Gifts For Your Favorite Wine Lover

Wine lovers are easy to buy for — they readily consume your gift, sometimes sharing with you! How great is that. This list of gifts for your favorite wine lover includes some of my all time favorites.

Wine lovers are easy to buy for — they readily consume your gift, sometimes sharing with you! How great is that. This list of gifts for your favorite wine lover includes some of my all time favorites.

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The Wine

I am a big fan of Nakedwines.com. They create a marketing and delivery opportunity for small, independent winemakers by offering essentially a group retail outlet. Your Angel subscription will help support dedicated winemakers around the world. When you click on the Nakedwines.com link, you will receive a $100 discount voucher on Angel prices when you spend $159.99 or more on your first order. Not sure where to start, check out this Luis Viera Lente review.

I love trying new wines and Wine Of The Month Club is a fun way to explore new and exciting wineries. Two summers ago, I had an extended house guest last year, when she finally got her living situation sorted out, she sent me a six month membership to the Wine of the Month Club. I loved every bottle.

One of my favorite vintners is 90+ Cellars. Their Old Vine Malbec is amazing and well under $20 which makes it the perfect upscale wine as a hostess gift or for a small diner party. I like to keep a case on-hand so I have a bottle to give….or enjoy.

Want to add an interesting twist to your wine gift giving, Cratejoy offers over a dozen different wine gifting options. Now that’s what I call a selection. Bring on the bubbly!

The Wine Accessories

My number one Christmas request this year is a Wine Frig. I definitely want one that is free standing, not interested in reconstruction in the kitchen! This one holds 12 bottles, more than enough for a fun party!

Another hot item is this Wine Genius Wine Opener with a Vacuum Sealer. With the vacuum cork sealer, your wine will stay fresher longer. That might ruin your excuse for another glass to finish the bottle before it goes bad. Sorry.

No matter what you choose, your wine loving recipient will be overjoyed at your thoughtful gift. I really enjoyed putting together some of my favorite wine ideas with this list of gifts for your favorite wine lover. Cheers!

Hope you enjoy the journey,

Sandi

PS Check out my Nakedwines.com unboxing on YouTube.

Miller Petite Sirah Review

Of course, a good red wine should be chilled about 20 minutes before opening. Let this wine breath a bit, another 20 minutes, before enjoying a glass with friends

F. stephen miller angels reserve lodi petite sirah

Several months ago, we opened our first bottle of the 2019 Lodi Petite Sirah. I served it with steak and potatoes, a good Saturday-night-at-home meal. My Miller Petite Sirah review in a nut shell: the boldness of the wine was a perfect match for the meal. It was smooth and soft on the palate and provided a dark fruity flavor. It would pair great with a sharp cheese, hearty nuts, and great conversation.

Of course, a good red wine should be chilled about 20 minutes before opening. Let this wine breath a bit, another 20 minutes, before enjoying a glass with friends.

It’s not often I purchase several bottles of a wine after tasting it, but the Miller Lodi Petite Sirah is on the list every time I order more wine.

F. Stephen Miller

Stephen has been making wines for almost 40 years. He told Nakedwines “I really try to make each wine an accurate reflection of what was special with the vineyards that year! Really I try to make honest wines that are easy to appreciate while maintaining varietal integrity for the region they originate from.  They are drinking  friendly.”

Lodi’s wine

Miller Petite Sirah Review

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F. Stephen Miller’s Angel Reserve Petite Sirah is from the Lodi Appellation in California. About 60 miles east of Napa Valley sits Lodi, home to 100 year old vines that produce earthy grapes with a smoky and fruity essence.

Coupon offer

I have the opportunity to share a $100 off coupon good for new customers to Nakedwines.com. Try your first case at a steep discount with this coupon. If you love exploring wines, you will be hooked.

Their service brings more unique wines to the public, dubbed their “Angels.” This gives the vintners a much wider marketing reach and allows them to keep producing great wines.

As a Naked Wines Angel, you will be helping small vineyards move forward with your monthly subscription and you receive a free bottle of wine in your account every order month.

When I opened my first case from Nakedwines.com, I was expecting to see lots of young wines that were still in the aging process. That, however, was not the case. These wines are full bodied and ready to enjoy.

Akiyoshi chardonnay
Well packaged and fun to open!

Here is what I know about wine. Everyone’s palate is different. We all have our own preferred tastes. The opinions expressed here are mine alone. I’m just a girl who loves wine.

Chardonnay Wine Review
Cork by Nakedwines.com

Hope you enjoyed this Miller Petite Sirah Review.

p.s. If you enjoy wine and wine reviews visit this reivew of the Gloria Ferrer Vineyards.

For wines at their best temperature, a wine cooler is key. This counter top model from NutriChef fits into any kitchen or home bar. When purchasing a wine frig, opt for a dual control since your reds and whites should be stored at different temperatures.

Akiyoshi Chardonnay

Here is what I know about wine. Everyone’s palate is different. We all have our own preferred tastes. I’m just a girl who loves wine.

The first bottle out of my Nakedwines.com starter case was David Akiyoshi’s Reserve Clarksburg Chardonnay 2018. Nakedwines.com markets, bottles, and sells wines for boutique wineries. Their service brings more unique wines to the public, dubbed their “Angels.” This gives the vintners a much wider marketing reach and allows them to keep producing great wines.

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The chardonnay

David Akiyoshi’s Chardonnay was buttery smooth with a pleasant mellow finish followed by a tartness at the back of the throat. It paired well with the Cotija-Avocado Risotto we served. This well rounded wine would be perfect with a light white fish or creamy pasta.

Akiyoshis chardonnay

The Akiyoshi Chardonnay was Sue Lie Aged which is when the wine stays in contact with either the yeast lees or the grape lees. Lees are residual deposits, mostly dead yeast, that are left in the bottom of the aging vat. Done correctly, the lees add a richness and complexity to the wine.

Coupon offer

I have the opportunity to share a $100 off coupon good for new customers to Nakedwines.com. Try your first case at a steep discount with this coupon. If you love exploring wines, you will be hooked.

Their service brings more unique wines to the public, dubbed their “Angels.” This gives the vintners a much wider marketing reach and allows them to keep producing great wines.

Their service brings more unique wines to the public, dubbed their “Angels.” This gives the vintners a much wider marketing reach and allows them to keep producing great wines.

When I opened my first case from Nakedwines.com, I was expecting to see lots of young wines that were still in the aging process. That, however, was not the case. These wines are full bodied and ready to enjoy.

Akiyoshi chardonnay
Well packaged and fun to open!

Here is what I know about wine. Everyone’s palate is different. We all have our own preferred tastes. The opinions expressed here are mine alone. I’m just a girl who loves wine.

Chardonnay Wine Review
Cork by Nakedwines.com

If you enjoy wine and wine reviews visit this review of Payadores a Sauvignon Blanc.

Elixir Crystal White Wine Glasses – for the person who enjoys a nice sip now and again.

Chardonnay

Gloria Ferrer Winery Review

f you want to try some great wines when you are in Sonoma Valley, be sure to visit the Gloria Ferrer Winery. You will be happy you did.

When we visited San Francisco recently, we took a wine tour that visited three Napa and Sonoma Wineries. The best of the best was the Gloria Ferrer Winery – Sonoma. I hope your enjoy our Gloria Ferrer Winery Review.

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The Tour

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. She escorted us from the anti room, to the barrel holding room where they have lots of parties, then on to the bar overlooking the production room. Throughout the tour she explained the process and relayed family stories and their long history.

We tasted grapes fresh from the vine. They were super sweet and delicious!

California Grape Vines

We enjoyed a close up look at some of Gloria’s Champagne flute collection. Unfortunately we did not have a tour of their famous caves, however, the harvest was beginning that evening and they were getting ready for it to begin that evening.

The grapes are harvested mostly at night, but hand.  It is a long process, but it ensures the grape skins (which ad color to the final wine) are not broken.  This gives the wine maker more control over the color.

Gloria Ferrer Winery
Gloria Ferrer Winery, ready for harvest

The Wine

My favorite wine at Gloria Ferrer was the 2015 Jose Ferrer Selection Chardonnay at $40 a bottle, it is not inexpensive, but for a special dinner with friends – it would be perfect.

I decided to join their wine Cuvee Club which ships two bottles every quarter. I received my first shipment recently and it was delicious.

If you want to try some great wines when you are in Sonoma Valley, be sure to visit the Gloria Ferrer Winery. The wine tour is like attending a party.  You will be happy you did.

Gloria Ferrer Cuvee
Royal Cuvee

I hope your enjoyed our Gloria Ferrer Winery Review. We certainly enjoyed tasting all their spectacular wines.

Hope you get Lost in the Journey

Sandi

Wine Review – Mira Vos

I’m just a girl who loves to try wine – I’m not an expert – for sure!

I’m just a girl who loves to try wine – I’m not an expert – for sure! I hope you enjoy my Wine Review of Mira Vos.

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My sister sent my me a six month subscription to The Wine of The Month Club as a thank you. She had a lag in coordinating all her moving dates together, so she bunked with my family for a few months.

This is a great gift because Chris (hubby) and I love to try new wines. The first box arrived this week and the red wine was a Syrah, Mira Vos from Mendoza, Argentina. It is a young wine, 2018, as you can imagine the flavors haven’t had time to develop and as with most young wines, you need to get past the acidic young wine aftertaste.

With the box was the Bunch of Grapes Newsletter containing lots of great information about the wines. We also received a bottle of Payadores from Chile – the topic of another blog once we open it! It is fun to taste and consider how to write the Wine Review of Mira Vos.

The tastes suggested for this wine are cinnamon, tart cherries, raspberry and some floral notes. I definitely tasted the tart cherries and Chris tasted the cinnamon. The color was a beautiful claret. This wine would be great with a dark meat heavy dish like lamb. Since I am basically a vegetarian – I drank it with a yummy Brie and it was fabulous!

The newsletter stated “50% of them (the grapes) received thermoflash winemaking, and the other 50% received tradition viticulture”.  According to ADVISOR Wind Industry Network Blog, “Thermoflash, known widely in Europe as “flash détente”, is a process of thermovinification created during the 1990’s in France. It works by heating the must of crushed grapes to a set temperature (usually around 185°F/85°C) then sending the hot grapes to a high vacuum chamber where temperature drops quickly causing some of the liquid in the must to “flash” into steam. The rapid expansion of steam causes the cell walls of the vacuoles in the skins to break open allowing immediate color and tannin extraction while also releasing aromatic compounds.” Wow! That is a process I haven’t seen before. Maybe when we get to France later this year, it will be in use at one of the vineyards we visit.

I enjoyed this young Mira Vos, it’s sharp notes and even the acidic finish. A good wine for a modest budget.

Cheers!

Sandi

The opinions about this wine are mine alone.