If someone on your gift list is passionate about wine, consider yourself lucky. There are some excellent gifts for wine drinkers that you can bank on being a hit this holiday.
Gifting a bottle might feel simplistic, but wine gear abounds and much of it will enhance the experience for an oenophile at any level. If it is wine you intend to give, consider CNET's best wine clubs in 2022, along with these excellent alcohol delivery services that send great wine, beer other booze from afar, often in very giftable packaging. Beyond the bottle, there are throngs of wine gifts that make sipping, savoring and storing red, white and sparkling wine more fun.
With endless options for beautiful glassware, modern accessories, useful wine tools for opening and preserving a great bottle and even a bit of kitsch, picking a great wine gift means considering the giftee carefully. We've rounded up over 20 of the best wine gifts from budget-friendly to totally bougie that'll please any wine lover on your list.
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There's no shortage of wine tools and gadgets out there, but not all of them pull their weight. No wine innovation gets higher praise from serious imbibers and sommeliers than the Coravin wine preservation system. This nifty mechanism allows you to pour wine without removing the cork and pumps argon back into the bottle keeping it fresh for weeks, months or even years.
It's great for one- or two-glass drinkers and folks looking to age wine or drink those special bottles slowly. With the Coravin you can sneak a taste and see if it's ready to roll or needs more time in the cellar.
There's also the $99 Coravin Pivot (currently on sale for $89 at Macy's) to consider. This model preserves open bottles versus the Model 3, which extracts wine without popping the cork. The Pivot will extend the life of an open wine bottle by about a month, and you can only use it on a few at a time unless you purchase more stoppers.
Vacu Vin makes a more low-tech (and less expensive) tool for preserving wine. This simple device sucks much of the air out of a bottle and simultaneously corks it with a rubber stopper. The wine won't last as long as it will when plugged with Coravin's system, but it'll keep for several days longer than simply popping the cork back in. Plus, it's only $17 on Amazon.
There is undeniable stress that comes along with the very nice problem of having too much wine. Stored improperly, red, white and sparkling wines will eventually lose their profile. A wine fridge is an obvious answer and you don't have to spend a fortune to get one. Insignia's well-rated model costs less than $160 (currently on sale for $140) and holds eight bottles of your best grape juice at a temperature of your choosing between 46 and 65 degrees F.
If springing for a full wine subscription feels like too much, Vinebox curates one-off wine tasting boxes and they make an excellent wine gift for the casual or serious wine drinker. The 24 Nights of Wine tasting contains 24 pours of premium reds and whites housed in sleek vials and curated by Vinebox's in-house sommeliers. It's available for preorder now.
If you want to chill a warm or room temperature liquid, like white wine, the HyperChiller is the fastest way to do it. This gadget was designed with iced coffee fans in mind but it's just as useful a gift for white, pink and orange wine drinkers.
I tested the $25 device and loved it. In fact, I still use mine weekly if not more. The only suggestion I'd make is using separate HyperChillers for wine and coffee, so as not to cross-contaminate flavors. Or clean the inner chambers really well between uses.
Call me unrefined but I prefer my wine in a lowball glass. But that doesn't mean I want a chunky juice glass either (I'm not a monster) but I do find flat-bottom wine glasses far more comfortable. These ultrathin Marta tasters are labeled as cocktail glasses but I love them for wine. They're thin, so you'll want to be gentle and hand-wash only, but they offer some real rustic elegance without the perils of top-heavy barware.
They're also just $3 each so if you break a couple it's really no big deal.
If you've ever traveled abroad with the intention of bringing wine back, you know it can be a precarious affair to get the bottle back safely. This sleek suitcase has one side for clothing and another with high-density closed-cell interior foams cavities to hold five bottles. This is a perfect gift for your wine-loving friend. Now, if we could only settle on which five bottles to take.
Taking your favorite wine and glassware to a picnic, backyard or out by the fire pit without an accident isn't the easiest. This clever, portable table with a wine-bottle rest and wine glass holders is perfect for any wine drinker who wants to take the good stuff on the go. It folds up to about the size of a tennis racket, and the spike will stick into the earth for a balanced surface no matter how uneven the ground is.
Corked wine should always be stored on its side. This modern copper wine rack will make sure your best bottles are and it'll look good doing it.
A champagne bucket makes for a great gift and the recipient will think of you every time they pull it out to celebrate with a bottle of bubbles. This chic gold bucket will keep sparkling, rosé or white wine cold. Or it can stylishly hold bar ice for the next party.
The most basic method for opening wine bottles is still my preferred: the corkscrew. But basic doesn't have to mean boring. Feast your eyes on this Sky pull-style corkscrew for Verishop. The elliptical shape is meant to be easy on the hand and the eyes.
And if you prefer a corkscrew that fixes to the rim of the bottle for added leverage, this polished stainless steel number from Burke Decor is equally elegant.
Wine bottles can stain a tablecloth just like anything else. Present a bottle on this elegant marble coaster and worry not about pesky wine stains on your formal linens. A snug-fitting coaster will also keep it from toppling over, in case that's an issue for you like it is for me.
This wine decanter makes a lovely gift and was designed with high form and function in mind. It has a built-in aerator and strainer to get those big, chewy reds ready to drink even faster. It's also eye-catching but without being so fragile that a light breeze will send it toppling over.
Wine stoppers are a perfect chance to add a little levity to the often-too-serious world of wine. These bronze finger stoppers run $39 a pop (that's one finger). They're handmade and extremely lifelike.
Oh, and if the person you're buying for isn't your favorite, you can always be specific about which finger you choose to get them. There's also this one for a decidedly less subtle approach.
I tried this wine club and have to say the hit rate of very good wines was extremely high for my moderately experienced palate. If the person you are gifting for would appreciate more nuanced, complex and premium bottles, First Leaf wine club would make an excellent choice.
The palate quiz they'll take first is one of the most involved, honing in on specific varietal preferences and using several household name wines as taste benchmarks. In short, this is one of the best wine clubs for a wine enthusiast who has the basics down and is ready to launch into expert tasting territory. First Leaf offers six bottles of wine delivered per month for $90 -- $15 per bottle.
Wine isn't all caviar and crystal decanters. Wine drinkers have casual days too and those call for a casual cap with a subtle nod to their tipple of choice.
These small and spherical works of art sit atop an open, unfinished bottle to keep it fresh and drinkable for later. Each one is hand-blown and represents a birthstone so find the one that corresponds to the wine drinker on your list and you've got yourself a pretty great gift.
Choosing between a cool swim and that cool glass of Sancerre is never fun. This smart, somewhat silly and shatterproof wine glass will ensure you never have to pick one over the other. In addition to floating safely atop the surface, you can jab the spike into sand or grass for a wonderful and spill-free day at the beach or park.
If the person you're shopping for is working with a mess of mismatched and not-so-great wine glasses, you can change that in one fell swoop. Chic direct-to-consumer kitchen brand Made In has some mighty attractive and modern wine glasses. You can snag a set of eight -- four red and four white -- for $119.
Stop me if you've heard this, but cheese and wine make a pretty solid pairing. Iconic New York cheese shop Murray's Cheese has a few subscriptions to choose from that'll make any wine drinker squeal with glee. While we're not talking about budget cheese here, you can prepay for three months of cheese deliveries starting at $175 total (or $63 per month). Each shipment will include three to four expertly selected cheeses in a range of varieties.
Karen MacNeil's seminal work on wine is a must-have for any true wine drinker. Many have lauded it as the most complete wine book ever, and it contains loads of useful and usable information -- no matter what level wine drinker you are -- from the history of wine and wine-making to the intricacies of the many regions and varietals. All of this wine information is a total steal for under $20.
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