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A classy way to carry a bottle of wine on your bike.

Gift ideas related to beer, wine and spirits

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 - 12:16 pm

When I was in college and would return home for the holidays, I occasionally served as messenger at the law firm where my mom worked (and still works). The assignment often entailed running around downtown delivering bottles of Chivas Regal to dozens of clients.

Well, if you’re getting the loved one on your holiday shopping list something something related to his or her passion for drink, you can probably come up with something better than a quick stop at the liquor store.

Here are some pretty cool suggestions from Huffington Post.

If you’re looking for something more local, you can always put together a gift package from a local winery or brewery, including a variety of bottles and maybe a souvenir item like a shirt or wine bag. There are also plenty of wine clubs and brewery clubs nearby that include occasional shipments of new releases or discounted growler refills (of beer). The Track 7 growler refill program I wrote about recently, for instance, costs $399 and includes two refills per week.

Check out your favorite brewery or winery, online or in person, and you’re sure to find a meaningful and much-appreciated gift.

Call The Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson, (916) 321-1099. Follow him on Twitter @Blarob.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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