Introducing Wine Gifts

We are delighted to introduce you to Manhattan Fruitier’s very own collection of wines! Wine is a natural extension of Manhattan Fruitier’s gift offerings. We hope you are as tantalized as we are by the possibilities. We are currently offering individual bottles of wine and wine gift baskets for delivery in New York State, including, of course, NYC.

Prosciutto & Parmigiano Basket with a Tuscan Chianti wine

Our Prosciutto & Parmigiano Basket with a Tuscan Chianti

We know that buying wine can often be intimidating. There are so many choices and so much to know about wines from around the world. I recently tasted delicious bottles from Sardinia and Lebanon. Wherever grapes will grow, good wine is likely being made. It’s hard for even a wine expert to keep up.

That’s why we put so much attention into creating a highly curated wine collection that won’t overwhelm you.  Instead of thousands of wines to choose from, we offer fewer than 100 wines that reflect the highest standards in grape growing and winemaking. It’s the ultimate indulgence to enjoy a bottle of high quality bottle of wine from a small producer half way around the globe. And delivered as a gift in New York City, it’ll be prized and remembered.

Whether you are purchasing an individual bottle of wine, or pairing wine with one of our gourmet food gifts, we will guide you like a sommelier in a restaurant. In fact, our wine selection is curated by sommelier Ryan Burkett, who trained as a sommelier in fine restaurants in Charleston and New York City. Ryan has a passion for introducing people to the wines and producers he believes in.

Here’s the bottom line:  Any wine you buy from us will be exemplary. We want your experience of buying wine, whether for yourself or as a gift, to be stress-free and fun.  And we’ll deliver to your home or work anywhere in New York State.

The Wines

We offer wines of all tastes and styles with one very important thing in common: they are made by people who care. The wines we offer best express their creator’s intentions. We choose wines from grape growers and winemakers (often one in the same) who want to convey their sense of place, or terroir, to us through the grapes grown on their land.

Wine making is part art and part science. It involves working with an unstable product (fermenting grape juice) which has to be monitored and sometimes gently massaged to ensure that it stays on the path to become an enchanting libation. The best wine makers gently guide the fermentation process, without heavy handed interventions.

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Our Organic Cheese Basket with a bottle of organic red wine from the Loire Valley

We have a special affection for “natural wines,” namely, wines made from grapes that are grown organically or biodynamically, and made with no or very few additives. The idea is to let the grape speak to us through the wine. This is the magic of wine:  You can be mentally and emotionally transported to France, Italy, Spain, Australia, California, Sicily … while sipping wine in your NYC apartment.

We will be blogging regularly about wine so that you can travel to amazing places and share the stories of people with a passion for what they do.  Wine is geography, history, culture, language, and countless other facets of life.  But really, wine is about the pleasure of drinking it. Enjoy!

5 Fall Gift Basket Ideas

Fall is a busy time of year and a sharp counterpoint to the slow pace of the summer. It starts right after Labor Day when we go back to school and back to work and get productive again. Fortunately, the cooler weather is invigorating and helps to foster a “ready to get down to business” attitude! The Fall is also filled with holidays, events and occasions such as: Rosh Hashanah, the start of Football Season, Halloween, Veterans Day, Election Day, and Thanksgiving. We have a superlative selection of Fall themed gifts that should give you plenty of great gift basket ideas for Fall.

I recently sat down with David Landeros, our incomparable Customer Service Manager, to talk with him about our most popular Fall gifts and find out what he personally recommends for Fall gift basket ideas for specific occasions. No one knows our gift collection better than David who has been working with us for almost 15 years! Here are David’s invaluable insights.

1. Snacking Gifts

Parents of college-aged kids like to send care packages in the Fall and the most popular Fall gift ideas are our snacking gifts. These gifts are perfect for sharing with dorm-mates and also can last a long time without refrigeration. Some of our more health-conscious customers send our Pop Up Party or one of our Dried Fruit and Nut boxes (both all the more attractive for the Free Shipping).

HealthyPop-Up-Party-2016-610x530Pop Up Party has some of my favorite artisanal snack foods like Falafel Chips with green Fresca Salsa, heirloom microwaveable popcorn, old-fashioned barrel roasted peanuts in the shell, roasted chick pea snacks in a variety of flavors, and three types of caramel popcorn for a sweet ending! If sending to a student for personal consumption, I’ll recommend a smaller snacking gift such as  Break Time  or the Five Sweets Chest which each contain a selection of dried fruit, nuts and chocolate.vegan sweets

Since I know that many of our customers are looking for vegan gifts these days, I will be suggesting our new Vegan Sweets Gift. It’s a great snack gift with all artisanal vegan products including organic cookies, Rawclates delicious dairy free chocolates, organic maple-glazed mixed nuts, dried apple rings, and cinnamon sugar flavored pumpkin seeds which I think add an especially autumnal theme to this great fall gift idea! 

 

2. Apple Gifts

Applecaramelicious-in-Bambo-610x530I think that apples epitomize the taste of autumn and make great gift basket ideas for Fall. What better way to celebrate the season than to send a gift that highlights the crispy deliciousness of the apple! Our most popular Fall themed gifts that feature apples are our Asian Apple Pear Gift  including premium Asian apple pears, dried asian apple pears, and asian apple pear blossom honey, and Applecarmelicious with freshly picked apples, caramel dipping sauce, and even an apple slicer to make this gift complete!

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And speaking of caramel, Fall always makes me think of that sweet, sticky, gooey treat. Maybe it has something to do with the warm color, or childhood memories of caramel apples at the September fair. Our charming new Chocolate Covered Goat Milk Caramels by Big Picture Farm are really outstanding and the box even has a cute little Autumnal looking trees on it! I like to point that out to our customers. (Lauren here. Just had to interject that David is very detail oriented which makes him exceptional at his job along with the fact that he has one of the most pleasant personalities you will ever have the joy of meeting up with! Just ask any of our customers!)

3. Savory Cheese Gifts and Nut Gifts

Cheese can conjure up feelings of golden warmth and rich savory flavors that compliment the cooler weather of Fall. 

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We have a wide selection of exceptional Cheese Gifts at various price points and sizes. We re-introduce our soft cheeses in the Fall so I always like to remind customers of their availability. 

Fall is the harvesting season for a variety of nuts such as pecans, almonds, chestnuts, pistachios and walnuts. So I like to suggest fall gift basket ideas that feature nuts in some way. If a customer is looking for an organic Fall gift basket, I always suggest our Organic Cheese Basket. Our savory Tarantaise organic cow milk cheese from Thistle Hill Farm is paired with our scrumptious maple and soy glazed organic nut mix with almonds and pecans. And the best part might be the napkins we use to wrap the cheese knife: they are decorated with leaves and birds in hues that always make me think of Autumn.

 

4. Get Well and Get Warm Gifts

Get-Well-Hamper-9-2017-610x530One of the downsides to Fall, of course, is the advent of cold season, and by that I mean both cold weather and cold/flu! So this time of year, I start to get an increase in the number of calls for Fall gift basket ideas to say “Get Well” and “Keep Warm”. Manhattan Fruitier has the perfect Get Well Gifts that cater to cosseting and to good health. These gifts include fresh fruit and citrus, Clementine juice, hand painted cookies that say “Feel Better”, “Thinking of You”, and “Get Well”, and a new book of jokes that literally make me laugh out loud. We all know that laughter truly is the best medicine (and that’s the name of the Joke Book too!) 

 

Because Fall always makes me think of spiced baked goods, I may propose adding our Tea Cookies to one of our fruit baskets. This collection has some nice spiced cookies: “Danielle” is a spiced chocolate cookie with pistachios; “Susanna” is a spiced oat wafer with crystallized ginger. Yum!

5. Holiday Gifts

Halloween Boo-Box-2017-610x530Obviously, as the season changes, I begin to get more calls from our customers who are anticipating the upcoming holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas and Hanukkah. We always design some really unique and fun holiday gifts and I love describing them to our customers. For example, this year for Halloween we are featuring some “spooky” and delicious hand-iced cookies from Duane Park Patisserie as well as a “haunted” chocolate house from Christophe. We even pay attention to our container: these goodies are all nestled in together in a saffron and cinnamon colored box.

I want to thank David for this detailed and informative blog. If you need gift basket ideas for Fall, don’t hesitate to call us and ask for David: he is never at a loss for a gift idea and is always able to find just the right gift combination to please. And nothing makes David happier than a happy customer!

 

Where is the Best Rooftop View of Manhattan?

Maybe we are biased but we think the best view of the city is on our soon-to-be new rooftop in Long Island City. Check it:

Some of our readers and fans may already know we are moving to a spacious new location in Long Island City this month. We are excited to have more room and expand the service and quality gifts for which we are known.

We hope you will come by and visit us in our new space soon.