The Gift of Wine

Posted December 11, 2008 in Feature Story

The Inland Empire East and West is home to several award-winning wineries, which makes it the perfect location to find the little extra something for the diehard wine aficionado. Here are a few noteworthy picks: 


Tom’s Farms (23900 Temescal Canyon Rd, Corona; 951-277-9992) has something for everyone, whether it be fruit, nuts, candy, other delicacies, like their wine and cheese baskets. The Classic Wine & Cheese Gift Basket ($37.99) includes a 12-oz. roll of their beef summer sausage, a Monterey Jack cheese bar, cookies, crackers, assorted mustards and Tom’s Farms own blush wine. If that’s not enough, try the Deluxe Wine & Cheese Basket with more meat and cheese for just $11 more. 


Oenophiles in the family might best be served with a South Coast Wine Essentials ($75) gift set from South Coast Winery (34843 Rancho California Rd., Temecula; 951-587-9463) comes with two bronze medal award-winning vintages (the South Coast Winery Red Romanza and 2004 Wild Horse Peak Mountain Vineyard Meritage), along with bottle opener, glass charms, dipping bowl and olive oil dipping tray.


The Joseph Filippi Winery (12467 Baseline Rd., Rancho Cucamonga; 909-899-5755), one of the oldest in the Inland Empire, offers a diverse gift selection for the wine lover, with gift baskets starting at $25 and upwards to $150. As for wines, one can’t go wrong with the popular 2004 Deux Mondes Reserve Cucamonga, a Bordeaux made from a combination of French and Cucamonga grapes, at $45 a bottle.


And what happens if you’re low on funds and can’t stock up on wines? Stock up on wine substitutes instead, like the VSC Chocolats Grand Assortment from Cost Plus. A box of 23 liqueur-filled chocolates includes heavy hitters like Jim Beam, Remy Martin, Kahlúa and Grand Marnier. Sam’s Club carries a cocktail version with strawberry daiquiris, apple martini, cosmopolitan and margarita flavors for under $10.

–Nancy Powell








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