Gift Guide 2019: The Daily Grind

December 2, 2019

I’ve had this jaunty giant Perfex pepper grinder sitting on my kitchen counter for more than twenty years. I absolutely love it. It’s eight inches tall, holds a small mountain of peppercorns, is easy to fill and adjusts at the turn of a screw.

There’s only one drawback: it’s no longer available in the United States. I have absolutely no idea why this is the case, and for the past few years I’ve sought out vintage grinders when I wanted to give them as gifts.

Suddenly they’re back. They recently became available on Amazon. Although you have to order them from England, they’re well worth the trouble. They last forever, and your friends will think of you each time they reach for pepper.

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Gift Guide 2019: Sake to Them

December 1, 2019

Just when you thought you’d learned everything you needed to know about wine craft beer arrived, bringing an entirely new world to explore.

So you became fluent in IPA, Stout, Pilsner, Saison and Hefeweizen.

Then along came Sake, with an entirely new language to learn.

If you find the great Japanese brew confusing, this is for you. sells dozens of different varieties of sake, so you can learn to distinguish between Junmai, Ginjo and Daiginjo. Even better, they have a sake box club that offers three different kinds of sake on a monthly basis. (You can order a single box, or opt for an entire year’s worth of research.)

For those who choose their brews simply by name – how can you resist Snow Maiden or Moon on the Water? – this would make a wonderful gift. I can think of lots of people who would consider this a rather perfect present.

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