From the original Wine of the Month Club®
With the 2015 holiday season at our doorstep, wine lovers are turning to the Original Wine of the Month Club® for their holiday gift giving ideas—from gift baskets with a fine selection of delectable treats to gift-giving wine club memberships.
Original Wine of the Month Club®’s unique, handpicked selections of robust and flavorful wines are paired with savory gourmet snacks and sinfully sweet accouterments to create the ultimate holiday gift-giving experience. With convenient online ordering, free shipping and gift-giving ideas starting at $24.99, holiday shoppers are only a click or call away from the perfect gift for family members, friends and clients.
Death by Chocolate—Each of these chocolate delicacies are delivered in a modern faux-leather box that can be used as a letterbox or kitchen accent. Be sure your recipient loves chocolate; they will die over this one. Gift includes: One bottle of Matchbook Syrah (California), Vina Albali Tempranillo (Spain), Jack Allen Chocolate Chip Cookies, chocolate wafers, Almond Roca, Lindt Chocolate Truffles, Godiva Chocolate Bar, Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares, and Godiva Chocolate Covered Almonds. ($89)
Death By Chocolate was the one I was sent for review and it did not disappoint! First of all I LOVED all of the brand names that were nestled under the cellophane. Who doesn’t appreciate Almond Roca, Lindt, Godiva or Ghirardelli??? With a lovely California Syrah and Spanish Tempranillo, that, if aren’t absolutely great on their own, will be bettered with chocolate. (That’s actually a trick I learned. If you or a guest doesn’t appreciate a red wine then pop just the tiniest bit of chocolate onto your tongue and swish your red wine over that. Guaranteed success!)
New to me in this box were the soft chocolate wafers and Jack Allen Chocolate chip cookies. I loved the wafers, and my husband, a card-carrying chocoholic declared, the cookies both buttery and chocolaty.
One more thing: Loved that this basket has plenty of both milk and dark chocolate varieties as said husband is a fan of the former, I’m a fan of the latter, and there was enough of each for us and to share with others. EB
Other 2015 Holiday Gift Ideas Under $100 include:
Bring on the Festivities—Filled with fun and joy, our red basket filled with everything red is sure to tame the rising crowd. Use as a corporate gift or as a hostess gift for your favorite holiday party. Wheelhouse Cabernet Sauvignon (California) Brie cheese spread, dried apricots, herb marinated olives, water crackers and dried fruit and nut mix. ($79)
Elegant Gold Highlights—A gift basket that lights up any room and features tasty treats fit for royalty. Our gold tin and elegant fabric liner shows your style and grace. Gift includes: One bottle of Painted Van Chardonnay (California), Cebada Pinot Noir (California), Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate, cheese knife, Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate, water crackers, fruit and nut mix, Almond Roca cookies, marinated olives, cashew roca, and Brie cheese spread delivered in a gold tin and adorned with European-style trim. ($89)
Vintner’s Own—Want to impress? Elegance meets rustic in this loaded tin gift basket. Two-hand selected California wines supply the fun and variety of top shelf goodies finish it off.
Gift includes One bottle Wheelhouse Cabernet Sauvignon (California), Backstory Merlot (California), herb-marinated olives, cheese knife, Bustetto Salami, bruschetta mix, fruit and nut mix, dried apricots, Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares, Brie cheese spread, marinated olives, Almond Roca Cookies and water crackers. ($89)
ABOUT THE ORIGINAL WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB®
Serving both the novice and educated wine enthusiasts nationally for more than three decades, the Original Wine of the Month Club® is a highly-rated mail order wine service that offers its members hand-picked selections of fine wines from the world’s finest growing regions in such diverse areas as California, Oregon, Washington, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Australia. Each month more than 400 wines are tasted and evaluated for club selection and brought to the members at extraordinary prices. Wine subscription gift packages are popular for any special occasion. Members may shop online from a full selection of wines in the “Wine Shoppe,” a collection of gourmet gifts and wine accessories. Original Wine of the Month Club® newsletter contains fascinating insights into the featured wines, gourmet recipes and serving tips for wine lovers. The club is FREE and you never pay for a wine you do not like. The original Wine of the Month Club® houses a wide selection of award-winning wines at a 10,000 square-foot retail space/warehouse in Monrovia, California. For more information, please visit www.wineofthemonthclub.com or www.wineofthemonthclub.tv.
Eve Bushman has been reading, writing, taking coursework and tasting wine for over 20 years. She has obtained a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, has been the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and recently served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits that may be answered in a future column. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com