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Vino 301 Wine Lovers Gift Giving Guide

2016 Vino 301 Gift Giving Guide

 

The holiday season is filled with so much joy and awe.  Vino 301 Team love bringing smiles to our guests faces.  Here are a few gifts that will bring smiles to your love ones faces. Enjoy Vino 301 gift giving guide!

 

Maryland Box

The Maryland Box is one of my very favorite gifts. It is all things local and as you know Vino 301 eats.drinks.lives local.  Maryland Box is a collection of all things Maryland.  How cool is that!?!  Maryland Box company creates collectible boxes of iconic Maryland items, like Old Bay and Fisher Popcorn. You should place orders today to receive by Christmas.

 

Traveler’s Gift

This is a must have for the wine lovers who purchase wine while traveling.  Shipping costs are outrage, especially if you are shipping wine internationally. It’s better to check your wine with your luggage. The Wine Check and Vin Garde Valise Grande sell luggage for wine bottles.  This luggage is also great for wine festivals. You can get the luggage in all sizes. Most of the pieces are versatile and can be used for other travel purposes.  The luggage can be purchased on Amazon.

 

Wine Glasses

I know, I know serious wine tasters insist wine should be poured in clear crystal wine glasses. If you are not hosting an official wine tasting why not have fun with your wine glasses.  Macy’s has fun, festive wine glasses.

 

Classic Wine Bottle Opener

This is how you make a statement.  A Vintners Standing Wine Opener is the classic bottle opener. It is very stately. It’s the type of old fashion bottle openers at viewed at vineyards and tasting rooms. The Vintners Standing Wine Opener can be purchased at  Pottery Barn

 

Wine Barrel Doggie Bowl

This gift is for a wine and dog lover.  I have seen a lot of furniture made from wine barrels, but never this. This is a first.  The wine barrel is a holder for your dog’s water and food bowls. The good folks at Bourbon and Boots hand craft these items.

 

Soy Candles

Unwined Candles is another great Maryland business.  The Unwined Candle company makes soy candles from re-purposed wine bottles.  You can purchase scented and/or unscented candles. Their store is located Sykesville, MD, but you can also purchase the candles from online retailers.

 

Wine Decanter

Cooper’s Hawk Winery recently opened a restaurant in Annapolis, MD.  You can purchase Cooper’s Hawk wine and wine accessories online.  The Rojaus Grapevine Decanter is an elegant wine tool.  The unique shape and structure aerates the wine and releases the bouquet.

 

Maryland Wine Tours

Vino 301 Wine Concierge tours are awesome gifts. A novice wine drinker to the ultimate wine enthusiasts will appreciate this gift.  The all-inclusive wine tours include transportation, tasting fees, Tour Ambassador, winery tour, wine glass, four bottle tote bag, and snacks.  Tours are available year round.

 

Wine Club Subscription

There are over 72 vineyards and wineries in Maryland.  There is almost one in every county.  You can purchase Maryland wine online or at the vineyards. All the wineries have a wine club membership in increments of quarterly, bi-annual or annual memberships.  You can contact Maryland Wine Association to find a winery near you.

Looking for more inspiration, view Vino 301’s Pinterest Gift Giving Guide page.  Happy shopping and happy Holidays.

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Wine Clubs: To join or not to join

Going to vineyards in Maryland are such a treat.  You are enjoying the sweeping views, the time with friends, and the wine…oh good the wine.  When the tasting is over you are faced with the dilemma: how can I get this wine again? Do you join or not join wine clubs?

Maryland wines distribution are limited and not widely available in stores. You can purchase wine at the vineyard, vineyard’s website or wine festivals. But, those channels do not guarantee the wine you fell in love with is available. Vineyard wine clubs are a sure way to get what you love all the time.

 

What is a wine club?

It is a subscription to receive an allocation of wine on a regular basis. Your subscription is available monthly, quarterly or annually.  Most clubs are quarterly.  The allocation also varies from three bottles, six bottles (half of case) or a case.  You have the options of having your wine mailed or you can pick it up at the vineyard.

 

What are the perks of joining?

The wine, of course.  But there is more!

  • Club members discounts. You receive a 10 – 15% discount on the wine.   Often this is not limited to your club allocation but other wines you purchase. Some vineyards offer discounted tasting fees in addition.
  • Preferred access to new or small batch releases. Vineyards will prepare a limited edition or small batches exclusively for their wine club.
  • Special invitation to vineyard activities. Vineyards organize exclusive events for its members, like food and wine pairings, barrel tastings, harvest events, etc. These events are really fun. There is always a special treat at these events.  The winemaker is at these events.  You have an opportunity to chat with the winemaker and discuss the wines.
    Big Cor Vineyard Wine Dinner

    Big Cork Vineyard Dinner

 

What to consider before you join?  

  • 3, 6 or 12 bottles? If you are new to a wine club, start with the smaller allocation.  You can always adjust the allocation throughout the year.  Consider sharing your allocation with a friend if you want to purchase a larger lot. Not only will share the allocation, you can share the cost and realize a greater savings.
  • Cost? Most clubs are free to join. The cost generally starts around $100.00 for quarterly commitment. This does not include the shipping fees. Vineyards will request a credit card to keep on file, and notify you before charging your card.
  • Commitment? You have the option to end your commitment at any time.  However, you do not always have the option modify the frequency.  The vineyards usually sets the frequency.
  • Wine selection? Some places have a white wine only, red wine only, or mix wine list you select when you join. Once you select your preference the vineyards pre-select your allocation.  Not to worry, most places allow you to switch wines if you change your mind.

 

In full disclosure, I belong to five wine clubs and will join more.  I know, I know, it is a hazard of the job. It is a good decision to join a wine club.  Start slow, and you will not be disappointed. I hope this helps you make your decision.

 

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