Frantically driving around the bumpy streets of Richmond looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? The search is over. Nothing says, “I love you”, “You’re a great friend,” or “You need a drink” like a gift certificate from a locally-owned wine shop. Besides, eight gift cards are much easier to carry and wrap than eight bottles of wine. Don’t you agree? Here’s a list of some local wine shops to purchase a gift card from to meet your holiday deadline (I’ve even included Christmas Eve closing times!):
River City Cellars: Located at 2931 West Cary St. Gift cards come in all denominations and are good for a year. Make sure to tell your recipient that River City Cellars hosts wine tastings every Friday from 5-7 p.m. What ever they like, they can purchase with their gift card! Open until 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Strawberry St. Vineyard: Located at 407 Strawberry St. Gift cards available in all denominations. Bottles start at $5.99, averaging $12-$15 a bottle. Have a few sips: come in for a complimentary tasting every Friday from 5-7 p.m. Open until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Barrel Thief: Located at Short Pump and at Patterson & Libbie. Gifts cards come in all denominations and can be used for wine, the restaurant section or wine classes. Classes range from $8-$15, while bottles of wine start at an affordable $7, all the way up to $700! (Feel free to buy me the $700 bottle, I’ll share.) Open until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Grape & Cheese: Located at 1531 West Main Street. Gift cards come in all denominations. Bottles start at $5.99 and go up. Don’t forget, along with wine, shoppers can purchase cheese and crackers. Open until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Café Caturra: Located on Grove Avenue, the Midlothian Village Square and Short Pump Crossing. Gift cards come in all denominations. Keep in mind that bottles range from $19-$100, while glasses are $6-$13. Did you know? If you buy a bottle to go, you’ll get a 15 percent discount. Also, here’s a great holiday special: for $30 you can pickup 1 lb of coffee, a bottle of wine and a $10 gift card. Open until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Next week, check out champagne suggestions for your New Year’s gathering. Cheers!
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