Friday’s Featured Artisan – Kopper’s Chocolate

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Kopper’s Chocolate

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Artisan! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect products are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a master chocolatier, a gourmet cheesemonger or a talented artist – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. Kopper’s Chocolate was founded by Fred “Pappi” stern who fled Nazi Germany with his family. Fred partnered with David Kopper, a European chocolatier, to combine old world chocolate sophistication with new world confectionary innovation. Kopper’s was the first company in the United States to combine chocolate and coffee and to make chocolate lentils (m&ms would follow).  And while the rest of the country was consuming milk chocolate, Kopper’s pioneered the market for high quality dark chocolate, setting the stage to become one of the world’s best chocolate panners. For more than 80 years, Kopper’s chocolates such as cordials, are still proudly made by hand in small batches at their New Jersey headquarters. GiftTree is a proud partner of Kopper’s Chocolate, and we’re delighted to offer two exclusively curated gifts to our chocolate collection – the Chocolate Espresso Bean Collection, with six varieties of robust espresso beans enrobed in rich chocolate, and the Cocktail Hour Chocolate Cordials Collection – a tasting menu of six chocolate liqueurs including rum, blackberry brandy, amaretto and Champagne. These unique and delicious chocolate gifts are perfect for so many different occasions, from birthdays to anniversaries, Father’s Day to Employee gifts.  ...
Friday’s Featured Artisan: Chicago Steak Company

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Chicago Steak Company

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Artisan! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect products are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a master chocolatier, a gourmet cheesemonger or a talented artist – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. It’s grilling season, so this Friday’s Featured Artisan is none other than the Chicago Steak Company – the premier provider of gourmet dry aged beef, USDA Prime steaks, seafood and desserts. What began in 1963 as a small family run butcher shop called Meats by Linz, Chicago Steak Company is now one of the nation’s leading home deliverers of USDA prime beef, and boasting America’s greatest butcher’s hand, expertly cutting their premium steaks. Chicago Steak Company is proud to continue the long and rich tradition of Delivering Mid-Western Corn-Fed aged USDA Prime Beef and Premium USDA Choice steaks to homes and businesses across America.      A proud partner of Chicago Steak Company, GiftTree is delighted to offer four exclusively curated gifts for the grill. You won’t believe how luscious these steaks are, and what great summer gifts they make!   Premium Angus Steak Selection Tender filet mignon, succulent boneless strips, mouthwatering ribeyes and top sirloins full of flavor – this perfect combination of Premium Angus beef steaks is a best seller for Chicago Steak Company. Gift Includes: Two (2) 6 oz. Filet Mignons, Two (2) 10 oz. Boneless Strips, Two (2) 8 oz. Sirloin Steaks, Two (2) 8 oz. Ribeyes. Tomahawk Ribeye Steaks Gift These Dry Aged Tomahawks are the ultimate bone-in ribeye, with an...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Mileeven Honey & Fine Foods

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Mileeven Honey & Fine Foods

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Artisan! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect products are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a master chocolatier, a gourmet cheesemonger or a talented artist – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. This Friday’s Featured Artisan is Mileeven – award winning producers and suppliers of honey sourced from County Kilkenny in southeastern Ireland. Established in 1988 by Joe Gough and his wife Eilis, Mileeven began as a simple free-time hobby. As Joe and Eilis were battling evening traffic on their long commute home, they decided to take an evening bee keeping class to kill some time and wait for the traffic to die down. They started out small, keeping two beehives in their backyard in Dublin. As their love for the bees (and their honey) grew, the two-hive amusement turned into a 100-hive apiary in Piltown, County Kilkenny and Mileeven was born. With awards from Great Taste, the Irish Food Awards and Gulfood, Mileeven’s Organic Trust-Certified honeys are made with innovation and a firm commitment to producing honey that stays true to quality while being beneficial to the honeybee population. GiftTree proudly carries a deliciously decadent Mileeven honey gift! Infused with Irish Cream liqueur, Mileeven’s natural raw honey is absolutely perfect drizzled into tea or onto a scone, using the included olive wood honey dipper. One of the hardest woods in the world, olive wood‘s superfine pores make it the perfect material for use in the kitchen.   Check out the rest of our Friday’s Featured Artisan series to...
Friday’s Featured Winery: Veuve Clicquot

Friday’s Featured Winery: Veuve Clicquot

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to the most inspiring women whose strength has shaped the world around them. That means on this Friday’s Featured Winery, we’re sharing the fascinating history of none other than the courageous woman of La Maison Veuve Clicquot (translated to english as the House of the Widow Clicquot). In a time when a woman running a business was totally unheard of, Madame Clicquot took her Champagne House to the very top, making the name Clicquot itself synonymous with luxury. Here is the inspiring story of Barb-Nicole Ponsardin Clicquot and her amazing determination. Barb-Nicole Ponsardin grew up in Reims, France as the daughter of a shrewd businessman who started a textile company in the late 1700s, with the hopes of elevating his family’s status from the middle class. These dreams were drastically changed with the start of the French Revolution in 1789, when he joined the resistance. At age 20, Barb-Nicole married Francois Clicquot, a member of another wealthy textile merchant family. His family also happened to run a side business of wine making. Francois took over the family’s small winery, choosing to focus on Champagne that had made the region famous, but had recently fallen out of favor. He worked to gain sales and shipping routes out of France, while Barb-Nicole had her hand in the wine business as well, carefully learning her husband’s techniques in winemaking and business. However, the French Revolution took its toll and the business didn’t attain the success they’d hoped for. Francois became depressed and ill, eventually succumbing to typhoid fever, although many suspected it was suicide. Following her husband’s passing, Barb-Nicole took up the family business as a widow at the...
Friday’s Featured Winery – Domaine Chandon

Friday’s Featured Winery – Domaine Chandon

From their storied vineyards to the vibrant sparkling wine in your glass, Friday’s Featured Winery – Domaine Chandon – blends the best of centuries-old French Champagne traditions and new world innovation. Domaine Chandon’s history dates all the way back to 1743 in Epernay, France, where the esteemed Champagne House Moët & Chandon was born. But let’s fast forward precisely 230 years to 1973, when Moët’s director Robert-Jean de Vogue had a stroke of genius and established the first French-owned sparkling wine house outside of France – Domaine Chandon, in Napa Valley, California. In the 1970s, Napa had not yet gained its renown as a wine-producing region in the world. But the investment that Moët & Chandon made in the area certainly caught the attention of the rest of the world, and undoubtedly changed the course of history for Napa Valley itself.   That very same year, Domaine Chandon founder John Wright and grower Will Nord selected Yountville, Napa Valley as the winery’s home, and planted the first vineyards on Mount Veeder and in the Carneros region. The first crush took place in nearby Trefethan, and for the next twenty years, Chandon’s Senior Winemaker Dawnine Dyer and his team married the vibrancy of their California fruit with the old world winemaking traditions of Moët, ensuring an always exceptional, always distinctive sparkling wine, year after year. After pressing the grapes (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay varieties), the juice is separated into two or three lots for its first primary fermentation. Using proprietary yeast strains from France and their know-how in the art of blending, the wine is then bottled (with a little sugar) to...
Friday’s Featured Artisan: Caymus Vineyards

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Caymus Vineyards

Showcased as one of our most popular luxury wine gifts, Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is often said to be a wine that needs no introduction. While this may be true, there is a rich history behind the wine and it all starts with one word: Charles. Before there was Caymus, there was the Wagner family farm, which was a small plot of land in Napa that Charles Wagner purchased with his life savings after fleeing the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906. An immigrant from Alsace, France, Charles planted the crops that everyone planted in those days to survive: a little bit of everything. Napa Valley had not yet come to the prestigious prominence that it enjoys today as a top American Viticultural Area, but luckily for Charles, he planted grapevines for good measure and decided to give winemaking a shot. And unluckily for Charles, this was just in time for Prohibition, which put a damper on his plan. In 1943, a second Charles Wagner, Charlie (son of Charles) shared the foresight of his namesake and purchased some additional orchard land in the very heart of the Napa Valley. As the first Charles did, Charlie also planted edible crops like plums and walnuts, but by the early 60s, it looked like wine grapes might be able to sell more profitably. So Charlie followed the trend of many of the early pioneers in the Valley and planted his vineyards with Pinot Noir and Riesling. Luck steps into this story again when a good friend up the road was making some pretty good wine out of Cabernet Sauvignon. When Charlie was offered some cuttings from the vineyard,...