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Today in Gear: The Gold Medal Wine Club, Nine Whiskeys You Should Be Drinking & More

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Wine clubs are a surefire way to expand your palate. But not all wine clubs are created equal. Gold Medal Wine Club holds the honor of being the longest running wine club in the country and it’s served as the backbone of the industry for more than 26 years.

Gold Medal Wine Club’s mission is simple: find high-quality, small-production wines from family-owned wineries and deliver them directly to wine lovers across the country. Let’s be clear, though. You’re not just paying for convenience, but curation, as Gold Medal Wine Club specializes in finding those hidden gems that never find their way to local wine stores. Its six club programs, which range from $39 to $179 per shipment, are completely customizable, meaning picky drinkers can tailor them to their taste preferences. If you want to drink better wine in 2019, Gold Medal Wine Club is a smart way to do it.

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New & Noteworthy Releases

Shinola’s New Hotel Is Worth the Trip to Detroit

Now open in Detroit, the new hotel looks exactly like a hotel Shinola would open, and that's a very good thing.

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Our Favorite Sports Sunglasses Brand Just Launched a New Style

Roka makes some of the best sports sunglasses in the game, and now the brand launches everyday glasses we can't wait to wear.

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This Heavy Knit Fisherman Sweater Is Worth Its Weight

Hand knit using a high-quality Japanese wool-camel blend.

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Why Apple Is Going Big on Smart TVs (Without Actually Making One)

Here's what it means for you.

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The First Smart Motorcycle Helmet From a Trusted Brand

Shoei is now the first of the mainstream motorcycle helmet brands to enter the smart motorcycle helmet space with their IT-HT helmet.

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Want to Learn a New Skill Quicker? These Futuristic Headphones Will Help

Neuropriming is the next big thing in fitness. Just twenty minutes of a small electrical shock to your brain and you're ready to learn something new.

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Nordstrom Just Rounded Up the Coolest City to Mountain Clothes in One Place

The first edition of Nordstrom's New Concepts is Out Cold, featuring the best city to mountain gear from Snow Peak, Arc'Teryx, Makintosh and more.

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Fresh Deals


New Year Fitness Tech Sale
Save 40% Two easy ways to make your runs more enjoyable and improve your speed and distance are to add headphones and a fitness tracker. Right now the Jabra Elite 65t headphones and a variety of Apple Watch models are up to 40 percent off on eBay. We’re big fans of the Jabra Elite 65t headphones — they work for iOS and Android users and are “great, truly wireless, earbuds,” according to our reviewer. While they’re not designed for exercise, the fit is snug and the sound quality is great. And if neither of those products interest you or they’re sold out before you have time to purchase them, we recommend you peruse the rest of the fitness tech sale on eBay — you can save up to 40 percent off. — Meg Lappe

Jabra: $190 $120Apple Watch: $359 $274


Timex x Carhartt WIP Watch
Save 37%:Timex and Carhartt WIP teamed up to produce a field watch that is everything you’d expect from the two brands. The functional military-inspired design is based on an ‘80s watch from Timex called the Camper and features a lightweight resin case with a 12/24 hour dial, quartz movement and fluorescent hands. Its durable little 30mm case is water resistant up to 30m and comes with a tonal nylon strap. And not surprisingly, it’s affordable. Normally $109, it’s just $69 now at online retailer End — for a good-looking beater watch, that’s hard to beat. — John Zientek

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Orient Mako XL Automatic Dive Watch
Save $190: Japanese brands continuously offer great value for money with respect to watches. Take the Orient Mako XL Automatic dive watch as a case in point: you get an in-house, 21-jewel automatic movement with 40 hours of power reserve, a stainless steel 44.5mm case, a mineral crystal, steel bracelet, day-date display, unidirectional rotating bezel, 200m of water resistance, and the choice of 4 dial colors: black with black bezel, black with green bezel, vaguely-yellowish-greenish-mintish with black bezel and black with orange bezel. And all this for $130 right now on Massdrop. — Oren Hartov

Buy Now: $320 $130

Today on Gear Patrol

Serious About Whiskey? Here Are 9 Bottles You Should Be Drinking

At a certain point, most whiskey drinkers make the leap beyond entry-level booze. Here are nine bottles to try next.

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The 15 Best Products We Saw at CES 2019

CES is over. After reviewing everything, these are the best products that we saw at this year's technology trade show.

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Three Gorgeous Panda-Dial Chronographs From Way Back When

Vintage tool watches, like these three terrific examples, are loved for their form factor as much as their ability to withstand decades of use.

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