Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Lauren's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner so it is time to start thinking about finding the perfect gifts for the ones you love. I'll continue adding more products as I review them. If you'd like your product considered, please email me at capitalcooking@gmail.com. Happy Holidays!

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Wine Lovers:
Located in the heart of Provence, France, Chateau d’Esclans is a prestigious estate and winery producing the industry’s leading rosé wines. Owner Sacha Lichine and Oenologist Patrick Léon, also a Bordeaux native and former head winemaker at Mouton Rothschild have worked together to craft one of the industry’s most highly regarded portfolios of high-quality rosé expressions: Whispering Angel ($22), Rock Angel ($35), Les Clans ($60) and Garrus ($100). The winery has become the fastest growing range of fine wines to be introduced globally during the past two decades, setting the tone for unprecedented growth within the rosé category. 
The Tommasi family has produced Amarone for over 110 years at its Valpolicella property, from fruit grown only on its own estates. Tommasi Amarone (SRP $80), a standard-bearer for the appellation in Italy, is produced entirely by hand from harvest to the drying of the characteristic 4-grape blend, and aged beyond legal requirements in handmade bamboo racks to produce a classic full-bodied, round, fruit-driven wine with the softest of tannins. A beautiful wine on both the nose and palate, this Amarone pairs beautifully with hearty meals, but also has the ability to stand on its own as a sip-able wine.
Bellenda Prosecco Brut ($19.99) 
Give The Gift of Membership:  The perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list is the Holman Ranch Wine Club! It’s the ticket to unique members-only experiences.
 Bodegas Franco Espanolas Bordon Reserva  $18 (Rioja, Spain)
Made by one of Rioja’s 6 most historic estates, this Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Mazuelo. Franco Espanolas ages its Reserva at least 24 months in American oak followed by a minimum of 24 months of bottle-aging before releasing it. This very elegant wine has notes of raspberry, plum, balsamic and spices. The Bordon Reserva has a very long finish with many layers of flavors. 
Finca El Encinal Crianza 2011 $18
From the Ribera del Duero, El Encinal Crianza is a harmonious and elegant wine. Its red fruit, cedar, and spice bouquet and flavors of black cherry, plum, and raisin notes make it a wonderful choice for holiday meats. 

 Beso Del Sol sangria:  This 100% natural, Spanish sangria – made only from estate-grown grapes and natural fruit extracts as well as spice – is a runaway success; in just 2.5 years, it has even become the 11th largest boxed wine in America.  It is super easy (just open and pour over ice), and stays fresh forever due to the bag-in-box packaging. 

Photo by Kristen Finn
Sagaform Products:  I love their glassware and entertaining tools.


Cocktails and Spirits:

Berentzen Apple Liqueur $19.99
Berentzen, a German company which has been making all natural liqueurs since 1758, offers Apple, Peach, Pear, and Wild Cherry fruit liqueurs.  The Berentzen Apple tastes like a crisp red apple. It is perfect over ice or as an ingredient in cocktails such as an apple martini or a in a holiday punch. Makes a terrific hot apple cider that Santa would appreciate!

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