Winepug’s Holiday Gift Guide!

At last, it’s the most joyous time of year filled with love, music and happiness!  I think that gift giving and spreading holiday cheer to a friend, family member, or even a complete stranger is the most satisfying feeling ever!  I love seeing people smile and making their day with a great gift (whether it costs money or is a DIY)!  That being said, winepugnyc is proud to share with you the 2011 gift giving guide for all of the wine lovers in your life! Take a peak and enjoy!

1. Their perfect coffee table book {here}; 2.Tory Burch wine carrier for the uber stylish {here}; 3. Fabulous Champagne Ornament for those bubbly lovers {here}; 4.For those who like to swirl {here}; 5. Swanson’s fabulous night cap for the person who has everything {here} 6. The Gift of selection for the undecided from Tastingroom.com {here} 7. Classic Cakebread {here} 8. Beautiful for entertaining {here}; 9. A rustic and stylish display {here}; 10. Modern and fashionable way to drink wine {Black - here and Clear - here}

Your Perfect Wine Club

How nice is it to not have to make decisions. We come from a life where making decisions determines our fate, destiny, and quite simply what mood we will be in for the rest of the day, week, year… So how about I make this simple for all and share with you some of the best wine club offers out there to match your personality! Click each wine club name for more details!

Zagat Wine Club – For: The Risk Taker

Some of the finest hand picked wines from boutique wineries from around the world is what you will find with Zagat.  As they are with restaurants, they are with their wine – precise with a bit of education that goes a long with it.  Branch out, take risks and try some wineries you might not have heard of! I just signed up for this one… Love the wines they picked!

  • $69.99 for your first shipment of 12 wines
  • 4 tasting glasses
  • Zagat binder with comprehensive tasting notes
    

Williams Sonoma Wine Club -For: The Perfectionist

Just like how they merchandise their store each wine is carefully picked by the experts and is strategically considered for each level. A premium wine club to host the perfect gathering or holiday party!

3 Tiers

  •  The Explorer Club - Six Bottles of Exceptional Wine – $90
  • The Entertainer Club - Six Bottles of Fine Wine – $180
  • The Connoisseur Club - Six Bottles of Reserve Wine (4 red, 2 white) – $360 OR Three Bottles of Reserve Wine (2 red, 1 white) – $180

WSJwine Discovery Wine Club - For: The Overachiever

You can enjoy quality wines from top regions and even better, you can send back a bottle that you didn’t like and get another option! A great option if you love quality wine at a pretty penny that doesn’t suit the weekly budget. You get those high quality wines at a great price!

  • Introductory 12 wines for $120
  • Crystal Riedel Decanter
  • Tasting notes and binder

Cellars Premium Wine Club – For: The Explorer

A great wine club for the novice and people who are interested in starting to get into the world of wine! Offers a few wines for a reduced price to get you started and not overwhelm.  Wines are offered from around the world and some that are not even offered at retail! Great introductory club to get your inner wine god/goddess flowing!

  • 2 unique /lesser known wines (Your choice of combination reds/whites) for $29.95

Tastingroom.com Wine Club – For: The Conscientious and Adventurous

Try all the wines that you’ve been dying to spend that little extra cash on by tasting these 50ml bottles of wine!  Hold a mini tasting and receive online discounts on the full size bottle! Not to mention they throw in an amazing added bonus – VIP access at participating wineries! Not too shabby!
2 Tiers
  • The Adventurer Club – Exclusive wine club sampler with 2 full bottles chosen by you and discounts off of wine – $59.99
  • The Trailblazer Club – Wine club sample with discounts off of bottles – $29.99

How To Remember The Wines You Love!

It’s always hard when you are on the go and constantly let the city life, or just life in general, get the best of you and you forget to stop and remember what you enjoyed most about the day.  Was it the sight of that first flower blooming in central park, your sighting of SPRING! Or was it the wine that you just drank and darn it, you forgot the name and varietal already!  Well, we are all guilty of letting the busyness of life take over, I know I am, so I have put together a short list for those wine lovers out there who simply always forget the wines they love at dinner or wherever you happen to be!

  1.  Take a picture, it will last longer.  Yes we know the saying, but it’s true! It’s so easy to take out our phones (when appropriate) and take a picture and save it in our personal library.  Might as well make a conversation starter out of it, so warn people when you are about to do this so it doesn’t seem like you are being rude reaching for your phone!  Next thing you know, everyone at the table will be taking pictures of the wonderful label and even each other!
  2. SHARE… through a wine tasting!  We all know the most memorable moments are spent with friends and family laughing and sharing stories.  Host your own wine tasting and you will surely remember all the wines you enjoyed with your friends and family.  It’s easy to remember something when you tie it back to a story or a great convo you were having while enjoying
  3. Save the mini version!  Tastingroom.com is a great sampling program that allows you to taste sample sizes of an assortment of wines with the same quality as in the bottle!  Try a sample and since the bottle is so small, you can keep them around the house, put them in a ‘wine box’ filled with your favorites and you can have access to your favorite wine names whenever you are around!
  4. Save the corks! Easy peasey!
  5. APPS! Everyone is doing it!  Explore some mobile apps and download your favorites where you can collect a wine cellar virtually and have them accessible at all times.  Some great ones: WineHQ – http://www.winehq.org/;  Snooth Wine Pro – http://www.snooth.com/iphone-app/; HelloVino – http://www.hellovino.com/; Cor.kz – http://cor.kz/
  6. Savor what you drink.  Slow down and enjoy what you are drinking, savor it and talk about it with everyone.

Happy Drinking!

For a great article on the top 10 best wine applications visit Mashable -http://mashable.com/2010/11/15/apps-for-wine-enthusiasts/

And for all of you Beer lovers, have no fear, Mashable’s Top Ten Apps are here - http://mashable.com/2010/01/13/iphone-beer-apps/

Harbor Cruisin’, Harbor Tastin’!

As the weeks have been moving at the blink of an eye and the days are filled with mostly work and some play… I have yet to find the time to write this post or even pick out a good bottle of wine!  Well here is something that will kill two birds with one stone and will make your life a whole lot easier when trying to find that perfect (and impressive) Chardonnay or Rose for your dinner party and you just don’t have the time to walk through the libraries of wines in your liquor store!

It was Labor Day weekend and after a hard earned work week our hardest decision for the weekend was what to toast with to celebrate the end of the Summer and the welcoming of Fall!  Since it could be considered a transitional holiday from light whites to heavier reds as the weather gets colder, we tried something in the middle – ROSE!  So, what rose are we going to drink?  A good question that has a very strategic answer… Tastingroom.com to the rescue!

 

An on the boat tasting experience that led us to the most important decision of the weekend!  What did we go with?  The infamous 2010 Swanson Rosato paired nicely with a surf and turf of baked stuffed lobster and steak!  A great solution for saving money and time on what to drink! Simply go online follow directions, pick the sampler you want (which there are a number of different offerings), wait for it to be delivered, try it and buy it (with a savings)!  What a wonderful experience that made the wine picking process that much more fun!

Tell me how you choose your wines before you invest in something you haven’t tried?  I hope you have this much fun in doing so!

Father’s Day Gift Guide – For Dad’s Who LOVE Wine

Say Happy Father’s Day to your wine loving DAD with these great gift ideas!

Make opening his favorite bottle that much easier with this effortless automatic electric wine opener from Brookstone!

To make Father’s Day that much more special, give a gift of customization so your Dad can pick out something special… Visit TastingRoom.com to find ‘bite size’ samplers of various wines for your Dad to experience and enjoy on his special day!

Skip the decanting by hand process and gift this fun Wine Aerator so he can quickly oxidize his favorite red wines and get on with the festivities!

Give an award-winning Merlot to your special Dad on his wonderful day!  Swanson Vineyards will make his entire day perfectly complete!

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