The holidays are upon us. Lights are lit, parties are in full swing, and everyone is shopping for the perfect gifts for their friends and loved ones. TableTalk is here to help. It is our annual tradition to present you with our curated list of gift ideas that are sure to be a hit with everyone on your list. So, without further ado…

Learn

Give the gift of knowledge.

American Wine: A Coming-of-Age Story

by Tom Acitelli

$29.95

The oenophile on your list will love to read the David and Goliath underdog triumph history. This book reminds us how our plucky little country reversed centuries of Eurocentrism and now dominates the wine scene, causing Europeans to alter blends and techniques to cater to our free-spending tastes and shifting the tenor of wine to big, powerful and loud – American in other words.

Tom Acitelli, author of Audacity of Hops, traces the post Prohibition path of escalation in American Wine: a coming-of-Age Story. He outlines how the United States went from 400 wineries in 1965 to more than 8,000 fifty years later.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack

$15

The folks behind WineFolly.com — the slick, fun and informative wine blog — present all you ever wanted to know about wine in a compendium of topical tutorials and infographics that run the gamut from wine etiquette to wine tasting and wine selection to wine regions (with maps!).

Puckette and Hammack have brought their talents in oenology and graphic design to create a handbook that is as engaging as it is useful.

Northwest Tastemaker

by Northwest Travel Magazine

$15

Northwest TasteMaker celebrates the trail of foods from growers and producers to cutting-edge chefs and, finally, into readers’ kitchens. Engaging articles inform with fascinating stories about the ever evolving culinary scene in this bountiful corner of the world. Much more than a recipe book and consumer guide, Northwest TasteMaker is an approachable and comprehensive “bookazine” about the delicious world of NW foods.

nwtravelmag.com/sample-and-purchase-northwest-tastemaker-now/

Experience

Give the gift of an experience.

Seattle Wine & Food Experience

February 20 & 21

Sunday beverage and food showcase plus a separate POP event Saturday featuring Northwest seafood and the wines, beer, cider and waters that pair perfectly.

Weekend pass $140.
Feb. 20: POP! $75.
Feb. 21: Experience VIP $75 VIP / Grand Tasting $60

seattlewineandfoodexperience.com

2015 Passport to Woodinville

Complimentary tastings at 60 participating Woodinville wineries and access to top-tier selections, discounts of Woodinville Wine Country events (including White & Rose Affair in May, Winemaker Triathlon in July) throughout 2016.

$75, or 2-pack passes available for $99 at participating Costco Warehouse locations.

woodinvillewinecountry.com

Home Accessories

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Refresh Glass

Imagine where all those used wine bottles go. Refresh Glass collects them from restaurants and resorts and repurposes them in their Arizona location into clever drinking glasses that are sure conversation starters.

After coming from the hundreds of venues across the U.S., including Wolfgang Pucks, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton and The Coppola Winery, they are rinsed, de-labeled and fire-polished.

Every single glass was enjoyed as a bottle by someone and rescued and re-purposed.

12 oz. $24 – $44; 16 oz. 28 – $48; 18 oz. $8 – $8.50

Bourbon glasses, carafes, votive candle holders and planters also available. Custom etched items by special order.

refreshglass.com

pubWARE

PubWARE has come up with Unbreakable Pints and Pub Glasses made from SymGLASS. They won’t crack, discolor, haze or cloud like acrylic or polycarbonate cousins, yet are still dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe. They also “frost up” as a traditional glass, yet won’t “sweat” on the outside. PubWARE allow a beer’s head to form exactly like a traditional glass will.

A set of four Pints $49.99, a set of four Pub Glasses $54.99

Stemless wine glasses (12 oz.) and Old Fashioned glasses (10 oz.) also available

www.pubware.com.

Home Wet Bar

Home Wet Bar is a family-owned business that specializes in home entertaining items to enjoy wine, beer and spirits better. From beer cap maps and engraved wood cutting boards to decanter sets with whisky glasses holiday gift giving ideas abound.

One standout is the personalized Wine Serving Tray crafted from bamboo. Durable, contemporary and it can be personalized. (49.95)

www.homewetbar.com

Comfort and Joy

Ethnic Seattle

Ethnic Seattle has bundled rare and special Holiday gift ideas into different categories for your selecting convenience. Packages are available at a myriad of ethnic-owned small businesses in Seattle.

For the food and wine lover, the noted Vietnamese restaurant, Huong Binh in Little Saigon, is offering an Essential Spring Roll Package Gift Set including: rice paper, noodle package, hoisin sauce, hot sauce, and recipe card ($15).

Ethnic SeattleFor the coffee drinkers on your list, Amy’s Merkato in the Central District taps into their Ethiopian culture to share with Seattleites and coffee lovers. Amy’s Ethiopian Coffee Gift Set bundles up a traditional coffee making experience including serving tray, cups, Ethiopian coffee beans, roasting pot and coffee maker with instructions on how to make traditional, Ethiopian coffee. ($39.99, as an exclusive offer to EthnicSeattle.com)

ethnicseattle.com/holiday

Tasty Temptations

Skillet Bloody Mary

What better way to enjoy a lazy holiday morning than with a Bloody Mary, spiked or virgin? Seattle’s Skillet has packaged its signature Bloody Mary Mix and Bacon Salt and has packages ready to go at the Capitol Hill and Ballard restaurants ready for your Holiday Happy Hour.

Bloody Mary Mix $12; Bacon Salt $6; Cocktail Lover Bundle including Bloody mary Mix, Bacon Salt, Skillet Bacon Jam $28.

skilletstreetfood.com

Hot Cakes

Feeding the sweet tooth is easy. Hot cakes is offering a slice of summer with its S’mores Kit including organic, corn syrup-free marshmallows, handmade graham crackers and a cold-smoked semi-sweet chocolate bar—enough supplies to make six s’mores. ($25)

hot cakesShowcasing Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, Hot Cakes’ Rye Whiskey Caramel Sauce is made with organic cream, organic sugar, and a lot of love, the old-fashioned way, by dry-burning sugar in copper pots. The caramel is dark and slightly savory, and comes in an old-style glass flask bottle. ($18)

Both items are available online or in the Ballard and Capitol Hill locations.

www.getyourhotcakes.com

Gelatiamo Panettone

Traditional Italian Panettone is close at hand through Gelatiamo (1400 Third Avenue, Seattle). Maria Coassin’s handmade classic is full of butter, eggs, candied citrus and raisins. These panettones take 24 hours to create. ($19.50)

These delicacies are available in Seattle at Gelatiamo now through Christmas, at Metropolitan Market locations and Café Umbria in Portland. Shipping is available. Call 206.467.9563 to reserve your panettone.

www.Gelatiamo.com

Apple Cranberry Hard Cider

Core Hero, a new hyper local hard cider handcrafted in Edmonds by Edmonds Cidery has a new seasonal favorite Apple Cranberry Hard Cider. Ready to be enjoyed with turkey and ham Core Hero can be found at Lynnwood’s Whole Foods Market and Edmonds PCC Natural Market.

www.coreherohardcider.com

Moonstruck Chocolates

Moonstruck Chocolate’s gives you the option to pick from holiday-inspired selections or traditional and untraditional truffles for your seasonal gift giving. Handcrafted in Portland, Oregon, these items are mouthwatering.

March of the Penguins truffles in dark and milk chocolate tuxedos with hand-decorated accents. ($15)

Mr. & Mrs. Claus filled with creamy milk chocolate ganache, and a center of milk chocolate toffee ganache. ($15)

Oregon Distillers Chocolates highlights the best of Oregon including Oregon Pear Brandy, Aviation Gin, Dead Guy Whiskey, Wild Card Absinthe and Marionberry Vodka. ($25)

CraftBrewers chocolatesOregon Craft Brewers Chocolates showcasing Rogue Hazelnut Brown, Full Sail IPA, Widmer Hefeweizen and Deschutes Black Butte Porter in a full-bodied truffle collection. ($30)

www.moonstruckchocolate.com

Beverage Basics

Wine Club Membership

There is no better convenience for the wine lover than to have wines show up at their door. Most wineries have wine clubs where members can either have bottles shipped or picked up at the winery for a little more experience.

Icewine or dessert wine shooters

Bundle a great “sticky” bottle with chocolate cups for perfect sip and savor gift. Simply pour the wine into the chocolate cup, sip some then “pop” the chocolate into your mouth. The pairing works great because the wine is sweeter than the chocolate.

Reserve wine

Wine makes an easy gift, whether for the host and hostess or for that buy-for aunt and uncle. But for the wine lover who is high on your list, go for a higher-end reserve wine. These premium, small batch wines are generally ideal wines for laying down and aging for a few years.

Wine gadgets

When considering all the gadgets and paraphernalia, keep your focus on items that truly enhance the experience of the wine. A two-step waiter’s corkscrew and a wine aerator make for great stocking stuffers. A crystal decanter is also a thoughtful gift.