Much like Scotch drinkers, wine drinkers can be fanatical about their favorite fermented grapes. Wine is, of course, immensely popular, and there are many gadgets and goodies to help the modern wine drinker savor both white and red. Fortunately, if someone on your Christmas list is big into wine, this means that there are plenty of excellent ideas for gifts.
For the wine lover on your list, we’ve compiled ten of the coolest Christmas gifts you can give this year.
1. Coravin 1000 Wine System
This nifty new system allows wine drinkers to sample a bottle without pulling the cork. It works by inserting a small, narrow needle through the cork and letting you pour right through it. The system uses argon to pressurize the bottle and push the wine through the needle. Once the needle is removed, the cork seals itself. For this reason, new, natural corks are best to use with this. Synthetic corks will work, but a small hole will remain in the cork, which will allow some oxidation of the wine. A good gift for anyone who likes to sample many new wines in an evening. If you don’t go this route, consider a vacuum wine stopper, which may approximate the results.
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Red and white wine have slightly different requirements when it comes to glassware. White wine glasses tend to be narrower than their red wine counterparts with a smaller bowl, which allows the subtle aromatics to collect better. Red wine doesn’t always require this as they tend to be older, with stronger, more complex notes. If the wine drinker on your list has been making due with inferior glassware, get them fixed up right.
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Price: $27.50 (for 2, red wine); $35 (for 4, white wine)
3. Vinluxe PRO Wine Aerator
Wine aerators can enhance the taste and aroma of just about any bottle. It’s an easy way to get even more enjoyment out of your wine. Simply pour the wine through the aerator by the glass, or pour the whole thing into a decanter. Most people don’t have one yet, and they’re a simple, solid gift at a reasonable price point. Our Shopping editor swears by the Vinturi version.
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Price: $29.95 (73 percent off MSRP)
4. Menu Winebreather Carafe
Speaking of carafes (with aerators built-in), this lovely piece is a great way to get the advantages of aeration while also providing an attractive serving option. To use, just press the carafe onto an open bottle of wine and invert. Once aerated, it can be served in the decanter or poured back into the original bottle for presentation. I’ve used one very similar to this and can attest to its ability to open up especially red wines.
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Price: $34.99 (30 percent off MSRP)
5. Avanti 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooler
Having chilled wine at the ready is always convenient for impromptu parties. But wine bottles are tall and often don’t fit in the normal refrigerator. Consider gifting this counter top wine cooler that includes storage for up to four standing bottles — great for open bottles. This unit will fit comfortably on many counters, but there is also a six-bottle version. Of course, as with anything, the sky is the limit and you could go for 30 bottles or even 173 bottles. You could need a very strange counter for that one to fit on, though.
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Price: $103.99 (19 percent off MSRP)
6. Wine2Go – The Foldable Wine Bottle
If you know someone who enjoys their wine on the go, particularly in places where a glass bottle would be wholly inconvenient, consider this flexible wine bottle. Especially good for camping, picnics, and beach-going, this is a good gift for anyone who likes to bring it with them. I would aerate it into this when you pour it from the original bottle, but that’s just me.
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Price: $10.99 (31 percent off MSRP)
7. Oster Rechargeable and Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller
A good wine opener is essential for the frequent wine drinker. For the money, there’s hardly a better deal than this Oster electric wine opener. I previously recommended the Oster alongside the more-expensive Waring. For the same price as the Waring, you can get a wine chiller in addition to the opener. An excellent gift set for anyone in need of an opener.
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8. Master Vintner Wine Making Equipment Starter Kit
If the wine drinker on your list is tired of letting the vintners have all the fun, consider getting them a kit to make their own wine. This kit includes everything needed to make wine quickly, including a DVD that will walk you through every step of the process. Getting the chance to make the beverage they love so much may give them a new appreciation for the craft and let them understand their favorites a little more.
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9. Brix Chocolate for Wine Pairing
Sometimes the best gift is an experience. This chocolate set is specifically made to be paired with wine. This is the medium dark set, which goes nicely with Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chianti, and Rhone. The milk chocolate pairs with Port, Dessert Wines, Rose, and Burgundy, while the extra dark is best with Red Wines or Brandy, Cognac or Armagnac. A great gift for the wine lover to elevate the experience further.
10. North by Northwest Ultimate Barrel Pack
Of course, wine as a gift is the obvious choice for the wine lover. And while any day of the week is a perfectly acceptable time to gift someone a bottle of wine, Christmas calls for something a bit special. Possibly befitting a place on our Millionaire’s Christmas Gift Guide, this set is billed as a “cellar builder” and features wine from the Pacific Northwest growing regions from North by Northwest Wines. In addition to the decretive wine barrel, you get the following selection:
- 12 bottles of 2014 Columbia Valley, Rose of Pinot Noir, 750ml
- 12 bottles of 2014 Walla Walla Valley, Syrah, 750ml
- 12 bottles of 2012 Columbia Valley, Syrah, 750ml
- 12 bottles of 2014 Horse Heaven Hills, Riesling, 750ml
- 12 bottles of 2013 Columbia Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ml
- 12 bottles of 2013 Walla Walla Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ml
- One bottle of 2015 Red Blend, 3L
Launch someone’s wine collection with just one gift.
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