Photo courtesy Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.
Surprise the gourmets on your gift list with delicacies that are sure to please you. We’ve picked out a few things that many connoisseurs will likely consider essential in the kitchen: cheese, Wagyu, chocolate, truffles, and a little bit of wine. Our picks include the best of the best. Nobody is going to blame you for duplicating your purchase to keep something to yourself. Such a delicacy is difficult to resist:
Original Blue is the one that Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. put on the menu, but this legendary cheese maker offers a host of other delicious varieties. The dairy is about 60 km north of the Golden Gate Bridge and offers a view of the beautiful Tomales Bay, where the milk-supplying Holsteins graze. Fans claim that the charm of these cheeses lies in the healthy freshness that is representative of their home environment: expansive views, coastal fog that lightly salty the lush pastures, and fresh, pristine air. Give a sample, but for the ultimate gift, treat your recipient on a visit and tour. The anniversary collection (see image above) represents the company’s two decades of cheese making. Recipients will enjoy their line of five core cheeses, each with their own representation of their high-quality California milk. The pack contains 6 ounces of Toma, 8 ounces of Gouda, 6 ounces of Bay Blue, 6 ounces of Original Blue, 9 ounces of Quinta (full wheel), a wooden cheese knife, and detailed information on each cheese and recommended varietal pairings. Photo courtesy Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.
Photo courtesy Holy Grail Steak Co.
Satisfy the carnivores on your list with steak deliveries right on their doorstep. The brainchild of wine magnate Cameron Hughes, Holy Grail Steak Co. is a leading online supplier of real Kobe beef and other extremely high quality Japanese Wagyu, American-made Wagyu, Australian Wagyu and USDA ‘Upper’ Prime Black Angus – many cuts, which were previously only available to high-end steak houses. Holy Grail steaks work exclusively with first-class producer partners. They are hormone and antibiotic free and frozen to -30 ° F to protect and preserve the steaks in their original, perfectly aged condition. All Holy Grail beef and pork products are sourced from the best genetic lines, fed the best diets and raised with unmatched husbandry protocols. Holy Grail’s mission is to connect artisanal farms and ranches with consumers who care deeply about the quality and origin of their food. All offers are available individually or as part of curated flights. Gift cards are also available. Try the Steakhouse Direct Favorites Flight, a compilation of some of their bestsellers.
Photo courtesy of La Maison du Chocolat
Who doesn’t love a box of chocolates? Especially when it comes from La Maison du Chocolat, the very first large Parisian house dedicated exclusively to designer chocolate. Forty years ago, Robert Linxe brought the spirit of Parisian haute couture to luxury chocolate. Satisfy the sweet tooth of your loved ones with festively wrapped, decadent and elegant holiday treats such as a Holiday Cracker Tree, a Christmas Advent calendar, chocolate gift boxes on the theme of holidays and much more. La Maison du Chocolat combines graceful simplicity with complex expertise.
Photo: Fran Miller
Truffles (the non-chocolate version) are one of the most valuable delicacies in gastronomy. Their rarity is characterized by their smell and considers them extremely desirable. Delight every truffle lover with articles from Urbani Truffles. Urbani is an international division of Urbani Tartufi and has long been a milestone in the field of truffles, mushrooms and truffle products. The company’s headquarters are in Sant’Anatolia di Narco in the Italian province of Perugia, where Urbani Tartufi was born. With its US headquarters in Manhattan, Urbani supplies its diverse truffle products nationwide: butter, salt, oil, a selection of sauces and of course whole truffles. Go a step further and combine your purchase with a bottle of Prunotto wine, one of the oldest wineries in Piedmont, Italy and one of the first to export Italian wine to the thriving US market in the 1930s. Their delicious Barolo and Barbaresco complement any truffle dish perfectly.
Courtesy photo of Chateau Montelena
The unlikely Chardonnay win of Chateau Montelena in the 1976 blind tasting in Paris put this winery on the map. And Hollywood’s cult classic from 2008Bottle shock,and his quirky and somewhat quirky portrayal of the events that led to the historic victory added to the winery’s mystique. But it’s the amazing wines that keep this St Helena winery popular with enophiles around the world. Since the winery was founded in 1972, Estate Cabernet has continued to shine as one of the finest displays of Napa Valley winemaking. Any wine lover on your gift list will appreciate Chateau Montelena’s flagship portfolio, comprised of the winery’s most important and sought-after grape varieties, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, and Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017. Everyone is as comfortable now as they will be for years to come.