A Tisket, A Tasket, A Green and..Red Basket

I bought a basket for my mommy
And on the way I dropped it.

Good idea: buying a gift basket for your mom for the holidays.
Bad idea: dropping it.

Pick up a wine basket filled with wine and goodies for your mother, your father, your boss, or anyone else in your life. Gift baskets are especially useful when you cannot-for-the-life-of-you figure out what to get that special person. Order them already made or customize your own. Better yet, don’t worry about dropping your basket; have the winery ship it direct.

As mentioned in a previous post, there are wine gift packs that come in great reusable containers and there are gift baskets that contain gifts and food in addition to wine. Here are a few:

Cambria's Canine Extravaganza Gift Basket

Cambria’s Canine Extravaganza ($49): Perfect for the dog lover in your life, this package features a bottle each of Katherine’s Chardonnay and Julia’s Pinot Noir, as well as wine grape-shaped biscuits and a cozy black scarf for our four-legged friends. www.cambriawine.com

Cambria's Santa Maria BBQ Package

Cambria’s Santa Maria BBQ Package ($38): Santa Maria is famous for its BBQ. Ideal for the grill lover on your list, this package comes with a Cambria chef’s apron, spicy Suzie Q beans, fresh salsa and, the ultimate BBQ wine, our 2006 Tepusquet Syrah. As a special treat we’re including an official guide of “How to Throw a Santa Maria-Style BBQ.” www.cambriawines.com

YNOT Cab Sauvignon and Chocolate Gift Pack

Flying Goat Cellars:
The “Holiday Gift Pack” includes a bottle of the 2005 YNOT Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the new second label produced by winemaker Norm Yost of Flying Goat Cellars. Also tucked into the box is a 1/2 lb. box of Dark Chocolate Almond Bark from chocolatier Cindy Ruda of Sweet Creations Chocolate Shoppe. What a perfect match for the holidays – Cabernet Sauvignon and Chocolate. $24.99 plus tax & shipping. This sounds like a great gift for Valetine’s Day, too!www.flyinggoatcellars.com

Lucas & Lewellen: 1.) Send a bottle of Cabernet or Chardonnay, a logo bottle opener, and 2 L&L logo glasses in a lovely gift box and pay only $50 total, including freight. Or create your own 1-3 bottle gift box and we will charge you accordingly. 2.) Ship a bottle of Lucas & Lewellen Silver King Port with a beautiful gold logo box of 12 dark chocolate Port glasses to a continental U.S. resident for $40. 3.) Talk to Andy at the Tasting Room about adding a personalized message or family photo to your gift of wine. Only $5/label with a 6-bottle minimum (non-sale wine only). www.llwine.com


For those who just want wine, take advantage of the special savings a gift pack can offer and the convenience of shipping. Some examples are below:

Core’s Holiday 6 Packs: For $95 with UPS ground shipping included in California (other states pay the difference) receive 2006 CORE red (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre), 2007 Grenache, 2006 Kuyam 13 Moons (Merlot, Cab, Cab Franc, Malbec), 2007 Turchi Cab, 2006 C3 Tempranillo and 2006 Kuyam Petite Sirah. For $195 with UPS ground shipping included in California (other states pay the difference) receive 2006 Hard Core, 2006 Ground Around (Grenache, Tempranillo, Syrah), 2006 Mister Moreved, 2007 Turchi Cab Reserve, 2006 Crazy 8’s (Tempranillo, Merlot, Cab) and 2006 Kuyam Cuvee Nolan (Cab, Cab Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot). www.corewine.com

Rancho Sisquoc:
At $52.00 this pack is a great value and includes three bottles of wine at 20% off the regular price. The pack includes three favorites: 1 bottle Chardonnay, 1 bottle Syrah, 1 bottle Merlot. Please visit our Wine Store to order or call the tasting room at 805-934-4332. www.ranchosisquoc.com

Large Format Bottles at Riverbench

For the holiday season we bottled our 2006 Reserve Chardonnay in 1.5 Liter ($50), 3 Liter ($75) and 5 Liter ($125) bottles. Each bottle’s label is beautifully etched in the glass. www.riverbench.com


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