Home Euphoria’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide (featuring our fave Winefluencers)
Home Euphoria’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
(featuring some of our favorite winefluencers!)
With the holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to be thinking of those special gifts for the wine- and board- lover in your life. This year, we wanted to feature some of our favorite wine influencers and the many products and services that they offer. Shop for a friend, family member, coworker, or just treat yourself with these amazing wine-themed ideas. Plus, support a small business owner this holiday season!
With a passion for food and bringing people together, Jenn Roose, a full-time middle school teacher, started Gather & Graze USA in 2015. Jenn has been invited and flown all over the USA to design grazing tables and workshops and has accomplished some incredible themed grazes. In 2019, Jenn was invited to take the stage with several top Food Network chefs to demonstrate how to build a graze platter.
As her company has grown successfully, Jenn continues to focus on bringing good fruit (no pun intended) to every home and event such as gathering with laughter, friendship, and health.
Graze Boxes & Platters
Jenn’s Graze Boxes and Platters are the perfect addition to your next celebration. These curated boxes make for a beautiful centerpiece and conversation starter for events like birthdays, holiday gatherings, and work events. Choose from small, medium, or large grazing boxes that feed anywhere from two to fifteen people. Each box includes a selection of meats, cheeses, veggies, fruits, and desserts, and are all gluten free!
For those really special occasions, Jenn can create a magical grazing table that will leave your guests speechless. Choose from the Basic, Classic, or Extreme Grazing Table package and take your gathering to the next level. Each table design features an elegant combination of delicious cheeses, crackers, breads, fresh fruit and vegetables, dips, nuts, dried fruit, pickled goods, fun snacks, and sweet treats.
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Want to learn how to make your own impressive grazing table or cheese platter? Join Jenn in a workshop designed to teach guests the trade of cheese board design. During your workshop, follow along during a cheese tasting and wine pairing lesson. Learn Jenn’s 5-step process for platter creation all while designing your own tasty board. Her workshops are also a great way to meet like-minded friends, collaborate with others, and learn more about the food and wine you love. https://gatherandgrazeusa.wixsite.com/ggusa/workshops
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Samantha is a Phoenix-based Sommelier, influencer, TV personality, and online wine and social media consultant. She found her wine passion early and launched her in-home wine tasting business, Samantha Sommelier, at the age of 23. She received her Level 2 Certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers.
In Phoenix, she opts to work with private clients in their homes, zeroing in on millennials with an easygoing “BFF” approach to guiding guests through wine tastings. Her mission is to make wine fun and approachable for any level of wine enthusiast.
Virtual Wine Tastings
Samantha offers virtual wine tastings via Zoom, making them easily accessible online or via the phone app. You can choose from several different types of virtual wine tastings with Sam where you’ll receive her professionally designed wine tasting grids and mats, a custom wine and food pairing guide, and her Wine 101 guide. Before your virtual tasting, Sam will send you wine suggestions in your budget and prepare you for a fun and informative tasting with your friends!
Samantha’s Wine Club has so many cool perks and makes a great gift for a wine-loving friend. Each Wine Club member can enjoy 10% off of every one of their virtual wine tasting bookings each year, plus receive a discount for guest additions over six per booking. There’s a complimentary tasting available for your birthday (plus a free bottle of wine), bonus food and wine guides, and unlimited VIP wine assistance from your “pocket Somm” Sam!
Ami Gangemella is a Certified Specialist of Wine who builds your confidence in buying and tasting wine through education and private wine tastings. She offers in-home and virtual wine tastings to connect wine enthusiasts with regions and varieties you have never tasted before.
Ami focuses on taking the tasting experience to the next level by sharing fun facts about the wine region you are tasting the wine from as well as sharing some great cheese pairings from her cheese and charcuterie collection.
Travel-Themed Virtual Wine Tastings
Guided wine tastings are a great way to celebrate any occasion. Ami helps you connect with friends, family, or coworkers with a special online wine tasting event. Ami can accommodate any sized gathering during her virtual wine tasting, just let her know how many will be attending and she’ll recommend a wine bundle for you. You can choose the date, time, and travel theme for your wine tasting experience and Ami will take your group on a journey that reviews each wine region in the selection. Choose from Tour of Europe (Old World), The Adventurer (New World), or Best of Both Worlds (Old and New World).
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A lover of creating experiences and wine education, DeLauren is the owner of Culture Wine blogger, of which she serves as a wine consultant and blogger. While on a journey of being the first black and female-owned vineyard owner in North Carolina, DeLauren is documenting her journey and continuing her wine education by visiting vineyards, meeting winemakers, trying new wines, and blogging about her experiences.
A lover of North Carolina wines, DeLauren has a passion for highlighting her NC colleagues and their wineries and educating her followers in an engaging and social way. DeLauren hosts virtual wine tastings and coaches her clients through utilizing their senses in order to have a full experience with wine. Her wine tastings include a journey through grape growing, winemaking, and of course, understanding the various grape varieties and the regions they grow from.
With DeLauren as your guide, you can tour a vineyard, meet the owners and winemakers, and learn the inspiration behind their wines. During your tour experience, you’ll also be able to participate in a tasting of the vineyard’s selection.
She also offers custom private wine tastings that are perfect for family, friends, or coworkers. During your custom tasting experience, DeLauren will send you a selection of up to three wine selections (or you can bring your favorites!). Learn about the “four S’s” of wine tasting and wine production, get food pairing tips, play games and win fun prizes at your very own private tasting with DeLauren!
Casleah is a Certified Sommelier with 4+ years experience in the wine industry. This includes being a floor sommelier for a Michelin Star chef, hosting sold out events throughout the Napa Valley, and being the brand ambassador for a New Zealand winery. She received a scholarship and the top score while completing her sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommelier (CMS) and has also completed Level 3 of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). She’s looking forward to starting her diploma program soon, as well.
Casleah strives to make wine fun, approachable, and exciting. She’s always on the lookout for new winery discoveries and the latest trends in the wine world! Not only does she love planning in-person wine events, but you can find her presenting private in-home and virtual wine tastings, too. She recently released her very own wine label! You can follow along her wine journey and get wine and winery recommendations via her blog and Instagram.
The Casleah Wine label was created to spread the message of love, joy and hope. Pop open a bottle with the winemaker herself during a virtual wine tasting. Find out more about Casleah’s wine here and get inspired for your holiday shopping!
Casleah Pinot Noir 2019, Sonoma Coast
This Pinot Noir is lush and juicy with notes of ripe black cherry, pomegranate, and wild strawberry. It is floral with notes of purple violets and includes spice notes of cinnamon and clove. It’s velvety on the palate with a refreshing and mouth watering acidity. This wine pairs perfectly with positivity and random acts of kindness.
Casleah Rosé of Pinot Noir 2019, Sonoma Coast
This elegant Rosé is delicate with flowers of jasmine and cherry blossom. Fruit notes include fresh gala apple, bing cherry, and strawberry bramble. This refreshing Rosé is lean, crisp, and light on the palate. This wine pairs perfectly with spreading joy and an unexpected compliment.
Amanda is the Certified Sommelier and Winemaker at AJA Vineyards, a Certified Mixologist, a winemaker, and an adult beverage enthusiast. She started SOMMthing Rad as a way to help push herself in continuing her passions.
She is enthusiastic about wine (the history, the culture, the production, and the flavor) and obsessed with cocktails (the history, the culture, the production, and the excitement). Her goal is to allow and encourage others to continue learning about the history of society through a different lens. She’ll help you learn more about wine, cocktails, beer, mixology, winemaking, and brewing.
Wine Tastings and Mixology Lessons
Book a wine tasting or mixology lesson with Amanda via Zoom or in-person. Not only will you get the opportunity to enjoy delish wines from your home, but you’ll learn how to properly taste them. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make a top-notch cocktail, do so before your holiday gatherings. Book a virtual mixology class where Amanda will instruct you on professional cocktail making, as well as drop some interesting facts and knowledge!
Wines from AJA Vineyards
If you like the wines you sample during your tasting, you can purchase them from Amanda’s family vineyard, as well! There’s plenty of choices for every palate, but
some of our favorites include:
AJA Vineyards Malibu Coast Rosé
This delicate rosé is not one to miss. Notes of peach, nectarine, and strawberries abound when you first swirl the glass. Chill this wine down and enjoy it in the summer sun! So refreshing, you might just finish the bottle in a single sitting.
AJA Vineyards Malibu Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
This tasty medium-bodied wine introduces itself with ripe cherry and red plum. After a few sips and swirls, the fruit comes forward and a not-so-subtle notion of damp earth permeates the aura. The finish is refined and distinguished, making this wine a perfect pair for a hearty meal such as a steak or pasta with red sauce. https://www.ajavineyards.com/collections/shop-our-wines
Joe and Grace are wine and cheese lovers, home entertainers, and gift-givers who created Home Euphoria.Their philosophy is to create beautiful yet functional home goods made of sustainable and high-quality materials that everyone can enjoy for years to come. Extensive research and care goes into each of Home Euphoria’s uniquely designed products.
Both Grace and Joe believe in highlighting the charm and comfort of a home. They believe that nothing elevates a special gathering more than an elegantly presented spread with a delicious assortment of cheese paired with the perfect wine. Not only does it provide a feast for the eyes, but any palate, as well. Home Euphoria’s entertaining pieces are key to impressing family, friends, and guests. Each product is tailor-made to deliver happy memories to your home.
Home Entertaining Items
Natural Bamboo Cheese Board with Ceramic Ramekins
Made from the highest quality of natural bamboo, this sustainable option is sure to impress. The beveled rim holds lots of charcuterie sides and the hidden drawer slides out to reveal a stainless-steel knife set. Best of all, this newer version of the cheeseboard comes with three white, ceramic ramekins that can hold all sorts of delectable items, freeing up even more space on the board for a superior platter design.
Witty Wine Glasses
Home Euphoria’s Witty Winos Collection features 17-oz. wine glasses with fun and relatable sayings. These large stemless wine glasses are the perfect gifts for family and friends during the holiday season. Whether you're throwing a party or just enjoying a quiet movie night in, make it a night to remember with a cute stemless wine glass perfect for holding your favorite wines and cocktails.