Wine 101: Guide for Wine Drinking this Spring

From red to white, from dry to sweet, from bold to subtle, with so many varieties of wine, there is something for everyone to love. If you want to get the most out of your wine drinking experience, there are a few simple tips to help you better understand the beauty of your wine. Enjoy the vinos in our Hickory Farms gift baskets by using these tips for drinking and sampling wine.

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Refine your Palette

Wine is a lot more fun to drink when you pick out the deep complexities of flavor that come in each glass. When tasting a wine, there are four basic steps.

First, you want to look at the color of your wine. Notice how the Cabernet Sauvignon in our Hickory Farms Reserve Dry Salami and Wine Pairing is a beautiful deep ruby red, while the Chardonnay in our Toast the Traditions basket is a buttery yellow.

The next step is to smell your wine. Try to find at least two familiar scents and identify the primary and secondary notes.

Now, it is time to taste your wine. Pay attention to both the flavor and structure. Structure refers to the feel of the wine, whether it is sweet, light, or acidic.

Finally, take a moment to think about the overall experience of the wine.

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Serve like an Expert

Now that you know how to best enjoy the flavor of the wine, perfect your presentation with some serving tips.

To allow your wine to breathe properly, make sure you start with the best glassware for the variety you will be serving. When serving a red wine, pour it in a decanter about a half hour before your guests arrive. You can bring out more flavor when your wine is at the proper temperature. White wines should be served cold, while red wines should be slightly cool.

In our Hickory Farms wine gift baskets, you will find a great assortment of wine combined with fantastic pairings, including cheeses and chocolates. Bring home your wine gift basket today and try out these tasting tips to host a truly elegant soiree.

A Creative Gift Guide for Working Parents

Coming up on Sept. 16 is Working Parents Day, and Hickory Farms understands the hard work and dedication of every committed parent. Corporations can give parents special recognition by offering benefits like paid sick leave and flexible work schedules, along with an occasional gesture of appreciation for their contributions and sacrifices. Below are some gift-giving suggestions for working parents.

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Gifts for Employees

You run a tight ship and expect everyone to pitch in and give their all for your new project, so it’s nice to show your thanks for great results by giving your team a gift certificate to a nice restaurant. They’ll appreciate the opportunity to enjoy some downtime with their families.

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Hickory Farms Deluxe Signature Sausage & Cheese Gift Box, with a variety of gourmet cheese, mustard and beef summer sausage, is a nice surprise to have delivered to the office for workers to enjoy on nights when they’re working late and missing family dinners. Hickory Farms also offers gift cards you can send to team members who lead the company with their sales figures or bring coveted clients on board.

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Gifts for Valued Coworkers

Hard-working team players keep you up to date on missed meetings and cover you when you need to duck out early for PTA, so thank them with a day at the spa or a round of golf at a local course.

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For the Boss

It never hurts to show a good boss that he or she is appreciated. Consider the Vintner’s Savory Selection Gift Box with our Signature Beef Summer Sausage, Sweet Hot Mustard and two types of cheese that pair wonderfully with the gift’s bottle of Lucinda & Millie’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

Hickory Farms makes corporate gift-giving easy and accessible. Call our friendly representatives at 800.715.1474 to set up your corporate account with special pricing plan for orders over $500. You can also fax us at 419.893.5548 or email our corporate division at B2B@HickoryFarms.com.

 

Creative Father’s Day Gifts & Activities

Father’s Day is almost upon us, so Hickory Farms has compiled a couple of fun ideas you can carry out for Dad! No matter where your dad’s interests lie, a personalized gift or a fun day filled with his favorite activities will remind him of your love and appreciation.

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  • Sometimes just spending quality family time together can be the best gift of all, especially for a family that’s always headed off in different directions. Plan an afternoon watching Dad’s favorite action thrillers. You can eat popcorn, order a pizza and let Dad control the remote all day long.
  • What’s your Dad’s passion? Does he love to root for the home team, or would he enjoy spending a day at an outdoor music festival? Maybe he loves drooling over antique cars or heading out on the lake. Whatever it is, arrange a day filled with his favorite activities and accompany him with a smile.

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  • Hickory Farms carries a variety of gift baskets any dad would appreciate, like our Timeless Traditions gift basket with a bottle of Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc, pears, apple, beef summer sausage and two different cheeses. Best of all, there’s enough to share with the rest of the family.
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  • Dad may even get a little sentimental if you make him a framed, personalized piece of art filled with photographs and other significant memorabilia. This might include a coaster imprinted with the name of his favorite beer, a ticket stub from a concert featuring his favorite band, the logo from his all-time favorite sports team . . . you know Dad best, so have fun choosing.
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  • Re-purpose Dad’s favorite threadbare T-shirt from college or Led Zepplin’s last tour into a keepsake pillow that’s super easy to make even if your sewing skills are pretty basic.

Whatever you decide to do to honor your father on his special day, he’ll feel the love and gratitude you have for him in your heart. Hickory Farms also honors military dads with a variety of gift baskets, as well as free shipping to APO and FPO addresses. Call 800.753.8558 to place your Father’s Day order today!