If there are wine lovers on your holiday gift list, you could do a lot worse than simply buy them some wine. That sentence makes for a pretty short article, however, so let me elaborate on a few items your oenophile might enjoy finding under the Christmas tree.
The wine thing isn't all that bad an idea, as long as you have some idea what to steer towards and what to steer away from. Nobody wants to get a card bearing the note, "Thanks for the wine. That was my ex-wife's favorite Cab." Use your best judgement there.
This list should get you started on the twelve days of Christmas, and if you are celebrating the eight nights of Hanukkah, you'll have a few goodies left over for yourself.
Wine Club Membership - Every winery and most wine stores have one. Prices vary. Make sure you're not going to be on the hook for renewal every year, unless you are just that kind of gift giver. In which case, is it too late for us to get on each other's list?
Gift Cards - What wine lover doesn't like to pick our their own vino? Your local wine shops can no doubt accommodate you. A Visa gift card will work, too, but that may seem a bit crass for some.
Themed Wine Samplers - TastingRoom.com offers a variety of samplers made up of six 187ml servings, so the tasting room can be sent right to your wine lover. Those little bottles go awfully fast, though. 187ml is not even a good pour at my house.
Vinturi Wine Aerator - Vinturi has a variety of gadgets designed to aerate wine in seconds, staring at $40.
Wine Totes - Reusable canvas tote bags for wine bottles from Towne 9 of Seattle are cool looking and useful. - $14
Jet Bag - These bags are lined with a diaper, so even if your wine bottle breaks in your checked luggage, your white shirt won't come out Burgundy. They start at about $5 each, in three-packs, 10-packs and 25-packs for those who travel with only wine, no clothes.
Engraved Wine Tool Set - The package from Gift Tree includes a fancy corkscrew, stainless steel drip ring and a bottle stopper. - $35
Wine stoppers made from real grapevines - The Vine of the Wine website is geared more toward wholesale, but they list some Paso Robles wineries who carry their creations. $42 in Pismo Beach, California.
Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally - Alice Feiring's first-person study of the natural wine movement has been praised by nearly everyone who drinks wine while reading.
A Toast To Bargain Wines - George M. Taber’s book written to help wine lovers sip good wine without having to do so in the poorhouse.
Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest For The World’s Best Bargain Wines - Sommelier Natalie MacLean also seeks the best quality wine at the lowest possible price.