Finding the perfect holiday gift can be exhausting. Perhaps that is why so many folks choose to grab a bottle of wine as they run out the door to the next holiday event or gift exchange. Or, perhaps people grab wine because, well, it is a good gift.
The gift of wine is an old and always growing favorite. As the new generation of wine-drinkers mature into wine-lovers, and even wine-snobs, grabbing and bagging a bottle of wine is still a welcome go-to-gift. However, if you have a wine lover on your shopping list and are looking to kick things up a notch this year, WineEnthusiast has pulled together a 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for the Best Gifts for Wine Lovers.
Some of the items in the guide are on the pricier end – for example, a watch with a reclaimed-from-a-used-barrel American oak face for $169 or a beautifully bound collection of hardcover books about all things wine for $525.
Call us old fashioned, but we’ve always felt wine pairs nicely with the kitchen, so, in addition to being less expensive, our favorite items all take us back to the hub of the house.
For example, a trendy crystal winestopper, elegant wine charms or marble and metal-plated bar tools are sure to please without breaking the budget. If you like to cook with your wine, Ruinart has a spice blend set that is designed to complement their rosé Champagne (and comes with a bottle to boot!).
And, of course, no gift-guide for the modern wine lover is complete without at least a cameo from stainless steel. WineEnthusiast’s steel gift of choice? The Winesulator by Brumate. This stainless steel canteen vacuum-seals a whole 750 bottle of wine inside, allowing you to maintain the wine’s temperature for 24 hours. It’s like a stainless steel wine keg on a single-bottle scale.
So, instead of panic-grabbing a bottle on your way out to your wine-loving friend’s house, why not pick up a little something extra? Or at least a stainless-steel accessory to keep that wine a satisfyingly sippable temperature.