Once again we present (get it?), the first in our annual lists of recommended gift items for those who appreciate the good life. For Black Friday, we are featuring wines, food & cocktail books, alcoholic calendars for the 12 days of Xmas, unique barware, a trivia game, fashion accessories and boozy candies. So, without further ado, here is part one of Santa’s list for those who’ve been good this year.
We all know things are looking a little different right now, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a great (and safe) time with our friends and loved ones! The PortoVino Wine Purse, who happens to be the master of “Fashion meets Function,” has come out with an amazing collection of scarf masks that will add extra pizzazz to your purse and make a great stylish and safe mask option. The PortoVino Scarf Mask will make you feel stylish as you navigate our current COVID world. Simply insert the removable carbon filters into the pouch in the backside of the Scarf Mask to ensure you are safe. When not in use, tie it around your PortoVino for a great accessory that’s within easy reach.
From the D&D experts behind Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana comes a cookbook that invites fantasy lovers to celebrate the unique culinary creations and traditions of their favorite fictional cultures. With Heroes’ Feast (Dungeons & Dragons) THE OFFICIAL D&D COOKBOOK, you can prepare dishes delicate enough to dine like elves and their drow cousins or hearty enough to feast like a dwarven clan or an orcish horde. All eighty dishes—developed by a professional chef—are delicious, easy to prepare, and composed of wholesome ingredients readily found in our world. Heroes’ Feast includes recipes for snacking, such as Elven Bread, Iron Rations, savory Hand Pies, and Orc Bacon, as well as hearty vegetarian, meaty, and fish mains, such as Amphail Braised Beef, Hommlet Golden Brown Roasted Turkey, Drow Mushroom Steaks, and Pan-Fried Knucklehead Trout—all which pair perfectly with a side of Otik’s famous fried spiced potatoes. There are also featured desserts and cocktails—such as Heartlands Rose Apple and Blackberry Pie, Trolltide Candied Apples, Evermead, Potion of Restoration, and Goodberry Blend—and everything in between, to satisfy a craving for any adventure.
Bahlsen, one of the largest family-run European cookie makers, announced it has partnered with Baileys to bring the taste of The Original Irish Cream Liqueur to two new indulgent cookie offerings. The limited-edition cookies, available in Choco Leibniz Baileys and First Class Baileys, are now on shelves at grocers nationwide. For decades connoisseurs have served Bahlsen cookies with Baileys for a delicious dessert, but now the best of both can be experienced in one bite. The melt-in-your-mouth traditional Bahlsen cookies pair with Baileys’ creamy blend of flavors for a truly irresistible treat. Imported from Germany, Bahlsen cookies are made with the highest-quality ingredients and crafted by expert bakers. All of Bahlsen’s beautifully shaped cookie varieties are carefully nestled in trays, making them as delectable to look at as it is to eat them. Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Baileys and First Class Baileys are available at Jewel-Osco, Kroger (Houston), Raley’s, Club Foods and other fine retailers.
If you need a gift that’s equally boozy and brilliant, you know you can always count on Drinks By the Dram. This year they’re delighted to present the Drinks By the Dram Collection Series, a specially curated range of gift sets perfect for indulging in the spirit you love and even better for sharing the experience with family and friends. You can choose from Whisky, Irish Whiskey, Premium Rum, Premium Gin or Tequila & Mezcal collections, each one jam-packed with twelve 30ml wax-sealed drams of your delicious desire, all packaged in a handsome box that couldn’t be easier to wrap (we love to make things as easy as possible for you). They’re the perfect present for any spirit lover at any time of the year. And be warned, if you turn up to a party (socially distanced) with this (instead of that same old bottle of wine) you’re sure to be VERY popular. And don’t forget, a tasting set is for all year round, think birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas… …Speaking of which, you can pre-order our dram-filled Advent calendars now so you can spoil yourself and count down to the big day in style.
No matter what your plans are this holiday season, San Simeon and Maddalena wines are the perfect addition to any table. These Riboli Family wine collections boast a variety of thoughtfully crafted wines that pair tremendously with all the holiday classics. For dinner tables that typically feature a variety of side dishes, look no further than the Maddalena 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine shows ripe red fruit, including raspberry, plum, and spicy black cherry. Barrel aging contributes notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak spice. The mouth is round with a rich, silky texture that is framed by soft tannins, making it pair beautifully with green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. San Simeon 2017 Chardonnay is a rich, mouth-filled wine with ripe tropical fruit flavors and complements of citrus and pear. This structured and well-balanced wine shows a lengthy finish that works subtly alongside freshly sliced turkey breast or seafood, and it will easily complement all other side dishes on the table. Lastly, embody the confidence that comes with Stella Rosa Gold. Others will say it is too “extra” but really, those others are “not enough.” Shine bright, baby! Apricot, honeydew melon, and peach in a semi-sweet 5% ABV wine.
Just in time for holiday gift-giving, Legends Drinkware, a collection of artisanal, hand-blown glassware for true die-hard sports fans is available for the holidays. Legends glasses are licensed sports memorabilia that anyone would be proud to give, and proud to show off. “As lifetime sports fans ourselves, we noticed that a lot of the gear you wear to support your team on game day was either for other people to see, like a t-shirt or hat, or wasn’t something functional, high-quality, and good-looking ,” says co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Stephan Pantinakis. “So we set out to make something that’s for the fan, and looks good on your home bar.” Currently available with logos from the University of Oregon, University of Alabama, University of Miami, and Florida State University blown into the bottom of the glass. Glassware celebrating the University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Washington will be available soon. “The logo is in the bottom of the glass, so it’s enjoyed by the person drinking the beverage, the actual fan,” says Pantinakis. “With Legends, you can give a gift that is made to last and makes it fun and easy to celebrate game day, every day.” Legends 16 ounce pint and 10 ounce tumbler glasses are available now for $42, on sale from $60 for a limited time.
North Drinkware is best known for their premium hand-blown beer and whisky glasses (SRP: $48) which feature popular mountains in the base of each one, all made in Portland, Oregon. Their deep love for the mountains, craft beer, and good drinks inspired the start of the brand and allows everyone to bring the mountains home. Their premium glassware is sure to stand out in any home or on any bar and are made for those who appreciate premium handcrafted goods. Whether it’s one of their pints or tumblers, find the perfect gift for the beer lover or cocktail connoisseur in your life. In addition to the glasses they’ve partnered with Pendleton Woolen Mills to create a series of custom woven blankets featuring: Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Lake Tahoe (SRP: $325).This holiday they are also adding to their line and celebrating Mt. Washington, NH and Mt. Fuji in Japan.
There is no better way to enjoy the Fall season than treating yourself to the delicious chocolates from Maribel Lieberman of MarieBelle New York. From the New York City themed ganache, to their famous Aztec Hot Chocolate and signature brownies, MarieBelle New York has all your favorite chocolate delicacies for Autumn 2020. Woman-owned MarieBelle New York is a world-renowned luxurious global chocolate company. Their fine art edibles are produced in their Brooklyn factory with retail locations throughout New York City and Japan. MarieBelle’s flagship store in New York’s famous Soho District offers chocolate lovers a sumptuous shopping experience. MarieBelle’s newest New York retail shop is located in Midtown Manhattan’s stunning Japanese-owned Kitano Hotel. Each location pairs perfectly with our lavish and decadent chocolate designs. Customers can purchase MarieBelle’s tasty products on their website and are available for store pick up or walk in at the Kitano Hotel.
Another Round: 200 Trivia Questions For Cocktail Nerds by the Editors of Punch Magazine Shake up your next cocktail hour with these 200 multiple-choice trivia cards that cover drink-making pop culture, history and lore, recipes and techniques, and travel. What’s the one drink mentioned by name in The Great Gatsby? Which faux pas do bartenders consider bad luck when garnishing a drink with olives? Prove your cocktail expertise with this trivia game written by the editors of PUNCH, an award-winning online magazine covering wine, beer, spirits, and cocktails. An enclosed booklet offers instructions, tips for bartending, and 10 unique cocktail recipes. Whether you’re hosting a proper trivia night and playing competitively or setting the cards out as conversation starters, Another Round is the ultimate ice-breaker.
Grand Reserve is a unique rewards program that is designed specifically for wine enthusiasts. As consumers, we are used to seeing loyalty and rewards programs for banks, airlines, hotels, supermarkets, and even discount retailers. We signed up for credit card and rewards programs, earning a point here and a mile there. The miles are impossible to use: there is never a seat on the flight you want, nor did we ever have enough miles to bring the family along. It made us want to take a break, grab a nice bottle of wine, and just relax at home. That’s when it struck us: we needed to make a rewards program for people like us, people like you: wine enthusiasts. We know wine isn’t like other things you buy. The joy of wine is found in the variations from vintage to vintage, from vineyard to vineyard, from varietal to varietal. So, we set out to find a way to reward you when you buy wine, without forcing you to buy the same bottle from the same store, over and over. With Grand Reserve, you earn points at every winery, wine club, or wine shop. We don’t care which one. You can use these points for wine-related merchandise. From corkscrews and glasses, to books and experiences, we have hundreds of products from which you can choose. Each one will help you expand your love of wine.