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

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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Must-Have Wine Accessories

When the weather is nice, it provides a great opportunity for outdoor entertaining. For me, there is nothing more relaxing than sitting on my patio, enjoying a delicious glass of wine.

But before we do that, we need to get the wine out of the bottle. Unfortunately, not all wine bottles come with easy twist-off tops. Some do come with screw caps, and the reason for that is a subject for another blog.

Obviously, most wine bottles have corks. For many years, the choice of corkscrews was limited. Today, we are quite lucky to have many, many choices.

Must-Have Wine Accessories

One of my personal favorites is the Waiter’s Corkscrew, which almost looks like a Swiss Army Knife. The Waiter’s Corkscrew has a device for leverage and a knife for cutting the foil. It takes a little skill to use it, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll appreciate its simple, traditional appeal. You just screw in the cork and then place the lever arm on the edge of the bottle, using the base of the corkscrew as a lever to pull the cork.

Must-Have Wine Accessories

The Twin- lever corkscrew is somewhat clumsy in size but very simple to use. You just place the corkscew over the wine bottle and turn the handle attached to the screw to get the worm into the cork. Then, you turn the second handle attached to the cylinder. If you are lucky, the cork should glide right out of the bottle. This device can be either excellent or awful, depending on the manufacturer. It comes in either wood or metal.

The Vinturi Aerator is a great invention. I tested this out one night with a couple of friends and a bottle of red. We compared the wine before and after, and everyone noticed a difference.

Must-Have Wine Accessories

I personally think it’s a great way to speed up the aeration process (if you are in a hurry).

Using this device really makes a contrast in the taste because the wine is allowed to breathe and release aromas, which gives it an enhanced flavor and a smoother finish. It is very simple to use and does not take up much time. The easiest way to use it involves holding the Vinturi over the glass and pouring the wine through, allowing your wine to breathe instantly. Be sure not to block the air holes.

Vinturi makes plenty of different aerators for use on red or white wine, or your favorite spirit.

I love my Vacu Vin set. It slows down the oxidation process, and it is great if you don’t feel like finishing the whole bottle, which does not happen too often at my house.

Must-Have Wine Accessories

It extracts the air from the opened bottle and re-seals it with a reusable stopper. Simply place the reusable stopper in the bottle and extract the air with the pump. Don’t forget to put it in the wine fridge to preserve the wine even longer.

There are lots of great wine accessories available to make your wine experience more enjoyable. You can find everything from openers, stoppers and foil cutters to spouts and drip rings.

Enjoy!

Simone

 

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