By Kim Taylor
Thanksgiving is all about carving up the bird, pumpkin pie, stuffing, relatives, wine and spirits. In the interest of improving at least a few of these things, here’s a lineup of products designed to lift your spirits this holiday season.
Wusthof is synonymous with quality knives that offer unfailing performance, sharpness, and cutting edge (pun intended) craftsmanship. Founded in Germany more than 175 years ago, and popular in 70 countries, this brand’s new Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) offers razor-sharp blades with equal angles on both sides of the blade, which is the result of their new, patented laser technology. Take one for a ride – these knives are the Porsche of the knife world. New handle design and blade lengths enhance performance for chefs and home cooks alike. Wusthof has more than 90 different knives, as well as gift sets for holiday, block sets, and more at http://www.wusthof.com.
Masi Agricola wines from the northeast region of Italy offer a luxurious Masianco Pinot Grigio at an affordable price that pairs well with turkey. The estate’s specialty is the wonderfully complex Costasera Amarone, which can stand up to mincemeat pie and all spices. Find these at http://www.winesearcher.com and at your favorite local wine store. Also ask for Francis Ford Coppola’s Diamond wines, which will please both wine and film lovers with 14 varietals (including 2 flagship proprietary blends, and 12 single varietals). The Diamond Collection is every bit as great as a Coppola film.
The slow-aged Flora de Cana rum is the sole premium rum produced in Nicaragua, and perfect alone or added to Victory Tea when the chill of cold weather sets in. Alize Liqueur Vodka from France is available in distinctive flavors like red passion fruit, gold passion, and Alize Bleu: perfect for holiday parties and for post-pie relaxing. Another elegant after-dinner libation of note is Camus Cognac, which has a floral nose and is available in VS, VSOP and XO as well as gift sets. Camus is the fifth most popular cognac in the world, and has only recently been introduced to the U.S., so discover why people in so many other countries prefer this amber blend. For those who love cognac, nothing less will suffice. Request these at your favorite liquor store.
VeeV is billed as the world’s first acai berry spirit, and acai is the national fruit of Brazil, popular with surfers and sports enthusiasts due to its high antioxidant content. Toast with vigor, knowing that a portion of what you paid for VeeV goes to support the Brazilian rainforest, and that VeeV is the only certified carbon neutral spirits company in the world. This eco-friendly company deserves some buzz – especially because VeeV tastes magnificent and imparts a healthy benefit. Visit http://www.veevlife.com to stock up for blizzards.
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