the gourmands guide to holiday gift giving 2017

1. Winc Wines

Wine is one of life’s simple pleasures. Winc believes that the experience of getting a great bottle of wine should be as simple as enjoying one. Our team creates and curates over a hundred wines, and makes the experience of exploring wine easy and pleasurable—So you can spend more time enjoying the wine in your glass.

While many wine clubs will send you whatever bottles they want, we only send you wines you’ll love. It’s simple: you taste wines first and buy second. You start by comparing wines in mini-bottles — say, a Pinot Noir versus a Cabernet, or a Chardonnay versus a Sauvignon Blanc. Tell us which ones you like (and which you don’t) and we hear your personal preferences, loud and clear. Customized selection and exceptional service are two of the reasons Tasting Room is America’s best wine club.

Take 15% off of gift sets with code QVGIFTS for the rest of the year.

The Original Craft Beer Club searches out exceptional craft beers from around the country and then delivers the monthly beer club selections direct-to-you or your gift recipient’s door. You can choose an ongoing beer club membership or Craft Beer Club gifts to ship monthly, every-other-month or even quarterly. This is a fantastic gift for the Craft Beer enthusiast in your life. Give 1 to 12 shipments and receive up to 3 bonus gifts and an additional $25 bonus with your order.

Love With Food is the easiest way to Snack Smart and Do Good.

We help you discover new organic, all-natural or gluten-free snacks delivered to your door monthly. Receive a box of mystery better-for-you snacks and go on a fun foodie adventure with us every month. Our membership starts as low as $7.99/month.

We donate a portion of the proceeds to help fight childhood hunger in the US and around the world. We donate to organizations like Feeding America and The Global Food Banking Network. Join us to help end childhood hunger one meal at a time.

Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start snacking smart and doing good with Love With Food.

Archer is an American company that creates unique home products with an emphasis on design and masculinity. It is our goal for men and women to not only love how our air fresheners and dish soap work, but how our products look. All archer products are made in the USA with the environment in mind. archer air superiority uses a safe water-based solution and an environmentally friendly nitrogen-based propellant.

In 1924, Ben T. Byrd, Sr. began baking small batches of cookies from his bakery in Savannah, Georgia, packing them in wooden crates, and personally delivering them to neighborhood markets in his Model T Ford. The cookies were soon christened “Byrd’s Famous Cookies” and steadily gained popularity not only locally, but also among visitors who discovered the delicious confections while visiting Savannah.

It was Byrd’s son, BT Byrd, Jr., who would later go by Cookie Byrd, who had the idea of packing these bite sized confections in tins, so that they would travel better. This idea, paired with his popularizing of the Benne Wafer and the Benne Seed, took the company to a new level. By making these delicious treats transportable, Byrd became a gourmet food company, able to ship cookies to other markets.

Cookie Byrd’s daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Benny Curl, were the third generation to take the reins of Byrd Cookie Company. Under their ownership, the company grew leaps and bounds, developing dozens of new flavors and packaging ideas, most notably the Key Lime Cooler, that remains, to this day, the best selling cookie. It was the first cookie to ever win the Dessert of the Year award at the NASFT Fancy Food Show.

Kay and Benny’s daughter, Stephanie Lindley, is the latest Byrd to drive the Cookie Truck. Under Stephanie’s leadership the company is expanding their reach further. With strategic local, regional, and national relationships in place, Lindley has arranged for Byrd’s Famous Cookies to be available at such places as Old Savannah tours, Delta Sky Clubs, Universal Studios, and Neiman Marcus Department Stores. With an eye for international growth, Byrd will soon be exporting to dozens of countries in Europe, South America, North America, and Asia.

Celebrating 93 years of baking, Byrd’s recipe for success includes its continued tradition of hard work, superior product quality, and outstanding customer service. We continue to bake in small batches to deliver the superior cookies our customers expect. We welcome you to visit us in Savannah and see and taste the difference.

Like most of you, we’ve had to choose between over-priced, over-sized, pre-ground spices that have lost their flavor before even hitting store shelves. We knew there had to be a better way, so we created RawSpiceBar to return to the basics: great flavors at a great price.

 

Tea Trunk curates the finest teas of India and crafts them into unique blends with all natural ingredients. Our teas are whole leaf, flavorful and healthy.

No artificial colors. No additives. No tea dust. So you can enjoy tea like it should be.

Careful sourcing from celebrated Mendocino County vineyards with various microclimates and soil types results in a complex, bright, fruit forward Pinot Noir. After hand harvesting, the fruit was gently de-stemmed and moved to small open-top fermenters for a three-day cold soak. It was then inoculated with select yeast strains for fermentation. The cap was punched down daily to reach the desired color and level of phenols. After a gentle pressing in a basket press, the wine was settled and transferred to 100% French oak barrels where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak for ten months and then finned with organic egg whites prior to bottling.

This Pinot Noir has aromas of strawberry and raspberry, accented with hints of oak spice and vanilla. In the mouth, this wine is rich with nice soft tannins and flavors of berries, vanilla and spice that fade into a lovely long finish.

Appellation: Mendocino County
Alcohol: 14.5%