-family owned wineries. As for the beer, did you know that the US has over 1,600 craft breweries and beer pubs all making beer. It’s our goal to sift through and find the best ones! All you will have to do is be ready to drink these beers and wines the first week of every month!

Memberships are very flexible, so you can try them out for a few months or sign up for several. There is no “membership fee” and you can cancel anytime – bottom line: you have nothing to lose. The whole goal is to provide wine & beer lovers with great products from real working boutique vineyards and breweries at a great rate.





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