Holiday Gift Suggestions from the Staff

We like stuff here at The Blend just as much as anyone, but you’re not going to find us suggesting Dr. Who travel mugs or iTunes gift cards.  We like food.  And wine.  And the beautifully designed cocktail.  So, without further ado, here’s what we’d want to commemorate the spiritual celebration of our choice:

Foodstuffs: Yes, please and thank you.

Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil

If you have a lover of cooking on your list (including yourself), splurge on some fancy EVOO from Jordan.  Known for their magnificent Cabernet, Jordan lends it’s incredible palate to their olive oil. Paleo-friendly, low-carb and whatnot.

King Estate Raspberry Pinot Noir Jam

If breakfast or delicious jam-filled tarts are more your style, say helll-ooo to King Estate’s Raspberry Pinot Noir Jam. Not that I’m trying to give you any ideas, but I’m thinking rolling out of bed Christmas morning to some dark chocolate chip pancakes with this warmed up as a syrup on top sounds pretty amazing.


The Art of Eating Cookbook

Thoughtfully written but less complex than Julia’s book, The Art of Eating Cookbook: Essential Recipes from the First 25 Years is an exercise in elegance.  You can get a signed copy direct from Edward Behr’s website.

Wine and Spirits Ideas (Apart From Actually Buying Wine or Spirits, Which Goes Without Saying is a Great Idea)


Bottle Engraving

We know Ken Brown is in the Dallas area, but you can find a local master engraver to spruce up a favorite bottle of wine or spirits.  It’s a nice way to commemorate a special year, or just making it through the end of the Mayan calender without a scratch.


Laguiole Champagne Saber

For the wine lover that LITERALLY has every other wine gadget, corkscrew, aerator, decanter  and fancy wine glass.  Caveat: Must be given to a true showman for best results.


Final Touch On the Rock Glass with Ice Ball

For that Bourbon and Scotch lover (or hug-able Luddite), a gift that is sublimely low-tech, but functions simply and perfectly.  Pair up with a favored bottle of Single Malt Scotch, a Labrador retriever and a roaring fire for the ideal gift.


Have a wonderful holiday season. May you be safe. May you be happy. May you know joy.

~The Blend Staff

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