The home stretch is here. The festivities have begun in earnest and everyone’s workplace will be quickly emptying out next week. This is also the time where you realize you’ve forgotten a few people on your list. Don’t despair! Many great gift ideas are still available, from “the” wine collection any connoisseur will love to the under-the-radar Parisian chocolates that will surely be gaining celebrity fans in 2017.
One way to dive deep into an area’s terroir is to taste its best wines side-by-side, but getting more than a couple bottles at a time can be a daunting task and it’s hard to know which houses are making “the best” wines. Enter collections like this one: 20 of 2013’s best Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa Valley’s famed Stags Leap District, all shipped to you.
Moët & Chandon is easily one of the most widely recognizable names in Champagne. Add in that rosé is on trend and you’ve got a surefire gift for any lovers of the pink bubbles on your list.
The Meadow is “the store” for unique salts, chocolates, and bitters, any of which will impress the most cultured gourmands in your life. This year, I’ve noticed them expand their line of salt sets, rolling out ones for various savory and sweet intentions.
Remember the days of yore when the holidays were accompanied by a special shipment of juicy oranges, fresh from Florida? CeeBee’s is here to recreate just the thing. The family-owned grove specializes in heirloom oranges and grapefruits, with fruit available through the cold winter months.
Pappy Van Winkle bourbon is still a rare find in the world, but apparently, enough Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year makes it to Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop in Louisville, KY for these chocolate and bourbon treats. $12 for a pack of 4 makes this a great gift for any whiskey-loving party host.
Delysia is an award-winning chocolatier from Austin, Texas. King’s Row Coffee produces the bean blends all the insiders are learning about. Together they made this selection of chocolates, each with an astonishingly different flavor profile, from sweet to spicy.
With its multiple spices and need for steeping, making chai tea at home is a bit of a tedious process. Or you could take this shortcut. Dona Chai is the secret ingredient for so many coffeehouses now, plus the concentrate holds up well in an assortment of recipes.
If you’re into cookware, Staub is nothing new. The cast iron pots, pans, and cocottes have been around for decades, but the company is definitely ready to step out of the Le Creuset shadow. At a lower price point, it’s easier for young cooks to acquire a collection (and, let’s face it, hurts less when a piece breaks).
If you want to get into wine, you need to have the proper glasses, right? Also, glasses break, even more than with those Staub pieces. That’s why it’s never a bad idea to pick up a set of Riedel glasses.
Bonus: After years at Michelin-starred Plaza Athénée, French Master Pâtisser Christophe Michalak opened the doors to his own Marais store late last year, and added another in St. Germain this past spring. His unpretentious showcasing of classical techniques and flavors will definitely be garnering a number of fans in the new year. Stop by now before the tourist crowds arrive!