Holiday Gift Giving Guide
WINESKIPPING PRIVATE WINE CLASSES
All of my educational and fun wine tasting events are great for novices and wine professionals alike. Sessions are fun and interactive, I poll the audience, interject light quizzes and try to make the experience personal and interesting for everyone. I offer sessions both virtually and in person. Learn about wine 101, how to pair wine, bubbles, so much more! Private group sessions start at $300. Discounts for club members. Click for more information. For only $25 you can join me in December for my next class on all things bubbles - Bubbles & Brie!
WINESKIPPING CLUB MEMBERSHIP
Each quarterly shipment includes 3 wines from small producers with a focus on sustainable and low intervention production practices. I strive to find interesting varietals and wine making techniques to introduce you to. Club members get access to wine tech sheets, complimentary meet the maker and educational virtual events, in person events and special discounts. Each shipment only $119, click here, you can even gift a 1-month trial of the club!
ULLO WINE PURIFIER
The Ullo removes sulfites from wine and can help those with wine sensitivities of all sorts enjoy wine again. It leaves no unpleasant flavors, and even acts as an aerator! Not sure if it will work for you? The company has a very liberal return policy - I'm even quoting the owner! See my review of this and other products for wine sensitivities in my blog. Ullo is available at UlloWine.com for $80.
CHARCUTERIE BOARD & CLASSES
ConVino Board is a small one-woman-run business that meets all your charcuterie needs! Nicolle offers classes on how to make your own amazing spread, will provide the ingredients for your team event, and even sells the high-quality and engraved boards needed to make the most beautiful spread! This is the best experience to pair with your favorite wine! Starting at $25.
SUGAR CINNS HOME SPUNS
Another one-woman-show this Bay Area based business makes the most delicious and unique sweets I've ever eaten. Are they a cinnamon bun? Breakfast? Dessert? You'll have to try for yourself! They are scary good! One dozen for $40 and worth every dollar! Click for shop. Or say "hi" to Teresa and buy an individual HomeSpun at Devils Canyon Holiday Fair Dec 2.
CHAMPAGNE & OTHER BUBBLES!
If you know me, then you know I love my bubbles! While Champagne is of course the grande dame, there are wonderful alternatives at easier prices points. Shop my amazing bubbles collection and enjoy a 20% savings off selected bubbles with WINE20. To save some money this season, consider a PetNat - the OG Sparkling Wine or some California Sparkling from small producer Carboniste. Also join me in December for a class on all things bubbles!
More gifts! Here are some great gadgets for under $20
Ah-so wine cork extractor (on Amazon) to help open older bottles of wine without breaking the cork. Have you ever had a cork break when you were trying to open it with a cork screw? As wine ages, the natural cork also begins to dry, making it brittle and more susceptible to breakage. To add insult to injury, this tends to afflict expensive and aged special wines, that you'd prefer not to litter with little bits of cork. Ah-So is a cork puller with two very thin prongs of different lengths that is intended to pull the cork from a bottle without piercing it or causing any sort of cork breakage. It's super easy to use, see my instagram post with the details.
Waiters corkscrew (on Amazon) to get the best leverage on that cork. The waiters corkscrew goes by a few names: the pull tab corkscrew, the wine key corkscrew, and the double sided corkscrew. What's handy about this guy is the 2-step hinge which allows you to pull a cork our more evenly and straight, with less chance for breakage. See my instagram post for how to use it.
The best champagne stopper (on WineFolly). I've tested this stopper against several others and it can preserve your bubbles up to 5 days!
TenTen Labs Wine Aerator (on Amazon) for the best wine aeration for the money.