Wine Gift Ideas For Wine Lovers

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of wine. I share wine recipes, have a Wine 101 section on my blog for wine newbies, review wines and wine related products, and still occasionally post to Have Wine Will Drink’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. So I thought it’d be fun to share some wine gift ideas for the wine lovers in your life!

Wine Gift Ideas For Wine Lovers

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Wine Cork Shadow Box

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Not only do I love the idea of saving corks in a shadow box, but I also love what this one says!

Vinebox Subscription

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Vinebox is a cool subscription service that will send you 3 to 6 “glasses” of wine each month. It’s an expensive and fun way to try out new wines without being disappointed by buying an entire bottle of wine you might not even like. Each flight (the fancy way of saying a selection of wines…usually 3 to 8 glasses) also comes with pairing suggestions and technical information so you can learn more about each wine.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Wine Awesomeness has a subscription service, or you can send a one-time gift.

Electric Wine Bottle Opener

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Under 20 bucks, and a must have! An electric wine bottle opener makes opening a bottle of wine a quick and easy task.

Wine Carafe

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Now you can get some gorgeous wine carafes (sometimes called decanters), but I like this one because it’s a wine carafe that can preserve your wine for up to a week!

A Wine Chiller

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Is there anything worse than drinking wine at the wrong temperature? Nope, there’s not. That’s why I love this Corkcicle Chiller. It has a unique freezing gel that maintains chilled whites and cools down room temp reds. But it does so much more than chill! It has a built-in aerator (you can find out why it’s important to aerate wine here), an easy pour spout, and a flip cap that allows for complete seal. If you don’t have one, get one now!

Wine for Dummies

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Yep, I’ve read Wine for Dummies. And if you’re a wine lover interested in understanding wine and wanting to be able to carry on a conversation about it, you should too.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

And if your wine lover likes to color, don’t miss out on the Wine Lover’s Coloring Book. Might as well color something you love, right?!

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Wine Glasses

Wine glasses galore! If you know a wine lover, they probably also love wine glasses and have lots of them. Here are some favorites…

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Spill resistant wine glasses? Yes please! Between kids running around and me just being plain clumsy, it’s inevitable that a glass would get spilled. These wine glasses are not only virtually impossible to spill, but they look super cool too.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Everybody should own these unbreakable wine glasses! TheseTaZa shatterproof wine glasses can get knocked off the counter and just bounce without shattering. So you may still have a mess, but it’ll be a lot easier to clean up than glass!

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

I would also add these Because Kids wine glasses to my list. Because kids are the reason most moms drink wine in the first place. The only thing that would make me love these glasses more is if they were also un-spillable or non-breakable.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

If your wine lover really loves wine, why not get a wine glass that can hold the entire bottle! It’s a fun gift for anybody that likes wine.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

How about a wine glass that counts calories? I have given this glass to several friends, and it’s always a hit.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Another fun wine glass? How about a white trash wine glass that you can make yourself!

So there you have it! Wine Gift ideas for wine lovers. There are so many more fun wine gifts out there. What are some of your favorites?

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Summer Cocktail Ideas

“Milkshakes, margaritas, smoothies and more…share your favorite summertime drink recipe.” That’s one of Mama Kat’s Writing Prompts this week, and I happen to have some summer cocktail ideas that I think you’ll love!

Looking for some fun summer cocktail ideas? From vodka to wine to sangria popsicles, I'm sharing some of my favorite recipes! I've even got some delicious water recipes that your favorite liquour can be easily added to.

Summer Cocktail Ideas

I’ve got the recipe for my favorite summer drink, a refreshing vodka cocktail perfect on a warm summer evening or to sip at a party. I’ve also got recipes for a Perfect Summer Cocktail that is smooth and refreshing, but with a flavorful kick, a Peach and Orange Sangria, and even a One-Glass White Sangria!

Looking for some fun summer cocktail ideas? From vodka to wine to sangria popsicles, I'm sharing some of my favorite recipes! I've even got some delicious water recipes that your favorite liquour can be easily added to.

I know not everybody is crazy about cocktails. I also have some of my favorite water recipes here. You’ll never want to drink soda again.

Looking for some fun summer cocktail ideas? From vodka to wine to sangria popsicles, I'm sharing some of my favorite recipes! I've even got some delicious water recipes that your favorite liquour can be easily added to.

And if you’re looking for an icy treat to cool down with on a warm day, my friend Betsy shares a recipe for Sangria Popsicles!

I’ve also got lots of other cocktail recipes here for any time of the year. Want even more? Visit my Happy Hour board on Pinterest!

What is your favorite summer cocktail? I’d love to try out some new ones!

Are you listening? A short piece of fiction inspired by the word "listen".

 

I wrote this for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop for Prompt #2: Milkshakes, margaritas, smoothies and more…share your favorite summertime drink recipe.

ALDI In Southern California!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by ALDI. All opinions expressed are mine.

I recently heard that we’d soon be able to find ALDI in Southern California. I thought: What’s the big deal? Another grocery store to chose from. I was wrong!

ALDI believes you shouldn’t have to sacrifice high-quality for everyday low prices.There are no coupons. There are no hidden costs or complicated “buy 3 get one free” deals. You won’t find an in-store bank or pharmacy. And because of this, ALDI customers only pay for freshness and quality, at a low price.

Shoppers will soon find ALDI in Southern California! Learn more about why ALDI is different and find out where and when the new stores will be opening.

I was invited with a group of bloggers to check out a new ALDI store and see the difference myself. I knew nothing about ALDI before I went to visit, and was surprised by how different ALDI is from other stores.

Who Is ALDI?

Rather than carrying 20 versions of everything, ALDI offers only the best fresh produce and organics, dairy, gluten-free foods, USDA Choice beef and bakery items. More than 90% of the groceries sold are under ALDI premium exclusive brands, but that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing taste or quality. All the items are tested in the ALDI Test Kitchen to make sure the quality and taste is just as good, if not better, than the national brands.

Shoppers will soon find ALDI in Southern California! Learn more about why ALDI is different and find out where and when the new stores will be opening.

We actually got to do several taste tests while we were there. We sampled Pepperidge Farms’ Goldfish and ALDI’s brand Savoritz 4 Kids’ Penguins. Honestly the Penguins tasted better than the Goldfish! They had a truer cheese taste, and were light and flaky. The kids agreed with me when I brought some home for them to try, so they’re kid-approved, too!

Shoppers will soon find ALDI in Southern California! Learn more about why ALDI is different and find out where and when the new stores will be opening.

We were told that produce is what ALDI is known for. And their produce section is gorgeous! You’ll find a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, including organic and locally grown produce at the lowest possible prices. I picked up a bunch of asparagus for under $2! Another great thing about living in Southern California is that we get to look forward to an even wider variety of fresh produce at ALDI thanks to the year-round growing climate and the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in the region.

Shoppers will soon find ALDI in Southern California! Learn more about why ALDI is different and find out where and when the new stores will be opening.

ALDI offers organic products like bananas, tomatoes, avocados, apples and salad mixes, with an easy-to-spot “organic” seal on the packaging. You’ll also find a variety of gluten-free foods: everything from baking staples and mixes to breads, crackers, chewy bars, cookies, cereals, pastas, frozen foods and more. Their exclusive brand products are free from certified synthetic colors, added trans fat, and added MSG, so you can be sure that your family is eating right.

You’ll also see ALDI Finds, premium food and household products that are only in stores for a limited time. Product variety depends on the season, and there’s usually a theme for the week’s Finds. ALDI advertise these specials in its weekly ads and online so shoppers can plan ahead. You have to hurry to get these – once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Shoppers will soon find ALDI in Southern California! Learn more about why ALDI is different and find out where and when the new stores will be opening.

They’ve got a fantastic wine selection…make sure to try out the Trece Ranchos Cab if you like a smooth but bold red wine.

Shoppers will soon find ALDI in Southern California! Learn more about why ALDI is different and find out where and when the new stores will be opening.

And look at these gorgeous flowers! A bouquet of flowers for just $3.99 means I can have fresh flowers every week!

I love the fact that I will save money simply by shopping at ALDI. Of all the products I tried, the ALDI brand tasted as good (or in most cases) better than the brands I usually buy. And knowing that I can save up to 50 percent on my grocery bill as compared to my normal grocery store makes it a no-brainer for me to shop there.

Still aren’t sure if you’re willing to give up your favorite brands? Trying new things at ALDI is risk-free because of the ALDI Double Guarantee. If for any reason you purchase an ALDI exclusive brand food and your family doesn’t like, they’ll give you back your money back and replace the product!

You’ll find all kinds of fun things (including delicious recipes!) on ALDI’s blog. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, too.

Shoppers will soon find ALDI in Southern California! Learn more about why ALDI is different and find out where and when the new stores will be opening.

ALDI in Southern California

ALDI opened its first eight stores on Thursday, March 24. By the end of 2016, ALDI will open approximately 45 stores, with nearly 25 of those expected to open by July 2016. You’ll find new stores in the eight southernmost counties of Southern California (Kern, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial counties).

ALDI $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

I’m excited to be able to host a giveaway to give you a chance to try ALDI out for yourself! ALDI is happy to give one lucky California reader a $25 ALDI gift card. Leave a comment and check out the other ways you can enter to win. Good luck!

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Cooking With Wine: Recipes With Wine As An Ingredient

If there’s one thing I love, it’s cooking. Cooking with wine? Even better! And recipes that have wine as an ingredient? My favorite!

You may wonder why cooking with wine is a big deal – lots of recipes say that you can omit the wine and and substitute with chicken broth or water instead. And that’s true.

But wine does something magical to food. Adding wine to dishes you cook (whether on the stove, in a slow cooker, or in the oven) adds flavor and tons of moisture to whatever dish you’re making. It adds richness, acidity, and and another level delicious.

Cooking With Wine: Bloggers Favorite Recipes

I asked some of my favorite bloggers to share some of their favorite cooking with wine recipes. Let me just say I can’t wait to make each and every one of these dishes! Let’s start off with some main dishes that are hearty and filling.

My friend Nicole from The Jet Set Family shared two delicious meals: one with short ribs and one with chicken. I actually have the ingredients for the chicken recipe on hand and plan to make it for dinner this week!

One Pot Wonder: Red-Wine Balsamic Short Ribs

Lemon Chicken with White Wine Sauce and Garlic

This recipe called Changeling Chicken is one of my favorite recipes because you use whatever ingredients you have on-hand, the kids all eat chicken with little complaint, and since you just throw it in the crockpot it couldn’t be easier to make.

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

And this recipe is Jason’s favorite…it’s steak with a bacon bourbon sauce. This is different than most recipes I share because it requires some time and effort to make, much more than most recipes I share. But it is worth every minute and is asked for every year on his birthday!

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

Now how about some dessert?

Sharon at Cupcakes & Cutlery shares a recipe for a Sherry Wine Cake that is super easy to make and absolutely gorgeous, too!

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe

Tips For Cooking With Wine

*Never cook with cheap wine because the wine you use does make a difference. The only time that cheap wine will work in a recipe is if you are making a braise, where the wine will cook for a long time. A good rule of thumb is to use the same wine that you are going to drink with the meal to cook the meal. Unless you’re going to drink a $50 or $100 bottle of wine. Then use something cheaper to cook with because that would just be a waste!

*Sometimes a recipe will call for a rich, full-bodied red wine. What does that even mean?! If you aren’t sure which wine to use, this article about learning about the 9 major wine flavors from Wine Folly will steer you in the right direction.

*Another question you might ask yourself is if it’s okay for the kids to eat something that you made that was cooked with wine in it. It’s a personal choice really, but according to Livestrong, “The wine needs to be cooked for an extended period of time. After adding wine to a sauce or other mixture, simmer or bake it for at least an hour to reduce the alcohol content as much as possible. A wide, uncovered pan is best as it gives the mixture a larger surface area and allows the alcohol to evaporate upward.”

More Recipes With Wine

These Sangria Popsicles from Betsy at betsylife will definitely be made a lot come summertime! I love this recipe because it’s so simple, and this one doesn’t even involve any cooking! NOTE: This one is NOT for kids! Make an extra pitcher leaving the wine out and then they’d be kid friendly. And just as delicious!

Sangria Popsicles

The SITS Girls shared a recipe for wine ice cream which sounds simple to make and a perfect after-the-kids-go-to-bed treat. This one isn’t for the kids, as you don’t cook anything and so there is alcohol in it.

How To Make Wine Ice Cream

And of course you knew I’d share some cocktail recipes! Sharon at Cupcakes & Cutlery  shares a recipe for a rum & white zin cocktail. She swears it’s delicious, and I can’t wait to find out.

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

Spiced Rum Cocktails with White Zinfandel

And I have a recipe for a one glass white sangria that is so easy and quick to make.

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

Follow Natalie Hoage – Mommy of a Monster’s board Happy Hour on Pinterest.

Do you enjoy cooking with wine and have a recipe with wine as an ingredient to share? Leave a comment with a link to your recipe and you may see it featured in an upcoming post!

Corked Wine: What Does It Mean?

Corked Wine: What Does It Mean?

Years ago, a friend and I started a wine blog for wine newbies. It’s no longer around, but I do still try to keep up its Facebook page, Have Wine, Will Drink. We answered all kinds of questions about wine, and we wrote our wine reviews in layman’s terms. Wine doesn’t have to be snobby – it should be fun and approachable, and it should be shared!

If you’re new to wine, you probably have lots of questions about it, and so I’d like to answer some common ones here. One question we never answered that’s a pretty common you you might hear is about corked wine. Maybe you’ve heard someone say “Yuck! This wine is corked!” Do you know what it means?

What does it mean when someone talks about corked wine? It doesn't mean that there's cork pieces in the wine! Get the answer this & other common wine questions.

Corked Wine: What Does It Mean?

Now you might think that “a corked wine” means that there’s cork floating around in the wine, but that’s not the right answer. When someone talks about a corked wine, what they mean is that the wine has become contaminated because of cork taint. Cork taint has a very distinct taste and smell, and if you ever taste corked wine, you will know it immediately!

According to VinePairCork is a natural substance, little microorganisms often like to eat it, either while it’s still part of the tree or after it’s been turned into a wine cork. In small instances, these airborne fungi come in contact with the cork and create a substance known as TCA. As soon as wine comes in contact with the TCA, it immediately spoils the wine. To me, corked wine tastes very acidy and sharp and you may even taste cork. It smells weird too – something similar to old, wet paper.

So what do you do if you get a corked wine? Put the cork back in and take it back to where you bought it. Most places will refund your money or replace the bottle for you.

Wine Tip: If you buy wines with a screw cap or synthetic cork, you never have to worry about your wine being corked!

I’ve covered a few other basic wine questions like:
What Is A Wine Aerator?
How Long Does An Open Bottle Of Wine Stay Good For?
What Are Tannins?

You’ll find lots more about wine, including recipes (Champagne jello shots, anyone?), wine reviews, and fun wine products (like a wine glass that tells you how many calories your drinking) here.

Love wine? Follow my Happy Hour board on Pinterest where you’ll find lots of recipes, information, and fun stuff about wine and more!

Follow Natalie Hoage – Mommy of a Monster’s board Happy Hour on Pinterest.

Do you have any questions about wine you’d like to have answered? Leave a comment below and I’ll answer it on an upcoming Wino Wednesday!

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