The Best Wine Gifts Any Wine Lover Will Appreciate

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Wine lovers can be notoriously hard to shop for, as most have very strong opinions about everything from regions to vintages to varietals. Finding a wine gift that's impressive yet useful can be challenging, but it's certainly not impossible. In fact, there are plenty of wine gifts out there that are versatile enough to please a variety of wine lovers. To help you find the perfect present, we rounded up the best wine gifts our editors have tasted and tested. We also spoke to some leading experts in the wine industry to get their insights on the best gifts for wine lovers. Whether you're looking for a hostess gift to bring to your next dinner party or an excellent bottle to celebrate a special day, there's something here for everyone.

If you don't know what kind of wine the person you're gifting likes, it's best to give an all-purpose present that will please a variety of palates. Fun glassware or a decorative decanter is a great place to start, but there are also some high-quality bottles from trusted producers that are guaranteed to impress. Whichever route you take, don't let the hefty price tag of some special occasion bottles distract you. "Price point isn't important when shopping for a wine lover," says Haley Moore, sommelier and CEO of Acquire, a San Francisco-based luxury hospitality company. "There are so many great options at a variety of price points. The best thing you can do when giving a gift is find out what the person likes and tailor the gift to their preferences. People want to feel taken care of and noticed, she said.

No matter what type of wine drinker you're shopping for, these are the best wine gifts to please a variety of palates.

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Schott Zwiesel Pure Collection All Purpose Wine Glasses

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Also available at Macy's.

A set of all-purpose wine glasses is a timeless gift that any experienced wine drinker will appreciate. This classic option is suitable for both red and white wine, and it's a great value for a set of four. They're sturdy and dainty at the same time, with a durable construction and elegant finish. Our editors named these wine glasses best overall in our official list.

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Estelle Colored Wine Glasses

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Also available at Anthropologie.

Let's be honest: Wine tasting can get a little stuffy. These impossibly chic wine glasses add the fun and funky flair that traditional sets are missing. Available in 12 color options, each 6-piece wine glass set is durable and hand-blown. With a generous bowl and dainty stem, they combine form and function for a gorgeous accent piece. Bring them to your next dinner party as a hostess gift or treat your favorite newlyweds to the showstopping set.

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Best Choice Products Rolling Wicker Bar Cart

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Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Target and Walmart.

Bar carts are the perfect piece of decor to add to any wine lover's home. Not only do they provide a functional way to store glasses, openers, and decanters, but they're also a chic way to display a few of your favorite bottles. Our editors love this outdoor option that holds 12 glasses, six bottles, and even includes an ice bucket to keep cold wines chilled.

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Schott Zwiesel Stemless Wine Glasses

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Also available at Pottery Barn.

Stemless wine glasses are the perfect option for wine lovers with busy, active households. They're a great way to enjoy delicious wine without the threat of kids or pets knocking over the glass. Although a more casual option than traditional stemware, this set of stemless glasses is classic, elegant, and elevated. In fact, our editors love them so much, these glasses won a top spot in our list of the Best Stemless Wine Glasses.

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Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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Penner-Ash hails from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, where winemaker Kate Ayres makes bold pinot noir that's uniquely expressive of the region's terroir. This giftable bottle is structured with gentle tannins, and the notes of black cherry and raspberry chocolate truffle are punctuated with a long finish. This is the perfect pinot noir for wine lovers looking to explore a high-quality bottle from a world-class region.

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Graham Hammered Metal Ice Bucket

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Ice buckets aren't just for restaurants. In fact, they're a great way to add some style to your dinner table. They're also perfectly functional, as they keep wine cold and eliminate the need to run to the refrigerator every time you want a refill. Perfect for a dinner party, this hammered metal bucket has a sleek handle and lid for convenient carrying. Of all the ice buckets our editors have tried, we named this one the best overall pick. Bring it to your next holiday party as the ultimate host or hostess gift.

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Masciarelli Villa Gemma Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2015

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Led by a powerhouse mother-daughter team, Marina Cvetic and Miriam Masciarelli, the Masciarelli portfolio of wines brings a spotlight to Abruzzo and its diverse and vibrant viticulture. The groundbreaking family's focus on innovation has resulted in world-renowned wines. This elegant bottle of Montepulciano will wow any wine lover with its spicy notes of black pepper, licorice, and cocoa, balanced with hints of dried fruit.

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Laudemio Frescobaldi Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Drizzle a taste of Tuscany directly onto your plate with this delicious extra-virgin olive oil. The Frescobaldi family has been producing wine for centuries, and their name is synonymous with Tuscan viticulture. Bright emerald green in color with a robust, bold flavor, this oil is made from olives cultivated on one of the Frescobaldi family's diverse properties.

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Zalto Champagne Glasses

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Nothing is more celebratory than Champagne, and these elegant glasses are the perfect way to enjoy it. In fact, Moore named them as her favorite. "Zalto wine glasses are a great gift — they're so delicate and make an incredible addition to any wine lover's stemware collection," she said. Elegant and stylish, these special-occasion glasses are even dishwasher-safe.

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Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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A Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon is guaranteed to please any serious wine drinker. This special-occasion bottle hails from a prestigious vineyard and is richly complex, with notes of black plum and dried herbs complemented by toasted oak, tobacco, and spice. Structured by delicate tannins, it boasts a long, silky finish. Ideal for pairing with short ribs, steak, or roast beef, it's the perfect bottle for any special dinner.

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Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rosé

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Moore says that if you're looking for a crowd-pleasing wine to choose when you don't know what to get someone, you can't go wrong with Champagne. This intensely fruity rosé is crisp and clean, and it's just as good for toasting as it is for pairing with an entree. Laurent Perrier has been world-renowned for its quality for over 40 years, and any wine lover will welcome a bottle as a gift.

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Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Chardonnay

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A food-friendly chardonnay is a welcome gift at any dinner party, and this full-bodied bottle from Gary Farrell is a crowd-pleaser. Perfect for pairing with fish, shellfish, chicken, or pasta, it's a great meal accompaniment that works any time of year. Even folks who aren't typically fans of chardonnay will appreciate the juicy acidity that's balanced with a creamy texture.

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Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

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Sauvignon blanc can sometimes taste too acidic, but that's not the case with this delightfully balanced bottle. It's easily drinkable yet meant to be savored, with complex aromas of grapefruit and melon and notes of sweet citrus on the palate. Its gentle acidity is balanced out with earthy flavors of hay. Pair it with roast chicken, asparagus, Parmesan, or popcorn.

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Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020

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One of the most challenging parts of gifting wine is not knowing the recipient's preferences. For a versatile, crowd-pleasing white wine, try this light and refreshing chardonnay from Crossbarn. With refreshing aromas of citrus and peach, this bright, well-balanced, and pleasantly acidic wine is easily giftable.

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Murray's Cheese La Dolce Vita

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No matter what type of wine you're drinking, cheese is the ultimate pairing. Nothing goes together better than wine and a slice of cheese, and this gift basket from Murray's is sure to please all kinds of wine lovers. Featuring a collection of Italian indulgences like spicy Gorgonzola, prosciutto, Taleggio, and more, it's an easy way to send a thoughtful and delicious gift. If Italian cheeses aren't for you, Murray's has a variety of other offerings on their site — including American, French, and other cheeses from around the world.

"One of my great loves is cheese, so of course I can't recommend it enough for gifting. It's versatile, easily enjoyed on its own, complements a meal, and there are options for those that follow vegan and plant-based diets. What I like best is that there is always so much room for discovery," said La Crema Winery chef de cuisine Tracey Shepos Cenami.

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SommSelect Monthly Wine Club

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Wine clubs are a fun, adventurous way to give and get wine. Depending on the club you choose, wines are expertly-selected each month and sent on a subscription basis. Somm Select has options to choose from four or six sommelier-selected bottles per month shipped directly to your home, along with tasting notes. The high-quality and artisanal selection helps new and experienced wine drinkers expand their palate.

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Black Wine Glasses

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For wine drinkers who want to enhance their blind tasting skills, black wine glasses are a great way to do it. This set of four crystal glasses is the perfect way to host a wine tasting party at home. "These are always fun when tasting with friends," said La Crema Winery's Fine Wine Expert, Ben Fine. "If you're new to wine, it's a great learning tool, but it's also a humbling tool for those who think they really know wine."

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Wine Folly Wine Aroma Tasting Wheel

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"A wine aroma wheel is perfect for those starting out who want to improve their skills at examining wine," said Fine. "It's also lightweight, affordable, and can fit anywhere — which makes it easy to gift." This set of two aroma wheels is a great tasting companion to help you develop and identify different tastes and smells. It features over 100 unique tasting notes like thyme, red plum, and coffee, making this a fantastic way to help new tasters practice.

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Peugeot Variation Decanter

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Wine decanters make the perfect gift because they're just as much a functional gadget as they are a decorative piece of art. This option from Peugeot has a unique base that allows it to stand upright or sit tilted on its side, and the wide base allows for maximum air exposure in a brief amount of time. The solid glass stopper also helps with aeration, making this a great decanter for younger wines that need help opening up.

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Aperture Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2021

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Chenin blanc is a fun varietal to gift white wine lovers because it's light-bodied and easy to sip. This option from Aperture is vibrant, bright, and acidic, with floral aromas, juicy notes of pear, and a pleasant minerality. It's a young wine that's meant to drink now, so it's the perfect wine to bring to a casual dinner party. Easy-to-drink and pairable with a variety of foods like chicken, fish, or cheese, it's an elegant and affordable option.

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Decanter Cleaning Beads

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Decanters are gorgeous and functional at the same time, but thanks to their unique shape, they can be a hassle to clean. Any serious wine lover will appreciate an easier solution — which makes these decanter-cleaning beads a great gift idea. Simply pour the stainless steel beads into an empty decanter and add a bit of water. Swirl them around the base, and the steel pellets will roll over and remove any hard-to-reach wine stains. Rinse and re-use as often as you like.

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Peugot Baltaz Corkscrew

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Courtesy of Crate And Barrel

This solid metal corkscrew makes it easy to gently extract even the most stuck-in-place corks. It's sturdy and durable, so the lever-style mechanism removes corks with ease. Start with the included foil cutter, then use the rubber grips to wrap the corkscrew around the neck of any size bottle. This corkscrew is an elegant and efficient way to eliminate any cork-pulling anxiety or confusion.

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Insulated Wine and Cheese Bag

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Courtesy of Westelm

An insulated wine bag is a fantastic all-purpose idea for the wine lover. Any wine drinker will benefit from this convenient and stylish storage solution. Perfect for on-the-go wine picnics, the waxed cotton canvas bag is insulated to keep wine cold and fresh. The two-bottle bag comes with a corkscrew, a cheese knife, and an acacia-wood cheese board. Leather straps make it durable and sturdy.

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Q+A

How do I choose a nice wine to gift?

Choosing wine can be challenging, especially when picking out a bottle for someone else. When selecting a wine gift for someone else, opt for a tried and true bottle from a high-quality producer. "I always opt for Champagne or sparkling wine," said Fine. "It's perfect for celebrating and always fits the mood."

Moore says that if you're having trouble selecting a high-quality wine, turn to the experts. "Find your local mom-and-pop wine store and get to know the people that work there," she suggests. "They curate their selections just like sommeliers create wine lists. They know the producers' backstories and flavor profiles and can guide you based upon your preferences. You simply aren't going to get that level of service at the bigger wine or liquor stores," she added.

How can I gift a wine subscription?

Gifting a wine subscription is easy! First, take a look at some of the best online wine subscriptions. There are a lot to choose from, so first assess your needs: How frequently do you want to have wine delivered? How many bottles would you like included with each shipment? What styles of wine do you prefer? And,and most importantly, how much would you like to spend? "Giving a wine subscription is a great option," says Moore. "There are countless sommeliers with active wine clubs that send out a couple of bottles a month with tasting notes," she added.

Wine subscriptions are billed on a monthly or quarterly basis, so if you'd like to send one as a gift, you can sign the recipient up to receive as many shipments as you'd like. Depending on how much you'd like to spend, most subscription services have options to receive one, two, three, or six months worth of deliveries.

Can you send wine in the mail?

You can ship wine in the mail, but it's a complicated process that is subject to many state and federal laws, as well as carrier regulations. For example, USPS and FedEx both do not allow individuals to mail wine. Most mail carriers only allow wine to be sent from licensed shippers, and it depends where you're shipping to. If you'd like to send wine to someone, the best way to do so is to order it through a licensed distributor or retailer and have it mailed directly to them, rather than packaging and shipping it yourself.

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Our Expertise

Laura Denby is a food and wine writer with a degree in Culinary Arts from the Institute of Culinary Education and a WSET level 2 award in wine and spirits. With years of experience working as a professional chef, she is passionate about exploring new and emerging wine regions and varietals. She has worked on vineyards both on Long Island and the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern France, where she has experience leading group tastings in the tasting room and working alongside winemakers in the cellar during vinification.

Haley Moore is the CEO and founder of Acquire: a luxury hospitality company in San Francisco, CA. She has been a sommelier and wine director for over 15 years, where she has curated and overseen award-winning wine programs at Michelin-starred restaurants. Tracey Shepos Cenami is the Chef de Cuisine and cheese expert at La Crema Winery. A graduate of the California Culinary Academy, she is a three-time winner of Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games. Ben Fine is the Fine Wine expert at La Crema Winery. He is a wine educator and host of La Crema's Behind the Vine series.

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