Top 10 Wine Lovers’ Gifts
Looking for some great wine or wine-related gift ideas for Christmas? Here are the Top 10 Wine Gifts for the wine lovers on your gift list. These gifts are personal and unique so you don’t have to worry about your gift being a duplicate. They are also make great hostess gifts to bring for Christmas dinner. If you need a stocking stuffer, a few of these top 10 wine lovers’ gifts fit the bill. And, they make great last-minute gifts.
1. Ice wine – This is a gift sure to please and surprise a wine geek family member or friend. It’s unique, so it will standout from other presents. Plus, it’s not something a person buys frequently, so it should be much appreciated. I like Jackson-Triggs Vidal Ice Wine, which is readily available at major wine retailers.
2. Wine Art – Yes, I know art is a very personal gift so you should know the recipient fairly well. If the recipient has a cellar or wine cabinet/captain, the piece should compliment the style or theme and of course, be an appropriate size. Many of the home stores such as Bed, Bath & Beyond or Target have a nice selection. Artwork to consider includes a:
a. nice oil painting of a bottle of Bordeaux from Medoc or Margaux
b. photograph or etching of a favorite wine country landscape
c. photograph with an interesting arrangements of wine glasses or bottles
3. Wine tasting kit – There are numerous types of paraphernalia that a wine geek would love to have on hand for an evening of wine tasting at home. This kit may include labels, marking pens for numbering bottles, cloth or paper bags for disguising the bottles and scoring sheets for making comments and ranking.
4. Wine Journals – These can be nicely bound hardcover books, a journal that has pages for attaching labels or an app that allows your wine-o friend to note all of the tasting notes and purchase information. A good free app for the latter is Vivino, which is available at app store on ITunes.
5. Corkscrews – This top 10 wine lovers’ gift is perfect for someone who has a wine cellar because it will be a wonderful gift for them to have on display in their cellar. There are some really unique wine corkscrews that a wine enthusiast would be thrilled to own. You may have to go to an auction site or locate a collector to obtain a truly unique corkscrew. This special wine gift may be displayed in a case or used only for those special bottles.
6. Decanter – If the recipient has a collection of wines being kept in a cellar for aging, then a beautiful decanter will come in handy when the time comes for serving aged wine. Be certain to buy a decanter that does not a lot of extra space between the wine surface and the opening.
Exposure to excess air will cause the delicate wine to deteriorate too soon, spoiling whatever aromas and volatile compounds remain.
7. Clothing/Handbag– Again, you should know whether or not the recipient would actually wear the shirt or blouse. The plethora of choices includes prints with wine varieties listed or wine regions, burgundy colored shirts with wine-related prints, as well as more subtle attire. There are also beach totes, handbags, ball caps or wine bar towels. There are also collections with great sayings associated with drinking, witty phrases or conversation-starter scenes.
8. Wine-pairing dinner – Look for a restaurant in your friend/family member’s area that hosts wine-pairing dinners. Get a gift certificate, then write a nice little note about an upcoming tasting. You could call the restaurant and ask for some insight on which tastings may sell out quickly or will be hosted by a winemaker. Be sure to include the website address.
9. Crystal Wine Glasses – A pair of Riedel, Mikasa or Waterford wine glasses would thrill any wine aficionado. These exquisite glasses will be reserved for tasting exceptional wines or for commemorating milestone birthday celebrations, promotions, anniversaries or other special occasions. Every time your friend or family member reaches for these glasses, you will be the remembered as that thoughtful person who gave such a wonderful present.
10. Wine – Well this one may seem obvious but I’m not talking about giving a run-of-the-mill wine from the Sunday advertisements. I’m thinking of an esteemed wine; one that is unique with special attributes. You can also gift a wine that is one of your personal favorites, which shows a very personal touch.
a. Maybe you belong to a wine club that sets aside top-notch bottles for their Club Members Only. You can share one of these reserved bottles.
b. Vintage Champagnes – Champagne houses only declare vintage champagnes once or twice a decade. Vintage champagnes have a long life so your present may get cellared and opened in five or ten years.
c. Introduce the recipient to a wine from an emerging wine region such as Virginia, Texas or Tasmania.
These Top 10 Wine Gifts are perfect for wine enthusiasts as well as those friends or family members who have recently started enjoying wine. Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas.