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Giving the Gift of Wine, Customized, NYC and Elsewhere

With Halloween behind us it is apparently time to think about holiday gifts.

Normally this would make me gag, but in the case of wine gift baskets–bring on Christmakwanzakah.

Bottlerocket is a fun wine store on West 19th Street (which I found out about via some free wine tastings).

In the store, wines are arranged according to what types of foods they’d go well with: “take out,” “seafood,” “treats,” etc.

Another perk of this store is its gift baskets, ahem, pails, which you can custom-fill with various wines, champagnes, wine/food-themed books and magazines, and wine accessories… whatever would delight or inspire. They do the wrapping and the shipping. You don’t have to be in NYC to give or to receive one of these pails.

Couldn’t December come a little faster? Just kidding.

Tech Tool: Find wine tastings in your zip code

LocalWineEvents.com is a helpful website for anyone looking to learn more about wine or just throw back some free sips around town.

On the main page you select your location, and then you will be presented with a long list of current wine (and sometimes food) tastings, dinners, tours, lessons, and classes near where you live.

I subscribe to the newsletter version (“The Juice”), which is emailed to me every week or so. I prefer the layout of the newsletter because I find it easier to scroll down looking for events with “free” in the cost column.

Thanks to LocalWineEvents.com I have discovered some good wine shops as well as nice wines. Sometimes if I know I’ll have an hour to kill in Manhattan between, say, an appointment and dinner, I will look up whatever events might be in that area during that time. Nothing passes the time like a few tastes of wine.

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