Become a Wine Expert.
If you're bringing wine to a dinner party as a hostess gift, don't assume it will be served with the meal. The host or hostess has probably chosen a wine for that purpose.
If you bring a wine to a party that you're eager to try, tell the host or hostess you're keen to "taste" it. Or else, bring it decanted. Giving the Gift of Wine
In Britain, they sometimes give wine to celebrate the birth of a baby. The idea is to give the baby wine from the vintage of his or her birth year that will improve with longterm aging. Top quality Bordeaux is particularly ideal for this purpose because it's made to last. In a good year, some such bottles will continue to improve and keep for fifty years or more, which would mean the recipient would be able to enjoy the wine at some of his or her life's milestone occasions.
An excellent hostess gift is a small bottle of fine Champagne. Too few people buy this sort of thing for themselves and it's always a joy to receive.
The gift of wine doesn't have to come bottled. A ticket to a winemaker's dinner is an exciting way to be introduced to new wines, and these events happen more often than you may think.
Certain bottles of bubbly are always excellent gifts because of their obvious quality—Champagne by Louis Roederer, Krug, or Bollinger come to mind—but they do tend to be big ticket items.
If you have a wine enthusiast on your Christmas list, give a membership to a wine club, such as the The Wine Society or the Opimian Society, or a subscription to a wine magazine such as Decanter.
Pine nuts are the seeds of pine cones. China and Portugal are the largest exporters of pine nuts, and they are also grown in the United States. Most of the pine nuts grown in the United States are from one of three pinyon pines—the Colorado, Mexican, or Single-Leaf pinyons. There are more than 20 varieties of pine trees that produce an edible seed, and the nutritional value varies somewhat among them, but most pine nuts can be counted on to provide protein, fat, and the B vitamins thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin. They are also a source of magnesium, iron, and phosphorus. More than half of the carbohydrate in pine nuts is dietary fiber.
Pine nuts also contain pinolenic acid, which appears to stimulate the production of two hormones that suppress appetite.Nutritional Facts
One ounce of dried pinyon pine nuts provides 178 calories, 5.5 g carbohydrate, 3.3 g protein, 17.3 g fat, 3 g dietary fiber, 8 IU vitamin A, 1.2 mg niacin, 16 mcg folic acid, 178 mg potassium, 20 mg sodium, 10 mg phosphorus, 2 mg calcium, 66 mg magnesium, 1.21 mg zinc, and 1.23 mg manganese.