By Kori ~ December 3rd, 2008.
Even though Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, if you are like me, you still have plenty of Christmas shopping to do. Are you at a loss for what to get your dad, sister, Aunt Sally, or your next door neighbor? If you know the person that you are shopping for is a wine lover or at least has an interest in wine, here’s a list that I hope will help you figure out what to buy for them. Or maybe it will even give you an idea of something to put on your own wish list.
Some of these items I actually own and can recommend from personal experience, some I’ve had wine-loving friends tell me about, and some are actually on my own wish list this year. This list is certainly not exhaustive but hopefully it will give you a place to start.
- For those new to wine, How to Taste by Jancis Robinson.
- For those who love wine (especially French wine) and history, Bordeaux/Burgundy by Jean-Robert Pitte and Noble Rot by William Echikson.
- For those interested in wine and politics, Wine Politics by Tyler Colman.
- For those “wine-heads” who want to delve deeper into the wine closures discussion, To Cork or Not to Cork by William Taber.
- For those interested in Washington State wine, Washington Wines & Wineries by Paul Gregutt and WineTrails of Washington by Steve Roberts.
- VinTemp, infrared wine thermometer
- Vacu Vin Rapid Ice Instant Wine Chiller
- Good wine glasses, Viticole Tasting Glasses for hosting wine tasting dinners and Riedel Crystal Glasses for everyday use but especially to enjoy those collectible wines.
- Champagne/Sparkling Wine Stopper
- Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator
A bottle or two (or three, or twelve) of wine itself can be a great gift but sometimes can be a bit daunting to select. There are thousands and thousands of wines out there and a lot depends on how much you would like to spend and the taste of the person for whom you are buying. Rather than recommend a few specific wines here, I’d like to refer you back to a couple previous posts that list great wines at great prices plus a list of “Wow!” wines with a wide range of prices:
- Super Bargain Wines for Tough Times
- Super Bargain Wines in the $10 to $25 Range
- “Wow!” Wines can be Bargains, too
If you have other wine gift ideas, please share them in the comments.
Filed under: Wine Books, Wine Gadget, Wine Gifts/Accessories