Best Gifts for Wine Lovers
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts for the special people in your life. If you’re looking for gifts for a wine lover, then here are some great gift ideas that they’ll love. Read on for our top 10 Christmas gifts for wine lovers in 2021.
1. A Wine Club Membership
One of the best gifts you can give a wine lover is a wine club membership from an artisanal winery. This will ensure that they get a new supply of wine to experience three to five times per year, and they’ll build a relationship with a small business. A wine club membership works much in the same way as it does when you sign up for a magazine subscription service, except it usually comes with perks such as complimentary or discounted tastings when you visit onsite and access to rare wines and exclusive events.
Giving the gift of a wine club membership is also the best way to support your favorite winery as it allows the winery to sell directly to the end consumer. No middleman (distributor or retailer) means a gift for the wine lover in your life costs less for higher quality wine.
2. Coravin 6
The Coravin 6 wine system is perfect for those who want to enjoy their favorite wines without committing to finishing an entire bottle in a single sitting. This is an especially good tool for small groups or individuals who enjoy doing wine tastings. The Coravin System works by injecting an inert argon gas into the bottle of wine through a needle, which allows you to pour a glass without risking oxidation from exposing the liquid to air.
According to Coravin, wine lovers can keep their wine fresh for months or even years with the Coravin 6. The price includes the Timeless Six Wine Preservation System, a Timeless Aerator, three Coravin Pure Argon Capsules, some screw caps, a carry case, and the needle.
3. A Wine Gift Pack
A great alternative to the long-term commitment of a wine club membership is a wine gift pack, which includes multiple bottles of quality wine to sample. You can purchase a gift pack from most wineries, regardless of the winery’s size.
Kuhlman Cellars, for example, has a holiday collection featuring bundles, many of which are under $100 which makes them perfect for gifting. This Texas winery offers everything from Merlot to Rose and ships to the majority of US states. A gift pack from Kuhlman is a nice gift for the wine lover in your life, introducing them to Texas wine, which many may not have tried previously.
4. A Wine Pump
Le Creuset makes a great gift for the wine lover in your life with their line of wine pumps. Oxygen is the enemy of wine and can turn a delicious bottle of wine into vinegar over time. A wine pump extracts air (oxygen) out of an open bottle of wine, which will extend the life of the wine. The pump comes with universal-sized vacuum stoppers.
To use the wine pump, simply insert the vacuum stopper and then mount the pump on the stopper. Pump until you feel resistance and your bottle is good to go! Don’t forget to refrigerate it to make the wine keep longer.
5. A Replacement Wine Key
A great thing to go along with a wine pump is a replacement wine key. Wine keys are the tool that allows you to open your bottles. They are quick, efficient, and can be found almost anywhere that sells kitchen accessories, and frequently misplaced!
Le Creuset steals another spot on the list with their Waiter’s Friend Wine Key. The Waiter’s Friend is made in France with high-quality stainless steel, making it nearly indestructible. The key is small enough to fit into a pocket or purse, which makes it a great travel companion.
6. Wine Glasses
A set of wine glasses can be an excellent gift for the wine lover in your life. There are many types of glasses, which correspond to the many varietals of wine. Wine glasses tend to be on the pricey side because they’re handmade, but there are plenty of affordable options out there that will still add a touch of class to your loved one’s kitchen.
We recommend Schott Zwiesel’s Pure Glasses. They are made in Germany and are dishwasher-safe. They are stemmed, which will help keep your wine at the appropriate temperature. And, with many different shapes and sizes, you can be sure to find a glass that suits the wine drinker in your life. The price is enticing too, with glasses starting at €9.95/pc.
7. A Wine Aerator
If your friend or loved one is a wine aficionado, chances are they already own a wine decanter, but a wine aerator makes the process of decanting even more efficient. Rather than just pouring your wine into a container and letting it sit there for a while, an aerator speeds up the aeration process of the wine you’re planning to drink that evening.
The Menagerie Wine Pourers come in various shapes and sizes and have a lot of personality. They’re relatively inexpensive and easy to clean and maintain.
8. A Wine Decanter
A wine decanter makes an excellent gift for anybody who enjoys fine wines. A decanter exposes your wine to oxygen, which improves its taste by opening it up and making it smoother.
We recommend the Riedel O Decanter for its beautiful craftsmanship and wide collection of different types of glasses, allowing you to find the perfect decanter for any wine lover. Riedel is a well-known company that produces some of the best glasses on the market, and their decanters are as high quality as they come, yet a great price point for gifting.
9. An Insulated Wine Chiller
Forget the traditional bucket of ice to keep your wine cold. A wine chiller is an insulated container that works much more efficiently, keeping your bottle cool.
The Vinglass Original is made of stainless steel with double walls and a vacuum insulation system. These features will keep your wine cool for hours on end. The price tag for this unique gift sits at around $90.
10. A Cheese And Charcuterie Board
For wine lovers, nothing is better to pair your wine with than a board of fine meats and cheeses. A high-quality cheese and charcuterie board can give any party that little something extra.
In Austin, Texas, few (if any) cheese and charcuterie boards can hold their own against the beautiful bundles from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop. They offer all kinds of cheeses, cured meats, bread, nuts, and jams ready-made to please any palate. They even offer wine to pair!
The price tag for Antonelli’s Cheese Boards varies depending on what kind of cheese and meats you choose to include, and most hover around $100 and they will ship to most states.
A wine lover can never have too many accessories, which is why any of the above would make a great gift for somebody who enjoys fine wines. These wine lover gifts will help your loved ones enjoy their wine tasting experience more than ever before!
Cheers and happy holidays!
Erik + Sara at Sommly