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5 Best Wine Diva Holiday Gifts

When thinking about what to get the wine lover in your life, while a special bottle of wine is nice, quite frankly it’s a cop out.  It doesn’t take a lot of thought or creativity.  Especially if your recipient is a wine diva.  She’ll appreciate your going the extra mile to find something that appeals to her love of sparkle, glamour and, of course, wine.  These five gifts are sure to bring holiday cheer to any wine diva. Big Girl Sippy Cups by Bling it On.  I can’t help but smile when I see these colorful and sparkly glammed up sippy cups, and that’s the reaction co-creators Terri Campa and Anna DePedrini are going for.  Besties since their sons were in school and baseball and soccer, they never set out to create what’s become all the buzz in their hometown of Manteca, CA and beyond. Anna DePedrini and Terri Campa…

What You Need to Know About Chilean Wines

The view at Viña Ventisquero Before I went on a recent wine trip to Chile, I had certain assumptions about both the country and its wines, things like all the wines are cheap (I mean good values) and it was more important whether or not wineries were in the northern or southern part of this long skinny country.  Not only am I wrong, but I learned many fascinating things to share with you.  Chile tends to get pigeonholed into the “inexpensive” wine category but that’s not a true reflection of what’s happening in wine there now. Carmenere may be the national grape of Chile, but Cabernet Sauvignon is king Don’t get me wrong, we had some beautiful fruity, spicy and earthy Carmenere (reference wines:  Root: 1 Carmenere $12, TerraNoble Gran Reserva Carmenere $18)  But there is more total vineyard acreage in the country planted to Cabernet, about 40% to…