Pictured is beautiful Niebaum Lane in Rutherford, California in the Napa Valley. It is one of the picturesque drives you can enjoy this season while shopping for your holiday wine gifts-or treating yourself and a loved one to your own special holiday celebration. When visiting, be sure to enjoy a free carriage ride and holiday lights during Yountville's Winterscape celebration.
Award-winning wine author Natalie Maclean has plenty of ideas on what to purchase during your Napa Valley wine tasting and gift buying visit. She recently released "Nat Decants" wine app, a must-have for all your wine questions.
The author of the bestseller-Red, White and Drunk All Over (which would make a great gift itself,)-provides every day wine advice for picking up a bottle to take to a dinner and holiday shopping ideas for the hard-to-buy friends, family and associates. The app pairs wines to thousands of dishes, including holiday favorites, such as turkey, goose, duck, and even partridge in a pear tree.
Among Natalie MacLean's creative ideas in her Wines for the Top 10 Tough-To-Buy-For People on Your Holiday List, here are our favorites:
The Teacher: If you can't find a suitably obscure wine with a Latin name, there's always cream sherry. It's the tipple of Oxford dons, not to mention the centerpiece of Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story The Case of the Amontillado.
Mail Deliverer: Go for a winery that's consistent year after year in producing a wine that can be enjoyed in snow, rain, sleet or hail. Try an Australian shiraz or Argentine malbec.
The Mechanic: Yes, there's a wine called Red Truck, but try to be more imaginative. Why not give a wine made by Mario Andretti in California or Ferrari in Italy? Read all 10 ideas from Natalie MacLean
Shopping tips: Doubles are fine when you give wine, there are no wrong sizes and you can always find something good in stock. MacLean says that vintage gifts will get anyone into the holiday spirits.
Nat Decants was selected among the top five food and wine apps by both the New York Times and Computerworld Magazine. This free app is featured on Apple iTunes under Essentials Apps for "Holiday Cooking,""Food & Wine"and "Date Night."It's also part of the featured best apps on BlackBerry's Carousel. For information on the new features, visit: www.nataliemaclean.com/mobileapp