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GIFFT By Kathy Lee Gifford


Tara Reprogle
March 7, 2017 | Tara Reprogle

Food & Wine Pairing: Chicken Piccata and Chardonnay

Serves: Four

4 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
½ cup flour
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
2 whole lemons
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup capers
1 pound angel hair pasta


In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.  In the meantime, heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season each side of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour. Working in batches, place the chicken breasts in the hot skillet and cook for about 3 - 4 minutes on each side, or until nicely crispy and no longer pink inside. Ensure breasts do not touch and that there is sufficient room in the pan.  When done, remove from skillet and set aside on a plate.

Turn the heat to medium. Add chicken broth, lemon juice, heavy cream, and capers. Bring the sauce to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to low and continue cooking until slightly reduced, about 4 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, place pasta on plate, set chicken on pasta, spoon the sauce over both then sprinkle chopped parsley on top.

Time Posted: Mar 7, 2017 at 2:15 PM
Tara Reprogle
March 1, 2017 | Tara Reprogle

Now Shipping to Alabama!

Now Shipping to Alabama!

We are excited to announce that we now offer shipping to residents of Alabama. The process is a bit different than typical shipments, so we’ve put it all into this handy post for you!

Why It’s Different

Instead of being able to ship directly to your doorstep, we must ship to an ABC Liquor Store of your choice. When it arrives, the store manager will call you to let you know that your shipment is ready for pickup.

The Process

When you place an order for shipment to Alabama, a GIFFT Wines representative will reach out to you and walk you through the process. Simply choose the ABC Liquor Store closest to you, and we’ll do the rest!

Contact Us

If you have any other questions about shipping wine to Alabama, please reach out to us at contact@gifftwines.com or call toll free at 1-888-772-4343.


The GIFFT Wines Team

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2017 at 2:45 PM
Tara Reprogle
February 1, 2017 | Tara Reprogle

Food & Wine Pairing: 2014 Red Blend with Filet Mignon, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Asparagus

Servings: 2


Two 8-ounce filet mignon steaks
½ pound fingerling potatoes, rinsed and trimmed
1 small bunch asparagus
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
¼ cup chicken stock
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 425° F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil, spread rinsed and trimmed fingerling potatoes in one layer; drizzle with olive oil then season with salt and pepper.  Roast for 30 - 45 minutes, until potatoes are golden brown.  While potatoes are roasting, rinse and trim tough ends of asparagus; set aside.  Season steaks on all sides with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a cast iron skillet medium high heat until pan is very hot, then add two tablespoons olive oil.  Add steaks to pan and allow to cook undisturbed for 4 minutes (set timer). Turn and cook another 4 minutes for medium-rare (internal temperature of 135° F), 6 minutes for medium (140° F) or 9 minutes for medium-well (150° F). Remove steaks from pan and cover with foil.  While steaks are resting, add one tablespoon butter and ¼ cup chicken stock to steak pan, keeping flame on medium high.  Add asparagus, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook for 4 – 7 minutes, depending upon diameter of asparagus, until bright green and tender.  Serve potatoes, asparagus and steak immediately.

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Tara Reprogle
November 18, 2016 | Tara Reprogle

Food & Wine Pairing: The Perfect Cheese Board

The Perfect Appetizer

An elegant cheese board makes for the perfect appetizer – with a quick visit to your local cheese shop or specialty cheese section and a few minutes to assemble, you have an appetizer that is a definite crowd-pleaser. Pair different styles of cheeses with different wines to accommodate red and white wine drinkers and include a variety of dried and fresh fruits to round out the selection.  

Where Do I Start?

The perfect cheese board includes a wide variety of cheeses, fruits both fresh and dried, cured meats, and nuts. Start by choosing one cheese from each of the following categories:

Young and Fresh – this includes fresh cheeses like mozzarella and riccotta, but goat cheese is the most wine-friendly of this category. Try both spreadable goat cheese and the harder and more pungent aged crottin style. Pair young and fresh cheeses with rosés, sparkling wines, dry white wines, and low-tannin reds like Pinot Noir.

Soft, Medium-Aged – this includes cheeses that are still soft but are aged for a few months like Brie and Camembert. These cheeses are some of the most versatile on a cheese plate, pairing well with both white and red wines and with a variety of fruits as well. Not too soft and not too strong, these cheeses still have enough flavor to stand up to a wide range of wines.

Semi-Hard, Medium-Aged – Emmental, Gruyere, Jarlsburg, Monterey Jack and young Cheddar make up this category. Medium-bodied whites like Pinot Blanc, Viognier, and white Rhone Blends and fruit-forward, lighter-bodied reds like Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Zinfandel pair well with these cheeses.

Hard, Aged – Aged Cheddar, Gouda, Parmesan, Asiago. Pair these cheeses with bold reds and full-bodied white wines. The aging process concentrates the flavors of the cheese meaning they can hold their own against bold red wines. Look for cheeses aged longer than six months.

Classic, Can’t-Go-Wrong Pairings

Try pairing our Chardonnay with brie - the creaminess of the brie works perfectly with our medium-bodied Chardonnay. Experiment with different toppings including salami, fresh pear slices, almonds, and honey. For our Rosé, try pairing with fresh goat cheese on water crackers and topping with pistachios, dried figs, proscutto, or strawberry preserves. With our Red Blend, choose an aged cheddar, smoked gouda, or a wedge of asiago. Top with proscuitto or salami. 

Finishing Touches

Assemble your cheese board by first placing the cheese, then adding crackers, toasts, and cured meats. Fill in the gaps with nuts, fruits, and fresh herbs for an effortlessly elegant look. Your guests will love discovering the diversity of flavors! Be sure to show us your creativity by tagging us in your photos with #GIFFTWines!

Time Posted: Nov 18, 2016 at 4:13 PM
Tara Reprogle
October 18, 2016 | Tara Reprogle

Food & Wine Pairing: GIFFT Chardonnay with Fig & Pistachio Baked Brie

5 tbsp apricot preserves
1/2 cup dried mission figs, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup shelled pistachios
1/3 cup walnut hearts, roughly chopped
3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 round of French brie

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Thoroughly mix the apricot preserves, chopped figs, cranberries, pistachios, and chopped walnuts in a small bowl until well coated.
Place the round of brie in a small cast iron skillet or oven-safe dish. 
Top the brie with the apricot mixture.
Bake at 400F for 10 minutes or until brie is warm and softened.
Once the brie is softened, turn the oven to broil and broil the brie for 30 seconds or until the nuts begin to brown (be careful not to burn the top).
Remove from the oven and decorate with fresh rosemary sprigs.
Serve immediately with sliced baguette or crostini. 

Time Posted: Oct 18, 2016 at 8:56 AM
Tara Reprogle
September 15, 2016 | Tara Reprogle

Introducing Temperature-Controlled Shipping!

At GIFFT Wines, we spend so much time caring for our vineyards, carefully selecting grapes, and crafting the best wines that it only makes sense that we would put just as much effort into ensuring the safety of our wines in transit.

Every aspect of the experience of taking a sip of wine, from the aromas that form in the glass after it is poured, to the way the tannins create a structured and silky mouthfeel, has been considered and meticulously created by our winemakers. As you can imagine, extreme heat and cold can easily damage these delicate and complex components.  

Therefore, we are now offering temperature-controlled shipping to states where the temperatures put your order at risk for heat and cold damage. Our temperature-controlled service will protect your order from our door to yours, ensuring that every time you open a bottle of GIFFT Wines, you will experience the wine as it was intended. We are offering this service at no additional cost, knowing that your wines will be delivered in pristine condition.

Please know that we will be taking into consideration not only the temperatures of your area, but also the route that the wine would have to take in order to reach you. Many East Coast shipments pass through Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas before reaching their destination, so while temperatures in North Carolina might not be dangerous, spending a week in transit through very hot states would be dangerous. Additionally, while ambient temperatures may not be severe, being inside a delivery truck can add 10-15 degrees on top of outside temperatures and we also consider the high temperatures of the day, not just the average. 

Our temperature-controlled service works a little bit differently than standard ground. With our temperature-controlled method, your order will travel in an air conditioned truck to a temperature-controlled hub. Then, your order will be packaged with ice packs and handed off to the carrier for final delivery. As soon as your order is accepted by the carrier, you will receive an email with your tracking code. Total transit time will be about two to three weeks and you will receive your tracking code 1-5 days before delivery. 

We are so excited to be able to offer this service to you at no additional cost, knowing that your wines will arrive safe and sound to your door. If you have any questions or concerns about our temperature-controlled service, please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@gifftwines.com or 831.455.9990.

Time Posted: Sep 15, 2016 at 1:17 PM
Tara Reprogle
August 11, 2016 | Tara Reprogle

Food & Wine Pairing: 2015 GIFFT Pinot Grigio with Lemon and Rosemary Roasted Sea Bass

2015 GIFFT Pinot Grigio with Lemon and Rosemary Roasted Sea Bass

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4


2 sea bass fillets, about 7 ounces each
6 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 lemon, horizontally sliced


Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Lay fillets on sheet, sprinkle with salt, drizzle with olive oil then lay lemon slices and rosemary sprigs on top. Place the fillets on the baking sheet and bake for 11 – 12 minutes until fish is cooked through but still tender. Serve with green salad and roasted fingerling potatoes.

If you love this recipe, we'd love to see your photos! Find us on Facebook or Instagram and show us your culinary prowess!


Time Posted: Aug 11, 2016 at 10:44 AM
Tara Reprogle
June 28, 2016 | Tara Reprogle

DIY Arts & Crafts Project: Flower Ice Cubes + Spheres


1 gallon distilled water 
Assorted flowers
Silicone ice trays and/or spherical ice molds


Assemble the flowers you would like to use and trim off the stem just below the blossoms. For ice that is clear instead of cloudy, use distilled water. Make sure the blossoms will fit inside your ice cube molds. Take the distilled water and pour a little into each mold, then add a blossom to each mold. Fill the molds until the flowers are covered with water. Freeze the cubes overnight. 

In the morning, carefully remove the ice cubes from their molds. If using a spherical ice mold, run the mold under hot water for three seconds before attempting to open. Add as an elegant accent to your wine chiller for weddings, bridal showers, and garden parties!

Love this DIY project? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!

Time Posted: Jun 28, 2016 at 2:43 PM
Tara Reprogle
June 28, 2016 | Tara Reprogle

Food & Wine Pairing: 2015 GIFFT Rosé with Grilled Sausages

2015 GIFFT Rosé with Grilled Sausages

Total Time: 10 mins

Serves: 6

12 potato bratwurst-style hot dog buns
12 high-quality chicken or turkey smoked sausages
Assortment of favorite toppings (diced onions, pickel relish, saurkraut, etc).


Fire up your grill and set one half of the grill to medium high heat, setting the other half to medium-low heat. Once the grill has finished warming up, add the sausages to the medium-low side of the grill and allow them to heat through, about 5 minutes. Once the sausages have warmed, move them to the medium-hot side of the grill for another 5 minutes. Continue switching the sausages between medium-hot and medium-low sides of the grill until the center of the sausages reaches 150 degrees fahrenheit and and grill marks have appeared. The goal is to cook the sausages all the way through without burning them, or causing the casing to become tough. 

Once the sausages are done, remove from the grill and let sit for 5 minutes. This brings them to edible temperature and allows the juices to settle evenly throughout the sausage, maximizing flavor. Serve with your favorite toppings and a chilled bottle of 2015 GIFFT Rosé for the perfect summer party!

Serving this at your family get-together? Share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!


Time Posted: Jun 28, 2016 at 2:15 PM
Tara Reprogle
June 6, 2016 | Tara Reprogle

Food & Wine Pairing: French Onion Soup with 2012 GIFFT Chardonnay

Serves 4


2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
6 cups beef broth
¼ cup GIFFT Chardonnay
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
1 baguette fresh-baked bread
2 slices Swiss or Gruyere cheese
4 slices Provolone cheese
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Melt butter with olive oil in an 8 quart stock pot on medium heat. Add onions and continually stir until tender and translucent. Do not brown the onions. Add beef broth, Chardonnay and thyme; simmer uncovered for 45 minutes. Pre-heat the oven broiler; taste soup and adjust seasonings as needed. Ladle soup into oven-safe serving bowls and place one slice of bread on top of each (bread may be broken into pieces if you prefer). Layer each slice of bread with a slice Provolone, ½ slice Swiss and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Place bowls on rimmed baking sheet and broil in the preheated oven until cheese bubbles and browns slightly. Serve immediately with a crisp green salad and chilled glass of GIFFT Chardonnay.

If you loved this recipe, we'd love to see your photos! Find us on Facebook or Instagram and show us your culinary prowess!

Time Posted: Jun 6, 2016 at 4:47 PM
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