If you have a wine lover in your life and want to give them an insanely great gift for Christmas, Hanukkah, or some other occasion, then this is the blog for you. First off, skip the musical wine glasses and automatic wine bottle openers. Forget the kitschy monogrammed corks or glasses. Wine lovers want useful things that won’t just collect dust in the back of a cupboard.
As wine lovers, these are the five insanely great things we’ve either received or outright purchased from least expensive to most expensive – and we absolutely love all of them!
5 Insanely Great Gifts for Wine Lovers
A wine lover can never have too many wine bottle openers or wine stoppers. This corkscrew is solidly constructed and it is the corkscrew we use on a daily basis. In this gift set you also receive their bottle stopper which came out as our wine stopper winner when we tested four different stoppers for our blog What is the Best Wine Stopper – A Blind Taste Comparison. This is a great gift set for an extremely reasonable price.
2. Black wine glasses – $25
Ooooohhh there is so much fun that a wine drinker can have with these glasses. Did you know that when you put a white and red wine into a black wine glass, many people cannot correctly identify which wine is the white, and which is the red? These are great for blind tastings — and we discussed a tasting in these glasses in our blog, Can YOU Tell a Red from a White in a Black Glass?
One of my favorite things to do as a wine lover is to attend wine/food pairing dinners, wine parties hosted at a friend’s homes, or to take tours of the many fabulous wine countries. The best way to enjoy any wine drinking event is to know you’re sober and safe enough to drive home. This breathalyzer is small, light and connects directly to your smartphone. It not only gives you a reading on your current level of intoxication, it also gives you an estimate on when you’ll be sober. Super helpful tool for ANY wine enthusiast.
4. Buy Them Wine
Shocking I know, but wine lovers love… WINE. We always enjoy the chance to discover new wineries and wines – especially from small boutique wineries that are too small to sell their wines in local liquor stores. If you’re intimidated by the thought of buying a wine lover wine – don’t be! Here are two no-fail suggestions.
- Vine District* – $27 – $80: Vine District sells beautiful boutique wines, well priced and elegantly packaged. Buy your wine lover a bottle or two from a boutique winery. And while you’re at it, buy a few bottles for yourself. As a 10K Bottles reader, if you use the code 10kbottles20 at checkout, you’ll receive 20% off your purchase.
- Subscription to Vinfluence* – $100 per month: Let them discover a new boutique winery EVERY MONTH. If your wine lover enjoys boutique wines, Vinfluence is a boutique wine lover’s dream. With each wine club shipment, your wine lover will receive three unique wines from that month’s featured boutique winery. Most importantly, this wine club isn’t about selling you wines that wineries are trying to liquidate. Just great wines, every month, from small producers. Oh yeah, and they donate $1 from every bottle purchased – it doesn’t get much better than that!
5. Master Wine Aroma Tasting Kit by Aromaster* – $500
If the wine lover you are sending the gift to is looking to take their wine knowledge to the next level, then this is the perfect gift. The 88 aromas provided in this collection helps any wine aficionado develop their wine skills by familiarizing them with the numerous common aromas found in wine, winemaking techniques, maturation, and faults. This kit is the source of endless hours of entertainment in our house – for wine lovers and non-wine lovers alike. And, this kit has the added bonus of being one of the few wine related gifts we can share with our children. If your wine lover lives out of the US, you can ship this kit all over the world by purchasing it directly through Aromaster.
*Sample provided to me for review
- Vine District – Tito G.
- Vinfluence – @Vinfluence Instagram