Chelsea Madren aka OC Food Diva: Johnsonville's The Sausage Dome Champion, World Food Championships E.A.T. Certified Food Judge, KCBS Certified BBQ Judge, Brand Ambassador, Culinary Researcher, Food & Travel Critic, Food Competitor, and Recipe Developer
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Melissa’s Produce makes gift-giving easy and healthy
Melissa’s Produce has long been known
for their vast array of produce so why not share the freshness with friends,
family, colleagues, and clients for the holiday season. There is a gift basket
to fit any price range and occasion.
The Royal Treatment
Wine Gift Basket is fit for a king or queen. It includes a 750 ml. bottle of
2011 Darioush Signature Shiraz, a fresh assortment of organic apples and pears,
dried cranberries, salami, crackers, and nuts.
The fruits are sweet
with fresh picked-from-the-tree flavor. You can almost taste a sweet pollen
note in the gala apples. The green apples are sweet and tart which is a perfect
addition to a fruit/cheese/charcuterie platter for wine tasting. The flavor plays
well with cheeses like brie and sharp cheddar. The pears are sweet and have a
silky quality to them.
The dried cranberries
are quite nice. They are soft and are naturally sweetened. They work great on a
fruit & cheese platter or even added to a nice starter salad. They would
even add a sweet touch to the morning oatmeal.
The bagged cashews are
buttery and pair well with the dried cranberries. Add them to a morning
smoothie for a nutty flavor and protein-packed punch. There are also walnuts
and almonds still in the shell. You can crack them before a party or let your
guests have a try.
The Busseto Dry Salami
is fantastic. The salami has rich, meaty flavor with just the right amount of
fat which lends a nice buttery flavor.
crackers are always a great snack to have on hand. The multigrain flavor lends
itself well to cured meats, cheese, and fruits.
2011 Darioush Signature
Shiraz is from Napa Valley and is made from 100% Shiraz. It was aged for 18
months in new Siruge, Damy, and Francois Freres French oak barrels. Tasting
notes: Robust with light berry notes, tannin-rich, and oaky aroma. This would
be better paired with a steak rather than fruit, nuts, cheese, or charcuterie. A
rose, chardonnay, or viognier might be a better choice for this basket.
The gift basket also
comes with a decorative wine stopper and nut cracker. The seagrass woven basket
can also be reused for a decorative center piece for the dining or coffee