Friday’s Featured Winery – Louis Roederer, Makers of Cristal

Friday’s Featured Winery – Louis Roederer, Makers of Cristal

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Winery! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect wines are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a famous Pinot-producer or an iconic Champagne House – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. This Friday we’re delighted to feature a Champagne House: none other than Louis Roederer. The House Roederer was founded in 1776 and has been family-owned for 8 generations. When Louis Roederer inherited the dynasty in 1833, he took a visionary’s approach and set out to perfect every stage of the Champagne’s production. Blending the Champagne’s character, style and flavor, he resisted the usual practices of buying grapes, and bought some of Champagne’s Grand Cru vineyards. It was there that he nurtured each one of his vines, familiarizing himself with the characteristics of each and every parcel, all the while building his empire, acquiring the best terrior in Champagne. Louis Roederer knew that all great wine depends on quality of the soil, the condition of the vines and a passionate vision for the future. Today, this strategy remains the cornerstone of The House Roederer’s continuing production. House Roederer owns 240 hectares located exclusively in the Grands and Premiers Crus of Marne, where their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes are nurtured. (Much like a state, Marne is a department of Northeastern France, home to subprefectures Épernay and Reims. This is the sole source of Champagne vineyards, producing all the world’s famous French sparkling wines.) This brings us to Louis Roederer’s most famous Champagne, Brut Cristal. It was created in 1876 to satisfy the...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Steven Smith Teamaker

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Steven Smith Teamaker

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. The temperature is dipping ever so slightly, the leaves are starting to get the tiniest tinge of gold on the tips and we’re starting to take the sweaters down from the top shelf of the closet. That’s right – Fall is coming. And what goes better with the cool Autumn air than a steamy cup of tea? That’s why this Friday’s Featured Artisan is none other than Portland, Oregon’s own Steven Smith Teamaker. As the co-founder of Stash and then a tea shaman at Tazo, Steven Smith gained worldwide recognition for his deep understanding and masterful blend of flavor and fragrance in fine tea. In 2009 with the help of his wife Kim, they created their own signature brand. Using a big-bellied, sterling silver antique ladle to taste, Steven Smith lovingly crafted and perfected the teas that would bear his name. Made in small batches, each tea is inspired by the many adventures he embarked upon, from India and Sri Lanka, to China, Africa, Provence and beyond. Though Steven himself passed on in 2015, his spirit and charisma live on in every aspect of Smith Teamaker, now overseen by his wife Kim. Smith sources only the finest tea leaves and botanicals from around the world, through the strong relationships and partnerships that Steven fostered with growers, exporters and...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Ruffino Italian Wine

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Ruffino Italian Wine

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, Ruffino Italian Wine, is a company with a rich history of producing award-winning wines in the heart of Tuscany. In 1877, cousins Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino decided to embrace their passion for winemaking by starting a small winery in their tiny village in Florence. With Tuscany’s mineral-rich soils, cooling breezes off the Mediterranean Sea and dry summers, Tuscany was (and still is today) a region renowned for its tradition of growing exceptional wine grapes. Today, more than 135 years later, Ruffino is still at the top of its game, with wines exported to more than 100 countries around the world and varietals named one of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines. Winemaker Gabriele Tacconi and Global Brand Ambassador Beepe D’Andrea write, “Our founders Leopoldo and Ilario Ruffino were among the first in Tuscany to recognize that the best wines come from the best vineyards. We honor that philosophy today as we meticulously choose top vineyard sites, carefully manage the vines and the yields, and use non-interventionist practices in both our vineyards and in winemaking.” GiftTree is honored to carry Ruffino’s Moscato, a sweet white wine with a crisp taste. Ruffino Moscato d’Asti is pleasantly sweet and fragrant with distinct notes of peach and orange blossoms. This wine is perfectly tempered by...
Friday’s Featured Winery: Far Niente Estate

Friday’s Featured Winery: Far Niente Estate

This Friday’s Featured Winery, Far Niente Estate is one of Napa Valley’s most renowned wineries, producing award-winning chardonnays and cabernet sauvignons since the 1980s. Nestled in the rolling hillsides southwest of Oakville, the historic three-level winery was built in 1885 by California gold-rush forty-niner John Benson, the uncle of the famous American impressionist Winslow Homer. Built on the hillsides of western Oakville, Far Niente originally functioned as a gravity flow winery, gently moving the grapes through each stage of production. The winery prospered until 1919 when Prohibition began, and there it was abandoned and eventually fell into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and its adjacent vineyard, embarking on a three-year restoration of the property and placement on the National Register of Historic Places. During the restoration, a stone was found in front of the building with the Italian phrase “Far Niente” (do nothing) engraved on it. This gave birth to the winery’s name and the same stone lays in that same spot to this day. Far Niente’s past rose to the surface again in 1998, when a bottle of Far Niente Sweet Muscat from 1886 was discovered in a private cellar in Marin County, California. The bottle exhibits the original label, cork and capsule, and is believed to be the oldest intact bottle of California wine in existence today. Amazingly, the label is believed to be designed by one Winslow Homer! Today, the labels at Far Niente bear a distinct art-nouveau-style parchment label designed by artist Tom Rodrigues, who also designed the labels for Far Niente Estate’s sister wineries, Nickel & Nickel, Dolce, and EnRoute,...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Sanders Candy Company

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Sanders Candy 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. This Friday’s Featured Artisan is Sanders Candy Company, a delicious candymaker with a rich history. On June 17 1875, Fred Sanders opened his first chocolate shop in Detroit, Michigan with a passion for confections and a borrowed barrel of sugar. By the 1940s, Sanders stores and sweets were household names in the homes and lives of Michigan families. Sanders had become the lead purveyor of sweets in the region, and started selling directly to national supermarket chains and retailers in the area. Eventually, there were more than 57 locations in the Great Lakes Region offering candy, ice cream toppings and baked goods bearing the Sanders name. These early shops were also known for providing light lunches and an assortment of soda fountain-counter specialties, including ice cream soda, hot fudge sundaes and the iconic Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puffs. Today, Fred Sanders’ simple aim to provide delicious sweets at a fair price is still the company’s mission. They use the finest ingredients to make all their products, and never sacrifice quality to save on costs. Confections should just taste great, they should be made great! Here at GiftTree, we absolutely love Sanders Pecan Nougat Caramels – so much so, that we put them in many of our gourmet gift baskets! You have to taste these creamy confections that...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Perrier Jouët

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Perrier Jouët

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. As Champagne lovers, this Friday’s Featured Artisan is someone we at GiftTree hold near and dear to our hearts – the Champagne House Perrier-Jouët. Perrier-Jouët was founded in Epernay by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adele Jouët in 1811. One of the most prestigious houses in Champagne, the firm was shipping wine to Great Britain by 1813 and to the United States by 1837. Perrier-Jouët owns 266 acres of vineyards in Champagne, with an average rating of 95%, and is known worldwide for its consistency of style. Their most famous vintage is Belle Epoque, or Fleur Belle Epoque, known for its iconic brilliant green bottle with hand-painted Japanese Anemone flowers – a motif destined to become iconic over the years. All the lightness of white flowers combine with hints of honeyed apple, white peach and lemon zest in this fresh, stylish and iconic champagne. Silky and elegant, this well-structured champagne has a base of mineral notes from the best chardonnay. On the palate, floral and fruit gives way to subtly spicy hints for a pleasant finish. “Belle Epoque 2007 is a crystalline vintage whose subtlety and generosity highlight the precision of the Perrier-Jouët style. It is an epicurean wine.” ~ Hervé Deschamps, Cellar Master GiftTree is delighted to offer Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque in a number of beautiful...