BRUNELLO’S NOSE KNOWS….
Gift ideas for wine lovers and some top scoring wines!
As we scurry toward the end of the year this holiday season, don’t forget to stop in and check out some of the fun gifts we have here at Ed’s, in addition to our wonderful wine selections.
You have probably seen the “Chiller Pour Spout” being used at our Friday night tastings. Insert the frozen tube into the bottle, and every pour comes out cold. When you forget to put that bottle in the fridge before guests arrive, or even to cool off a red that is just too warm temperature, it works perfect! We have wine decorative stoppers -though most of the time we finish the bottle here at Ed’s . A wine stopper will seal the bottle and help keep it fresh until you are ready to enjoy it again. There is also the “Private Preserve” wine preservative you can add to your bottle if it is not finished and you want to hold it for a couple of days. This preservative is safe, using Argon, CO2 and Nitrogen to stop the oxidation and preserve your wine. There is the “Vacu Vin” system, this pumps air out of the top of the bottle; and a “Cora Vin” system that draws the wine out through a pin hole in the cork. If you don’t want to open a full bottle, but really want a good glass of wine, a Cora Vin could make the perfect gift. Cora Vin is a brand name for a wine dispenser that allows you to insert a needle through the cork and pull the wine out to fill your glass, while still keeping the wine fresh for several days. This device is higher end, and we here at Ed’s keep some in stock, or can special order the best one for you. We can advise you on the refillable gas cartridges and how to use it. All of these products range in price for every budget, and will help make your bottle of wine last.
We have “wine totes” that are glitzy and glammy with sparkles and beads to decorate your purchase or gift. We have beautiful wine bags, for the holidays or simply generic. We also have bottle gift tags with fun messages like “Who says Wine and BBQ don’t mix?” We have bottle openers in many styles, including a battery operated automatic cork screw- good for me since I don’t have opposable thumbs! There are champagnes stoppers that help seal in the carbonation, foil cutters and drip free pourers. Don’t forget to check out the “Ah So” wine opener. If you’ve ever broken a cork half way through opening, this little device slides in around the sides of the cork and allows you to pull it without making a crumbled cork mess. There are so many wine accessories to choose from!
We also have our wonderful imported Olive Oil and tomatoes, and even some of the most prestigious German stemware that always makes the wine taste better!
Speaking of wine, don’t forget to check out our selection of recently released Wine Spectator’s Top 100. If you’re struggling with what wine to buy as a gift, these top rated wines are sure to please, and fit every budget.
#77 Oberon Merlot by Michael Mondavi- a beautiful expression of Napa, dark fruit, chocolate and blueberry flavors, with supple tannins and a lingering finish.
#45 Kaiken Ultra Malbec – from Argentina, a floral and mineral nose with flavors of stewed plum, toasty blackberry and cocoa.
#28 Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Vintners Reserve- from CA. Flavors of pineapple, mango, papaya and citrus, with subtle oak.
#19 Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva- this Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain is velvety smooth with red berry fruit and hints of vanilla on the nose, with black fruit and espresso flavors.
These are just a few of our favorites from the publication, we have even more highly rated wines to choose from, with selections from all over the world-
and of course, the wonderful Victoria Richards Chocolates that everyone loves! Hope to see you here at Ed’s for your last minute wine lover’s gifts, and don’t forget to bring me a bone! Happy Holidays- ho ho ho!
By Brunello Giancola as told to CRBrown