I am aging and forget stuff.
Is it my imagination or did the Christmas shopping season used to begin after Thanksgiving….and that was too soon.
I had the misfortune to visit a big mall the other day. Phone stuff. I had given up going to malls all together and then I got an iPhone and got sucked into the belly of the iPhone beast – a mall store.
Two weeks before Thanksgiving mall elves of greed were already building a crystal snow palace in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. There were already pictures of Santa everywhere – Santa in leather chairs, Santa smoking cigars, Santa in mesh stockings with high heels. I got my phone fixed and bolted.
Later that same day back at the Bistro I took a call from a lady in Minnesota asking me for advice on Christmas gifts for her wine-loving husband. She’s thinking accessories. There are really only two wine tools that are worth a damn, a real corkscrew and a decanter.
The classic, best corkscrew is the Laguiole which has been manufactured in the small French mountain town of the same name since 1829. It’s an exemplary piece of craftsmanship and comes in a really cool wooden box.
The other great gift is a decanter. Recently, I was given a Cyrus orbital decanter – beautiful and functional. Any big Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec or Shiraz-style wine will benefit from the aeration. But there are many useful and attractive wine decanters at all price points out there (many at the dreaded mall) that will decant wine properly and look stylish on your holiday table.
The best wine gift for a local is our new bottle of wine-with-gift-certificate-in-a-faux-silk-bag from the Beach Bistro. Give Big Dave our Bistro “wine guy” a call. Dave will help you pick a worthy wine value at our wholesale prices. We will order it and have it wrapped in a silky gift bag with a Bistro gift certificate and …a menu with food-pairing suggestions for your Beach Bistro date with your wine gift.
This is unique gift and it’s a great value – you get the wine at wholesale, we won’t charge you corkage and you won’t have to go to a mall.
Give Dave a call at the Beach Bistro.
PS: Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.