The time is here once again for the WINEormous Holiday Gift Guide. The 2018 edition is here with lots of wonderful ideas to please the pickiest food and wine lover on your list.
Who doesn’t love bubbles at the holidays? We have plenty of recommendations! Martini & Rossi‘s Collezione Speciale Prosecco and Speciale Asti are lovely gifts, packaged in an elegant box in glittering cut glass bottles. They have been producing sparkling wines for decades and both retail for about $25. How about gifting a bottle of Martini & Rossi Prosecco and Asti with a pair of Riedel Veritas Champagne glasses. The glasses retail for about $35 each and the bubbles sell for around $10.
Riedel Varietal Specific wine glasses make wonderful gifts. If you ever get the chance to attend a Riedel demonstration, I urge you to do so. You’ll taste wine in a regular wine glass, called the joker, and then in a Riedel glass designed specifically for the grape variety you’re drinking. I’ve seen many a skeptic get their minds blown. The difference is remarkable. The Riedel Performance Riesling glasses retail for $59 a pair.
If you want yet more bubbly options, there’s Mionetto, established in 1887 by Francesco Mionetto. I have two offerings for you: the Luxury Cartizze DOCG and the Prosecco DOC. The Luxury Cartizze comes in a beautiful, etched bottle and is a golden color with apples and pear on the nose and is soft and creamy on the palate. The Prosecco is made with certified organic Ghlera grapes. It offers green apple on the nose and is crisp and refreshing on the palate. The Luxury Cartizze sells for about $16 and the Prosecco DOC goes for about $10.
Look for part two of the 2018 holiday gift guide in the next day or so. Cheers!
Tom Plant launched WINEormous in 2009 and is a member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. Based in Temecula, California, he offers intimate winery tours for no more than seven people. Tour details and pricing are available at www.temecula-tours.com. WINEormous is the recipient of the Luxury Travel Guide’s Wine Tour Operator of the Year award for Temecula 2015, 2016 and 2017 and the Lux Life Mag Best Customised Wine Tour Operator Temecula for 2019. Call now to book your Temecula Winery Tour at (951) 907-9701. Ask about special discounts.