Autumn is coming to a close, and that means that we’re on the fast track to fall and winter festivity. So, in preparation for the 2019 holiday season, we’ve rounded up the best wine gifts for the wine connoisseurs, wine enthusiasts, and sommeliers on your gift list.
You won’t find trendy trinkets, wine t-shirts, or silly slogans on this list. Instead, you’ll find timeless items that wine lovers will truly love (and that we have personally used - and loved! - ourselves).
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Wine Preservation Gifts
Coravin Model Eleven Fully Automatic Wine Preservation System
This is the ultimate gift for the wine collector who has been coveting the Coravin, has a passion for all things wireless, and is a total gadget fanatic. Enjoy wine by the glass without removing the cork! This bundle also has accessories for screw-cap wines.
Coravin Model 2 Premium Wine Preservation System
Know a wine lover who has everything, but still want to be able to pay you rent after you buy their present? Here’s the Model Eleven’s little sister, the Model 2. Enjoy wine by the glass without removing the cork, and without all the frills of the Model Eleven.
Eurocave WineArt Preservation System
This attractive wine preservation system is ideal for the wine connoisseur who opens one or two bottles a week and intends to consume the wine in under seven days. This system is designed to sit on countertops and fits under most cabinetry, helping to eliminate the risk of partially consumed wine bottles being hidden in the refrigerator and forgotten.
Wine Saver Vacuum Pump Preserver
Great for the wine enthusiast on a limited budget, with limited space for bulky wine preservation systems. This system stores nicely in a kitchen drawer and is also good for holidays when many bottles may be partially consumed.
Wine Folly Champagne Stopper Made in Italy
Can’t finish that bottle of bubbly in one evening? No worries, use this heavy made-in-Italy Champagne stopper, refrigerate it, and you’ll still have fizz two days later (or more)! Works for other sparkling wines as well and is a thoughtful gift for Mimosa lovers.
Repour Wine Saver - Wine Saver, Stopper
Don’t care for all the gadgets, and simply want a good stopper? This Repour Wine Saver, used by a growing number of wine bars, is good if you want to minimize oxidation and plan to finish that bottle in three or more days.
In-Home Wine Dispenser - Just Like Wine Bars
Now you can have the look and ease of a fine wine bar in the comfort of your home. For that partner that sees an Enomatic at the wine bar and wants to take it home, here’s the solution!
Wine Storage Gifts
Best Large Wine Cabinet
Check out our review on living with a Eurocave wine cabinet for over five years (coming soon!). We personally own a Eurocave 283, but also love the Artevino, which is a little smaller, storing approximately 200 bottles.
Best Small Wine Refrigerator
Check out our review on the best small wine refrigerators , and see our top pick here:
Made in America Wine Racks
Already have a cool, dark place to store wine? Here’s our favorite wood wine rack by Wine Racks America. Store 72 wines in your closet, basement or wine cave.
Metal Wall Wine Rack
No cellar? No problem. Display a few wines you will consume in the coming weeks right on your wall. Good gift for wine lovers in townhomes and apartments.
Wine Glassware Gifts
Gabriel Gold Glas Universal Wine Glass
Check out our Gabriel Glas Gold article for a full review. This is our favorite feather-light go-to glass.
Zalto Universal Glass
Ideal for those who love the thought of fine rimmed bows and delicate stemware, but want a more robust feel in their hands without sacrificing a great bowl.
Gabriel Glas Decanter
We just love the look and feel of this mouth-blown, Austrian crystal, lead-free decanter. It is easier to clean than some other artistic decanters on the market.
Everyday Decanter - Le Chateau Wine Decanter
This lead-free crystal decanter is a good step up from big-box store decanters. Price point is good for home parties where one mis-step could lead to broken glassware on your floor or in your sink.
Wine Service Gifts
Waterford Crystal Wine Bottle Coaster
This is a nice gift for anyone wanting to own one piece of Waterford. It adds a splash of elegance, and is a good paperweight when not holding a bottle of wine.
Stainless Steel Wine Bottle Coaster 4-pack
We use these frequently in North Carolina when cool white wines start to sweat after being removed from the refrigerator. Keep your table looking nice with this coaster 4-pack.
Champagne Wine Bucket with Stand
Regardless of your wine preference, this bucket and stand pair is great for keeping sparkling and white wines (as well as craft beer bombers) cool on hot summer evenings. With a combined weight of 6 pounds, it can prop open patio doors, and with its stainless steel construction, if you accidentally leave it outside overnight it will not rust. Instead, it becomes the Best. Birdbath. Ever.
Vacu-Vin Wine and Champagne Cooler
No space for a Champagne wine bucket? No problem. These re-usable and foldable wine sleeves cool down warm wines quickly. Simply store them in the freezer between uses.
American Metalcraft Wine Service Tray
These stainless serving trays can be used to transport wine bottles and glassware, as well as food between tables or food stations.
Serviette (aka White Cloth Restaurant Napkin)
Sommeliers use these simple white cloths to cover the service tray (to prevent bottle and glassware slippage while walking) as well as to wipe bottles and stop drips during pouring.
Wine Tasting Gifts
KnowWines Wine Tasting Class
Get a group together and organize a wine tasting to explore new tastes as well as build community. Contact us for an in-person class. We can customize classes to fit your needs.
Not in North Carolina? No problem. Contact your local wine bottle shop or wine bar to see if they offer classes on site or can send someone (and some wines!) to your home.
Wine Tasting Grid Mat
Setting up your own wine tasting? These wine tasting grids double as placemats. Also check out our blog on how to do a wine tasting in your home.
Blind Tasting Wines
This wine subscription aims to present to you wines to explore with their identities covered. Taste with friends or family and see who guesses the best. Once you unveil the wine, you can learn more about it in enclosed envelope.
Wine Glass Cleaning Supply Gifts
So your wine loving friend already has a kitchen or dining room full of wine accessories. For the neat-nik in your life, a thoughtful collection of cleaning supplies in a gift basket might do the trick.
Riedel Microfiber Polishing Cloth
After five years of home glass-polishing use, ours are still going strong.
Crystal Glass Cleaning Sponge with Handle
There are so many different types of glass cleaning sponges on the market. What makes this one stand out is the scratch/free brush and the bamboo handle that allows you to stand it up to dry.
Can’t get that red wine stain out of glassware? Let it soak overnight with Polident.
Decanter Cleaning Brush and Beads
Decanter brushes and beads get in all the nooks and crannies where typical brushes cannot go.
Once your decanter is washed, it can be dried and stored on this decanter stand with rubberized ring that prevents scratching of the decanter neck and body.
Wine Travel Gifts
North Carolina Wine Trails
Plan a weekend getaway exploring North Carolina’s gorgeous wine trails.
Napa and Sonoma
Plan the ultimate West Coast wine adventure using our detailed guide to Napa and Sonoma.
Treat yourself to a beautiful trip in Bordeaux with our guide for women traveling solo in that region.
Become a Rhone Ranger and gift your partner a journey to this beautiful, rustic region.
Virginia is for lovers! So what could be more romantic than a Virginia wine trip for two?
Wine Gift Bags
Two Wine Carrying Bag
Read our blog reusable wine bags for more ideas in this category. (But, spoiler alert: this is our top pick!):
Traveling to wine country and need to bring back bottles in checked luggage? Check out our blog to learn more about traveling with and packing wine. And for your gifting needs, here’s our favorite wine luggage:
Wine Bag for Wine Sales Person
Have a friend or family member in the wine business who could use a high quality bag for carrying samples? This is the wine bag we personally use when teaching wine classes.
Wine Stocking Stuffers
Wine Stain Remover
If you happen to spill some wine on your clothes, the carpet, or your friend’s jacket, this Made-in-Texas product really does work on fresh wine spills! It is available in a 4.8-ounce bottle for home use and single-use packages for dining out and travel.
Check out our review of wine openers. Here’s our top pick for gift giving, for quick reference:
In 2019 we reviewed wine charms. One of our favorites, Simply Charmed, also makes holiday-themed magnetic wine charms:
Yeti wine tumbler
Whether you need to keep wine cool in the summer or your gluhwine warm during the holidays, we found this excellent Yeti tumbler can meet both needs.
Free and Low Cost Wine Gifts
Subscription to a Wine Podcast
Have a friend who doesn’t know how to download wine podcasts? Spend an hour at a wine bar with them and get them set up! Some of our favorite wine podcasts are Wine for Normal People, Vinepair, and Guild of Sommeliers.
Download some FREE wine word search games to alleviate cabin fever or to pass time in the car or airport!
Learn about local wine tasting events, both free and with fees, through this great site.
Wine Magazine Subscriptions
This leading wine magazine from the UK offers a European perspective on wines and is often regarded as the world’s leading magazine on wines. The magazine covers many areas, including vintages, winemakers, destinations, farming practices, and industry news, as well as wine ratings.
The leading wine lifestyle magazine in the United States with a US consumer focus. Short stories and features on winemakers, wine regions, and wine collectors. Also includes wine reviews.
Wine Gift Books
Snob-Free Wine Book
By podcaster and Raleigh, NC resident Elisabeth Schneider, this book is great for GenXers and your favorite sceptic.
New Wine Book
The perfect wine book for a visual learner.
Becoming a Sommelier
Go behind the scenes with Somm Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking With Men: A Memior.
World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition
Just in time for the holidays, an update to the beloved Wine Atlas. 230 maps!
And that’s a (gift) wrap!
We look forward to adding to the 50+ items on this list as new, high-quality products become available. What will you be gifting to that special wine lover in your life this season? Let us know in the comment section below!
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