Looking for the perfect gift for your food, wine and spirits loving friends and family? Look no further than to these great gift ideas sure to satisfy every palate. This is a list of tried and true foodie-friendly gifts for any occasion, but is especially great for the winter holidays!
For red wine lovers: City Winery Chicago 90-Point Trio – The ultimate red wine lover gift including 3, 90-Point wines bundled in a great gift pack. The trio includes the Bien Nacido Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir, the Obsidian Ridge Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Ruth on Mars, a Roussanne-Marsanne California blend. Can be purchased in person at City Winery Chicago for $80.
For do-gooder winos: Cape Classics Indaba Sauvignon Blanc – A portion of the proceeds from buying this crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, goes to the Indaba Education Fund. Not only is this a tasty treat for a hostess gift, but also a feel-good one, and retails for a cool $11.99 a bottle.
For high-end spirts lovers: Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish Single Malt Whiskey – This extremely limited edition Scotch Whiskey is aged in Mizunara oak casks from Japan, giving it a perfect blend of East meets West complexity. With only 2000 bottles produced worldwide, these bottles will run you a cool $1000 each. For a lower cost option, you could try a $65 Japanese Hibiki Blended Whiskey, which is blended of malt and grain whiskey for a bold and aromatic, but less expensive, night cap.
For the healthy foodie: Hungry Root Holiday Gift Basket – Have a friend looking to jump on the vegetable-based foods trend, then grab them a holiday gift pack from Hungry Root. Only $50 will give the gift of a wonderful food experience for any food lover, both easy to make and really tasty.
For the pasta lover: Gabriella’s Kitchen Skinny Pasta – Who doesn’t love to cozy up to some pasta in the winter. But instead of just pure carb indulgence, consider a new fresh pasta which will change the way you buy pasta. GK Skinny Pasta is made with high protein, alternative grain recipes, which still boast a flavor just like traditional wheat pasta. Try the High Protein Pasta, made with Semolina and packed with protein and fiber, for only $5.99 a package. Pair it with your favorite sauce (like my new favorite Bertolli Riserva with Balsamic and Caramelized Onions) for a wonderful, and substantial, cozy meal.
For the restaurant addict: Lettuce Entertain You Gift Cards – Great for use at many Chicago favorite restaurants, snag a gift card for a buddy and score a $25 bonus for the holidays! Some of my favorite LEY spots are Beatrix, Summer House Santa Monica, and Ramen-san.
Wrap up your holiday shopping fast, as there are only 7 days left till Christmas! And when you do, be sure to sit back, relax and enjoy all the holiday food and drinks to come! Bon Appetit!