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high end gift basket with wine?

susanderavish Nov 29, 2007 12:33 PM

I'm looking for a holiday gift for my boss and her immediately family. They are very tasteful, moneyed Upper East Siders, and I'd like to send them a basket/box of some high end gourmet items AND a bottle of wine or champage. The former is easy to find, but I can't seem to track down a place that can include liquor in the gift. Any suggestions?


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    cmarie Dec 1, 2007 07:12 AM

    Try Gary's WInes in NJ I believe they do wine gift baskets. I'm not sure if they are on the same page as Murrays but they have very nice stuff. google them for their website.

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      MrsT Nov 29, 2007 04:18 PM

      Have you thought about making the basket yourself and adding the wine?

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        susanderavish Nov 29, 2007 06:50 PM

        I would for anyone else, but these are very rich people and I don't think something I did would be elegant enough for them.

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          MrsT Dec 1, 2007 10:50 AM

          I think you're not giving yourself (or them) enough credit. I would just go to a nice gourmet store and tell them what you're looking for. I think you could make a wonderful and elegant basket.

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        cheesemonger Nov 29, 2007 03:46 PM

        Okay, here's what I've done (where you can't sell wine and food in the same place).

        The customer would buy the wine, bring it to me, and I would build a basket according to their wishes. I would ship it if that was legal, and if not, I would hand it to the buyer, with box and packaging material, who would pop it over to FedEx themselves.

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          susanderavish Nov 29, 2007 06:49 PM

          Great idea. Maybe Murray's will do that. You're not in NY, are you?

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            cheesemonger Nov 30, 2007 06:17 AM

            Nope, sorry.... It can't hurt to ask Murray's, or any smaller shop actually. I often made baskets with things that customers brought in to make them more "personal". If the shop already makes baskets, it's easier for them put it together than you having to buy all the stuff, and if Murray's will do it, they can choose cheeses that go with the wine(s) you bring in. And since they don't sell you the wine, then it's legal.

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          gloriousfood Nov 29, 2007 02:09 PM

          I do not drink, so I don't much about the quality of their wines, but try www.winecountrygiftbaskets.com

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            drumwine Nov 29, 2007 02:28 PM

            there's a gourmet gift basket for $49.95 at winelibrary.com (in NJ) and a huge selection of wines.

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              susanderavish Nov 29, 2007 06:50 PM

              Thank you! I'm on that site, but can't find the basket. Can I trouble you for a specific link?

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              susanderavish Nov 29, 2007 06:50 PM


            3. oolah Nov 29, 2007 01:16 PM

              NY State law prohibits the sale of food and wine for off-premises consumption in the same store. So, wine retailers can't sell food, and food retailers can't sell wine -- you can't get them in a basket together.

              You may be able to find an out-of-state merchant who'll ship to your friends. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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                susanderavish Nov 29, 2007 06:51 PM

                Thanks. Inconvenient, but good to know.

              2. MMRuth Nov 29, 2007 01:12 PM

                I'd never thought of it before, but that might actually be a bit difficult here. However, you could get Sherry-Lehman to deliver a bottle separately, perhaps. Are you in NYC?

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                  susanderavish Nov 29, 2007 06:52 PM

                  I did think of that, just seeing if maybe I can get them delivered together before I explore Plan B.


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                    MMRuth Nov 30, 2007 04:17 AM

                    If you want any feedback on places in NYC for the gift basket (I wasn't sure if you live in NYC or not) - feel free to post again about it on the Manhattan board - I live in the same area as your boss (don't fit the profile, but know people who do!) so I might be able to help you with your selection. I looked at that winelibrary.com site but couldn't find any baskets.

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