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    Goomba Guest

    Default Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    friends or family for Christmas? Any recommendations on good companies
    to deal with? Anything special I need to be aware of?

    I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    TOUGH!! I know she enjoys her sherry and I often send her bottles of Tio
    Pepe, but I wanted something more interesting, perhaps a "wine of the
    month" type deal.

    All suggestions welcome
    Goomba

  2. #2
    PeterL Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    Goomba <[email protected]> wrote in news:7mgbo2F3i9vscU1
    @mid.individual.net:

    > Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    > friends or family for Christmas? Any recommendations on good companies
    > to deal with? Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >
    > I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    > needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    > TOUGH!! I know she enjoys her sherry and I often send her bottles of Tio
    > Pepe, but I wanted something more interesting, perhaps a "wine of the
    > month" type deal.
    >
    > All suggestions welcome
    > Goomba




    Maybe a selection of cheeses to go with her sherry??

    Lots of cheesery's do mail order packages of their cheeses.

    --
    Peter Lucas
    Brisbane
    Australia


    If we are not meant to eat animals,
    why are they made of meat?

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    Virginia Tadrzynski Guest

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    "Goomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    > friends or family for Christmas? Any recommendations on good companies to
    > deal with? Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >
    > I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she needed
    > or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are TOUGH!! I
    > know she enjoys her sherry and I often send her bottles of Tio Pepe, but I
    > wanted something more interesting, perhaps a "wine of the month" type
    > deal.
    >
    > All suggestions welcome
    > Goomba


    Do you live or does she live in a state where alcohol is regulated by the
    state? Here in PA you can get gift cards for the local state store or as
    it's called on the Main Line...the Wine and Spirits Shoppe.
    -ginny



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    George Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    Virginia Tadrzynski wrote:
    > "Goomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    >> friends or family for Christmas? Any recommendations on good companies to
    >> deal with? Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >>
    >> I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she needed
    >> or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are TOUGH!! I
    >> know she enjoys her sherry and I often send her bottles of Tio Pepe, but I
    >> wanted something more interesting, perhaps a "wine of the month" type
    >> deal.
    >>
    >> All suggestions welcome
    >> Goomba

    >
    > Do you live or does she live in a state where alcohol is regulated by the
    > state? Here in PA you can get gift cards for the local state store or as
    > it's called on the Main Line...the Wine and Spirits Shoppe.
    > -ginny
    >
    >


    I thought they called all of them that to disguise they are government
    stores? I did notice they disguise them further at a few places by
    calling them premium wine boutiques and other cutsey names.

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    Zeppo Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    "George" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:hdv1ia$n5u$[email protected]..
    > Virginia Tadrzynski wrote:
    >> "Goomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    >>> friends or family for Christmas? Any recommendations on good companies
    >>> to deal with? Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >>>
    >>> I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    >>> needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    >>> TOUGH!! I know she enjoys her sherry and I often send her bottles of Tio
    >>> Pepe, but I wanted something more interesting, perhaps a "wine of the
    >>> month" type deal.
    >>>
    >>> All suggestions welcome
    >>> Goomba

    >>
    >> Do you live or does she live in a state where alcohol is regulated by the
    >> state? Here in PA you can get gift cards for the local state store or as
    >> it's called on the Main Line...the Wine and Spirits Shoppe.
    >> -ginny

    >
    > I thought they called all of them that to disguise they are government
    > stores? I did notice they disguise them further at a few places by calling
    > them premium wine boutiques and other cutsey names.


    Most people still call them the 'State Store'.

    A monopoly by any other name....

    Jon


  6. #6
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    On Nov 17, 1:26*pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    > friends or family for Christmas? *Any recommendations on good companies
    > to deal with? *Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >
    > I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    > needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    >



    "Harry and David" get kudos from me - my brother & wife send me a
    towering bunch of boxes every year. Other than that, I like to send
    gift boxes from our sorta local Amana Colonies, which are only 20
    miles away.

    N.

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    Goomba Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    Nancy2 wrote:
    > On Nov 17, 1:26 pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    >> Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    >> friends or family for Christmas? Any recommendations on good companies
    >> to deal with? Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >>
    >> I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    >> needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    >>

    >
    >
    > "Harry and David" get kudos from me - my brother & wife send me a
    > towering bunch of boxes every year. Other than that, I like to send
    > gift boxes from our sorta local Amana Colonies, which are only 20
    > miles away.
    >
    > N.


    Harry & David are wonderful but she eats little fruit and no sweets
    because at her age (80) she's able to manage her Type II diabetes via
    diet alone (trading off for that that nightly cocktail, I guess? LOL)
    She still plays tennis 2x/week and golf 1x/week, so she's no invalid.
    She just is careful. She lives alone so doesn't need a large quantity of
    anything. I'm thinking wine and cheese could be good, but want to find
    the right purveyor. I'll look at that Amana Colonies. Don't they do a
    good blue cheese?

  8. #8
    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    On Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:43:10 -0500, Goomba <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Nancy2 wrote:
    >> On Nov 17, 1:26 pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    >>> Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    >>> friends or family for Christmas? Any recommendations on good companies
    >>> to deal with? Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >>>
    >>> I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    >>> needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> "Harry and David" get kudos from me - my brother & wife send me a
    >> towering bunch of boxes every year. Other than that, I like to send
    >> gift boxes from our sorta local Amana Colonies, which are only 20
    >> miles away.
    >>
    >> N.

    >
    >Harry & David are wonderful but she eats little fruit and no sweets
    >because at her age (80) she's able to manage her Type II diabetes via
    >diet alone (trading off for that that nightly cocktail, I guess? LOL)
    >She still plays tennis 2x/week and golf 1x/week, so she's no invalid.
    >She just is careful. She lives alone so doesn't need a large quantity of
    >anything. I'm thinking wine and cheese could be good, but want to find
    >the right purveyor. I'll look at that Amana Colonies. Don't they do a
    >good blue cheese?


    My brother sent me wine a few times, he paid twice what it would have
    cost at any neighborhood package store and the shipping was
    outrageous. I've been sent cheeses too, arrived spoiled from exposure
    to warm weather... also much more expensive than from any stupidmarket
    deli. Because you mentioned diabetes I won't suggest my best dried
    fruit source... so best nuts on the planet... their pistachios are
    legendary and their cashews are to die for, flavor like no other and
    so huge if you stuffed one in each cup everyone would think you were
    nursing... well, you do nurse. hehe
    http://www.zenobianut.com/

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    Virginia Tadrzynski Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?


    "Zeppo" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:7m[email protected]..
    > "George" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:hdv1ia$n5u$[email protected]..
    >> Virginia Tadrzynski wrote:
    >>> "Goomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> news:[email protected]..
    >>>> Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    >>>> friends or family for Christmas? Any recommendations on good companies
    >>>> to deal with? Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >>>>
    >>>> I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    >>>> needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    >>>> TOUGH!! I know she enjoys her sherry and I often send her bottles of
    >>>> Tio Pepe, but I wanted something more interesting, perhaps a "wine of
    >>>> the month" type deal.
    >>>>
    >>>> All suggestions welcome
    >>>> Goomba
    >>>
    >>> Do you live or does she live in a state where alcohol is regulated by
    >>> the state? Here in PA you can get gift cards for the local state store
    >>> or as it's called on the Main Line...the Wine and Spirits Shoppe.
    >>> -ginny

    >>
    >> I thought they called all of them that to disguise they are government
    >> stores? I did notice they disguise them further at a few places by
    >> calling them premium wine boutiques and other cutsey names.

    >
    > Most people still call them the 'State Store'.
    >
    > A monopoly by any other name....
    >
    > Jon

    NC used to call them the ABC Store (Alcoholic Beverage Control)...we always
    called them Aunt Betty's Cookie Store, or Aunt Betty's for short.



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    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?


    Virginia Tadrzynski wrote:
    >
    > "Zeppo" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > "George" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:hdv1ia$n5u$[email protected]..
    > >> Virginia Tadrzynski wrote:
    > >>> "Goomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > >>> news:[email protected]..
    > >>>> Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    > >>>> friends or family for Christmas? Any recommendations on good companies
    > >>>> to deal with? Anything special I need to be aware of?
    > >>>>
    > >>>> I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    > >>>> needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    > >>>> TOUGH!! I know she enjoys her sherry and I often send her bottles of
    > >>>> Tio Pepe, but I wanted something more interesting, perhaps a "wine of
    > >>>> the month" type deal.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> All suggestions welcome
    > >>>> Goomba
    > >>>
    > >>> Do you live or does she live in a state where alcohol is regulated by
    > >>> the state? Here in PA you can get gift cards for the local state store
    > >>> or as it's called on the Main Line...the Wine and Spirits Shoppe.
    > >>> -ginny
    > >>
    > >> I thought they called all of them that to disguise they are government
    > >> stores? I did notice they disguise them further at a few places by
    > >> calling them premium wine boutiques and other cutsey names.

    > >
    > > Most people still call them the 'State Store'.
    > >
    > > A monopoly by any other name....
    > >
    > > Jon

    > NC used to call them the ABC Store (Alcoholic Beverage Control)...we always
    > called them Aunt Betty's Cookie Store, or Aunt Betty's for short.


    The folks in Hawaii know about ABC stores (not the same thing)...

  11. #11
    Gregory Morrow Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    Nancy2 wrote:

    > On Nov 17, 1:26 pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    >> Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    >> friends or family for Christmas? Any recommendations on good
    >> companies to deal with? Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >>
    >> I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    >> needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    >>

    >
    >
    > "Harry and David" get kudos from me - my brother & wife send me a
    > towering bunch of boxes every year. Other than that, I like to send
    > gift boxes from our sorta local Amana Colonies, which are only 20
    > miles away.



    Yup, I'll be putting in my Amana order soon, when I was a kid we'd go there
    to eat at one of the communal dining rooms (kinda like the Amish places
    around Lancaster PA) and then go salivate at the beautiful furniture at the
    Amana stores... then we'd visit the then - new Herbert Hoover Presidential
    Library in Long Branch and meander back to Western Illanoy via the back
    roads. A pleasant Sunday excursion...sending those Amana boxes to family
    now brings back those lovely times.

    Amana stuff is top - quality, also reasonably - priced and shipping is free
    within the Midwest area and very reasonable further afield...Amanans are
    Iowa folks of very fine character, as peeps go Iowans in general are the
    "real deal":

    http://www.amanameatshop.com/


    --
    Best
    Greg





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    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    On Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:31:35 -0800 (PST), Nancy2
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Nov 17, 1:26*pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    >> Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    >> friends or family for Christmas? *Any recommendations on good companies
    >> to deal with? *Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >>
    >> I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    >> needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    >>

    >
    >
    >"Harry and David" get kudos from me - my brother & wife send me a
    >towering bunch of boxes every year. Other than that, I like to send
    >gift boxes from our sorta local Amana Colonies, which are only 20
    >miles away.
    >
    >N.



    I have ordered Harry and David presents before. Costco also offers a
    few of their gifts through their online service and sometimes offers
    better deals than going directly to H&D.

    Boron

  13. #13
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    On Nov 17, 3:43*pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Nancy2 wrote:
    > > On Nov 17, 1:26 pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > >> Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    > >> friends or family for Christmas? *Any recommendations on good companies
    > >> to deal with? *Anything special I need to be aware of?

    >
    > >> I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    > >> needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are

    >
    > > "Harry and David" get kudos from me - my brother & wife send me a
    > > towering bunch of boxes every year. *Other than that, I like to send
    > > gift boxes from our sorta local Amana Colonies, which are only 20
    > > miles away.

    >
    > > N.

    >
    > Harry & David are wonderful but she eats little fruit and no sweets
    > because at her age (80) she's able to manage her Type II diabetes via
    > diet alone (trading off for that that nightly cocktail, I guess? LOL)
    > She still plays tennis 2x/week and golf 1x/week, so she's no invalid.
    > She just is careful. She lives alone so doesn't need a large quantity of
    > anything. I'm thinking wine and cheese could be good, but want to find
    > the right purveyor. I'll look at that Amana Colonies. Don't they do a
    > good blue cheese?- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    No, the famous Iowa blue cheese is "Maytag." Amana might offer Maytag
    blue, but I doubt it. I do know they offer about everything they can
    ship, online....

    N.

  14. #14
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    On Nov 18, 5:09*am, "Gregory Morrow" <gregorymor...@earthlink.net>
    wrote:
    > Nancy2 wrote:
    > > On Nov 17, 1:26 pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > >> Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    > >> friends or family for Christmas? Any recommendations on good
    > >> companies to deal with? Anything special I need to be aware of?

    >
    > >> I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    > >> needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are

    >
    > > "Harry and David" get kudos from me - my brother & wife send me a
    > > towering bunch of boxes every year. *Other than that, I like to send
    > > gift boxes from our sorta local Amana Colonies, which are only 20
    > > miles away.

    >
    > Yup, I'll be putting in my Amana order soon, when I was a kid we'd go there
    > to eat at one of the communal dining rooms (kinda like the Amish places
    > around Lancaster PA) and then go salivate at the beautiful furniture at the
    > Amana stores... then we'd visit the then - new Herbert Hoover Presidential
    > Library in Long Branch


    West Branch ;-) The Long Branch is a saloon in Cedar Rapids. ;-)

    and meander back to Western Illanoy via the back
    > roads. *A pleasant Sunday excursion...sending those Amana boxes to family
    > now brings back those lovely times.
    >
    > Amana stuff is top - quality, also reasonably - priced and shipping is free
    > within the Midwest area and very reasonable further afield...Amanans are
    > Iowa folks of very fine character, as peeps go Iowans in general are the
    > "real deal":
    >
    > http://www.amanameatshop.com/
    >
    > --
    > Best
    > Greg


    Maytag Blue is available through Epicurious and Amazon, to name a
    couple.

    N.

  15. #15
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    Boron Elgar wrote:
    > On Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:31:35 -0800 (PST), Nancy2
    > <[email protected]> wrote:


    >> "Harry and David" get kudos from me - my brother & wife send me a
    >> towering bunch of boxes every year. Other than that, I like to send
    >> gift boxes from our sorta local Amana Colonies, which are only 20
    >> miles away.


    > I have ordered Harry and David presents before. Costco also offers a
    > few of their gifts through their online service and sometimes offers
    > better deals than going directly to H&D.


    Someone sent me one of their towers and that's how I got hooked
    on their chocolate mints. They have a couple of outlet stores I
    try to stay out of.

    nancy

  16. #16
    Victor Sack Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Anything special I need to be aware of?


    A lot of states seem to ban interstate wine shipments, even though it
    appears to violate the Commerce clause of the US Constitution.

    Victor

  17. #17
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    On Nov 17, 1:26*pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    > friends or family for Christmas? *Any recommendations on good companies
    > to deal with? *Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >
    > I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    > needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    > TOUGH!! I know she enjoys her sherry and I often send her bottles of Tio
    > Pepe, but I wanted something more interesting, perhaps a "wine of the
    > month" type deal.
    >
    > All suggestions welcome
    > Goomba


    G., I got a lovely sales brochure in the mail yesterday from
    http://www.tasselridge.com, which even being in Iowa, I hadn't heard
    about ... there are some interesting-looking wines (if your stepmom is
    adventurous), along with some other nifty gift items. I don't know
    anything about the company, but they certainly put out a beautiful
    glossy sales brochure. They also have unique gift bags/etc. for wine
    gifting.

    N.

  18. #18
    Goomba Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    Nancy2 wrote:

    > G., I got a lovely sales brochure in the mail yesterday from
    > http://www.tasselridge.com, which even being in Iowa, I hadn't heard
    > about ... there are some interesting-looking wines (if your stepmom is
    > adventurous), along with some other nifty gift items. I don't know
    > anything about the company, but they certainly put out a beautiful
    > glossy sales brochure. They also have unique gift bags/etc. for wine
    > gifting.
    >
    > N.

    Wine from Iowa. Go figure? Thanks. What a wealth of good products and
    companies that seem to call Iowa home! Amana, Maytag blue cheese, now
    this winery. And people from Iowa seem so...so... NORMAL!! LOL

  19. #19
    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    On Nov 17, 2:55*pm, brooklyn1 <gravesen...@verizon.net> wrote:
    > On Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:43:10 -0500, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > >Nancy2 wrote:
    > >> On Nov 17, 1:26 pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > >>> Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    > >>> friends or family for Christmas? *Any recommendations on good companies
    > >>> to deal with? *Anything special I need to be aware of?

    >
    > >>> I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    > >>> needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are

    >
    > >> "Harry and David" get kudos from me - my brother & wife send me a
    > >> towering bunch of boxes every year. *Other than that, I like to send
    > >> gift boxes from our sorta local Amana Colonies, which are only 20
    > >> miles away.

    >
    > >> N.

    >
    > >Harry & David are wonderful but she eats little fruit and no sweets
    > >because at her age (80) she's able to manage her Type II diabetes via
    > >diet alone (trading off for that that nightly cocktail, I guess? LOL)
    > >She still plays tennis 2x/week and golf 1x/week, so she's no invalid.
    > >She just is careful. She lives alone so doesn't need a large quantity of
    > >anything. I'm thinking wine and cheese could be good, but want to find
    > >the right purveyor. I'll look at that Amana Colonies. Don't they do a
    > >good blue cheese?

    >
    > My brother sent me wine a few times, he paid twice what it would have
    > cost at any neighborhood package store and the shipping was
    > outrageous. *I've been sent cheeses too, arrived spoiled from exposure
    > to warm weather... also much more expensive than from any stupidmarket
    > deli. *Because you mentioned diabetes I won't suggest my best dried
    > fruit source... so best nuts on the planet... their pistachios are
    > legendary and their cashews are to die for, flavor like no other and
    > so huge if you stuffed one in each cup everyone would think you were
    > nursing... well, you do nurse. hehehttp://www.zenobianut.com/- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Holy Crap! Those are some expensive nuts!!!

  20. #20
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Mail Order Wine/Gift Baskets?

    On Nov 17, 2:26*pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Has anyone ever used a mail order wine company to send gift wines to
    > friends or family for Christmas? *Any recommendations on good companies
    > to deal with? *Anything special I need to be aware of?
    >
    > I'm stumped as to what to send my step-mother for Christmas. If she
    > needed or wanted anything she'd just go get it. Christmas gifts are
    > TOUGH!! I know she enjoys her sherry and I often send her bottles of Tio
    > Pepe, but I wanted something more interesting, perhaps a "wine of the
    > month" type deal.



    How about some very good coffee beans?


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