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The Goods

Gifts for the Holidays


Whether you’re looking for gift ideas or just some bright spots to get you through the winter, these companies deliver straight to your door.


Blind Tasting in Miniature

Launched by Evan Goldstein, MS, and Limeng Stroh, Master-the-World is a subscription-based tasting program, with each kit featuring six 187-ml samples. The small bottles contain commercially available wines repackaged under a proprietary anaerobic re-bottling process. Designed as an educational aid, each of the selections is chosen for its typicity by a panel of sommeliers; monthly webinars offer a chance to taste along with three Master Sommeliers. —Corey Warren

Single kits $90; annual subscriptions $840, including overnight shipping during the summer months at mtwwines.com


Grassl Glasses

I found my new favorite glassware at a winemaker’s backyard house party in Napa. Made in Slovakia, Grassl’s hand-blown, lead-free Vigneron Series glasses are not only elegant, but they also survive the dishwasher at the end of the night. —Jared Hooper

$55 per stem at cjfselections.com.


Tinned Fish

Launched late last year, TinCanFish specializes in sustainably harvested, hand-packed tinned fish, from little anchovies to fat, meaty cod fillets. So far, the selection is entirely Portuguese, though plans are afoot to expand into Spain and beyond in the coming year. Order by the piece or sign up for a monthly subscription, each box containing 13 tins assembled around a theme. October was all-mackerel; December features red-sauced varieties. All you’ll need is a loaf of bread and some alvarinho to create dinner. —Tara Q. Thomas

Prices start at $18 at tincanfish.com.


Vingardvalise

If you’ve ever wrapped a few socks around a wine bottle and stuffed it in your suitcase, praying it would make it to your destination in one piece, this bag is for you. VinGardeValise cradles your wine bottles in foam inserts that fit snugly within a protective, hard outer shell. The inserts are removable, allowing you to pack a few extra clothes on the other side or to use the case as carry-on luggage. The cases come in three sizes that can fit five, eight or twelve bottles; you can also buy special inserts for magnums and wine glasses. It’s a party on wheels. —Stephanie Johnson

$249 at vingardevalise.com.


Farm-to-Door Cheese

“That smells mighty good,” the delivery man said as he handed over a box. Inside were three cheeses from Jasper Hill Farm in Vermont: a large triangle of its classic Beaufort- style Alpha Tolman, plus a special beerwashed round of Willoughby and a wedge of Whitney, a brand-new wine-washed alpine tomme. First tastes are one of the advantages of Jasper Hill’s new monthly cheese-box subscription; the farm also sweetens the deal with accoutrements from fellow Vermont purveyors, like Babette’s Table charcuterie and Blake Hill preserves. —T.Q.T.

$100/month, shipping included, at jasperhillfarm.com.


This story appears in the print issue of December 2020.
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