A Few of Our Favorite Things

Posted on December 10, 2020

Glass of White WineThe holiday season is here. How do you convey love and appreciation to your loved ones after THIS year?

Gifts are not created equal, and we’ve scoured shops to find the perfect gift for family, a client, or even your CEO. Elegance is a priority, as well as something that shows the person they are valued. Here’s the list:

Wine is always an excellent choice. Here are a few bottles for that posh red wine lover.


They are Family – Fathers, Sons, Husbands, Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Uncles, Aunts, Brothers, Sisters, and Cousins. They love each other very much, They disagree with passion, They forget quickly, They win together, They lose together, They believe in Heaven, They under promise, They over deliver. And these are just some of the reasons why we LOVE these guys.

Check out their wine and be sure to pay extra attention to their Brown Bag Specials.

2016 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, $170.

Rich and full-bodied, this vintage is one for the ages (and aging). Notes of black and blue fruits, baking spices, ripe plum, dark cherry, and chocolate combine to create an exceedingly well balanced and elegant wine. A memorable, lingering finish continues to reveal multiple layers of complexity to be enjoyed over the next few decades.

2012 Zakin Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, $260.

This 2012 is the Zakin family’s inaugural bottling and their third release. Comprised of 100% estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and aged for 21 months in 77% French New Oak, the wine has a smooth elegance and complexity.

2015 Robert Mondavi Reserve To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon, $175.

A testament to Napa’s grand cru vineyard site, To Kalon’s signature dark-fruited, dried herb complexity is seamlessly integrated with sweet oak spices of vanilla bean and toasted almonds, sending a wave of deliciously intense flavors across the richly dense palate in a tasty expression of power and elegance.

2017 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, $95.

TOR’s first Oakville designate Cabernet is an auspicious debut with notes of cherries, raspberries, licorice, dark chocolate, and violet. It is sumptuous and fresh with a juicy, ripe palate.

For the traveler on your list consider a membership that they will enjoy.

Core Club Membership

Set in New York City, The Core Club offers a curated selection of experiences from an array of luxury categories. Granting access to the best-known names in luxury — Ferrari, Bulgari Hotels and Wheels Up, to name a few — Core Club also affords members services from cuisine to skin care. The club puts on more than 200 cultural events every year, including exclusive theater previews and sports games. $67,000, thecoreclub.com

Cimarron Mountain Club Membership

Get the most out of the ski season with membership to this exclusive property in Colorado. Set between Telluride and Crested Butte, the 1,750-acre private ski resort encompasses more skiable terrain than Aspen and is limited to 15 families. Take to the slopes without crowds and lines, enjoying the snowy terrain nearly to yourself. $3.2m to buy in plus additional annual fees, cimarronmountainclub.com

Giving to charity in your recipient’s name is classic, thoughtful and will make everyone happy. Here are a few to consider.

When the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010 CORE (formerly J/P Haitian Relief Organization) founder, Sean Penn, mobilized a powerful network of doctors, emergency workers, and government officials to take immediate action. We continue to work in Haiti with a team of 150+ Haitian employees working to rebuild and re-imagine communities every day. Donate to Core at coreresponse.org

For the animal lover consider the American Society of the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals. The ASPCA was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. The organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Donate to the ASPCA at aspca.org

Water.org is a global nonprofit organization working to bring water and sanitation to the world. They want to make it safe, accessible, and cost-effective. They help people get access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financings, such as small loans. They give their everything every day to empower people in need with these life-changing resources – giving women hope, children’s health, and families a bright future. Donate at water.org

We hope these gift ideas inspire you and make your gift-giving a bit easier.

Happy Holidays.

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