Your Italy and Croatia Inspired Holiday Wish List

Celebrate the holiday season! Being able to celebrate the season surrounded by family and friends is one of the best feelings in the world. Just imagine the smell of warm gooey cookies baking in the oven and a glass of Prosecco in your hand, that’s right, six back, relax, and enjoy the upcoming holiday season… or at least have the best gift ideas!

Being able to experience a country’s culture, cuisine, and way of life is a gift on its own. Have you ever dreamed of exploring Italy or Croatia, or know someone who is dying to encounter these countries either by travel or in the comfort of their own home? Well we have the perfect solution!

‘Tis the season to treat yourself (or your loved ones) to the perfect gifts. Our Select Italy experts put their heads together to come up with the perfect Italian and Croatian inspired holiday wish list… and perhaps what should be on your list, too!

  • Great Italian Wine

Sip on the perfect gift this holiday season… Italian wine!

Nothing is better than arriving at your holiday get-together with the ideal hostess gift… a delicious bottle of Italian wine! For a taste of Southern Italy, our food and wine expert’s pick for everyday drinking is Lamùri (meaning “love” in the Sicilian dialect). Made from Nero d’Avola grapes and with a deep, ruby-red color, it is produced on Tasca d’ Almerita’s Regaleali estate by a family that has been making impeccable wines for over eight generations. Its majestic flavor develops because, after fermentation, Lamùri is aged in French barriques for three months before it is bottled. If you are looking for more high-end wine, Rosso Del Conte, a true expression of the Sicilian earth and Regaleali vines from which it comes.

Northern and central Italy are represented by the Allegrini Vineyards,whose properties span the Veneto and Tuscany regions. If you are leaning towards Tuscany, the production of Brunello di Montalcino, and the Poggio al Tesoro Estate, dedicated to Sangiovese and Super Tuscan grapes. All of these red wines go well with roasted meats, but they can also be sipped while lingering at the holiday table. Salute!

Want to know where to buy these fine wines? Pick them up at your local wine shop, or check Winebow’s brand locater here.

  • A Customizable Italy or Croatia Itinerary

The perfect vacation starts with the perfect itinerary. Just imagine creating memories that will last a lifetime will so many diverse options, iconic places to see, and a multitude of things to do that match your every want and needs. Our Select Italy and Select Croatia experts can assist in every step towards creating a customized, comprehensive itinerary.Now is the time to give the gift of this extraordinary opportunity; speak with one of our expert consultants to begin making that dream trip a reality. Review each draft to make sure every desire is met so that the final package is a complete reflection of your wishes, with every detail carefully laid out, including bonus travel tips to lead you to the best local restaurants and shops. This gift is perfect your you… or for anyone in your life who has always dreamed of having the vacation of a lifetime.

  • Tickets to see Ennio Morricone

Tickets to see Morricone in 2014 are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

1946 was the beginning of Ennio Morricone’s career, and since then he has scored over 400 films and television series, making him one of the most versatile and influential composers of all time.The Maestro is returning to the United States for two highly-anticipated concerts, one on either coast. On March 20th 2014 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and on March 23rd 2014 at the Barclays Center in New YorkMaestro Morricone will conduct an ensemble of 200 musicians and singers in the original orchestrations of his most famous film music. Struggling to find gift ideas for the music lover in your life? Tickets to one of Morricone’s performances make the perfect stocking stuffer.

  • Select Italy Gift Certificate

Help create memories that last a lifetime. Vacation planning is an exciting time in anyone’s life, so why not add something special to their extraordinary trip? By giving the gift of a customizable gift certificate to Select Italy or Select Croatia, your family members and friends will finally have that ideal addition to their much awaited vacation. From unique vacation packages to individual tours to scrumptious, once-in-a-lifetime cooking classes, planning that special trip will be effortless with the help of Select Italy. A gift certificate from Select Italy is a thoughtful and fun gift and is bound to score you on Santa’s nice list this year!


Toast the season with a glass of Croatian Rakija!

  • A Croatian Delicacy 

Want to spice up your holiday drink menu? Rakija is an important staple in the Croatian culture and an honored guest at any gathering. There is no bad time to drink rakija, and it can be made out of virtually every Mediterranean herb or plant. This Croatian version of grappa comes in over 150 different flavors, with the most popular flavors like grape, plum, mistletoe, and honey.Celebrate the holiday season by clinking glasses with friends and family; rakija will definitely ensure a great time and foster a feeling of true Croatian hospitality. To put it simply, to raise a glass of rakija is a toast to life itself – zivjeli!

Happy Holidays, Buone Feste, Sretni Blagdani!


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