The ultimate wine country lifestyle holiday gift guide.
It’s that time of year when I share a collection of some of my favorite things. These are all things that make life just a little more fun and that I think you would love too. This year I am thrilled to share with you some of my top wine gift picks, as well as a few things that I have discovered along my adventures in wine country, plus my favorite destinations for luxurious winter escapes.
Dutton Estate Table for Two Treasures
Indulge your senses and elevate your culinary experience with our Table for Two Treasures: Wine, Olive Oil, and Stemware Set. This carefully curated collection is a true treasure trove for wine enthusiasts, foodies, and home cooks alike.
Rosy Rings Honey Tobacco Candle
Set the scene for a cozy holiday season with the golden glow of candle light. Rosy Rings botanical candles are made with the finest ingredients and artfully crafted with beautiful botanicals. This candle will fill your home with the warm sensual aroma of leather, old wood, pipe tobacco, and vanilla.
Santa's Cooking Pairing Experience at Trinitas Cellars
Introducing "Santa's Cookie Pairing" – a delightful holiday experience that brings together the best of local craftsmanship in a trio of extraordinary cookies and wines. Immerse yourself in the perfect union of three exceptional wines, each carefully selected to complement the flavors of Annie the Baker’s three exquisite cookies. With every sip and bite, you'll embark on a mouthwatering journey, discovering the magical interplay of flavors that evoke the spirit of the season.
Napa Valley Olive Oil Co.
Local, family owned and operated manufacturer of some of the best olive oil I’ve ever tasted. Their olive oil is a wonderfully balanced blend that has been a mainstay in my kitchen for nearly 20 years. I love walking to their rustic store in St. Helena on a sunny afternoon to peruse their vast assortment of Italian specialty foods, grab a bottle of oil and a stick of Molinari salami.
V. Sattui Winery - Wine Me Up Gift Box
Seeking the ultimate V. Sattui sampler? “Wine Me Up” will not let you down. Including three of our post popular wines and everything you need to create a party-perfect grazing board – this gift delivers a visit to our famous Italian Deli and Marketplace from the comfort of home.
Mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon Gift Box
The Acumen Mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Box includes everything your recipient (or you) need for an enjoyable happy hour. A bottle of Acumen Mountainside Cabernet is nestled into a festive gift box with a curated collection of our favorite local gourmet treats. This gift is the perfect accessory for your next ski vacation for an elegant apres ski back at the cabin.
Williams-Sonoma Canteen and Tumbler Set
Sipping a chilled glass of wine or bubbles in the hot tub is devine, but a broken bottle will ruin the fun for everyone. So, to be sure you don’t become a party pooper fill the Corkcicle canteen with your favorite wine to enjoy for apres ski hot tubbing or poolside for shatter free bliss that will keep your wine perfectly chilled for hours. Tuck this set from Williams-Sonoma into your travel bag for your next winter escape.
Goodnight Sleep Bundle by Vital Body
Getting quality sleep is paramount for our mental and physical wellbeing. Yet, it can be the most challenging thing to achieve for most of us. I have found Vital Body CBD Mineral Bath Soak to be an integral part of my nighttime ritual. The lavender scent will calm and lull you into a sleep ready state while the CBD infused mineral salts help soothe sore muscles and aching joints. Then massaging a few drops of the turmeric-infused Restore CBD Tincture into my temples before bed creates a sense of tranquility for a restful night’s sleep.
Cozy Winter Destinations
Salish Lodge & Spa
This iconic Pacific Northwest resort perched above the sacred Snoqualamie Falls will make you feel a million miles from anywhere, yet is just 30 minutes from Seattle. The Salish Lodge & Spa with only 86 guest rooms is a fantastic destination for a winter escape. It also happens to be home to one of my all-time favorite spas. Their soaking tubs are not to be missed! Book a Patio Room which come complete with an outdoor firepit and deep soaking tub. After a full day of hiking and exploring, the Silver Fox and I like to order the in-room Manhattan kit and s’mores to enjoy by the fire as the soothing roar of the falls fill the crisp night air.
Alpino Vino Telluride, CO
Known for its stunning natural beauty, world-class skiing, and vibrant cultural scene Telluride Colorado offers up an unforgettable winter escape perfect for wine and food lovers like you. Swoon worthy mountain lodges and magical snow covered peaks make for an ideal wintery backdrop for all your favorite activities. Of course, Telluride is a renowned ski resort, however, it’s the magnificent culinary scene that will have you begging for more.
From exquisite espresso drinks in the morning to upscale apres ski to over-the-top fine dining experiences, the culinary scene in Telluride does not disappoint. However, nothing compares to the experience of Alpino Vino which I can best describe as French Laundry meets charming cabin in the snow with Northern Italian cuisine. When you arrive by private snow cat, you know this will be no ordinary dinner out!
Carmel Valley Ranch
Nestled in picturesque rolling hills on the sunny side of the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel Valley Ranch offers a winter escape with upscale accommodations, spa facilities, outdoor activities, and gourmet dining amidst the picturesque California landscapes. Suites are well appointed with cozy comforts and boast outdoor soaking tubs, doubled sided fireplaces, and private patios. The regions mild winter weather sets the scene for a cozy night fireside sipping your favorite night cap. The resort's proximity to Carmel-by-the-Sea and the opportunities for wine tasting make for an indulgent winter retreat.
Oh, and Rhys would like to remind everyone that is a very pet friendly resort complete with extensive hiking trails and an indulgent doggy room service menu. He highly recommends the ranch to all his canine friends.
Festive Holiday Events
Patterson Cellars - Walla Walla
Saturday, December 2, 2023, 11:00 AM
Friday, December 1, 2023, 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 2, 2023, 1:00 PM
Saturday, December 2, 2023, 4:00 PM
Saturday, December 9, 2023, 12:00 PM
Bangor Wine and Spirits Region
Saturday, December 9, 2023, 12:00 PM
Boxwood Estate Winery
Saturday, December 9, 2023, 4:00 PM
Saturday, December 9, 2023, 6:00 PM
Wise Villa Winery
Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 6:00 PM
Messina Hof Estate Winery and Resort
Sunday, December 17, 2023, 1:00 PM
Suisun Valley Vintners & Growers Association
Tuesday, December 26, 2023, 11:00 AM
Wise Villa Winery
Sunday, December 31, 2023, 6:00 PM
Messina Hof Grapevine Winery
Sunday, December 31, 2023, 7:00 PM