Wednesday, November 21

5th Annual Gotta Go Ultimate Gift Guide 2012 Winners Announced

Judge's Favorite 2012
It's time for the 5th annual Gotta Go Ultimate Gift Guide 2012, giving you the best ideas accumulated through personal experience, referrals and submissions. The handy list is gift-wrapped with links and recipient suggestions making it easier to find a perfect gift for just about everyone.

Last year's new item ~ Judge's Favorite Award ~ was so popular, we are continuing it. This year's Ultimate Gift Guide has another new item: Twitter links so you can follow the companies.

Without further ado...

Fischer & Wieser
Gift: 3-Sauce gift pack
What: Pineapple Bourbon, Raspberry Chipotle & Mango Ginger Habenero
Who: Hostess gift, gourmet cooks, gourmands
Twitter: @FischernWieser

Cantina di Soave Volere
Gift: Wine in a purse
What: Purse-shaped wine container,
available in Pinot Grigio, Rose or Merlot-Pinot Noir blend
Who: Gal pals, hostess, Secret Santa
Twitter: N/A
(Read review here)

Franciscan Estates
Gift: Magnificat
What: Meritage Blend wine
Who: favorite wine enthusiast, hostess gift

Orchids at Palm Court-Hilton Netherland Plaza
Gift: Executive Orchids at Palm Court cookbook
What: personalized cookbook by Cincinnati's award-winning Executive Chef Todd Kelly
Who: Gourmet cooks, newlyweds, foodies
240 Sweet
Gift: Gourmet Marshmallows & Bourbon barrel-aged Sugar
What: Top quality gourmet marshmallow holiday pack; gourmet sugar
Who: stocking stuffer, monthly club lover, sweets lover, gourmet cooks, bakers, gourmands
Twitter: @240Sweet

St. Elmo Steak House
Gift: Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
What: World--famous hot shrimp cocktail sauce
Who: Seafood lovers, stocking stuffer, hostess gift, Secret Santa
Twitter: @stelmo

Burton's Maplewood Farm
Gift: Brandy-infused maple syrup
What: Limited quantity collection of maple syrup steeped in brandy barrel for 12 months
Who: Foodies, gourmet cooks, waffle lovers, mixologists
Twitter: @MaplewoodFarm

Gift: Bar10der
What: 10-in-1 cocktail tool in cool colors; the Swiss Army knife for mixologists
Who: professional or home bartender, favorite in-law
Twitter: N/A

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
Gift: Ruta 22
What: Patagonia Malbec
Who: Wine lovers, hostess gift
Twitter: N/A

Red Wanting Blue

Gift: CD and T-shirt
What: Popular modern rock band's latest musical offering
Who: Music lovers, Secret Santa, Stocking Stuffer
Twitter: @RedWantingBlue

Indiana Humanities
Gift: Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest
What: Coffee table book rich in Hoosier food effort
Who: foodies, craft beer enthusiasts
Twitter: @INHumanities

Seasons 52
Gift: Wine glass set with gift card
What: Etched wine glasses and $25 gift card
Who: Foodies, wine drinkers, hostess gift
Twitter: @Seasons52

Gift: Meat and Wine
What: Recipes, pairings and more by NYC's top meat purveyors
Who: Gourmands, wine enthusiasts, chefs
Twitter: N/A

Pisco Porton
Gift: Gift set
What:  decorative bottle of Pisco Porton and elegant glasses
Who: Brandy enthusiasts, hostess gift
Twitter: @piscoporton

Gift: Gift set
What: Three pack of Tequila Avion
Who: tequila enthusiasts, stocking stuffer

Hoosier Momma
Gift: Cocktail mixers
What: Vegan-free Bloody Mary, Margarita mixers
Who: Cocktail drinkers, hostess gift, stocking stuffer

Maker's Mark
Gift: The Ambassador of Bourbon Book
What: Visually intoxicating coffee table book of Kentucky whisky pioneer's history
Who: Whisky drinkers, historians, mixologists, host gift
Twitter: @MakersMark

Dane Clark
Gift: CD-Postcards from the Hard Road
What: Hoosier native shows his rock 'n' roll roots
Who: Music lovers, Secret Santa
Twitter: @DaneClarkMusic

Ulysses Press
Gift: Holiday Slow-cooker recipes
What: Cookbook for holiday food in an easy way
Who: singles, couples, elderly
Twitter: @ulyssespress

Chocolate for the Spirit
Gift: Dark chocolate lover's gift pack
What: assorted dark chocolate goodies, including salted caramels
Who: hostess gift, chocolate lovers, teachers, mom

Disney Entertainment
Gift: Brave DVD 5 cd-pack
What: #1 animated film of 2012
Who: family, kids, Disney fans
Twitter: @PixarBrave

Gift: No drama gin by North Shore Distillery
What: Herbacious over-proofed gin
Who: Gin and tonic lovers, home bartenders, host gift
Twitter: N/A

Alpha Books
Gift: The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Texas Hold'em
What: Pocket-size aid for real-life tips on winning and keeping your cool
Who: Wanna be poker superstars, stocking stuffer
Twitter: N/A

Gift: Cup Cooley
What: Keep hands from being burned with to-go coffee cups
Who: Starbucks lovers, stocking stuffer
Twitter: N/A

Images furnished by companies

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, at and and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Don't forget about United State of Indiana t-shirts!