Even for stalwart wine lovers, all that racing around and buying gifts for other people is exhausting. So why not take a detour for a few minutes and track down a gift for yourself? Below are a few suggestions for wine lovers who feel a need to treat themselves well this holiday season.
1. A worthwhile corkscrew. That wobbly piece of junk you've been using? To open good wine with? Meh. Treat yourself to a corkscrew worthy of a real wine lover. Laguiole is the answer. This turquoise-handled one is pretty impressive, for instance. $225; williams-sonoma.com
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2. Coravin, Model 2. If you wavered about buying one of these nifty gadgets when the first edition came out, just as well. The new “Model 2” has a slightly wider needle so that it pours a bit faster, has various other useful modifications, and it also just looks better. Which is something. Same idea, though: You can extract wine from a bottle without ever removing the cork or letting in oxygen. So if you want one single glass from your bottle of 1990 Mouton, go for it. $299, coravin.com