Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Best Gifts for Wine Lovers

This year's gift list is designed to excite all the wine lovers in your life, no matter your budget.
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Have a wine lover on this year’s shopping itinerary? Gifting a bottle is always a good choice (head here, here or here for recommendations), but there’s a wealth of other options. Whether you want to splurge or are on the lookout for more moderately priced presents, we’ve got wallet- and wine-friendly gifts. Scroll down to find even more ways to drink (wine) and be merry this season.

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Wine Books Set

Complement both their bottle and book libraries with this set of beautifully bound, hardcover volumes. Covered and curated by specialty seller Juniper Books, the collection includes seven previously published titles that address all aspects of wine education and enjoyment, including Old and New World regions, wine basics, sommelier secrets, connoisseur lifestyles and beyond.

$525; juniperbooks.com

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Riedel Sommeliers Cabernet/Merlot/Bordeaux Wine Glass

The size, shape and style of glassware can change what you taste and perceive about what’s poured inside it. Created by legendary wine glass company Riedel, this stunning stemware was developed to showcase the characteristics of world-class wine. It features wide, mouth-blown bowls that allow your pour some room to breathe.

$115.95 each; wineenthusiast.com

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Wine Soaps

Extend the aromas of any wine lover’s last sipping experience with these wine-scented soaps. Each set comes with four handmade, vegan soap bars that blend characteristic notes from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Cabernet with complementary fragrances.

$28 for a set of four; uncommongoods.com

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Winesulator Canteen

Forget totes and coolers, this is the perfect present for any drinker with a taste for adventure. The Winesulator is a stainless-steel canteen that vacuum-seals a 750ml bottle of wine. Triple-insulated technology maintains the wine’s temperature for 24 hours.

$29.95; wineenthusiast.com

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Ruinart Rosé & “1764” Spice Blend Set

Ruinart created its first rosé Champagne in 1764, and now, more than 250 years later, it’s fashioned the be-all, end-all pairing. Give the gift of this storied sparkler and spice blend, created with sumac, licorice, cubeb pepper and other herbs by master spice blender Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boîte to specifically compliment the bubbly. The set includes a bottle of wine as well as a recipe card.

Starting from $80.49 per set; clos19.com

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Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking by Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker (Lorena Jones Books, 2018)

Part pairing guide, part cookbook, this compendium from Frank, a sommelier focused on natural wine, is a great addition to any wine lover’s bookshelf. With the help of author/stylist Slonecker, the book features more than 70 recipes perfect for brunch, picnics, feasts with friends and more, driven by the wines that best match them. Each recipe includes an overview of the wine style that inspired the dish, how the vino complements the ingredients and recommended producers.

$25; penguinrandomhouse.com

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Belmont Gold Plated Wine Charms by Viski

Add a splash of style and organization to your next at-home wine tasting with these gold-plated, numerical charms. An excellent way to keep track of glasses, each set comes with six polished charms designed to fit all standard stemware.

$17.99; truefabrications.com

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Lia Bottle Stopper

Crystal stemware can make a nice gift, but these bottle stoppers, constructed using pineapple-clustered amethyst and crystal, are a much more unique present. Each is hand-crafted in Brazil, where the gemstones are sourced. These are made with natural, unfinished stone, so no two stoppers are alike.

$80; annanewyork.com

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Wine Enthusiast Limited-Edition Art Series Silhouette Black Stripe Decanter

Lovers of the visually driven Wine Enthusiast Art Series of decanters will enjoy this limited-edition find that’s marked by an eye-catching streak of color. The whimsical, contoured glass is pretty enough to double as a table centerpiece.

$99.95; wineenthusiast.com

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Marble Bar Tools

Steak and Cab. Champagne and Caviar. Some pairings are just classics. Add white marble and stainless steel to that list. These bar tools represent one of the coolest design combos of the year, and one of our favorite matchups. Choose from a corkscrew and bottle opener—or get them both—which come plated in either brass or copper.

$19 each; westelm.com

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Original Grain Avalon 34MM Vino Women’s Watch

For a wine-themed gift that will stand the test of time, look to this watch of rose gold, leather and reclaimed American oak. The wood comes from former wine barrels, and is stained distinctively with deep reds and shades of purple.

$169; originalgrain.com

Published on November 6, 2018
Topics: Holidays



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