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Product: What’s in Our Pantry?

Local, local, local.

With customers across the United States, we carry products from producers nationwide, to ensure that everyone can not only sample all sorts of new and different items, but also find their own favorite local brands wherever they’re ordering from. For our own part, we love stocking our pantry shelves and bar carts with cocktail add-ins and mixers from the Pacific Northwest. Check out a few of our favorites – the ones we recommend time and time again no matter where you’re from.

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Scrappy’s Bitters: Based right here in our hometown of Seattle, Scrappy’s is a truly handcrafted brand. It was founded by Seattle bartender Miles Thomas, who was simply convinced that bitters could be better. Using nothing but organic ingredients, eschewing oils, extracts and anything artificial, and zesting every shred of fresh citrus by hand, Scrappy’s inspects each and every batch meticulously before it receives its number. From grapefruit to lavender to cardamom to classic aromatic, every flavor packs a punch that takes cocktails to the next level.

 

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Tillen Farms: Tillen Farms was founded in Washington’s fertile Yakima Valley as Hogue Farms, in connection with award-winning wine producers Hogue Cellars. When the wine label was sold to a much larger international distributor, longtime employees Tim and Helen Metzger kept the Farms operation local, changing its name to Tillen (a combination of the names of Tim, daughter Jill, and Helen) while maintaining its original recipes and focus on quality products. All of Tillen’s products are delicious, but the Crispy AsparagusHot and Spicy Beans, and juicy Bada Bing cherries are always local favorites.

 

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Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasonings: Hands down some of the best bloody mary mixes we’ve tasted (and we’ve tasted a lot), Demitri’s line of 100% naturally flavored mixes offers something for everyone, including those who like their mary super-spicy (Chipotle & Habañero) and those who prefer an additional peppery flavor kick (Chilis & Peppers). You can also order rimming salts (Original or Bacon flavored – pretty hard to choose). Demitri himself got his start as a bartender in Seattle in the 80s and still calls Seattle home – we were thrilled when he stopped by to say hello during our HOST FREEZE launch party in September!

 

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Everyday Gourmet: Everyday Gourmet operates out of Gervais, Oregon as a division of Bell Foods, which began its life in 1962 as one of the Willamette Valley’s largest cherry farms. Today the team is still going strong, constantly picking, pickling and packaging the best produce that the bountiful river valley has to offer. We especially love their all-natural Burgundy Maraschino Cherries (try them in a Manhattan), Spiced Green Beans and Spiced Pickled Asparagus.

Check out our complete line of mixers, food items and chocolates here!

 

Product: Holiday Gift Guide Compendium

You’ve been procrastinating and you know it. Don’t worry. For one thing, you’re not the only one. For another, there’s still time to get awesome gifts for everyone you know in time for Christmas.

The most failproof presents are food and beverage accessories, because everyone loves and needs to eat and drink. As such, we’ve compiled our favorite epicurean gift guides of 2014. Here, you’ll find many of our products as well as a whole host of other great gifts. And while many of the items featured are made by other companies, we make or distribute many of them ourselves as well (like the bottle writing pens and giant glass on Wine Awesomeness’s list, Spin-The-Shot and whiskey stones in Sur La Table’s guide, or Scrappy’s Bitters as featured by Food52). So check to see if we’ve got what you want, and remember, order them through our website by 3pm and we’ll ship it out the same day! (That’s all year round, too.) Happy shopping!

 

Gifting

 

“It’s an indisputable fact that life is better when you’re drinking well.” True that, Supercompressor. Check out their guy-focused Holiday Home Bar Gift Guide, with a ton of True products including The Penguin Shaker, Twine‘s Moby Whale Bottle Opener, and all eight products in the Under $10 section (skull shot glasses, Colossal ice cube tray, muddler, strainer, jigger, reamer, flask funnel and shaker). You can still get the ones that have sold out via Supercompressor – just order them through our website.

Food52 is one of our favorite recipe sites for dishes and drinks alike, and they love assembling the beautifully curated Provisions section of their website into gift guides based around themes from stocking stuffers to holiday exclusives to “For the Cocktail Connoisseur.”

HOST‘s FREEZE set of two cooling pint glasses is featured in HotspotsHoliday Gift Guide, which also includes everything from wine and spirits to books, accessories and “For Mom.”

Tasting Table offers “the smoking gun of holiday gift guides” tailored to everyone on your list based on their food and drink preferences.

Check out Wine Awesomeness for Five Great Gifts for Winos, including red wine stain remover, bottle writing pens and a giant glass capable of fitting an entire bottle of wine.

Dot & Bo is a wonderful resource for gift ideas at any time of year, and their seasonal gift list is filled with unique home, kitchen and beverage pieces including our ZinZig board game and Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup.

Shoppe by ScoutMob never stops hunting for inspired, independently-made goods including gifts for the wine lover, gifts for the beer lover, and boozy gifts in general (“Is there a better present? Hint: no.”).

We love Terrain’s elegant gift guides tailored for anyone you’ve got on your list: The Entertainer, The Hostess and The Mixologist are our personal favorites.

We’ve been posting festively pretty images of our favorite gift-worthy Twine items (plus a few other products) for #12DaysOfTwine over on our Twine Living Instagram since last Monday. Watch for a complete post on the Twine Living blog this Friday featuring all the products and the basics of wrapping and giving a beautiful gift.

Product: HOST Spotlighted in Gourmet Business

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Above: The HOST Tilt Variable Aerator, featured in the November 2014 issue of Gourmet Business.


As a well-informed and thoughtfully curated resource for gourmet retailers, we have long followed Gourmet Business online magazine. As such, we were honored to be included in GB’s November issue, as the very first item in the feature article on innovative barware that is revolutionizing the category.

Find the HOST Tilt Variable Aerator in the issue here, and be sure to read on for more industry news and other cutting-edge products.


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Holiday Cure-All: The Hot Toddy

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Ahhh, the holidaze. It was a long flight back home, and the two rows separating you from the sneezing, coughing family does not seem like it was enough to protect you from the imminent cold coming on. Perhaps a day of sledding with your brothers, sisters, nieces and nephew didn’t help the cause. Regardless, it’s Christmas Eve and you’d like a little something to help ward off any ill effects of your holidays at home.

Enter the Hot Toddy. Warmth from both base and spirit will soon get you right. Our favorite recipe is terribly easy; Hot water, high quality honey (the darker the better, we love local Seattle Ballard Bee Company), lemon, either a dash of cinnamon or a small amount of clove, and Bourbon that you would drink neat. We’ve also used Brandy or Cognac (so smooth), Rum (a little sweet for our taste), even Grappa or Eau de Vie (whoa, nelly).  All measurements are essentially to taste, though one mustn’t go too far on the Spirit so as to offset the medicinal effect of the drink. As simple as a Toddy can be, you want to do it right; use only the best ingredients you can as a cheaper substitute will impart poor flavor and quickly flaw your midwinter warm up.

Find your balance of flavor, experiment with your favorite spirit of choice, and share your favorite recipe with us! You never know when another cold might be coming on.

Hot Toddies shown in True Farmhouse Stein with Rustic Holiday Slate Coasters.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Bartender

2013 Gift Guide for the Bartender

  1. 1. Recipe Shaker
  2. 2. Scrappy’s Bitters
  3. 3. Marquis Liquor Decanter
  4. 4. Striped Straws
  5. 5. Colossal Ice Cube Tray
  6. 6. Stainless Steel Muddler
  7. 7. Vista Double Jigger
  8. 8. Capatoo Bottle Opener
  9. 9. Festive Flasks
  10. 10. Glacier Rocks

Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

  1. 1. Metallic Holiday Stoppers;
  2. 2. Whirl Aerating Wine Glasses;
  3. 3. Classic Decanter;
  4. 4. Twist Adjustable Aerator;
  5. 5. Wine Stem Springs;
  6. 6. Festive Waiter’s Corkscrews;
  7. 7. Kingsley Penguin Corkscrew;
  8. 8. Digital Wine Thermometer;
  9. 9. Bottle Gift Box;
  10. 10. ZinZig Wine Tasting Trivia Game;
  11. 11. Eiffel Tower Cork Holder

Honor Your Wine by Decanting

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Whether enjoying a cellared vintage, special occasion bottle, or everyday table wine, the one unifying trait is how beneficial decanting is. Aside from the obvious benefit of introducing oxygen and allowing a wine to reveal the layers beyond the first blush, there are other uses as well. The impressive style of presenting a decanted wine to your guests, no matter how casual the gathering, gives your wine a special place on the table – especially for the holiday season! It shows that you care enough to pay attention to the small details. When serving older vintages, you are able to reduce the amount of sediment that would otherwise end up in a glass. When serving younger vintages, a sneak peek is allowed, showing how a wine might evolve with time in the cellar.

When decanting, always take the time to decant older wines with a gentle hand, and don’t be afraid to use a little vigor with younger vintages. Certain whites benefit from decanting as well; youthful higher end Burgundy and Chablis, and the sweet wines of Sauternes almost always do well with a little air.

When wine is decanted, guests are more likely to finish the bottle rather than pour it back into the original container. So go ahead – pick up that extra bottle and enjoy!

A Real Must Have

True Fabrications and POPSUGAR teamed up this month to add a little something fresh and fun to POPSUGAR’s March Must Have Box, our very own Corkatoo Corkscrew.

POPSUGAR has over 20 million users, and continues to grow exponentially delivering “the biggest moments, the hottest trends and the best tips in entertainment, fashion, beauty, fitness, and food, and the ability to shop for it all, in one place.”  They also have the opportunity to subscribe to a monthly Must Have Box for just $35 a month.

The Must Have Box contains some of today’s hottest products hand-picked by the POPSUGAR editors, all revolving around a common theme for the month.  The boxes contain full-sized samples of must have beauty products, things for the home, fashion products and more, an entire box of goodies worth over $100.

For March, POPSUGAR featured some of the hottest spring product including the Corkatoo Corkscrew.  With raving reviews from a handful of bloggers, Corkatoo was a definite hit.  Beauty Info Zone called Corkatoo “the cutest item in the box” and the Girly Enthusiast claims to be “a little bit obsessed with the Corkatoo Corkscrew. It’s just friggen’ adorable.” Corkatoo Corkscrew is not only fun, but also function and truly is a must have!

Another Great Aeration Innovation

We have the first look at HOST Studio’s newest aeration innovation, the WHIRL aerating wine glass.

This brand new wine glass is nothing like you have ever used before.  The WHIRL is made of a shatter-proof plastic that has specific design elements to aerate your favorite wines right in the glass.

As you gently swirl the glass, wine runs along the three internal aeration ridges agitating the wine and introducing oxygen to the wine. This creates a perfect mixture of wine and air positively affecting the wine’s flavor.  The oxygen introduced by the act of swirling binds with the tannin molecules to make the wine seem softer and reducing sulfites as well.

Swirling a glass of wine also releases aromatic compounds into the air. Every wine has these fragrant aroma compounds, some wines more than others, depending on the structure and character of the grape, and releasing these compounds makes the varietal aromas more apparent and enjoyable on the nose.

HOST continues to surprise us with the hottest new products.  HOST is a high quality brand by True Fabrications that will stand above the rest. HOST works hard to engineer and perfect their products so that you can sit back, relax and revel in life’s small pleasures.

Be the first to have this great new product! Look for availability around May 1st.

An Award-Winning Product

On January 29, 2013 the New York Marriott Marquis hosted the 2013 Housewares Design Awards Luncheon, where the “Best of the Best” and the 12 “Best in Category” award winners were announced and presented.

Created in 2003 by HomeWorld Business, the Housewares Design Awards was established “to honor the unyielding effort within the industry to create new ways to improve everyday living.”

Over the past 10 years, this annual event has received more than 2,700 entries, designated 585 finalists and narrowed it down to 119 winners.

Focusing on premier housewares designs and innovations, 12 judges with a wide variety of backgrounds collaborate and determine one winner for each category.

We are proud to announce the 2013 Tableware, Serveware & Beverageware “Best in Category” winner is HOST’s very own TWIST Adjustable Aerator.

Perfectly aerate any wine from your lightest pinot noir to your most robust Bordeaux. Just pick a setting, pour it through and drink it down.

Raise your glass with HOST!