Gift Guide for the Connoisseur

Here’s a few gift ideas for the connoisseur on your list. All of the items here are things I tested, tasted and love.

Gift ideas abound for all the food/wine lovers on your list.

Gift ideas abound for all the food/wine lovers on your list.

The Roblar magnum of Dry Creek Valley Syrah is a perfect hostess gift because we all know one bottle won’t do. Priced at $85.00 it pairs lovely with burgers or steaks. Smooth and full bodied, this is a crowd-pleaser. Who doesn’t want to get the most flavor possible from a nice bottle of wine? Throw in the Vinturi Red Wine Aerator.


The perfect cookbook for everyday meals or festive dinner parties.

The perfect cookbook for everyday meals or festive dinner parties.

If I had to pick one cookbook that I could give to many of my friends, it would be, Once Upon a Chef by Jennifer Segal. Her deviled eggs with candied bacon and chives barely hit the table before they are scooped up. She uses only fresh ingredients and and the results are crowd-pleasing. The recipes are suited for all cooking skills.


Charter Oak Preserves help out with a quick appie. Hot Pepper Jelly tops a cracker with a dab of cream cheese.

Charter Oak Preserves help out with a quick appie. Hot Pepper Jelly tops a cracker with a dab of cream cheese.

Charter Oak Preserving Company produces small batch preserves as well as jellies, chutneys, butters and curds and dips and spreads. Something for everyone of your list. Keep a couple of these in your pantry for emergency appetizers. They also throw in idea cards for all of their items in case you want to take it to a higher level. Most items priced at $7.00 or under. I love supporting small businesses.


Gentle and smooth, a gin liqueur that is perfect on the rocks or neat.

Gentle and smooth, a gin liqueur that is perfect on the rocks or neat.

This gin by Pomp & Whimsy is a perfect gift in so many ways. Aside from the gorgeous, sculpted bottle and pale amber/pink color to the gin, the label leads one to be curious as to what lies within. The makers give us a hint about what makes this liqueur so special, “Made from scratch from a select blend of 16 natural and whole ingredients, including juniper, coriander, angelica, grapefruit, bitter orange, cucumber, lychee, raspberry, lavender and jasmine pearls. “ Get your bottle today. Wrap in a cello bag and tie with a ribbon and a spring something woody.


A stuffing/rice spoon can double as an all-purpose serving spoon.

A stuffing/rice spoon can double as an all-purpose serving spoon.

A '“stuffing sopon” features a long handle used to reach deep inside a turkey’s cavity. It was also called a rice spoon as rice was stuffed in many kinds of poultry.

This serving piece is multi-functional yet many may not own it. I found out about it while visiting Charleston. Because of it large size (this one about 13” long), the purist in me would not bat an eye to getting it in silver plate, Old, yes, but you can fudge on the silver content because of the functionality of the piece. Check out Geo. C. Birlant and Company in Charleston. . A simple bow is all the dressing you need to present this piece as gift. I hope these ideas have been helpful.

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