Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Health & Wellness: Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Despite how trivial it may seem to care for your health, the fact of the matter is that it’s incredibly important. Caring for yourself is one of the best things you can do because you are promoting your own wellbeing. If you’re hoping to be your best self this new year, here are some tips you can follow for each season to stay on top of your health.

Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

This Winter

As the winter air brings dryness and cracked skin, you’re going to want to make sure you’re moisturizing and using lotion more often around this time. Even kids can suffer from dry skin in the winter. If you’re a parent and have a child who is among the one in 10 kids who develop eczema, be sure to help them stay moisturized as well. Lotioning, where the dry skin is the worst, will be extremely important for overall comfort throughout the day.

Similarly, making sure you’re moisturizing your skin when the weather is extra dry will be beneficial for you in the long run. If you hope to avoid wrinkled skin in your later years, moisturizing regularly will help you to achieve this. Don’t forget your neck!

Though the air is extra dry in the winter months, it’s still important to try and get outdoors and enjoy the cool air. It’s easy to stay inside all winter and avoid the cold, but it’s important for your overall physical and mental health to get outdoors and stay active. Aim for at least one outing a week you wouldn’t normally do.

Next Summer

In the summer months, it’s super important for the protection of your skin to wear sunscreen. A study performed by IMPACT Melanoma found that 86% of participants use sunscreen “always” or “sometimes” in the summer. Wearing sunscreen is a very smart habit to get into. The sun’s rays are very powerful and can cause damage to our skin including various types of skin cancer. For this reason, wearing sunscreen is critical to protecting your skin while outdoors.

While wearing sunscreen is important during the height of summer, you should still apply it year-round. In the winter months, it’s really easy to assume that sunscreen isn’t necessary because you’re mostly covered anyway. The fact is, however, that the sun is still dangerous for our skin in the winter. As a result, applying sunscreen on your face is still a smart idea.

Seasonal Changes

As the seasons change, it’s very likely you’ll experience some seasonal allergies. In the spring and fall especially, make sure you’re taking the necessary precautions. Whether that is avoiding certain areas altogether or more routinely taking your allergy medicine, you’ll want to be on top of it. There are more than 3 million cases per year in the United States of seasonal allergies so it’s very likely you are someone who has them.

Though this isn’t something that has a huge impact on your overall health, if you simply ignore your allergies it’s very likely you’ll have a less enjoyable time all around. It can also drain your energy to constantly feel like your head is exploding. Not only that, but a cracked, irritated nose from constantly blowing it not only causes some aesthetic concerns but is uncomfortable to deal with. Avoid this by caring for yourself!

This also means making sure you’re taking time for yourself if your allergies become too much. Rest is an important aspect of self-care and your health overall. Be sure to know your limits and respect them.

There are a lot of different ways you can help care for your health. These tips should help you keep your skin and body feeling as good as possible. Make sure to prioritize yourself and your health throughout the year in order to live your best life.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts You'll Love to Give & Receive

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts You’ll Love to Give & Receive

So much of this year has been so ugly; it’s time to think about adding some much-needed beauty to the holiday season. The pandemic is forcing us to add a bit more self-care practices into our hectic lives and we’re here to help. We’ve already featured some great gift ideas for wine lovers, and today we share some beauty gifts the beauty lovers on your list will love.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts You'll Love to Give & Receive

From beauty tools to product-packed gift sets, you and the beauty addict on your holiday gift list will love these wonderful beauty gifts from Fancii, Trophy Skin, Miss Swiss, Beekman 1802, and Benefit Cosmetics. Keep reading to get to know these must-have beauty and skincare products.

  1. Fancii Remi Rose Quartz Roller, $47.00 – Remi is the must-have beauty tool for when you need a little TLC. Since spa services are very limited due to the pandemic, we’ve had to up our at-home spa experience. This dual-ended facial massage roller stimulates blood circulation, increases collagen production, and improves skin’s texture, firmness, and elasticity. This glamorous tool is designed with 30 small germanium stones to replicate a massage similar to one you’d receive at a spa. Plus these stones are made to attract harmful positive electrons from the skin caused by overexposure to phones and computer screens. The naturally sourced Rose Quartz stone can be used to massage acupressure points on the body to help manage nausea, tension headaches, and more! With just 3 minutes a day, you’ll see improved skin texture and firmness.
  2. Fancii Lighted Vanity Mirrors, $48.00 – $119.00 (various sizes) – Fancii designs innovative beauty tools for skincare, nail care, and makeup endeavors. Natural daylight is proven to be the best light for makeup application but finding that perfect ray of sunshine at home or on-the-go can be a struggle. Their mirrors are built with natural daylight LED lights to eliminate Bad Beauty Lighting for all men and women, at home and on-the-go. We love the Zora Tri-Fold Vanity Mirror ($69.00) for its three-panels and trio of LED light settings. Fancii’s mission is simple, to make beauty routines easier, more effective, and even a bit more glamorous.
  3. Trophy Skin BrightenMD Beauty Tool, $99.00 – this multi-function eye, face, and neck beauty tool offers a quick, effective, and relaxing treatment. It’s a portable facial in your purse. Enjoy Microcurrent stimulation to improve your skin’s appearance; therapeutic warming stimulation for improved circulation; red light therapy that stimulates cell turnover and renewal; ultrasonic waves that enhance absorption of your favorite serum; a smart touch sensor turns on when in contact with your skin; and a 90-degree rotating head that makes every treatment a comfortable experience.
  4. Miss Swiss Travel-Size Makeup Case, $30.00 – if you look at any professional makeup artist’s makeup kit, you’ll see it’s a hard case or trunk. It’s the best way to protect the products and tools they work with. We’ve all experienced a lipgloss or lipstick uncapping in our bags thanks to friction; or opening up your purse to find the horror of loose power everywhere. Unlike makeup artists, the average beauty lover can’t carry those “toolbox-like” carriers every day (no purse is that big). Thankfully, there is a solution. Thanks to 24yr old entrepreneur Ashley Piszek and her patented travel size makeup case, your makeup kit can be as protected as a professional makeup artist.  The Miss Swiss Travel-Size Makeup Case resembles the utility of a Swiss Army Knife® with custom holders that prevent friction between commonly used makeup products. Miss Swiss also helps in making makeup application on the go much easier, something we’re positive your current makeup bag can’t do.
  5. Beekman 1802 Twinkle Twinkle Collection, $94.00 – What’s more fun than an advent calendar full of amazing beauty treats? $160 worth of beauty treats to keep you pampered every day until Christmas.  Celebrate each and every day of your holiday countdown with Beekman’s signature Advent calendar, stocked with 24 minis of their favorite bath and body products. Daily surprises include Goat Milk Wash, Goat Milk Lotions, Stick of Butter, Cuticle Serum, Bar Soaps, Lip Balms, Hand Creams, Cuticle Creams, and a Gingham Hair Clip. We know this is at the top of the list of beauty gifts we’re hoping for this holiday season.
  6. Benefit Cosmetics Cheers, My Dears! Holiday Set, $50.00 –  Get gorgeous from head to mistletoe with major deals on Benefit’s beauty bestsellers. This limited edition mascara, brow, primer, and bronzer holiday set includes 4 full-size products, is wrapped and ready-to-gift. This giftable set includes BADgal BANG! BIGGER, BADDER volumizing mascara, Precisely, My Brow Pencil ultra-fine brow defining pencil, The POREfessional smoothing face primer, and Hoola matte powder bronzer for face, all in a reusable tin that’s ready to go under the tree.
  7. Benefit Cosmetics Shake Your Beauty Advent Calendar, $65.00 – since we offered you a skincare advent calendar, we had to share a makeup one. Also from Benefit, the Shake Your Beauty holiday advent calendar makeup set includes mini and fun sizes of Benefit Cosmetics’ 12 bestsellers; a $139 value for only $65.00. The set includes travel-sizes of They’re Real! lengthening mascara in black, They’re Real! tinted lash primer, Roller Lash super-curling & lifting mascara, BADgal Bang! volumizing mascara, 24-HR Brow Setter clear shaping & setting eyebrow gel, Hoola matte powder bronzer, Dandelion baby-pink brightening face powder, The POREfessional pore-minimizing face primer, The POREfessional Hydrate Primer hydrating face primer, Gimme Brow+ tinted volumizing eyebrow gel, Precisely, My Brow Pencil ultra-fine eyebrow defining pencil, and Roller Liner waterproof liquid eyeliner in black. It’s like a mini haul of beauty gifts you or the beauty addict on your list will love.

What are your thoughts on these spectacular holiday beauty gifts? Will these make it onto your wishlist and gift list? What beauty products are you hoping to score this holiday season?

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

While many spirits have seen some modern updates, vodka and rum come in many flavors, whiskies and bourbons come in new finishes, and wines are made with fruits other than grapes; one spirit that hasn’t much changed is Cognac. Until now! Until CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac! Cognac is a brandy variety specifically made from wine that comes from Cognac, France. It is required to meet certain production methods and legal requirements and CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac does meet all those requirements but it offers something a bit more. Something other cognacs do not offer, a double maturation in Oceanic and Tropical climates.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

Camus Caribbean Expedition is a one-of-a-kind small batch Cognac. It is stunningly amber-colored with golden highlights. You will immediately pick up on its fruit and spicy aromas of banana, pear, cocoa bean, and nutmeg. Side note: We’re looking forward to a later edition of this cognac will be after extensive aging in the barrels. Upon the first sip, this cognac opens up with a noticeable kick but then rounds out to an elegant mouthfeel. Expect lots of aromas, soft tannins, and more exotic fruit with this divine spirit.

The journey to this unique cognac is an adventurous one. In its 4th year of aging, 10 sealed casks were loaded on the De Gallant ship, which then sailed the Transatlantic route to Barbados. For 45 days, the cognac in these barrels was exposed to multiple environmental factors, like motion and variation in temperature, humidity, and air pressure, enhancing its intensely aromatic notes. A nod to the 18th and 19th centuries when the Cognac trade around the world was made by ship? During those times, oak barrels left their cellars in France and reached their final destinations after months of sailing. Here’s a breakdown of the ways motion, Oceanic climate, and air pressure affected the liquid.

  • The continuous movement of the ship while sailing, amplifies the contact between each molecule of the liquid and the wood staves, accelerating the extraction of aromatic components from the barrel.
  • As the ship crossed different climatic areas, entering into very warm zones, some of the crucial processes of maturation, such as oxidation with the formation of aldehydes, had the chance to happen sooner.
  • Lastly, the continuous change in the atmospheric pressure increased the mechanic effect of contraction and expansion of the oak wood staves, accelerating the process of oxygen consumption. While most of the 10 casks were loaded in the hold of the ship, two of these (no.5 and no.8) were deliberately tied down on the bow, in the open air, to maximize the exposure to external atmospheric agents.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

At the end of those 45 days, the Cognac was entrusted to the tropical conditions of Foursquare Master Distiller Richard Seale for 1 year of further maturation. The very unique climate of Barbados accelerated changes in color and flavor profile; this created a Cognac with a distinctive, highly aromatic taste that is an absolute first in the history of the category. The casks were kept in traditional Bajan cellars, stacked one on top of the other vertically. In the Bajan climate, the tannins from the barrels gave greater structure and complexity to the cognac compared to a cognac of equal maturation in a continental climate. The result is a cognac with higher aromatic components, more fruit and spice on the palate, and an array of flavors no European cognac possesses.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

This unprecedented and special finish in the highly distinctive environmental conditions is the fruit of an experimental vision by CAMUS; the brand is looking at exploring the boundaries of Cognac-making to enhance the intensity of aromas. This limited edition cognac is a must to experience, especially if you’re a cognac connoisseur. Forewarning, only 4500 bottles of CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac are currently available and it’s been obtainable since September 1st. To add the groundbreaking cognac to your home bar, visit the CAMUS e-shop, www.camus.fr.

 

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

There’s a quote about never delaying to open a bottle of whiskey and it accurately describes our experience with Milam & Greene Whiskey. Although relatively new, this craft whiskey brand is becoming one of the fastest-growing whiskey brands in the U.S. Three of their offerings, the award-winning Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon, Milam & Greene Port-Finished Rye, and Milam & Greene Distillery Edition Single Barrel Straight Bourbon are hitting shelves in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin now. Hitting stores just in time for the holiday gifting season.

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

What better way than the gift of a great craft whiskey to help someone de-stress while living through the holidays during a pandemic. By now you’re studying these whiskey bottles closely; which means you may notice these are not Kentucky whiskeys and you’re correct. While Kentucky has a long, rich whiskey history, they’re not the only source of great American whiskeys. Milam & Greene Whiskey is proof that a Texas craft whiskey can make you detour away from Kentucky and Tennessee; especially when it has a Kentucky connection.

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

Under the direction of master distiller, Marlene Holmes, Milam & Greene Whiskey distills using a 300-gallon copper pot still in Blanco, Texas as well as in continuous stills in Holmes’ home state of Kentucky. The team travels to Kentucky to distill using its own mash bill, yeast recipe, and distillation processes. The whiskey is matured in both Kentucky and Texas. In addition to distilling on-site and off-site, the team blends, batches, sources, finishes, and hand-bottles bourbon and rye whiskey to age to maturity in the unique Texas climate. The only craft distillery in the USA that openly embraces all these elements to make stunning whiskies. The distillery produces the three above mentioned Milam & Greene whiskies, which until now were only available in Texas. Join us as we explore these grain to glass whiskies created using the distinct processes of the great distillers of the past. Today we give them a proper nationwide welcome:

Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey, $44.99

 Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey

This rich made from Texas corn, Pacific Northwest malted rye from Oregon and Washington, Wyoming barley, and their proprietary yeast recipe from Kentucky and Texas. Each bottle of Milam & Greene Triple Cask is a batch of three hand-selected straight bourbon whiskies: a 2-year-old premium Texas bourbon for a pop of spice; married with a 3 to 4-year-old Tennessee whiskey for vanillas and fruits; and a 10 to 11-year-old Tennessee whiskey for structure and tannins. It is then proofed to be tasted and bottled on site. This bourbon has a deep golden color, along with refined and elegant aromas with pops of vanilla, floral, and spice. The palate is creamy and soft, surprisingly smooth for a 94-proof spirit. It has a medium warm finish with structure and tannins.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? Try the above M&G MANHATTAN, created by award-winning USBG Mixologist, Kelsey Caudebec.

2 oz. Milam & Greene Triple Cask Bourbon
½ oz. Luxardo
½ oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 dash peach bitters
Stir with ice. Strain onto fresh ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist

Milam & Greene Distillery Edition Single Barrel Straight Bourbon, $121.99

Milam & Greene Single Barrel Straight Bourbon

The hand-selected and evaluated Single Barrel Straight Bourbon has the discerning whiskey drinker in mind before bottling by Milam & Green’s crack whiskey team. No two casks are exactly the same for this one-of-a-kind, small-batch Texas whiskey. Holmes, Greene, and head brewer, Jordan Osborne, look for whiskies that demonstrate elegance and personality. Each year the team selects single barrels that include gems found around the U.S. in addition to their own grain-to-glass casks. This year’s lot, a deeply flavored bourbon previously sold only in Texas, comes from Tennessee and has already won numerous double gold medals in international competitions.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? We loved it neat with a fat ice cube and with a splash of water to proof it down.

Milam & Greene Port Finished Straight Rye Whiskey, $49.99

Milam & Greene Port Finished Straight Rye Whiskey

Port wine fans, we’ve found your perfect whiskey. This Double Gold winner at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition is a gorgeous ruby-colored whiskey with luscious aromas of cinnamon, chocolate, and dark fruits such as black currants and blackberries. Its robust flavors are carried in a rich, velvety whiskey with a long warm finish. The casks used are brought from Indiana to Texas where this liquid gold is first batched in the Blanco rickhouse and then finished in old Port wine casks from Portugal. Because some casks take longer than others, these are meticulously curated and vatted for consistency, and monitored for flavor. The casks are then batched together and proofed before bottling. The Texan sun and varying humidity levels also influence the rate and strength of flavor imparted into this 94-proof whiskey, making this a tricky whiskey to produce.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? The boldly flavored HILL COUNTRY HIGHBALL is perfect. It too was created by USBG Mixologist, Kelsey Caudebec.

2 oz. Milam & Greene Port Finished Rye
1 oz. Averna or other rich Amaro
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
1½ oz. ginger beer
Shake with ice and serve on ice in a Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh blackberries.

Whether you’re a fan of classic or specialty whiskey, these Blanco, Texan-bred whiskies are sure to delight all during and after the holiday season. Keep an eye out for Milam & Greene at your local alcohol retailers in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. Happy sipping.

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

As we continue our new normal, we have to thank the spirits industry for continuing to keep us sane. With the stress of the pandemic, unrest, and the election, a delicious cocktail can calm the nerves. We gleefully raise a glass whenever there is a new wine or spirits launch. It means the industry is surviving and people are still gainfully employed. It also means after a stressful day, week, month (this year as a while), there’s something delicious to look forward to. Which is why we’re super excited about the distribution agreement between Vision Wine & Spirits, and Slocum & Sons in Connecticut, and Winebow in New York and New Jersey. This agreement brings the rich and complex offerings of Del Professore Chinato, Aperitivo, and Bitters Vermouth to in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

Named after Jeremy Thomas, the original mixologist, and cocktail pioneer, aka “The Professor”, Del Professore Vermouth is one of few vermouths available made solely from wine and ingredients produced in-house. This ensures the intensity and authenticity of the aromas. The makers oversee the entire process from grape and herbs to the finished product. The one thing that stays with us about Del Professore’s range of liqueurs is the nose.  The aroma of each varietal captivates your senses; you can taste them on your palate just by inhaling their delicious layers of flavors and spices. Not a big surprise for an aromatized wine; these ready-to-drink Aperitivos are perfect for those who love a mix of earthy bitterness, sweetness, and robust flavors.

“I love preserving and enhancing the aromas, colors, and flavors of the raw materials I work with, just as I love waiting patiently for them to mature naturally,” says Carlo Quaglia, Distiller, and liquor maker.

The full lineup of Del Professore products includes Classico, Rosso, Bitter, Aperitivo, and Chinato Vermouth. These high-quality, award-winning vermouths are delicious in cocktails but are especially delicious served chilled and neat. Although they offer five varieties, we’re highlighting the Chinato, Aperitivo, and Bitters Vermouth. Let’s get to know these enticing liqueurs.

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

The Del Professore Chinato Vermouth combines the delicate bitterness and fortifying virtues of Cinchona Calisaya with the classic sweetness and aromas of vermouth, and Barbera wine to create a beverage that is perfect as an aperitif or after-dinner drink. Fans of sweet vermouth will love this varietal because boasts just a touch of bitterness.

Speaking of bitter, the Del Professore Bitter is crafted from an exclusive recipe that includes a fresh bitter orange peel infusion. If you’re a gin fanatic, this is the Del Professore for you. This unique blend creates a unique spirit with a natural ruby red color and juniper, cinnamon, and other spice aromas. You’ll enjoy the hint of pepper, especially complimentary if enjoying a thick, juicy steak. It also boasts the typical flavors of citrus, cascarilla, rhubarb, and gentian on the palate.

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

If you’re a fan of aperitivo like we are, you will adore the classic Del Professore Aperitivo liqueur. A fine craft infusion of mandarin, lemon, gentian, and other spices; this naturally colored liqueur releases intense aromas of fresh citrus, sage, and flowers with a hint of gentian and other delicately bitter herbs. Created form an original Italian recipe, it boasts potent, long-lasting flavors, well-balanced alcohol, and a delicately bitter aftertaste. A perfect sipping drink to enjoy if you’re pairing with salty snacks.

 

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards: The World’s Most Hygienic Boards

We love to cook; but a busy life of work, writing, and attending events have limited cooking to mostly weekends. Cue a global pandemic and our pots, pans, and kitchen appliances have gotten more use than ever. One kitchen item getting an insane amount of use is our cutting board. After the continuous use and washing, our previous cutting board didn’t look so appealing anymore. We began pondering just how sanitary was it in the first place. The image of micro food particles, dish soap residue, and who knows what else left behind after cleaning haunted us. The thought literally made us sick to our stomach; we needed a new cutting board. The solution came in the form of Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards.

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards are the world’s most hygienic cutting boards. In the age of Covid19, this is a must-have in your kitchen. Believe it or not, these handmade cutting boards are naturally and permanently antibacterial. Can you say the same about your cutting boards? Thanks to its unique drying process and the natural oils found in the sustainable Camphor Laurel timber, you can be assured your board will be hygienic for all foods. Made from one single slab of wood, the handcrafted boards have been extensively tested by a NATA approved laboratory for the four most common food viruses: E Coli, Salmonella, Staph, and Listeria.

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards and Grazing Platters

Tests conducted on the Fab Slabs boards showed that bacteria were unable to survive after a short time on the board. Further tests on Fab Slabs boards used domestically and commercially for the past 7-10 years showed ZERO bacteria growth. The cutting or chopping boards are milled, kiln-dried, and manufactured on the Sunshine Coast; about an hour North of Brisbane, by a family-owned and operated business.

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Grazing Platter

As you can see, these beautiful, richly toned cutting boards and grazing platters are unique in color and wood grain. They are made to last in the highest quality and durability. They are eco-friendly, will not blunt or dull your knives, and they can be personalized with laser engraving for special occasions. Our old cutting board is long gone and we feel much more relaxed knowing that our Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Board will always be antibacterial no matter how many times we use and wash it. Next time you are in your kitchen, take a good look at your cutting board and ask yourself, how clean is it?

The Fab Slabs cutting boards and grazing platters are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit any decor and use. You can purchase individual chopping boards and grazing platters, or chopping board packs at these following retailers: Macy’s, Amazon, Lowe’s, Overstock.com, Amazon.com, and Wayfair.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Must-Have Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Must-Have Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast

Is there a wine enthusiast in your life? Do you always feel uneasy about gifting them a bottle of wine they will love? Why not save yourself from worry and get them a wine accessory they need this holiday season. You may not know how to pick the perfect wine but we’ll help you get the perfect wine gifts for that wine enthusiast on your holiday gift list.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Must-Have Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast

They’ll love these must-have wine essentials from PureWine, Wine Condoms, ArT Wine Preserver, and Wine Accents. The best part, these gifts are so affordable, you may end up a wine enthusiast yourself. Let’s get to know these wonderful holiday gifts.

1. Wine Accents Wine Accessories Set, $50.00

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Must-Have Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast

These solid zinc wine accessories feature a titanium finish and are designed to last a lifetime. Each accessory has surprise features that alleviate common wine problems and maximize the function. Easily remove difficult corks, control the aeration into your wine, remove foil with a quarter wrist turn, and more. The Wine Accessories Set features a Corkscrew, Aerator, Foil Cutter, Drip Ring, and Silicone Spiral Wine Glass Charms.

  1. The corkscrew features extra-pointed tip screws that move into your wine cork like butter. A Cork claw that snags the toughest corks for an easy twist out and a discrete tool that instantly pops off bottle caps.
  2. An Aerator with a sure-grip handle eliminates accidents while you pour, controlling how much air mixes with your wine.
  3. A Foil Cutter with quad-cut wheels, a palm-grip shape that fits comfortably in your hand and removes foil with a quick turn of your wrist.
  4. The Drip Ring that fits slim to wide-necked 750 ml bottles to keep drips off of your table.
  5. Silicone Spiral Wine Glass Charms that come in a variety of colors to distinguish your guests’ glasses and add a comfortable grip to your wine glass stems.

2. ArT Wine Preserver, $14.99

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: ArT Wine Preserver

Gearing up for the holidays or hosting a socially distant party this year? Keep wine fresh for up to 30 days with this argon wine preserver! ArT Wine Preserver wants to change the wasteful drinking habit of swine going stale. It also promotes moderation drinking in a sustainable way. This made-in-the-USA, recyclable wine saver uses pure argon gas to displace oxygen into your wine. Argon gas is the preferred method by winemakers to prevent oxidation in wine as it’s a natural atmospheric gas that’s non-toxic and non-reactive. It makes the perfect wine preserver because it doesn’t react with your wine flavors or aromas, it simply displaces the oxygen. They are available in single cans and a 12pk on Amazon.

3./ 5. PureWine The Wave Single, $9.99 & PureWine The Wand 10-pk, $19.99

PureWine Wine Filters

Any wine enthusiast will thank you for providing magical PureWine Filters. Imagine no more headaches or other side effects that come after enjoying a glass of wine. Thanks to PureWine, you no longer have to suffer as it offers two unique filtration systems that eliminate the histamines and sulfites that cause wine allergies without altering the flavor of your delicious red, white, and rose wines.

  1. The Wand does double duty as a by-the-glass purifier for the age-old and widespread problem of wine allergies; and an assortment of twist-off charms including hearts, lucky clovers, diamonds, and wine drops so you’ll never lose track of your glass again.
  2. The Wave is the only product available that purifies your wine by removing both histamines and sulfites from an entire bottle of wine.

4. Wine Condoms, $14.97/Set of 6

Wine & Beverage Bottle Stopper

Wine Condoms are the original innovators of the edgy wine bottle stopper. Packaged and applied like a condom, this spill-proof solution to storing an opened bottle of wine is the safest and most effective product for preventing unplanned spillage. Unlike corks or decorative stoppers, Wine Condoms seal flush with the rim for easier fridge shelf storage. Wine Condoms are made from 100% food-grade latex rubber and can be used more than once.

Whether they love red, white, or rose wines, the wine enthusiast on your holiday gift list will greatly appreciate any of these must-have wine gifts.

Enjoy a Cup of Fire Department Coffee on National Coffee Day

Enjoy a Cup of Fire Department Coffee on National Coffee Day

Coffee lovers, it’s your time to celebrate. Today is National Coffee Day!! If your love of coffee is like the coffee addiction my family has, you’re celebrating today with several cups. If you’re looking for a wonderful coffee brand to toast the day and keep warm on those upcoming cold nights, look no further than Fire Department Coffee. As you can guess by the name, Fire Department Coffee is run by active and retired firefighters. The veteran-owned business is dedicated to providing great-tasting coffee. Coffee plays a vital role in helping firefighters stay alert and energized during long shifts, so of course, it makes sense for firefighters to create their own brand; and the best part, they have a 501(c)(3) charitable organization supporting groups that help firefighters and first responders who are injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges.

Enjoy a Cup of Fire Department Coffee on National Coffee Day

We had the pleasure of getting to know this collection of small-batch whole bean and ground coffees, particularly their classic Medium Roast and invigorating Bourbon-infused coffee from their range of Spirit-Infused Coffees.

Enjoy a Cup of Fire Department Coffee on National Coffee Day

The Fire Department Coffee Medium Roast is the blend that started it all. A great blend to fight the afternoon slump, the smooth and rich medium roast is never bitter. Made with a blend of Central and South American coffees, it delivers a bold flavor that gives you the energy you need to continue your day. The medium roast comes in three sizes – 14oz for $12.99, 28oz for $23.99, and 6 pounds for $71.99.

Enjoy a Cup of Fire Department Coffee on National Coffee Day

As the weather gets cooler, curling up with a cup of “spirited” coffee is great after a long day. The Spirit Infused Coffee range includes three different infused coffees: bourbon, tequila, and rum-infused, each with their own unique flavors and aroma. The Fire Department Coffee Bourbon-Infused Coffee is the perfect way to heat up on a cool night. It takes the sweet taste of barrel-aged bourbon and Fire Department’s medium roast blend and combines it for a full-flavored delight. With each bath numbered, this coffee is bold and smooth, and without the alcohol. A 14oz bag or ground or whole beans retails for $19.99.

The new line is made using a proprietary infusion process that’s quite different from traditional cask barrel aging, which often infuses an overly harsh flavor from the charred wood interior of the barrel. The Rum Infusion takes you straight to tropical shores with the kick of caffeine that you need to get the job done. The unique Tequila Infusion conveys the delicious complexity of the drink you know and love, with hints of lime and a crisp, sweet finish.

Limited edition releases featuring other favored spirits are in the works and we can’t wait to see what’s next. With these great coffee blends from Fire Department Coffee, National Coffee Day is sure to be a tasty one.