Make Your Own Gifts – for Wine Lovers

Is there a wine lover on your gift list? Pre-made wine gift baskets can be expensive, but it’s easy to make a nice, budget-friendly, unique basket yourself – and it can be pulled together at the last minute! Here is the basket (ok, it’s a gift bag) I made the other day.

Wine Lovers Gift Bag

First I purchased a medium sized canvas bag at the local craft store. I appliqued it with an adapted version of the Wine Barrel Gourmet logo (thanks for the help Amanda!).  You could use pre-printed wine or grape appliques, or old-label appliques, or paint the bag using a wine bottle or vine stencil or even cut a square of wine printed fabric and iron it in the center of the bag.

I started with a bottle of Kiona Lemberger wine, which is a local winery and one of my favorite varieties.  Since man does not live by wine alone I added:

Red Wine Vegetable Bean Soup – this “grown-up” vegetable soup is a best seller. The rich tomato-wine sauce pairs wonderfully with the Lemberger and other red wines. (Check out our web site to find month-long specials!).

Wine Jelly – wine jellies are a nice addition to the the appetizer table. They taste great spread on crackers or served with a cheese tray.

Wine Chocolates – there are lots of wine flavored, and wine enhancing chocolate choices and all of them are great! If you can’t find specific wine chocolates, choose a fancy dark chocolate to go with a red-wine themed basket, and a white chocolate (or even nice fruit jellies) for a white-wine themed basket.

Round out the gift bag with a corkscrew and some nice wine glasses (look for high quality but inexpensive “orphan” glasses at estate sales, yard sales, antique shops and rummage sales). There you have it – a personalized gift bag that will be treasured by the wine lover on your list.

Other items that could be added to this gift include wine crackers, wine-themed coasters or a trivet, wine charms, and/or wine flavored cheeses.  A pre-made basket containing all these items would cost about $100, but this one was made for less than $40!

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Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at SeedToPantry.com and HestiasKitchen.com.

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