100 Presents for Wine-and-Food Lovers
From the best whiskey you’ve never heard of to designer s’mores that look like Jimmy Choo shoes (seriously), we’ve scoured the planet to collect the most wow-worthy gifts for the wine lovers, home bar masters and the gourmands in your life. Happy shopping. >>>
Bling Your Own Wine (pictured)
Take a stylish piece of wine country everywhere you go with Olive and Poppy’s Napa Valley & Sonoma County-inspired handmade jewelry. Pick up this rose gold ode to Highway 29, which stretches from Carneros to Calistoga ($64), or this bracelet made with Napa Cabernet Sauvignon barrels ($84).
—Photos by Mark Lund, Styling by Marie-Yan Moravan
Bar + Cellar
Stock Market: 21 ways to raise anyone’s home-imbibing game.
1+2: Zodiac Decanters; $80 each
3: Himalayan salt glasses; $40
4: Sherry, by Talia Baiocchi
5: The Thinking Drinker’s Guide to Alcohol, by Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham
6: Nautical Wood Coasters Set of 4; $23
7: Shot-Glass Ice Mold; $27
8: Wood-Print Flask; $29
9: Jean Dubost Laguiole Stag Horn Corkscrew; $150
10: The Spirit of Gin, by Matt Teacher
11: Wood-Stopper Decanter; $29
12: Fusion Deco Coupe Glasses Set of 4; $50
13: Cocktail Sea Salts; $3 each or $10 for 4
14: The Essential Bar Book, by Jennifer Fielder
15: Legnoart GHEMME Corkscrew; $80
16: Gilded Cornet Opener; $10
17: American Spirit, by James Rodewald
18: Madeira, by Alex Liddell
19: The Bar Book, by Jeffrey Morgenthaler
20: Mixed Coasters; $32
21: Portsmith Co. Fulcro Bottle Opener; $22
Guest Services: For the host who has everything.
1: Round Platter; $185
2: Lost & Found Table Runner; $118
3: Malachite Coasters; $78
4: Marimekko Placemat; $26
5: Animalia Coasters; $78
6: The Pizza Bible, by Tony Gemignani
7: New York Cult Recipes, by Marc Grossman
8: Whisky Barrel Pizza Cutter; $55
9: Color Key Tray; $82
10: Boreal Napkin; $12
11: Palitana Napkin; $8 each
12: Little Big Trivet; $25
Tasty Stack: The season’s best wine, food and drink books.
The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fiedler: This A-to-Z guide to mixology features 115 recipes for the world’s most iconic drinks.
Back Lane Wineries, Napa and Sonoma by Tilar Mazzeo: The second edition of these guides explore to the regions’ must-visit smaller wineries.
Meet Paris Oyster by Mireille Guiliano: An exploration of the French love affair with the luxurious bivalve.
Slices of Life by Leah Eskin: Eskin’s recipes for real-life situations, from last-minute guests to a return from the emergency room.
Storied Sips by Erica Duecy: The recipes and stories behind your favorite cocktails.
The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler: The ultimate cocktail technique manual.
Barolo and Barbaresco by Kerin O’Keefe: Wine Enthusiast’s Italian Editor traces the history and the people behind these two marquee Italian wines.
American Spirit by James Rodewald: An exhaustive look at the craft distilling revolution.
Madeira by Alex Liddell: The rich history of the Portuguese fortified wine and its namesake islands.
Wines of California by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen: Wine Enthusiast’s Lifestyle & Entertaining Editors have created a comprehensive guide to this exciting and ever-changing region—from the history and geography to the current trends and new crop of winemakers to watch.
The Exes In My Ipod by Lisa M. Mattson: A tantalizing and cheeky memoir on how love and loss led Mattson to a fulfilling life in wine country, this book is the Eat, Pray, Love of the wine world.
Vegan Holiday Cooking by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda: A diverse collection of plant-based fare just in time for the holidays.
A Mouthful of Stars by Kim Sunée: In this touching memoir and cookbook, Sunée explores how she came to discover her favorite dishes.
Fruitful by Brian Nicholson and Sarah Huck: Fresh fruit recipes for every season.
Windows on the World Complete Wine Course by Kevin Zraly: New edition of the very-readable textbook on wine basics.
The Beer Book by DK Publishing: A guide to the best brews on the planet right now.
Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordecai: The creator of the popular and oft-imitated Brooklyn-based Sunday Suppers dinner series on how to create a community at the table with understated style.
The Vietnamese Market Cookbook by Van Tran and Anh Vu: An indepth look at the vibrant flavors and recipes of Vietnam.
Flour + Water by Thomas McNaughton: The homemade pasta recipe bible.
Honey by Hattie Ellis: An authoritative guide to the earthy sweet treat, complete with 80 recipes.
Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef by Massimo Bottura: A recipe-and-technique-filled autobiography from Osteria Francescana’s famous chef, Massimo Bottura.
Marcus Off Duty by Marcus Samuelsson: What the Harlem-based chef and TV star loves to cook at home.
World’s Best Ciders by Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw: An in-depth look at more than 500 international artisan and commercial cider makers.
Pantry Raiders: For the foodie in your life.
1: PDA Chocolate “Salami”; $15
2: Organic Dried Herb Finishing Salt; free when you visit Jordan Winery in Napa Valley
3: School of Fish, by Ben Pollinger
4: Bar Tartine, by Nick Balla, Cortney Burns and Chad Robertson
5+6: Rival Bros. Coffee Revolver and Ethiopia Roasts; $12-17
7: A New Napa Cuisine, by Christopher Kostow; $50
8: Terra Cotta Egg Rack; $25
9: “EVOOC” and “Cocoa Vin” Set; $18
10: Eat, by Nigel Slater
11: Cookbook Book, by Annahita Kamali and Florian Böhm
12: Snakeskin S’mores; $14
13: Flowerchild Truffles; $12
14: French Roots, by Jean-Pierre Moullé and Denise Lurton Moulle
15: March Pantry’s Organic Olive Oil & Orleans Red Wine Vinegar; $40
Raising Spirits: Our guide to giving a better bottle this season.
Chill your hard stuff without diluting it with this Whiskey Wedge glass. Fill one side with water, freeze it, then add your brown water to the other side, $15.
The Cool Uncle: George T. Stagg Bourbon
Pappy van Winkle may be the king among brown water aficionados, but this is what many Bourbon distillers love to drink. It’s usually north of 130 proof, so when sipped straight, it burns the lips. But what follows is gorgeously full-flavored, with notes of golden caramel, peach nectar, banana, rum-soaked raisins and toasted vanilla; $125.
The Budding Chef: Pierre Ferrand Selection des Anges
Any gourmand worth their salt knows the importance of French cooking and the art of the after-dinner drink, making this luxe Cognac a spot-on gift. This “selection of the angels” from an artisan Cognac houses perfectly balances rich, warm fruit and freshness; $145.
The Bearded Bud: Uncle Val’s Restorative Gin
You may scoff at the word “mixology,” but it’s a way of life for the drink geeks you know. The hottest thing in the world of overly complex cocktails is the new crop of artisan gins—and this one has serious bar cred with the pros. In addition to the requisite fragrant juniper, the botanicals include cucumber, lemon, sage and lavender, yielding a slightly savory sip. Bonus points: Tell your pal to try it in a Gibson; $39.
The Boss: Johnnie Walker Platinum Label
This is a top-of-the-line whiskey meant to impress, but it’s not so extravagant that the boss will wonder if you’re making too much. Supple and smooth, this 18-year-old blended Scotch was added to the Johnnie Walker lineup only last year. We recommend delivering it on a Friday afternoon to increase your chances of sipping it while scoring quality face time; $110.
The Favorite Host: Hibiki 17
It may look effortless, but that super-host friend works super hard. Show your appreciation with something that boasts more staying power than yet another bottle of wine. This top-shelf 17-year-old Japanese whisky is housed in a gorgeously shaped bottle that’ll class up any home bar—and the stuff inside is elegant and smooth and clean, with just a whisper of smoke; $150.
You’re looking at a skateboard made from whiskey barrel staves. Did you just think of your aging surfer and/or skateboarding friend? Thought so; $185.
The Big Gift
The Keepsakes: We’re not saying keep these for yourself… we’re saying tell people you bought these for your “future generation.”
Rare Finds Fast:
1: Vintage Sterling Silver Cocktail Shaker Floral Detailing; $600
2: Fare Trade, Every month, a guest chef or tastemaker chooses an array of artisan foods to try; $65.
3: Vintage Zeppelin Cocktail Shaker; $550
4. Club W, Choose your monthly wines or have them curated based on your preferences; $45 for three wines.
5: Alessi Mysqueeze Citrus Squeezer; $75
6: Barrel Head Dart Board; $230
7: Vintage Antique Claw Ice Tongs; $350
Brew Master: For your favorite suds fans.
1: The Shark walnut wood bottle opener; $24.95
2: Spiegelau Craft Beer Tasting Kit (Set of 4); $39.90
3: American Craft Beer Cookbook, by John Holl
4: Moonstruck Beer Berries; $5
5: Homebrew Kit; $180
6: Beer Soap; $7/each or $36/6 pack
7: Bottle Cutting Kit; $49.95
8: Beer Mustard Making Kit; $23.99