More Shopping: With Photos!

In case you missed Friday’s article in the Beacon, or just want a visual, these are some of the wine-ish items that my wine contacts suggest for your gift-giving:

From Wine 661:

We’ve been flying through our wine totes.  They’re cute little purse look-alikes (in various styles and colors) that hold a bottle of vino and come with a corkscrew inside!  Perfect for the Hollywood Bowl or taking your own bottle to a restaurant (so you don’t have to carry your bottle in like some amateur).  $39.99
Another new fave around here are the ApresVin Grape Seed Oils.  They’re made from wine varietal grape seeds and come in exotic flavors like Chardonnay Provencal, Chipotle Merlot and Chardonnay Morocco.  They’re incredibly tasty, full of antioxidants and have a higher “flash-point” than olive oil so they don’t burn.  If olive oil gets too hot, it burns and turns toxic.  No bueno!  ApresVin oils come in two sizes: 5oz for $14.99 or 12.7oz for $29.99.
I also have some new, hand-painted wine signs made out of barrel staves.  They’re stained with the red wine that they once held and each has a cool wine saying i.e. “In Vino Veritas. In Wine Is Truth.” $79.99
One-of-a-kind wine stoppers made of hand-blown glass by a local artist.

And of course, I have great gift bottles for the holidays: Caymus, Silver Oak, Joseph Phelps, Cain Five, Justin etc.

From my favorite wine bar in Paris, Willi’s Wine Bar, an “Anniversary Offer” on their posters.  (I have four!)

The Willi’s Bottle Art Collection now spans threedecades during which time Willi’s has commissioned many contemporary artists tocreate a new image for our ongoing series – a visual emotion of what we striveto put in your wine glass. An individual artist’s expression of the pleasuresof wine. Our “Bottle Art” posters have found their way into wine loreacross the Globe as souvenirs of a moment sipping wine in a bar in Paris – forthe people who managed to find us – to corporate offices where people recalllife beyond the desk, to the cellars of the passionate wine lover, as well asthose of many talented, dedicated wine producers, not forgetting the ultimateuse of covering a crack in the paintwork.
Below find more great gift ideas from Bottlehood, Morello Wines, Valencia Wine Company and Vino 100 Valencia:

Bottlehoodre-purposes wine, beer and liquor bottles into beautiful glassware such astumblers, hurricanes, vases, candles and cheese boards. We sell to restaurants,wine bars, pubs, wineries, gift stores and retail to individual customers.These items make great holiday gifts for both wine and beer enthusiasts.Visit to order usingdiscount code: LA-XM. Resellers and wineries should contact Xochitl Maimandirect at 818/424-3734

From our very own Nick Morello and his Morello Wines we have a 2008 Chardonnay, Leona Valley-$36 and2008 Pinot Noir, Paso Robles-$36. Order online for 10% off 1-5 bottles, 20% off 6-11 bottles and 30% off12 or more bottles.  www.MorelloWines.comor call Nick Morello at 661-373-2622. Santa Barbara and Santa Clarita delivery available.
 All of the wine selections at Valencia Wine Company are 10 % off bottle one,  15% off 6 bottles or more and 20% of 12 ore more bottles.May also want to check out their wine club as a great gift.

New this year is Vino 100‘s Holiday Sampler, which is sure to complement everyone’s holiday table. Lil Lepore and Shari Frazier have personally selected six sampler wines with gift giving and holiday entertaining in mind: one sparkling Malvasia Rosé from Italy, two crisp whites (a California Pinot Grigio and Argentine Torrontes), two full-bodied reds (a Russian River Zinfandel and Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon), and one late harvest dessert wine.
Available for pick-up, shipping or delivery, the Holiday Sampler is ready-made and available to grab-and-go for those seeking speed and efficiency this time of year. Vino 100 also has other wine collections available, while supplies last. Vino 100 carries hand-crafted, artisan wines that are only available in very limited supply. Hurry in for the best selection and be sure to ask about their complimentary gift wrapping, available on every purchase.