And other lessons I learned about the winter holidays. It’s so much better to be an adult. Wine gift giving made easy. Do you remember when you found out there isn’t a Santa Claus? It’s a light bulb memory for me. I was drinking ice tea with my father. He was barely 27 years old at the time. I was eight. The Beatles were playing in the background. I was on the heels of the worst Christmas ever. I opened my presents on the sly Christmas tree and knew everything I was going to open. It created the worst Christmas ever. Or so I thought.
Feeling very grown up sipping black iced tea (ewwww), I was confident enough to start discussing Christmas in the middle of summer with my father (I should’ve known that in itself was an omen). Waxing poetic on what I thought would be great gifts for me, I stood there dropping hints as subtly as a torpedo ready to detonate. Hand on my hip, all weight on my left leg I spoke with confidence. “And wouldn’t it be amazing if Santa got the message”. As I waited for my father’s response, my weight shifting from one foot to the next. My eyes wide open in hope and expectation, he sighed. “Kelly, you do know there is no Santa Claus don’t you?”. My eyes got bigger, maybe even watered a bit. I waited. The Beatles are singing “All You Need is Love” the music blaring. My Dad starts dancing in the kitchen. Shaking my head, I looked at him. Pleading silently, “Please let him take it back. Please make it not be true.” That was the day I got sick on basic black iced tea. Never able to drink it again. The memory and experience stayed with me. That hot summer day, listening to The Beatles was truly the worst Christmas memory ever.
It doesn’t matter what your memory of finding out there was no Santa. The reality is we are constantly playing him in so many aspects of our lives. The goal, to create that magical feeling of love within the element of surprise and fascination. I’m much older now, but I still get excited by great gifts and love to share them with people I care about.
I’ve carefully vetted these gifts and have truly gotten something out of each and every one of them. I hope you do the same. And hurry the hell up if you are still shopping! Time is short.
Decanting while you relax in a beautifully modern way. Perfect for a wine gifting, the Aura wine glasses. No more endless swirling! Pour a glass of your favorite red and use the spill-resistant glasses to aerate your wine in the glass. No messy pours to clean and single serve is the perfect way to decant for 1 or two people. Comes with a black holder for each glass. Available here: Aura Glass on Amazon Prime for speedy delivery.
Party Sips! The Coravin Wine Preserver is a premium wine gift. Being a video producer and wine writer, I find it difficult to always get the most out of a wine the first time I taste. I love the luxury of being able to return to a bottle without it being compromised. Coravin has provided me this joy. Easy to use (read the directions) and efficient for those who prefer to sip at their leisure. You can even bounce between a few bottles open at once. It’s a wine gift they won’t forget. Get it here.
Travel Wine Bags – Months ago I received a starter pack from Bee Smart Travel. Honestly, I wasn’t sure these travel wine bags would be worth it. It’s a pretty basic design. Plastic on the exterior, velcro on the bottle to seal it and protect if it leaks in your luggage with a double roll-up closure. So I tested it over the past six months. Two trips to France, one trip to Spain and another to Italy. Each and every time they performed well. No leaks. No compromised bottles and the price is right. At just $19.97 this wine gift is a traveler’s delight! Get it here or on Amazon.
The Ultimate Wine Lovers Wine Gift. Insights on Paso Robles.
How do you get to know a region well? Through the stories about winemakers and vintners. Learning why someone got into the business of wine is fascinating. A discovery of their winemaking process, what makes them tick, makes the wine taste even better! This coffee table sized book on Paso Robles is a stunning pictorial on the region. It provides insights on the tastemakers and makes the perfect wine gift for those who love the insights behind the label. Eloquently written by Paul Hodgins and photographed by Julia Pérez, it’s a visually compelling piece on this important wine region. Get it on Amazon.
Celebrating 40 years of amazing vintages, a Napa Valley favorite of mine is Raymond Vineyards. To mark this milestone they’ve created the best of the best. It celebrates five generations of winemakers since 1969. The elegant Cabernet Sauvignon exemplifies the hard work and tradition the Raymond family has embraced for decades. Aged in 100% new oak for 19-months this opulent red delivers on taste. Scintillating mouth feel, mocha, rich red fruit and a finish that leaves you wanting more. Ready for gift giving at $40.00. Find it here.
Because sipping wine should always be convenient. Govino wine glasses are reusable and holiday themed. We love to use these when playing bocce because you don’t have to worry about spills or breaks. It also fits your hand as good as a glove. They compliment picnics, evenings at friends or your holiday get together. Get them here.
Traveling to Sonoma & Napa Valley has never been so easy when you have the right guide. Fodor’s does it again with their Napa & Sonoma guide. Venture into the smaller towns in the area including St. Helena, Healdsburg and Yountville and find out why this region is one of the most magnificent wine regions in the world. From the path less traveled to insiders information on restaurants and wineries you need to visit Napa and Sonoma. Get it here.
Whether it’s hostess gifts, New Year’s gifts or holiday gifts, each of these has a unique place in the eyes of the gifted. Now be the Santa in your world!
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