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12 Days of Christmas Picks for the Food and Wine Lover: Wine Gifts from Big Mouth, Inc!

Day three of my 12 Days of Christmas Picks for the Food and Wine Lover brings us this fun (and functional) wine gift from BigMouth Inc.


The World’s Biggest Wine Glass holds THREE bottles of wine and is a fun way to impress your guests over the holiday.  Retailing for $19.75, it comes in a colorful gift package and is made of hand-blown glass.

For the full selection of wine accessories and other gifts, feel free to check out their online catalog – BigMouth Toys are also available at nationwide retailers like Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond and online at

I hope you’ll check back tomorrow for day four of my 12 Days of Christmas Picks for the Food and Wine Lover! Cheers!

You can find BigMouth Inc. on Facebook here, follow them on Twitter here and on Instagram here.

Holiday Goodies and Gift Ideas

Here’s a little roundup of gift ideas for your favorite food or beverage enthusiast!

First up, I’d like to mention Bela Sardines.


  • Bela Sardines are high in protein, very low in fat with little or no carbs!
  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids (helps reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease), extremely low in contaminants such as mercury.
  • A good source of vitamin D, calcium, B12, Co Q10, and protein. Enjoy this wholefood vs. a vitamin.
  • BELA Sardines do NOT contain any GMOs
  • Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Kosher, and are extremely low in contaminants such as mercury.
  • Bela sardines are not heavily processed or engineered like other on-the-go nutrition options, such as nutrition bars or supplements, and are rather a naturally nutritious wholefood for any health conscious individual.
  • The Paleo dieters dream meal.

Sustainable: BELA Sardines, the classic Mediterranean sardine (Walbaum Species Sardina Pilchard) are wild caught by local Portuguese fishers from the Atlantic Ocean, hand packed in traditional European manner and canned at the port within 8-hours of the catch; each effort ensures our sustainability is unsurpassed. The aluminum tin is also highly packable and recycle-able.

Affordable: A tin typically rings in under $3 at Whole Foods Market and online at They are also available across these regions in: Harris Teeter (South East), The Fresh Market (Mid-Atlantic/Southeast), Sunflower Markets(Southwest), Mollie Stones (Bay Area), Fairway (NYC), New Seasons (Pacific NW), as well as Vitamin Cottage (Rocky Mountains)

A fish symbolizes good luck, fertility and creativity – include a sardine dish on your party menu!

Bela sardines come in 4 different flavors:

Lemon Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil
As you would eat them in London, our famous lightly smoked sardines and the finest Portuguese extra virgin olive oil infused with lemon.

Lightly Smoked in Olive Oil
Simple. Delicious. Lightly smoked sardines packed in the finest Portuguese olive oil.

Lightly Smoked in Tomato Sauce
Mediterranean style, these sardines are lightly smoked and packed in a light tomato puree with a splash of the finest Portuguese extra virgin olive oil.

Cayenne Pepper Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This is a true Portuguese favorite, lightly smoked sardines in the finest extra virgin olive oil infused with Cayenne pepper.

You can find Bela Sardines on Facebook here & on twitter here.


Next up, Balls of Steel!



Balls of Steel are two stainless steel coolers which chill whiskey or spirits faster than ice. BOS will keep spirits at the optimal temperature level without hindering the spirits taste so that one can enjoy the full flavors of their beverage and hold onto those low notes which any spirit veteran strives to protect.

Most importantly BOS supports a cause that is positively changing lives of those not only suffering from testicular cancer, but as well as their family and friends. Creating a support network for those struggling and supporting the research for a cure.

Other items for purchase on the a Balls of Steel website are BOS bracelets, BOS T-shirts, and BOS tongs to remove the coolers from your favorite beverage.

To order some Balls of Steel of your very own, you can go here. You can find Balls of Steel on Facebook here or on twitter here. Deck the balls!


For the wine lovers, I’d like to present Ritual Pinot Noir:

Ritual_alta  Pinot Noir

Ritual Pinot Noir is an artisinal wine bringing legendary Chilean Vintner Agustin Huneeus together with consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs to produce a small bottling of a Pinot Noir from the renowned Casablanca Valley. Comparable to Sonoma wines, this is priced below most California wines and offers very high quality- hand picked, double hand sorted and fermented with wild yeast. It retails for $19.99.
Here are the tasting notes: An elegant wine with density and richness.  Vibrant flavors of cherry and raspberry, soft tannins, fresh acidity and a lingering finish. To learn more about the wine you can go here. You can find the wine and the Veramonte wine group on Facebook here.
And lastly, I would like to tell you all about a little treat that hails from my hometown. Her name is Esther Price. Usually I don’t encourage the consumption of sugar, but as Def Leppard says Pour Some Sugar on Me!! 😛
Esther Price Candies started when a woman (named Esther!) learned to make fudge in her home economics class. With her new knowledge, she came home that day and asked her mother if she could make more. Later on, Esther would take chocolates to her co-workers at a department store in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Even after starting her family in 1926, these same co-workers encouraged her to continue making candy for them to buy.
So now I am encouraging you to try a little bit of Esther’s candy. 😉 Go for the gusto and order their Light and Dark Chocolate 2-Lb. assortment. I’d say they’re most known around town for making chocolate covered cherries, so that’s a great pick, too. To take a peek at the inventory you can check out their handy dandy candy key!! Pics of everything EPC makes!
You can find Esther Price Candies on Facebook here.
Happy Holidays! 🙂

World Vision Gifts: Enter to win a Fair Trade Coffee Set!


For the person who has everything, or for the shopper who doesn’t want to purchase another meaningless gift, the World Vision Gift Catalog offers an alternative (or addition to) traditional holiday gift giving.The catalog has more than 250 items ranging in price from $16 to $39,000 that help children and families in need here in U.S. and around the world.

Included in the catalog are several items that foodies on everyone’s gift list might enjoy such as Family Food Kitfarm animalsfruit treesdrought-resistant seeds and many more. In addition, World Vision offers Maximum Impact Fund gifts that are used where resources are most desperately needed.

With a financial contribution, the gift giver can select one of 36 items that can be given to a loved one and at the same time help a person in need.

I recently chose this Fair Trade Coffee Set that includes coffee from Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Costa Rica blended by and is delivered in a baghand-sewn by local women with a hand-carved olivewood scoop. The bag is beautiful and well-made, and the olivewood scoop is very unique.

If you’d like your very own Fair Trade Coffee Set or would like to give it to someone as a gift, leave a comment for me below — and share this post via Facebook or Twitter. I will pick a winner at the end of the week and have the coffee sent directly to you!

You can find the World Vision Facebook page here and World Vision’s Pinterest page here.