Gifts for wine lovers
Is there someone on your holiday gift list who has a passion for Pinot? Is crazy for Chianti? Or has zest for Zinfandel? Instead of tying a bow on a bottle of wine to give them as a gift, why not get creative and surprise your special wine-adoring someone with a unique, practical or indulgent gift! Here are my top choices, in a wide range of prices, for the wine lovers in your life.
1. Reidel Black Tie Bliss Decanter ($189.95)
This Reidel Black Tie Bliss Decanter will be a real conversation starter at your wine lover’s next dinner party. Mouth-blown and formed by hand, each piece is a unique work of art. What better way to say, “I heart wine” than with this functional decanter?
2. Corkcicle ($24.95)
One of the hottest gifts for wine lovers on the market right now is Corkcicle. Oprah named it as one of her “Favorite Things” this season, and since I own a Corkcicle myself, I have to agree with her! Made from food-grade gel and BPA-free plastic, Corkcicles keep your chilled white wine from going warm and quickly cools room temperature reds. Your wine lover will appreciate the convenience of no longer needing an ice bucket or making trips to the refrigerator. Corkcicles make a great stocking-stuffer.
3. Infused Gourmet Classic Gift Set from Round Pond Estate in Napa Valley ($95)
Give your wine-lover a flavorful piece of Napa Valley with this delectable gift set from Round Pond Estate. It includes Sangiovese Blend Red Wine Vinegar, the new Infused Basil Olive Oil, a sweet and vibrant Blood Orange Citrus Syrup, and a bottle of Round Pond Estate’s robust 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml). Located in Rutherford, in the heart of Napa Valley, Round Pond is family-owned and operated. Their oils, vinegars and syrups are meticulously made on the property. I recently had the pleasure of visiting their olive oil mill where I took a tour and had a sit-down tasting. You can read more about my visit on my blog, The Rich Life (on a budget).
4. Cuisinart 8-Bottle Wine Cellar ($159.00)
Wine lovers know that heat is the enemy of wine. If your wine lover doesn’t yet have her very own wine cave, give her this Cuisinart 8-Bottle Wine Cellar to store her precious bottles. Made to fit on a countertop, this sleek, modern wine refrigerator has a patented electronic touchpad thermostat that ranges from 38 to 68 F, is fingerprint-resistant, uses minimal energy and has soft-interior lighting.
5. BottleWise Duo – Wine Travel Bag ($68.95)
Whenever I travel, I always bring home a couple bottles of wine from my trip. Unfortunately, carrying wine on the plane is no longer allowed. Shipping it separately, which can be pricey and take weeks, or storing it in your baggage, which can be disastrous to your belongings and your luggage, are the only other options. The BottleWise Duo Wine Travel Bag is a soft-sided, two-bottle carrying case with an adjustable shoulder strap and an integrated liquid tight liner. You’ll enjoy your flight knowing your wine is protected from breaks and leaks. BottleWise Duo will also fit most bottles of oils, vinegars, sauces, and perfumes.
6. Oster Inspire Wine Opener and Wine Chiller ($37.99)
The wine lover on your list will like opening wine bottles skillfully and quickly with this Oster Inspire Wine Opener. Cordless and rechargeable, this wine opener has an ergonomically designed hand-grip, foil cutter and it comes with a thermal stainless-steel wine chiller. No more fumbling with stubborn corks!
7. Harvest Inn’s ‘Tastes and Sips’ Package in Napa Valley (starting at $389 per night)
Your wine lover will be overjoyed with a gift that will indulge and delight his senses. Give him/her a two-night Napa Valley getaway with Harvest Inn’s ‘Tastes and Sips’ Package. Stay in a luxurious room in gorgeous California wine country surroundings, eat irresistible foods, drink spectacular wine and take in all that Napa Valley has to offer. Available starting January, 2013, this generous package includes two nights in a spacious room with a fireplace, a $100 gift certificate to the renown Tra Vigne restaurant, a bottle of wine, a box of handcrafted chocolates, breakfast for two delivered to your room, complimentary tastings at two wineries, and more. Read more about my recent visit to Harvest Inn and Tra Vigne .
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