Winter weather got you down? Curl up with a bottle of wine for you . . . and a wine box for your small pet. The hand-cut design allows easy access to this cozy spot plus there are sanded edges preventing unpleasant fur snags and felted feet to save the flooring. The delightful Vino Pet Bed Valentines Day Special ($70) has a hand sewn cushion with satin and cotton hearts but still looks lovely no matter the month.This actually reminds me of that barrel o' bed I loved a while back, now discontinued, at over three times this price. You could even toss in some actual wine (or Kennel-Relax'n) with the savings and gift it to your sweetheart. That way everybody wins!
Good things come in barrels. Barrels of laughs, barrels of monkeys, oh yeah, and barrels of wine! I can't get past the neat, new life an ordinary wine barrel – red, from the looks of it – gets as a doggie bed.
No fakes here, each Wine Barrel Dog Bed ($229) is from a genuine cask that's smoothed and finished to match the original patina. It's meant for pups that prefer snuggle shapes since there's a cut out hole to climb in and nestle against the side on a cuddly cushion. Cheers!
Wine is definitely my weakness and, even though I've yet to share it with my pooch, I love the idea of this cork-designed placemat ($4.50). It's totally perfect for my wine cellar . . . errrr, I mean kitchen (but a girl can dream). Not only is the matching treat jar super cute, I think this dish mat would look perfect with a Whiner and Diner feeder up top. Is this subtle style perfect for the wine lovers in your life, too?
Everyone knows someone who is totally wacko about wine. They refuse to drink two buck chuck and know the difference between Barossas and Barolos. Wondering what to get in-the-know winos for the holidays? Don't give them wine — it'll be too difficult to pick something out for them — but instead give them a wine tool or accessory.
Wine coasters make excellent stocking stuffers and will protect the snob's counter surfaces from Sangiovese stains. To really impress, indulge her with a professional wine essences kit. Learning the subtle aroma of each wine will elevate her snobbery to the next level!
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I love finding good deals on wine, but I don't want my budget buys to taste cheap. That's why I can't wait to use Wine.Woot.com, a cool web site that does nothing but offer amazing deals on fine wines.
But don't go to Wine.Woot expecting a huge selection, because the unusual store only sells one wine at a time. Every week, Wine.Woot gets a surplus of one kind of wine and sells the "woot" for way below retail price until the inventory is gone. This week, it's selling the appropriately Halloween-named Poizin from Armida Winery. And though the prices are low, the wines are anything but cheap-o. According to the web site:
If you’re just getting hip to the whole wine trip, we’ll be offering a variety of premium, ultra-premium, and mega-super-premium wines from known wineries. Most of the time, anyway. On the rare occasion that we uncork some off-brand rotgut, we’ll tell you. And we just might throw the odd wine accessory at you, if we’re feeling puckish.
Wine.Woot grew out of another web site, the wildly popular Woot.com, which may be familiar to any gadget geeks out there. Dealing in tech and electronics, the original Woot sells a different product every day. Maybe if Wine.Woot goes well, it will start offering daily deals instead of just weekly ones. Have any of you used it?
For those of you still doing some last minute shopping, I thought a quick review of my Yum Gift Guides might be helpful.
Fab Foodie - Cute Aprons, Plates and other fabulous finds
The Reader - Books guaranteed to stimulate their appetites and minds
Good Eats - Retro Chocolate Bars, Paella Gift Set and other delicious delights
Kitchen Geeks - Duet Blender and Food Processor, Nutritional Scale and more must have gadgets
Wine Lovers - Preservation Kits, Picnic Kits and other wine necessities
Stocking Stuffers - Cute coasters, kitschy toothpicks and more
Steady Sticks - Think about the last time you took a bottle of wine to a picnic in the park. You found a nice shady spot on a hill, rolled out the blanket, pulled out the cork, poured the wine and then, oh... nowhere to put the glass. Well thanks to the handy Steady Stick, you can now put your glass anywhere there is grass or sand. Made of weather resistant stainless steel, these sticks will make a perfect gift for the wine lover on your list. Set of two Steady Sticks for $11.95.
ReServe Wine Preservation Kit - Once a bottle is open, there's no way my favorite wine lover doesn't finish it on the same day. You see, the taste just isn't the same the next day. However, imagine if she could open up a bottle on Sunday and have it taste just as great next Sunday. Well with the Sommelier-Endorsed ReServe Wine Preservation Kit, she could do just that. Using a simple on/off twist seal, the preservation adaptor releases pure argon gas to safely displace air in open bottles. This prevents oxidation and preserves the wine. Three piece Wine Preservation Kit available for $149.95.
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