’s Holiday Gift Giving Ideas 4 and 5

What a great gift for those who enjoy wine!

During my tour of the Fabulous Food Show held at the IX Center in Cleveland, I had the wonderful pleasure to find myself standing in front of a local Northern Ohio business that has found a way by simply adding wine and water to their Frappe’ Vino mix and freezing for three hours, a frozen wine drink will appear that taste really really good! What a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer for your family and friends.  And at the cost of $10 each how can you go wrong?  (Wine not included)

D’Marie Inc. also offers other gourmet items like Tuscan wine dips in various flavors and Tuscan Triangles, which are flaky flatbread crackers, both would make a great accompaniment to the Frappe’ Vino. They sell all items individually or in a set that they call a Party in a Bag for $20.  Where can you find a gift for under $20 anymore?

To order online go their website: or call 877.778.0707.

Who Doesn’t Like to Dip?  Their bread in Olive oil that is.

Another Ohio based company that I found that offers a unique product was “The Olive Tap” located in Medina Ohio.  This family owned business offers 100% extra virgin olive oil that is imported seasonally from places like Italy, Australia, France, Greece, United States to name just a few.  What I like about their establishment is that they offer the buyer a unique chance to try many of their products before purchasing.

Some of the olive oils are flavored with garlic, lemon, basil, Tuscan herbs, hot peppers, blood oranges, Porcini mushrooms. Traditional and flavored Balsamic vinegars are also available for purchasing.  While at the booth I sampled a Balsamic Vinegar that was so captivatingly flavorful.  I was told by John Petrocelly, one of the owners that the Balsamic Vinegar I had sampled had been aged for over 12 years.  The virgin olive oil I had sampled had just been pressed less than six days prior, need I say anymore how wonderful that taste was?

I can just see adding one of these very exquisite olive oils or the aged balsamic vinegar on a bread plate at  my dinner table accompanied by a wonderful Tuscan bread for dipping.  A little cheese and I could make this a meal in itself.  What a great gift idea for that master chef in your home or the all perfection “Martha” in your life.

The Olive Tap offers an assortment of gourmet sauces, marinades and more.  Gift sets and baskets are available.  Can not make it to Medina?  They do offer an online store at or call them at 330.721.6500.



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