A New Black Friday Dawns on Saturday: Eve’s Shopping Picks

Keeping in mind that this is my blog, no one pays me to write here, I do it for the love of the grape and the thrill of it all….this is hereby your personal Eve-Proofed Gift Guide. Most of the items here have been featured on my blog already so if you want to learn more about a particular gift you need only use the search button on the top left.

Also, keeping (more) in mind that I’m writing this at 4am (another story), it’s in no particular order…it’s just what my sleep-deprived mind wants to put them in:

Support local charity and buy wine where 50% of the cost goes to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer :http://www.charityvintner.org/mhf

Buy wine that our writer from Napa Valley College, Anthony Blackburn, has a hand in making:

Gina Venturini designs hand made beaded and Swarovski Crystal jewelry. Nothing wine-ish and it doesn’t always have to be wine-ish does it? http://www.ginaventurinidesigns.com/

Sue Tatosian makes custom cloth wine glass holders: oldchevy4@charter.net

Susie Q does holiday decorations on wine bottles: at 661-252-3669 or e-mail at SusieQ@aol.com

Shelly Maddocks is a local chef with a new gift line that makes Hurricane Lamps from magnum sized wine bottles: http://savoringthymegifts.com

Chef Dawn Walker can make dinner for you, or a friend, and has gift certificates as well: http://www.chefdawn.com

Valencia Wine Company: Tell them I sent you, tell them what you like, you can’t got wrong. My wine guru Guy Lelarge owns the place but all of the employees know what they’re doing: http://www.valenciawine.com/

All Corked Up is huge. Get a private locker with your name on a gold plate, or go for the temp controlled storage, wine store, gifts, dinner…the largest facility in town has much to offer: http://www.allcorkedup.com

Wine 661: is our newest boutique wine tasting bar with eclectic ambiance, tapas and interesting events: http://www.wine661.com/

Vino 100: Home of the popular Women on Wine monthly event, Vino 100 is the only wine bar serving North Valencia. I like to buy little gifties from them: http://www.vino100valencia.com/

Vintner’s Cellar: Gift certificates to make your own wine, or buy a gift: http:///www.vcwinerysocal.com

Lee’s Wine Bistro: Hold court under the twinkle lit garland or have a cigar next door, Lee will be on hand to guide you.

Denise Lowe is one of the very-educated wine-savvy people from Learnaboutwine.com. But did you also know that she can come to your home, educate your wine 101 (or more) guests, sell some wine and you get to keep a little? Contact my friend at: http://www.wineshopathome.com/deniselowe

Eric Orange, via his localwineevents.com site, has classes all over the US. Pick one. Take me. Send a ticket.

Woodland Hills Wine Company is for you Dear Wine Friends in San Fernando Valley and the Winehouse in West Los Angeles is for those of you a wee further out. I like them both for their huge selection of Domestic and Imports, including Spirits. http://www.whwc.com/ and http://www.wineaccess.com/store/winehouse/

You have some personal recommendations? Leave a comment as to what you suggest and why! I’ll post it!

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