Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Party Style & Hostess Gifts - Wine and Dine Me

Make your next party entrance with THE perfect hostess gift: The Wine Cork Frame
Kaia South African Wine Bar, NYC It's Holiday time and time to give extra special gifts for extra special friends and family. While most people would appreciate your arriving at a Christmas or New Year's Eve Party with a delicious bottle of their favorite wine, maybe it's time to think outside of the bottle. There are some gorgeous accessories this season to help that special wine connoisseur enjoy and celebrate their favorite wines all the more. Here are a few from my Lucky Gift Guide:

Wine Cork Frame by candlelight. Add corks to remember the vintage you've enjoyed!
Wine Cork Frames
The Wine Cork Company makes beautifully crafted glass covered cabinets which can be filled with corks from your favorite wine bottles. They can also be personalized with an engraved plaque to commemorate a special day or an event making it the perfect present for: Holidays, Bridal Showers, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays and more. Have a holiday party and ask everyone to bring extra wine corks to contribute. That way you have memoirs from everyone's favorite wines and your wine cork frames will fill up very quickly. See even more styles and gift giving ideas at The Wine Cork Company online.

Wine Cork Frame in Brazilian Cherry!  Dress: Jennifer in Navy by fashion designer Nora Gardner, NYC.
PackIt Wine Cooler Bag
If you're headed out to a holiday party and want to be ultra chic, arrive with your bottle wine gifts CHILLED. Very easy to do with a PackIt Wine Cooler Bag. It folds up so you can place it in the freezer for a few hours, then pack up to two bottles of your favorite vintage for the gathering. By the time you arrive, your wine will be perfectly cooled and ready to serve. You can even give the host the cooler bag with the wine for a reusable wine lover's gift. Works great for your BYO wine option for dinner at your favorite restaurant too!

My Zebra PackIt fit right in at the Kaia South African Wine Bar!
Box for a Bottle
Let the happy recipient decide if they have been naughty or nice! Beautifully handcrafted wooden Box for A Bottle Wine Box has roomy compartments for two bottles of wine and decorated with this embossed Holiday motif and can also be personalized. The perfect presentation for your wine gifts or can be used at home to display your favorite bottles.

The Box for a Bottle can be engraved with a personalized message.
South African Vintage Wines
Coming on the scene and competing with some of the more established wineries of Europe, are those fragrant offerings from South Africa. I was invited to the Kaia South African Wine Bar, 1614 3rd Avenue, NY who specializes in South African Inspired Small Plates Seasonal menu, local Meats and Cheese. They offer Southern Hemisphere New World Wines, with a focus on South African Varietals and Craft Beer.
I've had Australian Yellow Tail, and the Wit (White) Sauvignon Blanc I sampled reminded me a bit of that.  Pictured below is the Red Jasper, Raats Family Coastal Region, South Africa 2010 which I had at the bar. It was so fragrant and delicious! I'm looking forward to trying the Creation Whale Pod next.

Two Rooi (Red) wines that would make perfect gifts from Kaia South African Wine Bar

All of these make wonderful gifts for the wine lovers on your list or for yourself this year. Merry Merry!

Designer Dress c/o Nora Gardner, NYC
Wine Cooler c/o PackIt
South African Wines c/o Kaia Wine Bar, NYC

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