Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Gifts for Wine Lovers
Wine drinkers come in all shapes and sizes with preferences ranging from classic to trendy and casual to serious and here at Luxist we love them all. Wine and the holidays go together like bread and butter so whether you're looking for a hostess gift or something for a wine-loving boss or family member you can't go wrong. Need inspiration? Here are some of our favorite holiday gift ideas for the grape nut on your shopping list.
Parrot Corkscrew Waiter's Friend, $60
Wine openers are a no fail gift option for any wine lover as they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and price ranges and are something every wine drinker uses. Steer away from plain and boring and opt instead for an opener that has plenty personality, like this Parrot Corkscrew designed by Alessandro Mendini for Alessi.
Rare Wine Co. Madeira Gift Set, $95
Madeira wines have a rich and interesting history and The Rare Wine Company is celebrating it with a line of 750 limited edition Madeira Wine Gift Sets. Each includes half bottles (375ml) of four select wines (Charleston's Sercial, Savannah's Verdelho, Boston's Bual and New York's Malmsey) along with a booklet detailing the interesting history of the wine, the island, and the American market that has kept it alive for so many years.
Personalized Riedel 'O' Stemless Wine Glasses, $39.50/pair
When it comes to giving a nice gift you can't go wrong with high quality, classic design, and personalization. These beautiful Riedel 'O' Stemless Wine Glasses are versatile, casual, and elegant, and when monogrammed with a last initial are also an instant keepsake.
Philip Stein Wine Wands, $325-$525
There are plenty of wine aerators on the market but few are as deceivingly simple as Philip Stein's Wine Wands. Each wand contains encapsulated glass jewels finely tuned to replicate the natural frequencies of air and water and speed up the oxygenation process. No more waiting for a bottle to breathe, with a Wine Wand you'll have optimal flavor in 5 minutes or less.
Skybar One Wine System, $399.99
The Skybar One Wine System does it all: it chills the wine, serves the wine, preserves the wine, and dispenses the wine. It's pre-programmed with optimal temperature settings for 15 different varietals, serves the wine without the need for removing or recorking the bottle, stores and keeps the wine fresh for up to 10 days, and does all this while making the wine look beautiful.
Luxury Wine Tour, Prices vary
For the wine lover who has it all give the gift of a luxury wine vacation. The week-long Tuscany Wine Tour is a Luxist favorite but most every wine region offers a selection of tour and vacation packages. If you're overwhelmed by choices narrow the field by finding out the your potential recipient's favorite wines and target your search in that area of the world.
Skybar Wine Chill Drops, $49.95
No time to wait for an entire bottle of wine to chill? Skybar Wine Chill Drops are designed to quickly bring individual glasses down to the perfect serving temperature within minutes -- just pull from the freezer and drop in the glass. Made of stainless steel and designed to work with most wine and champagne glasses, Wine Chill Drops come in sets of two with holders to protect
tabletops and counters from moisture.
Gramercy Cellars Wine, $40-$65
Heralding from Walla Walla, Washington and founded in 2005 by Master Sommelier Greg Harrington and his wife Pam, Gramercy Cellars is a rising star in the American wine market and was named Food & Wine's "Best New Winery" of 2010. The winery focuses on great vineyards, minimalist intervention in the winemaking process, and creating balanced, earthy wines.
Crystalline Bottle Stopper, $130
Glamorous and shimmering, this Crystalline Bottle Stopper from Swarovski couldn't be more classically festive. It features a large, clear crystal with 24 sparkling facets that sits atop a center area packed with 1,950 smaller crystals. The look is polished and clean when finished with a black rubber seal and highly shined stainless steel.
Luxist Reader's Choice Awards Wine Picks, Prices vary
When choosing a wine it's always good to go with a solid recommendation and who better to recommend good wine than the readers of Luxist? Earlier this year you all voted and came up with your favorite wine picks for best domestic red, best domestic white, best international red, best international white, and best champagne/sparkling wine. No matter who you're buying for there's bound to be something for everyone.