Sunday, November 13, 2011

10 Unique Gift Ideas for the Wine Enthusiast on Your Holiday List


Since the holidays are upon us and travel has slowed, I wanted to take a little break from wine country advice and offer up some suggestions for holiday gifts perfect for your favorite wine enthusiast. Most people like to give wine as a gift, which is fantastic if you are privy to exactly what the recipient enjoys; otherwise your bottle could end up as a much dreaded re-gift or a shelf warmer. If you are uncomfortable giving wine as a gift or desire to

give something a little more imaginative, I have compiled the list below of 10 items that are
sure to wow any wine lover this holiday season.

  1. Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator
    Aerate your wine in the amount of time it takes to pour a glass. Within seconds,
    reds and whites are mixed with precisely the right amount of air, delivering a better taste. Wines breathe instantly and result in a better bouquet, enhanced flavor and smoother finish. This item can be found at Target. | Price: $39.99
  1. Subscription to Wine Spectator Magazine
    Give someone you love the most reliable and useful guide to wine anywhere. Each
    issue contains more than 500 wines in all price ranges which are rated and tasted.
    Winespectator.com. | Price: $49.95 (annually)

  2. iTunes Gift Card With A Thoughtful List Of Must Have iPhone Wine Apps.
    This is a clever gift for the Oenophile who is an iPhone user. Apps are a wonderful
    and useful tool and there are many that are essential for wine enthusiasts. iTune
    Gift cards can be purchased at various stores such as Target, Albertsons & The
    Apple Store. Gift cards can be used online at the App Store (apple.com)

    Must Have Wine Apps:

    *Winery quest pro
      A wine tasting app that offers information about wineries in whichever region
      you are visiting.  Features include, tasting fees, operating hours, architecture, 
      ambiance, dog friendly and more. | Price: $7.99

    *Memorable Wines

      An elegant app quickly recording, remembering and sharing your favorite
      wines. | Price: $7.99

    *Cellar: Manage your wine cellar
      A phenomenal way to manage your personal wine cellar. Offers space to

      enter intricate information about your collection. It’s like browsing the real
     
    thing! | Price: $4.99

    *Wine Search

      Allows you to compare wine prices quoted on restaurant wine lists with
      
    the actual retail price tag. | Price: $1.99
*Cheese Board
  A handy app containing over 1,000 cheese and wine pairings with a
  description of 500 wine varietals. | Price: $1.99
          
*Wine Pocket Pro
  Acts not only as a wine and food pairing guide but also educates you on   
  wine style definitions and how to appreciate wine properly. | Price: $3.99

     4.    Wine Bottle Cork Cage
            An unforgettable clever gift! The wine bottle cork cage is a fun and
            innovative way to keep and cherish all of your wonderful wine memories.          
            Beveragefactory.com | Price: $25.00
 
     5.    Vacu Vin Stainless Steel Vacuum Wine Saver
            This wine saver is a valuable tool for anyone who likes to savor their bottle
            over a period of days. With the sound of a simple click, the Vacu Vin
            stainless steel wine saver is a vacuum pump, which extracts the air from
            the opened bottle. wineenthusiast.com | Price: $29.95

     6.    Push Button Electric Blue Cork Screw
            A wine opener as entertaining to watch as it is easy to use! The blue light
            Allows you to view the progress in the cork removal as it shine through
            the action window. This extractor removes corks smoothly, and promptly
            from your bottle. Wineenthusiast.com | Price: $29.95

     7.   Wine Label Lifter & Label Album Combination Gift
           A great way to document favorite wine!

           Oenophilia Label Lift (50 pack):
           Wine Label Saver removes wine labels easily from bottle and creates a
           laminated label to place in your wine album. Can be purchased from
           amazon.com  | Price: $19.95
         
  Wine Label Album
           This leather embossed binder offers an organized way to treasure your   
           most memorable wines. This binder holds up to 50 wine labels as well as
           wine ratings and other information you need to remember. Can be
           purchased from wineracksuperstore.com | price: $34.99

     8.   Arrange A Private Tour & Tasting At A Winery
           Many wineries offer private tours & tastings that include benefits such as    
           barrel tastings, vineyard tours, tasting of reserve & library wines, vertical
           tastings and food & wine parings. A private wine tasting is an unforgettable
           experience and If the winery offers a complimentary private tasting, purchase a 

           couple of bottles of their wine prior to the appointment and have them present it
           to your guest at the end of their visit. Prices & benefits vary per winery. For a list
           of California wineries visit oenoventures.com

     9.  Tickets For A Local Wine Event
          Wine events are exciting and a great way to taste wines from a variety of wineries
          in one convenient location. Each California Wine region participates in wine events 

          sponsored by the local chamber of commerce or vintners association. Event tickets 
          can typically be purchased in advance and include benefits such as unlimited wine
          tasting at participating wineries, barrel tastings, food & wine pairing, discounts, 
          drawings and more. Prices and benefits vary per event. For information on California
          wine events oenoventures.com

   10.    Intelli Scanner Mini
    Your favorite wine enthusiast will enjoy thisportable barcode reader, and
    innovative wine
management software to manage, track, and search your
    wine collection. Just scan the barcode on a wine label and the scanner will
    automatically download detailed information
on your wine like the winery,
    vintage, type, and varietal -- no typing necessary! intelliscanner.com
    Price: $279-$329

     I hope my suggestions are helpful and I wish you all a wonderful holiday season!