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Best of NJ Gift Guide: Wine & Spirits

Oh, the weather outside is frightful … but it’s not nearly as frightful as the prospect of tackling your holiday season shopping list. It’s tough to know what someone’s correct size is, or if they’ve already bought a must-have gadget or item for themselves.

Not to fear, we’ve got you covered with gifts for every wine, beer, and cocktail lover — at every budget. The best part? One size most definitely fits all!


For Wine Lovers


Kim Crawford Wine Gems
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Kim Crawford Wine Gems

This unique gift idea is a delightful reimagining of the whiskey stone for wine. When frozen, colorful fluorite stones are designed to keep a wine chilled and at the ideal temperature for up to an hour  —without diluting the flavor or aroma of the wine.
Price: $76.00
More info: AnnaNewYork.com


Stemgrip Wine glass holder
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Stemgrip

A deceptively simple design is at the heart of this gift, which will help your favorite wine lover say goodbye to broken stemware once and for all. Stemgrip helps to secure wine glasses or delicate champagne flutes to the dishwasher, so no more jostling around during the wash. It holds up to four glasses and is designed to work with any dishwasher.
Price: $13.99
More info: TrueFabrications.com


Numbered Wine Glasses by Hamilton Jewelers

Hamilton Jewelers numbered wine glasses
Photo courtesy of Hamilton Jewelers.

This beautiful set of engraved wine glasses from New Jersey’s own Hamilton Jewelers solves all sorts of problems for the wine aficionado in your life, from “Whose glass is this?” at parties to setting up a custom wine-and-cheese or blind tasting. Founded in Trenton more than 100 years ago, Hamilton’s commitment to excellence makes this set second-to-none in terms of quality.
Price: $70.00
More info: HamiltonJewelers.com


Christmas in the Country Trail

Wycoff's Christmas Tree Farm
Photo courtesy of Christmas in the Country Trail.

Warren County’s annual tradition is a great family-friendly (and budget-friendly!) holiday idea, especially for anyone who might prefer an activity rather than an individual gift. Four Sisters Winery, Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm and Mackey’s Orchard open their farms to a fun-filled day of wine tasting, Christmas trees, baked goods and much more at each of their farms, which are about four minutes away from one other. As a bonus, visitors will also be entered in a contest to win a $200 gift certificate for use at any of the three venues.
Date: December 23
Price: Free, but with a $5 purchase at each farm, visitors will receive a sticker. When all three stickers have been collected, visitors will receive a beautiful pair of embossed wine glasses to commemorate the day.
More info: ChristmasintheCountryTrail.com


4JG Winery’s St. Nick’s Holiday Wine Tasting

4G Winery Glass
Photo courtesy of Facebook/4JG’s Orchards & Vineyards.

This winery, located in an historic farming area in Colts Neck, just minutes from the Jersey Shore, is also offering an opportunity to share the gift of fun this holiday season. The winery will be showcasing its collection of vegan and gluten-free wines, as well as holiday sangria, cookies, and other treats.
Dates: December 12-13
Price: Free
More info: 4jgswinery.com


For Cocktail Enthusiasts


Michael Aram Rope Single Malt Set

Michael Aram
Photo courtesy of Hamilton Jewelers.

Treat your favorite whisky (or whiskey, yes, there is a difference!) lover to a set of glasses that celebrates the elegance and texture of the spirit, also from Hamilton Jewelers. The three-piece set, which is made of stainless steel, nickelplate, vegan leather and glass, is part of the designer’s Rope Collection, which pays tribute to the look and feel of rope. (Like the look? There are also bottle openers, wine coasters and stoppers, and much more in the collection.)
A perfect gift for the home or office.
Price: $190.00
More info: HamiltonJewelers.com


Dutch's American Spirits
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Dutch’s Spirits American Era Bitters Variety Pack

Many cocktail fans are also history buffs, and this gift idea is just perfect. It includes three 1-oz. bottles of Dutch’s Colonial, Boomtown, and ProhiBitters — each made with all natural, premium ingredients that capture the essence of different American eras. The set also includes a recipe card with classic cocktails that incorporate each spirit. Makes a great gift for novices and cocktail connoisseurs alike.
Price: $21.99
More info: TrueFabrications.com


Fair Winds Cocktail Mixtures
Photo: Fair Winds Press.

Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails: Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Mocktails & Elixirs

Written by Morristown native Warren Bobrow — a mixologist, chef and writer known as the Cocktail Whisperer — this book offers a fun and inspiring guided journey through vintage drinks. It’s an ideal gift for the cocktail geek on your holiday list.
Price:  $14.95
More info: Amazon.com


For Beer Lovers


New Jersey Beer Cap Map

Beer Cap Map
Photo courtesy of HomeWetBar.com

This gift offers a great way for your favorite Garden State brew fan to show off his or her love for local breweries, such as Cricket Hill Brewing, High Point Wheat Beer, or Flying Fish Brewing. Made of birch plywood, this map is laser-cut, and comes pre-drilled for wall-mounting. Each New Jersey beer cap map measures 12.5″ x 23.5″ and holds 59 bottle caps. It’s also available in a variety of wood finishes to match any décor.
Price: $36.95
More info: HomeWetBar.com


Arcadia Publishing
Photo courtesy of Arcadia Publishing.

North Jersey Beer: A Brewing History From Princeton to Sparta by Chris Morris

Beer writer Chris Morris explores the origins and the new revolution of brewing in North Jersey, from Hoboken’s first brewhouse in 1641 to the new renaissance of premium craft brewers such as Climax, River Horse, and New Jersey Beer Company. What beer fan wouldn’t enjoy kicking back with a cold one and cool tales about the dry reign of Prohibition — and how it gave rise to Garden State bootleggers and gangsters like Longy Zwillman and Waxey Gordon.
Price: $21.99
More info: Amazon.com


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