December 15, 2023

Last Minute Shopping for Your Wine Lover

Last Minute Shopping for your Wine Lover
It’s about a week before Christmas. Are you still scouring your mind for gift ideas for your wine lover? A good bottle of Texas wine is an easy answer when shopping at your local HEB Grocery Store, Kroger’s, or SPEC’S. I recommend Becker Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah blend, Messina Hof Gewürztraminer (slightly sweet and very sassy), Llano Estacado Reserve Merlot, McPherson Texas High Plains Red, or Bending Branch Red for starters. Most HEB stores will carry well over a hundred different Texas wines for your wine lover. Check with the store’s wine steward for the best match. If you are looking for the best quality wines (Texas or otherwise), I recommend visiting the winery to get their best wines since these small boutique batches of wines never make it to your local retail store. When you have hundreds of retail stores (HEB has over 800 in Texas), it is impractical for those stores to stock the BEST wines since most boutique wines come in lots of several hundred cases. Your BEST BET is to visit the wineries for these BEST wines. BTW, most wineries will be closed during Christmas-New Year’s week. Perhaps booking a winery trip as a gift is another option for y our wine lover. The Texas Hill Country is your best option for such a trip with Fredericksburg and Kerrville being my top two choices. I enjoy the low-key atmosphere in artsy Kerrville where you will encounter Newsom Vineyards Tasting Room and Kerrville Hills Winery. Both are exceptional with award-winning wines. Other options in this art mecca include Bending Branch, Singing Waters (Love their tree house on the banks of a creek) and Augusta Vin. If you love touristy, trek over to Fredericksburg and visit William-Chris (rated as one of the best wine-tasting experiences in the USA), along with Grape Creek Winery, and Becker Vineyards. It is BEST to plan your Christmas Gift and limit winery visits to three or possibly four per day. Relax and enjoy the wines, the fellowship, and the ambiance. Most of these wineries will welcome your leashed dog(s). Several hotel chains like LaQuinta and Kimpton’s also welcome your pets. Other last minute shopping tips for your wine lover include:
• Subscription to Wine Spectator
• WINE Books ordered online from WINE FOLLY or from your local bookstore
• Natalie MacLean’s acclaimed book from a woman’s perspective titled Wine Witch on Fire: Rising from the Ashes of Divorce, Defamation, and Drinking Too Much available at
• Crystal Decanter or Riedel Wine Glasses from Sur La Table or SPEC’S or Total Wine
• Wood-handled corkscrews, ice sleeves for chilled wines, and special stoppers (including sparkling wines) ordered online or from a local wine retail store
• Tickets for various wine dinners and wine tastings as offered online in your local area via
We hurry before Christmas to get that perfect gift, but WINE is the perfect physical gift for the entire year regardless of the occasion. Well, actually, the BEST GIFT is the LOVE that is bestowed on each of us by our Creator. I wish each of you the Love, Joy, and Peace of this magical celebration!

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