CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's time for my annual Christmas wine gift recommendations. In addition to providing you with a few ideas for the important wine lovers in your life, you might also wish to pass this list along to those inclined to remember you on Dec. 25.
But before I get to the wines, I have a few other wine-related gift ideas.
"The Oxford Companion to Wine -- Third Edition" ($65), by Janice Robinson, is the most comprehensive collection of wine information you will ever read. It is the ultimate reference guide to anything to do with the liquid we all love.
"Been Doon So Long" ($35) by the zany, clever, irreverent winemaker-satirist Randall Graham is a hilarious romp through winedom. Owner of Bonny Doon Winery, Graham's views on the state of wine are delivered with zinging tongue-in-cheek wisdom and humor.
Solage is a 22-acre über-spa at the northern terminus of the Napa Valley in the town of Calistoga. Surrounded by mountains and vineyards, I had the pleasure of reposing at Solage earlier this year and was blown away by the experience.
With an incredible restaurant on the premises, a world-class spa and even mud baths, this is a spectacular destination for any food and wine lover. Check out the packages at SolageCalistoga.com or call 866-942-7442.