Wine is a wonderful present all on its own, but sometimes you want to go a step further. The made-in-PA products below are ideal complements to a lucky someone’s new bottle of vino.
Chocolate is an iconic combination with wine, especially late-harvest, Port-style dessert wines, and red wines with strong cherry notes that will bring out that flavor in the cocoa. There are lots of Pennsylvania chocolatiers making remarkable products. Here are a few suggestions.
Lux Artisan Chocolates, Pittsburgh, PA
Steel City’s first artisanal chocolate company, Lux is beloved for their exquisitely painted bonbons. They offer about a dozen flavors, including Ginger & Lime and Pumpkin Chai.
Highland Chocolates, Wellsboro, PA
This PA Wilds enterprise adds an extra layer of sweetness with its community-driven mission: The chocolate shop employs local residents with intellectual and physical disabilities and mental health conditions. Embrace the true spirit of the holiday season and support this non-profit by purchasing a box of their famous pretzel bark.
This is a gift that keeps on giving. A handcrafted cheeseboard will grace your friend’s table for years to come. Arrive at the party with a bottle of Pennsylvania sparkling wine, a selection of local cheeses, and one of these artisanal boards, and you’ll earn major points.
Jones Cutting Boards, Jackson Center, PA
These hearty cutting boards can do double duty: They’re beautiful enough to wow on the buffet table and sturdy enough for real kitchen work. Order early and you can get your board with a customized engraving.
Elkwood Arts, Ridgway, PA
This impactful vocational program in the PA Wilds sells cutting boards, serving trays, wine stoppers, and other woodworking goods. Proceeds go back into their organization, which provides work and training for up to 20 local adults with intellectual disabilities.
Wendell August Forge, Grove City, PA
In addition to ornaments, key chains, and unique gifts, this forge produces eye-catching wood blocks and trays augmented with their intricate metalwork. We especially love the simple walnut board with an elegant copper handle.
Wine somehow just tastes better when sipped out of a special glass. So next time you’re wrapping up a bottle to bring to friends, (carefully) throw in some handmade stemware.
Remark Glass, Philadelphia, PA
This Philly company makes beautiful, rustic barware. Even better: As part of their “Keepsake Glass” line, they’ll take empty bottles of wine from special occasions (wedding, engagement, graduation) and transform them into items that can stay in your collection forever.
Amanda Lee Glassware, Oakmont, PA
This Pittsburgh-area glass artist pays homage to the city, the seasons, and the landscape with her colorful hand-painted designs. We especially love the wine glasses emblazoned with an abstract representation of the skyline.
Rolf Glass, Mount Pleasant, PA
With a commitment to American manufacturing, this legacy business is based in a Pennsylvania town known for its glass industry. Their wine goblets are classic and elegant. We covet these graphic wine glasses that would look even better alongside a bottle of PA Riesling or Grüner Veltliner.
When a glass or two of wine leaves you feeling a bit sleepy, a cup of locally-roasted java is just the ticket. Or, if your bottle of wine ends up being opened and enjoyed during the evening, this is an AM reminder to your host that you went the extra mile.
Black and Brass, Honesdale, PA
Every bean sold by this Northeastern PA enterprise is roasted on-site. They have a blend for everyone, from rich chocolate-y French roast to tart, citrusy single-origin beans from Costa Rica.
Passenger Coffee, Lancaster, PA
A certified B Corporation, this Lancaster City roastery is growing quickly, adding a coffee subscription service and launching a new line, Necessary Coffee, designed for drinkers who prefer more accessible, easy-drinking flavor profiles. Meanwhile, their collection of single-origin boutique beans are a great choice for the coffee snob in your life.
Homestead Coffee Roasters, Upper Black Eddy, PA
Located in a 19th-century barn just steps from the Delaware River, this shop focuses on sourcing beans from small farms and cooperatives. On the gifting front, they offer beautifully designed, curated boxes of coffee along with colorful mugs and branded tumblers.
Small City Roasting, North East, PA
This boutique roaster and coffee shop is situated in charming downtown North East in the heart of Lake Erie Wine Country. In addition to proprietary roasts, they sell flavored beans, including hazelnut, salted caramel, pumpkin pecan, and more.