“I don’t know what’s in the box, but I love it. Unopened gifts contain hope.” ― Jarod Kintz
Here’s a few items that have caught my eye that I would love to see under the Wine Harlots Christmas tree this year. Extravagant and unrealistic? Sure. But isn’t that what a gift wish-list is all about?
Travel is always the best present. In 2013, I’m scheming to visit British Columbia, Oregon, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Paso Robles, Baja, China, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Antarctica, Iceland, Stockholm, Austria, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Portugal and France. I’d really love to spend a year in Spain or France, letting the culture wash over me and getting to the marrow of life.
Freixenet cava is hosting a contest to win a two-year lease on a Mini Cooper. How much fun would it be to driving a Freixenet wrapped auto be while I zip about the country spreading the Wine Harlots message?
In my Wine Harlots Bucket-List Fantasy, I dream of doing a road-trip and visiting wineries, breweries and distilleries in all fifty US states and the provinces of Canada. And in our vision we imagine caravanning around in our Mini pulling the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody Tailgate Trailer. It’s a Neiman Marcus fantasy gift, and at $150,000 USD, it’s unlikely my hope will be realized – but a girl can dream!
Ansel Adams is renowned for his black and white nature photographs. But his lesser-known portraiture is more compelling than his landscapes. I saw his Trailer Camp Children (1944) at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Vegas in 2005, and the image still haunts me. The portrait was taken while he was on assignment with Dorothea Lange for Fortune in San Joaquin Valley, California. The photograph was sold at Christie’s in 2000 for $8225 USD.
If by magic, Santa brings my weeHouse, I’ll need to decorate. The perfect first piece needs to Hans Olsen Teak Dining Table with Chairs. This vintage Mid-Century Danish Modern dining set was designed by Hans Olsen for Frem Rojle in 1953. The four three-legged chairs nestle seamlessly in the side of the table. A set in good condition will run between $2800-4200 USD.
Another obsession is the Cherner chair. The 1958 molded plywood chair by Norman Cherner are classic mid-century modern design. They range from $730-1250 USD.
Looking for a souvenir of your holiday’s? Going Underground will create a custom subway poster to your specifications. I’m still deciding if I want the place names of my travels, favorite grape verities or transcendent wine brands. The price of the custom prints range from $25-150 USD depending on the size of the canvas.
Wine Harlots are always looking for elegant storage solutions for wine, and with STACT, you get a modern modular system to store and display your wine. Each module is $130 USD and you can mix and match modules to suit your design sense.
Portland-based Shwood’s wooden sunglasses are pretty awesome. I’m bereft over the sold-out version made from genuine White Oak Bushmills Irish whiskey barrels. The line ranges from $135-225 USD.
And what would a chick’s wish-list be without shoes? Currently, I’m a little fixated on Charlotte Olympia’s Linda black suede laser-cut flat sandal. At $1300 USD, it’s probably going to stay a dream instead of a reality.
I’m infatuated with the nubuck oxfords from the Berlin start-up Atheist. At a cost of 125Є (about $162 USD at the current exchange rates) I’ll be having a blue Christmas in my blue suede shoes.
I am desperately wanting to try Blasted Wines, simply based on their enchanting and whimsical labels created by Chris Sickels. The name originates from the process of setting off a controlled blast of dynamite to loosen the local church’s nails when it was relocated to Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. The prices of the wines range from $17-65 USD, and I’m looking forward to getting blasted.
The new Bormioli Rocco Tre Sensi wine glass is my new favorite. I received one as a test sample, and I love it. The shape is fluid and elegant. The capacity is about 14 ounces. I’d like to get a couple of dozen for tasting events, and at $25 USD for a set of four, that’s a financial reality.And it’s not really winter without a batch of caramel’s. If I was really motivated, I’d be whipping up a batch of Alice Q. Foodie’s Caramels, but I’m more apt to trundle down to Trader Joe’s and buy a box of the divine Trader Jacques Fleur de Sel Caramels for $6 USD.
Wine Harlots wish your holidays are merry and bright — and Santa brings the gifts you are hoping for.