Wine Country Gourmet Giveaway

December 17, 2011

Hi friends, happy only one week till Christmas!!  I’m feeling the spirit of giving, so it’s time for my annual WC giveaway, this one includes some gourmet treats from the region, plus something special (and handmade) from me!  The following goodies have all been carefully wrapped and packaged and they’re awaiting shipment via USPS to the address of one lucky winner. 

I pick up these gourmet treats when we tour the local wineries, and today I’m giving away a box of some of my favorites. We love nearby Viansa (mentioned here) in Sonoma which specializes in Italian varietal and blends. Truffle honey and lemon vinaigrette plus chardonnay strawberry peach preserve are included in the box.

My most favorite balsamic vinegar on the planet comes from the famous girl & the fig, and it’s paired with the apricot fig chutney, delicious as a spread.  For your summer BBQ, also included are both a spicy zinfandel and herbed cabernet marinades. And yes, I’m parting with my baby cutting board (full deets here) which is the perfect size for presenting a mini wheel of brie or a favorite artisan cheese, and also this great 2011 Food & Wine guide to the wine scene ~ it will tip you off on all the best wines to buy plus offers some basic things to know about different grapes, blends, and varietals. 

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Eligibility to win the Wine Country Gourmet gift box . . .

1) Leave one comment telling me your favorite gift to give this season. That’s it!

One winner, US only, chosen at random.  Giveaway ends Sunday December 18, 2011 at 8 p.m PST.  By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.


Congratulations to:  #409 BJ at Sweet Nothings!


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489 Responses to “Wine Country Gourmet Giveaway”

  1. Priscilla says:

    The favorite gift I’ll give is a homemade apron for my daughter who just recently became interested in cooking.

  2. jenny says:

    My favorites are some vinyl gift/subway art prints I ordered from Thoughts in Vinyl – they’re beautiful!

  3. I like to cut fresh evergreen from my yard, fill miscellaneous old pots with dirt then arrange the evergreens. Wrap ’em with a pretty bow, sit them on an old chair and add lights or candles for night time. Great for the front porch:)

  4. LisaInCT says:

    My favorite gift this year is a sweet little owl ornament from Pier One. It’s for my daughter who loves owls and is celebrating her 1st Christmas in her new house… she’s is going to love it!

  5. allison says:

    My favorite gift this season is the wine decanter and stemless glasses for my Dad- We have each at our house, and he always comments on them- I am so looking forward to his excitement at recieving them!!!

  6. Jessica R says:

    the gift I’m most looking forward to giving is a cd I had made of a tape recording that my grandad made 20 years ago of familiar family stories. It is awesome to be able to hear his voice again (he passed a few years ago) and I know my cousins will love it!
    thanks for the giveaway!

  7. erin says:

    My husband made a giant batch of pozole for our friends and family. It’s sooooo good!

  8. Kattie Lisso says:

    Handmade Scarves. Everyone loves them

  9. bj says:

    It’s meee….way back here in the back….the one standing on the chair, waving arms frantically….
    I would dearly LOVE to win this amazing and generous giveaway and I thank you for the chance.

    My favorite gift to give this year is a glass lamp, filled with wine corks, to give to my daughter in law. She has a wine theme going in her home and they own a small vineyard out here in West Texas.
    I bought a fillable, glass lamp, got wine corks off Ebay, found the perfect shade and I just am so excited to give it to her.
    xo bj

  10. Leslie M says:

    My favorite gift to give this year is homemade gingerbread cookies and the personalized cookie jar

  11. Ginger says:

    My favorite gift to give is homemade treats! This year it was Cranberry Almond granola. Yum!!

  12. Gerry says:

    Bag of treats in bags made from jute coffee bean bags. Besides food treats, each will have specialty dog cookies or plant starts/teenies depending on the recipient.

    Great blog!

  13. AnnW says:

    My favorite gift to give is Iphone or Kindles. I would love to try this products in my cooking. Ann

  14. ErinD says:

    My favorite gift to give this season is an OCD cutting board (obsessive chopping and dicing) from Uncommon Goods. It’s got grid lines for dice, fine dice, etc. and (to me at least) is equal parts useful and fun.

  15. Sarah says:

    My favorite gift this year is a silver and lavendar open jacket similar to a kimono for my mother. She is an artist and occasionally has a painting in a show in New York so I wanted to give her something unusual and unique to wear to the city. I am just starting to learn to sew clothes so it was a fun challenge to tackle.

  16. Brenda G. says:

    Every year we have a tradition that our girls receive pajamas on Christmas Eve. Initially we started it so they would look cute for the Christmas morning pictures. Even though are girls are in their twenties – and one is married – the best present is that they want to continue this tradition.

  17. Rachele Slotman says:

    This year it’s DIY coasters made from tiles and scrapbook paper!

  18. Jen says:

    My favorite gift is a box full of homemade chocolate -no one can resist!

  19. Helen Peterson says:

    My favorite gift to give is and always has been Christmas tree ornaments. I’m an Auntie, and have always given ornaments to my niece and nephews, starting the year they were born. I look for unique ones – either hand-made or not, commemorative or not – and write the date, and the name in some place on the ornament. When the person moves to their own apartment or home, the ornaments are enough to make an impact on a little tree. My niece and nephews are in their 30s now, and have children of their own, so the tradition continues. Some of the ornaments are child-like, recalling their days as children, but all are always different from one another – most important for brothers and sisters. Some are so unique they will fall into the category of “folk Art” in another 50 years or so, but all the ornaments contain memories to spark feelings of closeness and memories of family.

  20. Nancy says:

    The gift I am most looking forward to the recipant opening is… The National Lampoon’s Christmas ornament I got my husband! We love the movie!

  21. Caryn says:

    I’m really looking forward to giving my mom a kitchen torch this year. She’s been wanting one forever and I’m hoping it wil get me some very yummy desserts!

  22. Kristin says:

    My favorite gift this year is bringing my 8 month old daughter to her grandparents’ house for the first time. They’ve visited us a couple of times this year, but this will be their first Christmas with a grandchild, and they are soooooo excited.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway, it looks fabulous!

  23. Astor Taylor says:

    My favorite gift to give is making sure I have TIME to make reindeer cookies with my 6 grandchildren when our family gets together Christmas Day.

  24. Jen says:

    I made an effort to make handmade gifts this year, and am particularly excited to give my nieces their dress-up tutus!

  25. Denise says:

    Patience to others and with myself.

  26. annie says:

    my favorite gift to give this year is homemade subway art…i’m pretty pleased with how they’ve turned out so far and thankfully i don’t have too many to make!

  27. Beth Rhamy says:

    It’s not even really my gift to give, but my 5 yo son’s gift to his 3 yo sister (which I did help him make). Her own personalized plate which she’ll love since she just learned to spell her name:)

  28. Lauren Mills says:

    What a great giveaway! My favorite gift to give is a charm. I gave my niece and God daughter charm bracelets at their baptisms and have been adding charms to them for the past 4 years.

  29. suzannebee says:

    I think i am going to really enjoy giving aay some homemade hand/body scrubs.

  30. Hillary says:

    I love giving books! I find something I either think the recipeint will enjoy or something I think is a must for their bookshelf.

  31. Love it! My favourite gift that I’m giving this year is “date night” coupons to my hubby – he can redeem them once a quarter and I’m on the spot to think up something special :) Merry Christmas!

  32. Susan W says:

    Favorite give of the season is hosting an annual holiday party for friends! It was last night and so much fun to see everyone mingling and sharing stories about how they will spend the holidays.
    Thanks for the opportunity. Happy Holidays to all!

  33. Amanda C says:

    I am looking forward to watching my 18 month old son open ALL of his gifts… I’m, personally, mostly excited about his child-size recliner!!!!

  34. Courtney says:

    i’m loving the handmade gifts this year – like coasters from 4×4 ceramic tiles – modpodged with fun prints.

  35. AnneSATX says:

    Several years ago my honey and I started giving away homemade salsa. Now it’s become a tradition and every year our friends, co-workers and family hopefully ask, “Will you be making salsa again this Christmas?” They seem so thrilled when I hand them a jar of Anne and Fil’s annual Christmas salsa!

  36. Mary says:

    my favorite gift i’m giving is a cowl scarf i knitted for my best friend :)

  37. Judy M. says:

    Snowboarding passes for my 17 yr. old grandson & a bike for my 15 month old grandson.

  38. Kate says:

    My favorite gift is for my parents and in-laws: we will be giving them a pair of baby socks in a color that indicates the sex of the baby we’re having!

  39. Emily says:

    My favorite gift is for my husband. A new Mac Book Pro!!

  40. Nelly says:

    My favorite gift to give is homemade cookies!

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

  41. Niki Blake says:

    My favorite gift I’m giving……a subway art that says “PRAY BIG” to my dad who is doing BIG things in his life now…..things I have prayed a LONG time for. :)

  42. Beth D. says:

    My favorite gift I gave this year is the gift of time. Recently my daughter returned home from college and I cooked eggs, bacon and toast, wrapped her in a toasty warm blanket and watched a movie with her. Three hours later, we were both nourished!

  43. Kimberly says:

    My favorite gift this year was a girls weekend in Chicago with my bestie. So much fun and more memorable than our usual gifts.

  44. Kelly Proctor Tooley says:

    My favorite gift will be seeing loved ones this week! Wishing you a very merry Christmas season!
    Thanks for the chance to win a little bit of California!

  45. Meredith says:

    My favorite gift is going for tea with my family in Chicago every year. Merry Christmas!

  46. Helena Dias says:

    I’m really looking forward to gifting my stepdaugher a beautful cashmere scarf that I’ve ben knitting for her for the past couple weeks. It sure was a labor of love. Hope she likes it.

  47. Britny W says:

    My favorite gift to give is something the receiver has mentioned casually. It’s great to see their face when they realize you remembered something they liked!

  48. PAULA says:

    What a great giveaway! Very creative. I made personalized calendars for my family members with family photos for each birthday during the year.

  49. Tammy T says:

    I helped a 2 year old and her mother this holiday season. It is my sincere hope that they have a wonderful holiday season.

    Happy Holidays to everyone!!!!!!!!!

  50. Ellie says:

    Fabulous giveaway! I recently found your site and love the inspiration! My favorite gifts to give are hand-made ones that I’ve sewn, built, made or baked. I prefer crafting over shopping and tailoring each gift to the receiver’s likes. Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity!

  51. Ann says:

    Those look very tasty! This year my fav gift is from this new boutique jam shop that opened up relatively near where i live, in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. It’s called The Republic of Jam and they do jam tastings and partner up with wineries and it’s just a totally cute shop. They do micro processing of unusual flavors like plum cinnamon walnut and spiced anise raspberry, and simpe syrups for drinks too, so i think it will make perfect dog-sitter gifts and stocking stuffers. Plus, shop local and all that! :)

  52. Cynthia says:

    I love to give goodies from Trader Joe’s – always a hit!

  53. My favorite gift to give away (and make) is Red Sox beanies for our boys. They LOVE the Red Sox and they are going to be so excited when they open them. I can’t wait to see the smiles in their faces!
    Thanks for a chance to win and Merry Chistmas to you!

  54. Katie says:

    I aways love to give books.

  55. christie says:

    My favorite gift to give is restaurant gift cards. Food always fits. :)

  56. Lauren says:

    My favorite gift to give this season is homemade bake goods to share with family and friends.

  57. silva s says:

    My favorite gift this year is wine or chocolate or both:)

  58. Maureen says:

    I made Christmas Stockings for close friends.

  59. Janaki says:

    My favorite gifts to give are homemade crocheted scarves and personalized calendars.

  60. Beth R. says:

    Oh what a wonderful gift! My favorite gifts to give are ones that I have made with my own hands. This year it’s a hat for a co-worker, a cowl for another co-worker and scarves for my teenagers. My nieces get new sweaters and two brand new babies will get sweaters to warm their little bodies through the cold winter.

  61. Dianne says:

    My favorite gifts are a mied basket of lovely smelling soap, mini-stamped calendars and a little mini-picture holder, topped off with my homemade pretzel candies. I made these for my girlfriends for a recent Christmas lunch and they were well received.

  62. Melanie says:

    I love to find the perfect gifts for my loved ones each year! This year we bought my Mom a Pandora bracelet, I can’t wait to give it to her and for my children to pick out new beads for her!

  63. Becky says:

    This year my favorite gift to give is a scarf I made for my niece. She is obsessed with pink and it’s so fluffy and fun. I can’t wait to give it to her on Christmas! :)

  64. Jeannie S says:

    My favorite gift to give is wine wrapped in hand made dish towels.

  65. Marge says:

    My favorite gift to bring to an open house is a bottle of wine. Thank you for your zmazing giveaway!
    Merry Christmas

  66. Jennifer T says:

    My favorite gift to give this season is no-sew fleece blankets!

  67. joyce says:

    Salted caramels for evryone

  68. jeannene says:

    I love to give books!

  69. Jane K. says:

    I love to give tins of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies out to all my neighbors

  70. angela says:

    I love to make different mixes in mugs… I buy the christmas mugs at the thrift store and store for the year…. then do a cake or cocoa, whatever matches the person best

  71. Haleyteamatkinsmo says:

    Our annual family favorite gift is our ‘Year in the Life’ photo album we print for our parents. It is especially wonderful this year as our little family will grow from 4 to 5 next month. The grandparents adore the books and we don’t feel guilty about ordering an extra copy for ourselves to enjoy.

  72. Sarah says:

    I’m excited to give our daughter a Hermione costume for her American Girl Doll. I found it on Etsy! Merry Christmas!

  73. Laurie M says:

    I love to give cheese and crackers!! I would love a chance to win.

  74. Jennifer E. says:

    Sad, but true, my go to gift this year are Movie gift cards.

  75. Robyn says:

    I love to give gifts that the person mentioned in passing such as particular cookbook etc. although I do like making photo books too.

  76. MelindaB says:

    any to my daughter! ;) I can’t wait to see her wonder

  77. My favorite gift to give this season is a tote bag…I made 13 of them. Merry Christmas!

  78. Erin C. says:

    Anything home/hand made. I’ve been having a blast the last few years figuring out what each person would like, then figuring out how to make it. It’s really forced me to step outside my comfort zone and try new things. Happy Holidays!

  79. caryn says:

    This year ive been into the homemade gifts! Handpainted sign ornaments and diy coasters…cheap, simple and cute!

  80. sue wags says:

    I love to give gifts!! Big, little and homemade. My fav this year were some new tools for my husband. He’s going to start remodeling our kitchen!!!!

  81. Jennifer Wisniewski says:

    I am excited to deliver little bags of homemade almond roca that my daughters and I made today. They are sweet little gifts for our neighbors and friends. Love your ideas. As a Sonoma native – long gone but homesick often – it’s very fun to see slivers of home.

  82. Erin F says:

    Great giveaway! This year I’ve pulled out the sewing machine to make many of my gifts, particularly aprons, pot holders, and little sewn owl ornaments. I’ve had a blast!

  83. katie says:

    I love giving handmade gifts. I made Superhero costumes for my niece and nephew this year! I had fun making them and I hope they have as much fun as I did!

  84. Leia says:

    I love giving a bottle of wine and some bread/cheese, or some home baked goodies!

  85. Kara says:

    I love giving a glassybabies. They are so pretty.

  86. bj says:

    OMYGOSH…I can’t even believe that I am the winner of this awesome and generous giveaway.
    It all looks and sounds so good and the little wooden cutting board is adorable.
    Thanks so much for offering this giveaway and for giving me a chance to win.
    I just sent my mailing address….
    Thanks again.
    xo bj

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