Friday’s Featured Artisan – Kistler Vineyards

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Kistler Vineyards

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. With summer here and the temperature rising, it’s the perfect time to sip chilled white wine on the deck in the backyard, isn’t it? That’s why we chose Kistler Vineyards as this Friday’s Featured Artisan – their world class chardonnays have been winning awards (and wine lover’s hearts) since their first vintage, a small production of 3,500 cases in 1979. Kistler was founded by Steve Kistler and his family in beautiful Sonoma County, California, a county north of San Francisco famed for its wine-growing terrior, much like its neighbor, Napa County. Each of Kistler’s ten chardonnays are grown in their own single vineyard, all from the same heritage chardonnay clone that the family has been raising for thirty years. During the harvest season, each acre yields close to two and a half tons of chardonnay grapes. All ten bottlings undergo the same winemaking process, with the difference in personality of the wine being solely based on the vineyard in which the grapes are grown. Kistler wines are incredibly sought-after – so much so, that the winery has an extensive waiting list for wine lovers just to get their hands on a bottle. But if you’re anxious to try it now, you’re in luck! A superfan of Kistler chardonnays ourselves, we at GiftTree are delighted to offer three distinct chardonnays...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Effervé French Sparkling Lemonade

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Effervé French Sparkling Lemonade

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. With summer quickly approaching, this Friday’s Featured Artisan turns its attention to a luxury beverage that’s truly refreshing and perfect for a hot day – Effervé Sparkling French Lemonade. Nestled in the heart of Alsace, France, amongst the glowing vineyards and the lush forests of the Vosges mountain range, an ancient spring of natural water flows. Using a traditional recipe and a purely Artisanal process, Effervé has been producing sparkling lemonades since 1992 with that very same crystal clear, cold spring water, pumping it directly into the bottle. Lemons from Sicily, Brazilian oranges, Italian tangerines, apples from Normandy and creamy Anjou pears are some of the succulent fruits flavoring the Effervé product range, which boasts 11 unique, distinctive flavors of delightful sparkling beverages. Thanks to the pristine quality of their spring water and the fruit’s natural flavors, Effervé is clean, crisp, flavorful and healthy for the whole family. We recommend it served icy cold with a sprig of mint leaves! GiftTree is delighted to offer Effervé sparkling French lemonade in our Grand Indulgence Gourmet Gift Basket, a collection of savory and sweet with this large vintage-style woven hamper. Revealing imported Oregon pinot noir beef jerky, camembert cheese, gourmet popcorn and that delicious Effervé Sparkling French lemonade to sip, it’s a gift that’s every bit as fun to open as it is...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Box Brew Kits

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Box Brew Kits

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 Box Brew Kits, a super cool company based in Massachusetts, run by a group of home brew enthusiasts who all wanted the same thing – to make home brewing simpler! They carry a wide selection of wine making and handcrafted beer kits, all designed to make the process accessible, stylish and portable. Check out their welcome video here: Just in time for Father’s Day, this Box Brew Kit is perfect for the dad who loves home-brewing of course, but it’s also great for the dad who simply loves beer but has never tried to make his own! The IPA Home Brew Box Gift contains a gallon brewing jug, taster flight glasses, grains, hops, yeast, a thermometer…. everything Dad needs to brew up a gallon of vibrant, zesty and tropical Citra IPA. Whether he’s a seasoned expert or just wants to try his hand, this home brew kit is an awesome Father’s Day...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Duke Cannon Supply Co.

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Duke Cannon Supply Co.

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 Duke Cannon Supply Co., a Chicago-based men’s skincare, bath and body company that specializes in soaps and skincare essentials that are no-frills, no-flowers and no nonsense. During the Korean War, GIs were issued a heavy brick of soap in their toiletry supply kits, and in keeping with that same tradition, Duke Cannon crafts clean-scented, grime-busting bricks of soap in the very same Memphis factory where the original soap was made. Duke Cannon Supply company is serious about its commitments to giving back to the men and women serving the country, too. With their expansive collection of soaps and grooming goods, portions of Duke Cannon’s proceeds go toward benefitting veterans’ causes such as the Honor Flight Network, K9s for Warriors and The Military Working Dog Team Support Association. In a gift that’s perfect for Father’s Day, GiftTree and Duke Cannon teamed up to curate the Artillery Grooming Gift. Watertight and reusable, an authentic military field box holds American-made men’s skincare essentials: five varieties of heavy duty hand and body soaps including their original Big A** Brick of Soap, a superior grade shave cream and a handy Stanley...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Charlito’s Cocina

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Charlito’s Cocina

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 Charlito’s Cocina, a New York based salumeria run by Charles “Charlito” Wekselbaum, who was raised in New York City in a Cuban-American household. After working under two mentor chefs who produced their own charcuterie, Charlito attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City, where he studied under a master charcutier. Soon after, he traveled to Spain to study the Spanish tradition of curing meats and preserving food with his family in Salamanca, who had been curing meats, canning olives and making their own wine. Returning to New York City, Charlito founded Charlito’s Cocina in 2011, where the charcutier makes everything from scratch, slowly and steadily, with simple products and the cleanest, best ingredients that can be found. With their dry-cured meats, they explore and honor the rich gastronomic tradition of  preserving food and curing meat in the days before refrigerators and freezers. On every single item made and sold by Charlito’s Cocina, you will find a handwritten number on the package, indicating its position in the batch. GiftTree teamed up with Charlito’s to curate a trio of their delectable dry cured meats with our personalized tasting board, just in time for summer and for Father’s Day! Three varieties of artisanal salame are joined by stone ground mustard, organic Greek olives...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Hand in Hand

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Hand in Hand

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 Hand in Hand, a bath and beauty company crafting artisan soaps, scrubs, lotions and more, from sustainable materials and natural fragrances derived from plants and flowers. But it doesn’t end there – for every product purchased, Hand in Hand donates one bar of soap and one month of clean water to a child in need. Founders Bill Glaab and Courtney Apple started Hand in Hand in 2005 after learning that every year, nearly 5 million children lose their lives to water-related illness – illness that could be prevented with simple hand-washing. But without access to clean water, this isn’t a possibility. Working with the worldwide child advocacy group My Neighbor’s Children, Hand in Hand works to build wells and provide soap to children in Haiti, a country that has been ravaged by natural disaster, disease and poverty. In 2012 Hand in Hand took their first donation to Haiti, and to date, they have donated 437,000 bars of soap and built or repaired 4 wells that provide thousands of people with clean water.   GiftTree is honored to carry Hand in Hand’s Sea Salt Sugar Scrub, a fresh and invigorating blend of ten varieties of mint, including water mint, peppermint, and freshly cut eucalyptus, in our Opulent Spa Basket, a collection of...