The 7 Most Luxurious Items for the Meals Lover in Your Life
Gifting season has arrived, and for the person in your life who has the best restaurant recommendations or always knows what kind of wine to order with dinner, there’s no better present than a culinary-themed one. While a box of chocolates or a bottle of something good is always nice, you may be looking for something extra-special this year. That’s where we come in: Our Ultimate Gift Guide has a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime offerings perfect for the foodie in your life, whether they’re an aspiring home pizzaiolo or are building an envious wine cellar. The one-of-one gifts are—quite literally—the ultimate luxury, ensuring that the recipient gets an ultra-exclusive experience available to no one else in the world. These seven offerings are a gourmand’s dream.
Blend Your Own Wine at a Luxe Estate in the South of France
Oenophiles may be familiar with Gérard Bertrand and his Château l’Hospitalet, an organic and biodynamic winery in the Languedoc region. One lucky couple will have the chance to visit the winemaker’s red-wine Clos d’Ora, staying overnight in the property’s house, before popping over to Clos du Temple the next day. There, you’ll taste several wines and tour the grounds via mule. Stargazing with a local astronomer will be followed by a Michelin-starred dinner accompanied by live piano music. And the next day, your intimate outing will become a full-blown party, with 10 more guests invited to join in on the fun. Your group will enjoy yoga, spa treatments, hot-air balloon rides, and more. The real highlight, though? A private blending session with Bertrand, with a dozen bottles of unique wine for you and your guests to bring home. For more details click here.
An Exclusive Pizza-Making Class for You and 4 Friends at One of the World’s Best Pizzerias
New Jersey’s Razza is consistently called one of the best pizzerias in the country, and even the world. Now you have a chance to learn from the restaurant’s head honcho himself. Dan Richter is teaching a personal pizza-making class to an aspiring pizzaiolo and a few guests. You’ll start by making dough, shaping and stretching that crust into the perfect pizza, before firing it in the wood-burning oven. It may take you a while to reach Richter’s level of success—he’s been doing this for 20 years, after all—but thankfully the chef is sharing more than just his tips. He’ll also cook you and your friends a multicourse meal, featuring bread, seasonal vegetables, desserts, and of course pizza. Maybe one day you’ll be doing the same for your friends and family. You can learn more about the package here.
A Private Jet Tour of Latin America’s Finest Culinary Destinations, From Mexico to Argentina
Latin America is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, so why not sample a whole slew of them at once? Blue Marble Private will fly you and up to three guests to Mexico, Peru, Chile, and other countries to try Enrique Olvera’s Pujol, Elena Reygadas’s Rosetta, Virgil Martínez’s Central, and other culinary hot spots. The grand finale will see you whisked away to Francis Mallmann’s private island in Patagonia, where the chef will highlight his signature open-fire cooking over multiple days. If 10 nights doesn’t seem like enough, Blue Marble will help you extend the trip, as well as plan excursions outside of the culinary itinerary. But it’ll be hard to beat the food as the star of the show. To see how you can book your journey click here.
From $172,500 per person, based on four guests on a midsize aircraft, such as a Citation X
Your Own Barrel of the First Rum Made by Monaco’s Only Distillery
This gift has rum lovers’ names all over it: Philip Culazzo’s La Distillerie de Monaco has been producing gins and liqueurs for about six years, but now it’s turning its talents to rum. Nineteen people will have the chance to buy one of the 20 inaugural barrels (the first one is going to Prince Albert of Monaco). “With rum, time is of the essence,” Culazzo told Robb Report. “So we take the first pressing of the sugar cane and immediately start fermenting it, rather than doing molasses. It’s distilled once in the Caribbean to settle it; then we bring it here.”
Buyers can choose which type of barrel they want their rum aged in (bourbon, sherry, or something else) and also request to have it finished in another cask. Each barrel will hold up to 400 bottles of liquid, meaning your gift can be turned into even more gifts, if you’re feeling generous. Culazzo will also host every buyer and a guest for a tasting dinner in the caves of the Hôtel de Paris and lead a tour of the property’s wine collection. It’s just too bad you can’t take those bottles home too. To find out how to get a cask yourself, click here.
$96,000 per cask
A Week of Foraging and Cooking With Chef Eric Ripert in the Caribbean
Eric Ripert is one of the most respected and influential names in the culinary world, so any gourmand would salivate at the chance to spend an entire week with the Le Bernardin chef in the Caribbean. You and five guests will jet off to Grand Cayman on a private plane with Ripert himself, before embarking on a stay at the island’s Ritz-Carlton. While your accommodations will be incredible—the largest suite in the Caribbean—the excursions you’ll have while there are even better: foraging around the island, fishing aboard a luxury yacht, a private wine tasting, and more, all with Ripert to guide you. The memories will last a lifetime, but you’ll also leave with more tangible keepsakes: a signed copy of Ripert’s latest book and images from a private beach photo shoot. To read more about the package, click here.
$750,000, including food and beverage at the hotel
A 6-Course Dinner From an Acclaimed Chef and Sommelier at the Rome Cavalieri Hotel
Sure, you could book a reservation at Heinz Beck’s Michelin three-starred La Pergola in Rome. Or you could indulge in this extra-luxe version of the restaurant, in which Beck will personally cook a meal for you and a guest on La Pergola’s private terrace overlooking the Eternal City. Meanwhile, the sommelier Marco Reitano will walk you through the wine pairings, before taking you on a post-dinner tour of the restaurant’s wine cellar and providing a sampling of three rare Borgogno Barolo Riserva wines.
If that’s not enough, your trip includes a two-night stay in the Waldorf Astoria–run Rome Cavalieri’s penthouse suite, complete with a 2,300-square-foot private rooftop and Jacuzzi. Enjoy a treatment at the spa before hopping over to the Vatican, where you’ll get a private dawn viewing of the Sistine Chapel, led by one of the palace’s keyholders. You’ve never seen Italy or the Vatican like this before. To learn more about the experience click here.
An Exclusive Wine Tasting and Dinner in Napa—and 10 Magnums to Take Home
If you’re a Cabernet drinker, you probably have a pretty stellar selection of reds already. But you likely don’t have this particular selection: five magnums each of Merus and Silverado Vineyards’ Solo. The former is a cult favorite, created by the winemaker Michael Beaulac and tasted by invitation only in the estate’s caves. Here, you’ll get bottles from the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018 vintages. The latter was created by Walt Disney’s daughter, and sees magnums from 2013 through 2017. Your take-home bottles will be accompanied by a tasting and meal for up to seven guests, but you may opt to save the magnums all for yourself. To get a hold of this rare collection of wines, click here.
Source: Robb Report