November 25, 2008

Be a Good Guest... Don't Go Empty Handed

With the holiday season upon us, it is time to start thinking about gift giving... NO, I don't mean Christmas gifts--not quite yet, anyway-- I'm talking about the more personal variety that you need all year long... but with frightening frequency during the holiday shuffle: the hostess gift. Be the beacon of fine manners and proper etiquette that your mother taught you to be and show your appreciation with wine and accessories. We know times are tight so we're offering some great ideas for less than $20.

winelines.jpgWINELINES: The Wine Party Glass Tags$10
Can't find your chianti? Misplaced your merlot? Don't fret. Wine Lines are here to save the soiree! Wine Lines are soft, flexible, stretchable, washable synthetic rubber. Easy to slip onto a wineglass, and unobtrusive once in place. Twelve different color tags make for a perfect party pack. Each tag has a comment that is great fun to break the ice. Which one will you claim as your own? overpriced, complex, immature, rich, formidable, earthy, supple, opulent, ripe, volatile, sturdy and vintage. (via Amazon)

corkplaceholders.jpgWINE CORK PLACE CARD HOLDERS- SET OF 8 $12
Put a cork in seating arrangement chaos with these clever wine cork place card holders. Looking every bit like the real thing, the resin corks feature a discreet card slot and a flat base to stay put long after the last bottle of wine is finished. The set of eight pieces makes the perfect gift for wine enthusiasts and harried hostesses.(via Uncommon Goods)

16 Premium chocolate Truffles infused with wine grapes from Sonoma County's finest grape growing regions. Includes 4 of each: Russian River Pinot Noir Truffle, Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Truffle, Knights Valley Merlot Truffle and Chalk Hill Chardonnay Truffle. (available via the link above or at your local Cost Plus World Market)

tastingpartykit.jpgTHE WINE TASTING AND PARTY KIT: Everything You Need to Host a Fun & Easy Wine Tasting Party at Home $17
Whether it's a casual afternoon in the backyard or a more formal soiree, a wine tasting party is fun and educational for everyone from novices to sophisticated sippers. Within this all-inclusive kit are the elements to be a terrific host, including cloth wine bottle covers, tasting score pads, a cheat sheet, glass markers, and an entertaining book that introduces you to the ins and outs of tasting wine in a comfortable, festive, social setting your own home. (via Amazon)

wine_smarts.jpgWINE SMARTS $17
Do you know the difference between a Barbera and a Burgundy? Would you like to read wine lists with more confidence? Welcome to Wine Smarts - the thinking person's drink game. Designed as both a stand alone game and a stylish coffee table accessory, our Wine Smarts game comes complete with 100 Wine Smarts question and answer cards with interesting and useful wine facts to expand your wine knowlege, a 12-page wine tips guide (including wine tasting techniques, how to throw wine tasting parties, and more), and a score pad. Makes a great gift for a beginner or a wine connoisseur alike! (via Amazon)

mullingspice.jpgMULLING SPICES (set of 2) $18
Over the centuries wassail, a warm mulled drink consisting of ale, cider, wine or fruit juice flavored with citrus and spices, has been enjoyed at the onset of Winter. The word comes from an old Norwegian toast, "Ves heill!" meaning "Be in good health!" Simmer this beautifully balanced mixture of cinnamon, orange zest, clove and allspice with cider or red wine for an old-fashioned flavor and heady aroma that personifies the spirit of the holidays. 6 oz., packed in an airtight tin. (via Williams-Sonoma)

You'll be ready for any party with one of these great gifts... and a bottle of good (cheap) wine of course.

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Posted by Noël Wallace at November 25, 2008 7:25 AM
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