Santa’s Helper: Nino’s 2013 Wine Gift Guide

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The perfect gift is not hard to find when you have Nino’s on your side!

Villa Jolanda Mini Flavored Moscato Bottles 2 for $10

Villa Jolanda Moscato

Just too cute to pass up, the Villa Jolanda flavored moscatos are a perfect stocking stuffer! The flavors are pineapple, strawberry, coconut, and peach. They are incredibly delicious and perfect with dessert! Buy all four to pick your favorite and save 10% off!

Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $29.99

Emblem

Buying a bottle of wine for a wine enthusiast can be a difficult task. Does he or she like red or white? Sweet or dry? Old world or new? A true wine aficionado will love anything that is good quality with great pedigree. That’s why you can’t go wrong with Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon. Emblem is produced by The Michael Mondavi Family and is a tribute to the legend of patriarch Robert Mondavi. As layered and rich as the family history, Emblem is a showstopper. The nose expresses forest berry jam, black violets, and black licorice while on the palate there is an abundance of ripe blue and black fruits, baking spice, and a long woodsy finish. A silky mouth feel and elegant tannins make this wine a treasure for any wine lover.

Sandhill Crane Vineyards Chocolate-Covered Raspberry Dessert Wine $28.99

Sandhill Crane Vineyards Chocolate-Covered Raspberry Dessert Wine

This gift is great for multiple reasons. First, you can pat yourself on the back for buying a Michigan-made product. Next, it’s a well-balanced raspberry dessert wine, with all the sweetness and mouth-watering tartness of a fresh-picked berry. Last? The bottle is shrink-wrapped in cellophane and then COVERED IN CHOCOLATE! Delicious, Michigan-made Gilbert dark and white chocolate is drizzled over the bottle. And it is wrapped a second time in cellophane and tied with a pretty burgundy-colored bow. I mean, seriously, this is an awesome gift.

Lock, Stock, and Barrel Rye Whiskey $119.96

Lock Stock & Barrel Rye Whiskey

Extremely limited, the Lock, Stock, and Barrel Rye Whiskey is a one-time creation produced by Rob Cooper of St. Germain Elderflower Liquor fame. He was able to procure farm-sourced rye grain whiskey and aged it for 13 years in charred American oak barrels. What makes this whiskey so special is that it is 100% rye, unlike other whiskeys that contain a blend of corn and rye to smooth out the edges. This makes it more bracing and robust. Cooper leaves it to the 13 years in the barrel to smooth out the edges, creating a complex and flavorful spirit. Having tried the Lock, Stock and Barrel twice now, I can say this whiskey is worth every penny. Toffee, vanilla, roasted coffee, and salted caramel are all present on the nose and palate. Though the ABV is 101.3, the finish is long and spicy without much burn. Whether you are giving it away or gifting yourself, it is my recommendation to drink this with one large ice cube or a splash of water to help it bloom.

I hope my little list of Santa’s Helpers will make your holiday shopping less hectic.

Enjoy!

– Jennifer

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