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Galveston Monthly

The Season to Splurge

Dec 06, 2019 08:29AM
Bring Home A World of Wine
For wine travelers, a wine suitcase is a practical gift. Wine enthusiasts can safely pack newly acquired treasures for safe passage from any wine destination. Different styles include affordably priced inserts starting at $45 for securing two bottles in one’s current luggage and range up to full suitcases that house up to 12 bottles for $350.

Though the suitcase comes in three colors, fans of the grape might consider the Burgundy exterior as the top choice. See all products at

Brand Loyalty
If shopping for an aficionado that is loyal to a specific brand, check out that winery’s website for gift packs and accessories like this unique item from Jordan Winery. The winery chef and his wife collaborated with local pottery artists, NBC Potter, to create special Garden Plates from clay
found on the Alexander Valley estate.

With only 80 made, each piece is its own unique expression of the terroir as well as a limited-edition piece of wine art. Make it more special by including a bottle of Jordan wine, perhaps their exquisite Chardonnay.

Find the Garden Plate, priced at $100, along with other gift sets at

Bust Out the Bubbly
Have someone special on the list who loves bubbles? Treat them to a bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée.

This premium Champagne takes more than twenty years to create, it is a blend of over 120 wines coming from ten or more different vintages and requiring at least six years of bottle aging in the 
 Krug cellar. Known for its deep golden color, pinpoint bubbles, toasted notes, and long finish,
it has consistently been rated as one of the world’s top Champagnes.

This sparkler is ideal for anyone who likes a little luxury in their life, priced at $176 on the Spec’s website.

For a Good Cause
Give a wine gift that gives back this year with this special edition bottling from singer Josh Groban and Halleck Vineyard. For every bottle sold of the 2015 Find Your Light Halleck Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 100% of all proceeds will be donated to Groban’s Find Your Light
Foundation, a charity that supports children and the arts.

A delicious drink on its own, the gift is even more meaningful given its charitable component, perfect for both art lovers and Pinot Noir devotees. Find the wine for $55 at

 For Lone-Star Lovers
For the true Texan, give the gift of wine that has been home grown in the Lone Star State. Top bottle picks are Vermentino and Aglianico from Duchman Winery or Rosé and Syrah from Fall Creek.

To make the gift of Texas wine even bigger, consider gifting a Wine Club membership to one of the many high-quality Texas wineries now producing. Club memberships are available on most winery websites. 

Stocking Stuffers
While one makes an ideal stocking stuffer, a set can be great gift for the wine lover that likes to entertain outdoors. The Yeti Rambler wine tumbler keeps wine at the ideal
serving temperature for hours of slow sipping and it comes in a rainbow of twelve fun colors.

Find the Ramblers online for $24.99 each at