by Catalogs.com Info Guru Elizabeth Sobiski
Are you searching for that perfect gift for the oenophile (wine snob!) on your list?
Look no further. We have put together the top ten gift ideas for the wine connoisseur that will suit any occasion or holiday.
10. Wine journal
For the discerning wine lover, a journal lets them record every moment in their wine odyssey. Perhaps they’ve discovered the joys of a vintage Bordeaux or the silkiness of a special chardonnay. Labels from favorite bottles can be pressed and saved next to their musings.
9. Crystal decanters
While the topic of to decant or not to decant is widely debated among wine geeks, many agree that carefully performed decanting can enhance the flavor of almost any wine. If your wine-loving friend believes this, consider a cut glass, lead crystal decanter. Not only could it bring out fuller flavors, it’s beautiful, too.
Celebrate that special occasion with an exquisite wine stopper, perfect for those friends or relatives that often have wine left over. Stoppers keep the vino fresh and are available in a variety of designs, from rustic wood and cork to crystal, sterling silver and gold. This gift truly pairs form with function.
7. Wine subscription
If the wine lover on your list is constantly searching for the next great bottle but has little time for shopping, a monthly wine subscription might just be the ticket for them. This gift is perfect for both the novice and experienced wine drinker. It doesn’t matter if they prefer all reds, whites or a mixture of both, there is a subscription to match every taste and budget.
6. Personal winery tour
Just imagine. Slipping into your private limousine and being chauffeured to intimate and exclusive winery estates. Once there, you receive a personal guided tour and tasting. What could be better? Adding a guided food and wine pairing to the experience!
It’s a beautiful, warm spring day – perfect for a bike ride and a picnic. But what about the wine? Never fear, the perfect accessory exists for any situation. A special carrier can fix the wine bottle to the top tube of a bike, leaving more than enough space in a backpack to carry food and glasses. Biking not your thing? A specially made pack can safely transport food, wine and glasses.
Serving wine at the ideal temperature is critical to most enthusiasts. Fortunately, storage options come in at a variety of price points and designs. For those who have to conserve space, think about a counter top unit. It usually holds two bottles at the perfect temperature and protects the unused portion for over a week. If money is no object, a wine preservation and dispensing station is available. Stations often hold four or more bottles and can pour the ideal amount every time.
From simple and effective to complex, there is an opener for every wine snob. Waiter’s corkscrews are the tool of choice in restaurants and homes worldwide. They look similar to a pocket knife, with a blade to cut through seals and a lever to remove the cork and screw from the bottle. For those who constantly struggle with opening bottles, an electric corkscrew might be the answer. These sleek and stylish openers work with the push of a button – and are fun to operate.
Regardless of skill level, a book about wine is always a safe bet. Some are handy, pocket sized editions while others are perfect for display on a coffee table. Who knows? You might be inspiring the next great sommelier.
Help them discover the source of their favorite wines with a unique map. These specialized maps often go beyond the basic locale, but highlight the majestic geography of each region. Maybe they’ll love the map so much that they plan a trip and bring you along.