Gifts for the Wine Lover
If you’re going to write a definitive book about something, you might as well give it a definitive title like Champagne. Peter Liem’s long-awaited book offers an engaging introduction to Champagne’s history, in-depth studies of the region’s different terroirs, beautiful maps, and profiles of every producer you need to know.
"Champagne" by Peter Liem, $55 at Amazon
Riedel M Series Decanters
This elegant new series of hand-made, crystal decanters from Riedel are inspired by antique Cognac bottles that Maximilian Riedel discovered in an antiques shop in London. Each is named for a venerated French wine region, and embody a trend towards beautiful minimalism.
Riedel Marne Crystal Decanter, $190 at Barneys
This groundbreaking gadget, created by a medical-device inventor who's also a wine lover, extracts wine from the bottle without removing the cork. The latest edition comes with a faster pouring needle and more ergonomic design. Pour a glass today, then pour another one six months later: The wine will be just as fresh.
Coravin Model Two Elite Wine Pouring System, $350 at Amazon
Sugarfina Champagne Bears
The perfect wine-lover stocking-stuffer? These elegant, whisper-sweet gummy bears are made with vintage Dom Perignon Champagne (but are non-alcoholic).
Sugarfina Champagne Bears, $8.50 at Sugarfina
The Food & Wine Guide to Perfect Pairings
This guide to perfect pairings is the essential, must-have cookbook for wine lovers. With chapters arranged by the most popular wine types, this collection of outstanding recipes solves the What Do I Serve with This Wine? conundrum. You’ll find 15+ perfect dishes for each varietal—from Champagne and Chardonnay to Rosé and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Food & Wine Guide to Perfect Pairings, $25 at Amazon
The heavy-duty fabric ZEbag cleverly doubles as a wine carrier and countertop rack, and it even unrolls to hold bottles vertically.
ZEbag Wine Bottle Carrying Case, $95 at Amazon
Modern Wine Rack
Alessi's Noe wine holder is cleverly shaped like a cluster of grapes.
Alessi "Noe" Modular Bottle Holder, $95 at Amazon
Mazama's ceramics can keep sake warm or white wine chilled.
Mazama Wares, from $38 at Tanner Goods
These gold-lined porcelain tumblers from Sieger by Fürstenberg are special enough to toast a 50th wedding anniversary, but I’d use them even for my upcoming fifth.
"Ca' d'Oro" Champagne goblets, $202 at Artedona
Blind Tasting Glasses
"Tasting blind" means hiding labels—and sometimes even using paraphernalia like blindfolds and black wineglasses (like the "Palais Black" crystal glasses from Noritake)—so guests have no visual clues about a wine’s identity and have to figure it out solely by sniffing and sipping.
Noritake Palais Black Crystal Glasses, from $21 at Bed, Bath & Beyond
"Roederer Estate is fantastic, especially for the price," says Green Zebra chef Shawn McClain.
Roederer Estate Brut, $24 at Wine.com
A center seam on this cotton canvas bag creates two pockets, so bottles don't clink.
Two Bottle Bag, $20 at Hero Bags