Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Food and Wine Lovers
February 1, 2019 / Stephanie Miskew / 0 Comments
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
“Wine enters through the mouth, love, the eyes. I raise the glass to my mouth, I look at you, I sigh.”
~ William Butler Yeats
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat your sweetheart to something special and show them how much you care. If they happen to have a passion for food and wine (in addition to you!), you’re in luck because in this post I’m sharing my top 10 favorite Valentine’s Day gifts for food and wine lovers!
All of these items are near and dear to my heart and I’m very excited to share them with you. Please scroll down to browse the descriptions and simply click the name of an item to view purchasing information. Just FYI, some of the links are affiliate links which result in NO extra cost to you, and a small commission for me if you purchase something.
If you have any questions about any of these items, please feel free to reach out using the comments section below. Also, please scroll down for info on when I’ll be revealing my 2019 Valentine’s Day wine recommendations:
1.) “The Essential Oyster: A Salty Appreciation of Taste & Temptation” by Rowan Jacobsen ($20): This exceptional book exalts one of the world’s most beloved aphrodisiacs! The Essential Oyster is the definitive book for oyster-lovers, featuring stunning portraits, tasting notes, and backstories of all the top oysters, as well as recipes from America’s top oyster chefs and a guide to the best oyster bars. For an extra seductive gift, pair this book with a subscription to Island Creek Oyster’s Oyster of the Month Club!
2.) The Cook’s Atelier Cookbook ($30): Steve and I visited the Cook’s Atelier in 2012 and it was truly one of the highlights of our entire trip! Mother and daughter duo and American expats, Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini, had always dreamed of living in France, and with a lot of hard work and a dash of fate, they realized this dream. Together they founded The Cook’s Atelier, a celebrated French cooking school located in the heart of the Burgundy wine region. These amazing women truly capture the magic of their cooking school and experiences in this very special book!
3.) Sugarfina Candies for Him AND Her ($20-$99): I’ve been smitten with Sugarfina’s delicious and often booze-infused candies ever since the debut of their Rosé All Day gummy bears! They truly have something fun to suit every sweet tooth and fabulous Valentine’s Day gifts for her range from the “Kiss Me” Sugar Lips Candy Cube ($18) to a Design your own “XOXO” 12 piece Candy Tower ($99). You’ll surely satisfy his sweet cravings with these options including Sweet & Smokin’ Chocolate Cigars ($32) which are each wrapped in authentic Cuban foil, the boozy Bourbon Collection Gift Set ($42) or the deliciously dapper Vice Collection 8 piece Bento Box ($65).
4.) Jean-Georges Valentine’s Chocolates ($38/12-piece box AND $78/ 24-piece box): From legendary French Chef Jean-Georges Vogerichten these fabulous, limited edition Valentine’s Day chocolates are the epitome of decadence. Made with organic single origin chocolate, they feature custom flavors including sesame, passion fruit, peanut hibiscus, pistachio and even Champagne to name a few ~ ooh la la!
5.) Ladurée “A La Folie” Heart Macaron Gift Box ($41 – box of 12): For the macaron lover in your life, it doesn’t get any better than Ladurée! Whether in Paris, Cannes or NYC we always make it a point to visit one of their charming locations and this Valentine’s Day, they are celebrating love with the “à la folie” collection. Artist Marie-Victoire de Bascher used her playful vision of love to design this exclusive collection, presenting a special edition gift box as an imaginative messenger of love. Each delightful macaron inside reveals a note of adoration designed into the box, expressing your feelings of love to your special someone.
6.) Thomas Keller Culinary Master Class ($90/single class or $180/year pass): Who better to help you perfect your culinary skills than legendary Chef Thomas Keller (swoon!)? The world-renowned Chef behind Napa Valley’s famed French Laundry and Per Se in NYC is the only American chef to hold multiple Michelin three-star ratings. So why not invite Chef into your home where he’ll teach you essential techniques like blanching, glazing, confit, and much, much more in your very own kitchen!!!
7.) Juliska Champagne Flutes ($159 for a set of 2): These stunning flutes are made of mouth blown, lead-free glass by passionate, creative artisans in the hills outside Prague. As such, no two glasses are identical which celebrates the craftsmanship at the heart of the Juliska brand which was founded in 2001 by dynamic husband and wife team Capucine and David Gooding. The couple draws inspiration from their two-pronged manifesto: “L’Amour” and “Savoir Vivre,” or love and the art of living well which makes these exquisite glasses perfect for Valentine’s Day.
8.) Calvisius White Sturgeon Caviar ($130 for 50 grams (approx. 1.75 ounces): We had the opportunity to sample this delightful caviar this Summer at the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne event in the Hamptons. Needless to say it was positively delicious! This Caviar hails from Italy, specifically the town of Calvisano which is located in the Po Valley in the province of Brescia, an area rich in fresh spring water. The name comes from the Latin Calvisius, an ancient noble Roman and great gourmand. Pair this decadent caviar with a bottle of Brut Champagne (see my recommendations here) and just let the endorphins flow!
9.) Le Creuset Pink Heart-Shaped Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cocotte ($200): I adore my Le Creuset cookware and this festive pink, heart-shaped Dutch oven is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift! It combines the performance and durability of enameled cast iron with a festive shape perfect for this most romantic holiday. Scalloped handles recall early Le Creuset designs from the 1920s as well! Braised dishes are also the perfect opportunity to cook wine-infused recipes such as Boeuf Bourguignon or Coq au Vin!
10.) Eleven Madison Park: The Next Chapter – Signed Limited Edition Set of 2 Books ($225): From the world’s #1 dining destination, New York’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park, comes a limited edition, signed and numbered, two-volume collection of more than 100 stories and watercolors (volume 1), and more than 100 recipes and food photographs (volume 2), from celebrated chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. After spending my birthday at this exceptional restaurant last year I was thrilled to receive this gorgeous set from the Hubs for Christmas and I highly recommend it!
I hope you find these Valentine’s Day gifts for food and wine lovers helpful and I’ll be revealing my Valentine’s Day wine recommendations this Wednesday, February 7th on WPTV Newschannel 5! For those of you outside our viewing area, I’ll also be posting the video and recommendations here on my blog. In the meantime, click here to check out my favorite Valentine’s Day wines, recipes, desserts and playlists that are guaranteed to set the mood for l’amour!
Wishing you a Deliciously Happy Valentine’s Day,
February 1, 2019 / Stephanie Miskew / 0 Comments
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