Do you take pleasure in fine foods, curated wine pairings, and aesthetically appealing design? This round up of 2016 foodie favorites is for you. The first to share our post to their Facebook and Twitter (@GPfood) naming their guilty foodie pleasure will receive two jars of Beth's Farm Kitchen jam!
We're huge fans of Beth's jams. Locally produced and loved, you can find the "jammettes" at the Union Square Greenmarket 3 times a week, as they have been a staple vendor there for 35 years. And it's not just jams! Chutneys, hot sauces (tasters be warned), and mustards are made as well - try the spicy chutney with goat cheese and crackers!
From our friend Arthur Bovino, Managing Editor at Mouth.com, a list of fantastic gourmet finds to make your holiday shopping easy as pie.
"The holidays can make everyone totally crazed. Soooo many gifts to deal with – clients, colleagues, your cousin, mom, the kids. Give them something you know they’ll eat up – an expertly curated gift bag from Mouth.com, the leading online destination for small-batch food, spirits and wine, all crafted by American makers.
Shop the Mouth Holiday Gift Guide for Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, gifts for cooks, gifts with spirit, gifts for obsessives, gifts for students and gifts that gift back. Here are a few favorites:
Give the best of both worlds with this mix of festive crowd-pleasers,
like spiced nuts, buttery caramels, fancy popcorn, crazy-good chocolate and
candies, savory crackers, standout nut butter and jam. It’ll take care of
everyone on your list.
Send ‘em to hot chocolate heaven with this gift bag packed
with all the fixings for a mug of thick, creamy cocoa: hot chocolate on a stick(!),
dark hot chocolate packets (made with actual milk powder), fluffy handmade
vanilla marshmallows, and a Mouth-exclusive peppermint stick to stir it all
Outdo last year’s popcorn tin with a trio of cocktail-inspired
boozy caramel corns made by Brooklyn-based Butter & Scotch: Dark ’n’
Stormy, Green Chile Margarita and Hot Toddy. Makes an awesome gift for offices
and families, alike.
Nothing says “holiday” like getting punch-drunk with your
favorite elves. Mix it up with this kit of American gin, indie bubbly, hibiscus
cocktail mixer and bourbon-infused cherries for garnish. Punch bowl not
So get it done early, people! Just select a ship date at checkout and the goodies will arrive, beautifully wrapped, the week of your choice in December. Now kick back with an indie cocktail and enjoy the rest of the season!" Arthur Bovino, Mouth.com Managing Editor
Looking for the perfect wine? We reached out to our friend Gary Fradin at Quality House Wines & Spirits for his current favorites - and got a huge list, naturally. Gary is more than a wine seller, he is an enthusiastic curator, and an old world wine merchant who has customized purchases for two generations, and continues to visit the vinyards he buys from.
“The sommelier at Daniel, who has some of the best wines in the world, couldn’t believe what Gary had in stock,” said John Raphael, a retired money manager and a frequent customer at the tony Upper East Side dining establishment.
Gary will gladly take a call anytime to discuss your specific needs.
Right now our favorite champagne is the Taittinger “Les Folies de la Marquetterie” This single-vineyard champagne from house Taittinger is exuberant and rich style that bursts across the palate with a mineral intensity and flavors of brioche, peach meringue and butterscotch. Due to the full and round nature of the wine, this champagne will pair beautifully with roasted meats and white fish in a cream sauce. Taittinger “Les Folies de la Marquetterie”- $89.00
FOR A HOLIDAY GET TOGETHER
A great red wine for pairing with a wide-range of foods that won’t break the bank is a Cabernet Franc from Chinon in the Loire Valley of Northwest France. Unlike its bigger, more tannic brother, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc is a great varietal for pairing with lighter red meats, and dark-meat fowl. We love the Domaine du Raifualt Chinon, a wine that comes from one of the oldest vineyards in the region, and is a tremendous value. Domaine du Raifault Chinon 2013- $24.99
We are total Francophiles here at Quality House, and we believe that Burgundy produces the finest white wines in the world. A supple white Burgundy, made from 100% chardonnay, is a great cocktail party wine because of its versatility with food. Lightly oaked and fruit-driven, while not overly acidic, this wine goes perfectly with appetizers, light seafood, and hard and soft cheese. We recommend the Domaine Thevenot-Le Brun & Fils “Clos du Vignon” 2015, a perfect wine for a casual get together. Domaine Thevenot-Le Brun & Fils “Clos du Vignon”- $24.99
FOR THE SOMM
Sticking with French tradition, but not being cliché (sorry Bordeaux) we recommend a fine red wine from the Southern Rhone Valley. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the oldest and most respected wine-growing regions in all of France. The red wines produced here are made predominantly from Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah grapes, but French law permits up to 9 varieties in the blend. The Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Boiserenard” is a full-bodied style, rich with red fruit flavors. Well-integrated tannins that cling to the tongue, this is a wine that calls for rich red meats that are full of fat and protein. Lamb chops come to mind as an ideal pairing. Domaine de Beaurenard “Boiserenard” 2011- $115.00
Switching up from the French theme, an excellent white wine from Italy is a Greco di Tufo from producer, Quintodecimo. This is a full-bodied style of white wine that craves a robust pasta dish to match with it. Flavors range from apricot marmalade to apricots and a touch of oak. Located in the southwestern zone of Italy, near Naples, the vines here are drenched in sunshine throughout the growing season, and the ripeness achieved in the vineyard is present in each and every glass. Quintodecimo Greco di Tufo Giallo d'Arles 2013- $59.00
IF YOUR TABLE HAS TURKEY
One of the best red wine pairings with turkey is gamay, the grape of Beaujolais. It is one of the least-tannic red varietals you can find, and moderate in terms of alcohol. A cru Beaujolais like the Chateau du Moulin a Vent Moulin a Vent exhibits fresh red cherry and cranberry flavors and with a nice backbone of acidity is ideal with Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixins. Chateau du Moulin a Vent Moulin a Vent 2011- $49.00
Despite its long and tough-sounding name, Gewurztraminer is a very friendly wine. Grown widely in Alsace, France and in many parts of Germany, this full-bodied white wine is produced in a range of styles. Some are sweet and concentrated, others bone dry and full of alcohol. The aromas are often that of perfume and rose petals, and can be quite enticing. The Ruhlmann Gewurztraminer is on off-dry style that will match well with turkey and other gamey fowl. Ruhlmann Gewurztraminer- $22.99
IF YOUR TABLE HAS HAM
For ham I think of Riesling. Dry Riesling like a German Kabitnett Trocken or a Dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes here in New York State is great with honeyed ham. The natural high acidity of a dry Riesling cuts through the fattiness of the pork like knife, and the green-apple flavors of the wine intertwine beautifully with the meat. We recommend the Ravines Wine Cellars Dry Riesling. Ravines Dry Riesling- $19.99
Sauternes, Sauternes, Sauternes. There’s no better time to serve this famous style of desert wine than after you’ve had your fill of turkey and are ready for that first slice of pecan pie. You want your deserts to pair with wine that shares a similar level of sweetness, and Sauternes is most definitely on the sweeter side. Caramalized, nutty and delicious, the Grand Enclos du Chateau Cerons Blanc is a great match. Grand Enclos Cerons- $40.00
WHAT ABOUT MAGNUMS?
Magnums of champagne are the best magnums! Champagne is already fun, and a magnum of champagne is even better. Present it to your friends and family as a toast to the meal to come. We recommend the Billecart-Salmon Grand Reserve Brut NV. Anytime you’re serving a magnum of champagne, you can’t go wrong. Billecart-Salmon Grand Reserve Brut NV- $140.00