A Toast to Brooklyn

A Toast to Brooklyn

OK, so let's just suppose this is your situation: you are finishing up what has turned out to be an awesome trip to NYC just before the holidays descend. You are  happily loaded down with a lot of great gifts for the friends-and-family network who will hopefully ooh and aah over all their New Yorky presents, but there is one more person on the list. He/she loves NYC but has always been a tall order when it comes to gift-getting: you know, that exasperating person-who-has-everything type. So....why not try this? An online purchase that shows off authentic only-in-New York-giftables! The Brooklyn Winery Wine Box ($65) is created out of the Williamsburg-based winery and offers a taste of some of the best of the borough: you can choose a red North Fork Blend wine or a Stainless Steel chardonnay, which comes accompanied by yummy local foodstuffs including Sfoglini pasta (a Brooklyn-based producer of artisanal pastas), Raaka Chocolate (unroasted organic chocolate,  from the Brooklyn shop of the same name) and spices from Greenpoint Trading Co, a manfacturer of gourmet spices that sells to shops in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island and other local areas.  The basket is topped off with a recipe from Brooklyn Winery's executive chef Mike Gordon, meant to be paired with the wine you selected. Shopping, including that tough-nut uncle/aunt/friend/whatever: done! bkwinery.com