Have you ever had to serve wine at a party or at a casual gathering and couldn’t use glass stemware? If you said yes, then this product maybe the answer to your problem. This isn’t your ordinary plastic wine glass by any stretch of the imagination. This lighted wine glass has 3 LED’s that combine to make 7 different colors plus a continuous sequence mode that displays every color. But wait there’s more, the bowl and base are removable for cleaning and the best feature of all is that “Batteries are included”. I have found that people are amused by changing the stem color with the press of a button located under the base and the different color choices replace the need for wine charms to identify a guest’s personal glass. These glasses are relatively inexpensive allowing guests to take them home with them thus eliminating the need to wash glasses at the end of the event. They can be found online at several suppliers in small quantities or in bulk.
The 14 Hands Vineyard in Paterson, Washington produces one of the best blended red wines made in the United States. This red was once only available to restaurants in selected markets but now can be found in wide distribution due to overwhelming demand. Hot to Trot is a blend of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvgion, Mourverde and Petite Verdot grapes harvested from vineyards in several of Washington’s AVA regions including Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope and the Yakima Valley. It is made using techniques that are usually reserved for more expensive wines, these include cold soaking, performing a daily pump-over to extract color and flavor followed by aging in both French and American oak barrels. This extra care produces a medium body red wine with flavors of very lightly oaked red berries and dark fruit with a hint of vanilla giving way to refined supple tannins followed by a pleasant lingering spice and mocha finish. Reds from WashingtonState can be pricey but this blend always delivers a well crafted wine at a great price and its ability to pair flawlessly with a range of food makes it very difficult to beat. 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend can be found at P.L.C.B. stores for $12.99 with the product code 5213. I suggest using the in store product locator on the website www.finewineandgoodspirits.com to check for availability of this wine because of demand.
- Hot to Trot wine featured at Prosser WA winery (seattletimes.com)
- Snoqualmie wine tasting room in Prosser to upgrade for 14 Hands brand (oregonlive.com)
Buying a wine related gift for a lover of wine can be a daunting task because I have found that they have a very well-defined idea of what they like and dislike. Wine drinking has a limited need for accessories beyond the basics of a bottle of wine, a corkscrew and the proper glass for the wine in the bottle. Buying them an unfamiliar bottle is a gamble, they may love it or an equally possible outcome would be that they hate it.
A red wine drinker can’t deny that aeration helps loosen a tight wine and a Vinturi Areator is the quick and easy way to open a red up ultimately bringing out its hidden character. Cheese & Wine A Guide to Selecting, Pairing and Enjoying, by Janet Fletcher and published by Chronicle Books is a classy book with excellent photography and descriptive text. This book is a guide to all the well-known cheeses and their origins, production and wine pairings as well as many more obscure examples. Lastly, Kevin Zarley’s Complete Wine Course 2012 Edition is the latest update of a book that is the standard by which all others are judged. This is a great gift for the novice as well as the enthusiast because there is always something exciting to learn.
All of these gift suggestions meet my criteria of being easy to wrap, fitting nicely under the tree and are readily available online. Good Luck with the rest of your Christmas shopping list.