Vintage Beacon 12/2010: Eve-Proof Wine Gifts for your Shopping Pleasure Today

My favorite wine bar in Paris, Willi’s Wine Bar, is having an “Anniversary Celebration Offer” on their posters – of which I now personally own four:

The Willi’s Bottle Art Collection now spans three decades during which time Willi’s has commissioned many contemporary artists to create a new image for our ongoing series – a visual emotion of what we strive to put in your wine glass. An individual artist’s expression of the pleasures of wine. Our “Bottle Art” posters have found their way into wine lore across the Globe as souvenirs of a moment sipping wine in a bar in Paris – for the people who managed to find us – to corporate offices where people recall life beyond the desk, to the cellars of the passionate wine lover, as well as those of many talented, dedicated wine producers, not forgetting the ultimate use of covering a crack in the paintwork.

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Willi’s Wine Bar “A boire & a voir since 1980”

Willi’s Bottle Art “World Wide but not Beyond”


Bottlehood re-purposes wine, beer and liquor bottles into beautiful glassware such as tumblers, 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 using discount code: LA-XM. Resellers and wineries should contact Xochitl Maiman direct at 818/424-3734

From our very own Nick Morello and his Morello Wines we have a 2008 Chardonnay, Leona Valley-$36 and 2008 Pinot Noir, Paso Robles-$36. Order online for 10% off 1-5 bottles, 20% off 6-11 bottles and 30% off 12 or more bottles. or call Nick Morello at 661-373-2622. Santa Barbara and Santa Clarita delivery available. (My review of these wines is on today!)

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.

Here are some ideas from Wine 661 owner, Tanya Green: Wine 661 is a great place for any Wineaux: 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.

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

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.

And of course, I have great gift bottles for the holidays; Caymus, Silver Oak, Joseph Phelps, Cain Five, Justin etc.  And one-of-a-kind wine stoppers made of hand-blown glass by a local artist.

And what did I just order for myself while shopping for others this season: Two personalized wine bottle ornaments for $12.98 and a wine cork trivet for $14.98 from

“My Fountain Of Youth Only Works When It’s Filled With Wine” T-Shirt for $10.98 from

Personalized wine bags that also have a big “Cheers!” greeting. For 24 I paid $14.99 from