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Day 16 Gift – Back Lane Wineries & Ceja Vineyards

Day 16 takes us back to Tilar Mazzeo (Episode 12) who was noted as part of a Day 1 gift (Veuve Clicquot)….we’re mentioning her again because she also wrote two fabulous books called “Back Lane Wineries of Napa” and “Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma”, which would be perfect gifts for someone planning a trip to wine country in 2011.

It’s easy to Google ‘Napa wineries’ and end up with plenty of big name wineries with daily tours and souvenir shops. But what of those off the beaten path? Back Lane Wineries of Napa and its sister book for Sonoma are guides to small wineries making quality, hard-to-find handcrafted wines. These books take the reader off the highway to friendly, down-to-earth establishments where the wines are made by on-site proprietors. More than 70 wineries are profiled in each volume, as well as  Wine Tasting Essentials, Wine Shipping Services, an overview of the area, ideas about how to plan an itinerary, the etiquette of tasting, general prices, and much more practical information, all packaged into a perfectly sized volume.

List price for each is $19.95, but only $13.57 on Amazon.com.

Add to these a few bottles of delicious Ceja Vineyards wine, made by Amelia Ceja, President of Ceja Vineyards, who was my guest on Episode 20, and was featured in “Back Lane Wineries of Napa” (p. 253). Ceja Vineyards is a family owned winery which makes 10,000 cases per year of award winning wine, and Amelia is the first Mexican American woman president of a wine production company as well as host of the video series “Salud Napa Valley”.

They have a Holiday Trio which consists of Ceja 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Ceja 2006 Sonoma Coast Syrah and a Ceja 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which normally retail for $134, but are only $75 for the holidays.

Two great ladies, two great gifts.



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Day 1 of the 25 Days of “Cocktails for Everyone!” Gift Ideas – Veuve Clicquot

We have had so many amazing guests on our radio program over the past 7 months, we thought it would be fun to highlight one gift idea each day from those guests  leading up to Christmas.

Gift Idea #1 – A bottle of one of my favorites, Veuve Clicquot Rose from one of the guests on our first show, Chef de Caves Dominique Demarville, which is listed on Wine.com for $61.99.

“This has the bright savor of a strawberry dipped in sea salt. It’s light, with a hint of smokiness to balance the fruit. Together with the fine bubbles, that fruit savor will clean up after cured sausages and other charcuterie.” 91 Points from Wine & Spirits.

Add to this a copy of the New York Times Bestseller, “The Widow Clicquot, The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It” by Tilar Mazzeo, our guest week 12. 

The Widow Clicquot is someone we should all know about….Long a shadowy, legend-obscured figure, in Tilar Mazzeo’s agile hands the widow sheds her weeds and takes form before our eyes as a distinctly modern entrepreneur….The result is narrative history that fizzes with life and feeling. –Benjamin Wallace, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Billionaire’s Vinegar

The hardcover is available for $17.15 on Amazon.com (list price is $25.99), or you can download it to your Kindle or Nook for around $9.99.






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