20 Great Wine Gifts We’re Giving This Year
Stemmed Wine Glasses
Stemless Wine Glasses
Crate & Barrel’s Tour stemless wine glasses are fun, affordable, and great for parties (when it’s safe to entertain at home again). $10 at crateandbarrel.com
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.com
Black cherry notes, soft tannins, and a just-enough touch of oak make this affordable Alexander Valley Cabernet a go-to red wine pour for the holiday season.
2017 Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, $25 at wine.com
This bright, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc—think ripe lemons and a hint of lemon-grass, plus a touch of wildflower honey—is a perfect antidote to cold, dark winter weather. It makes a great hostess gift, and it's affordable enough to pour at home throughout the holiday season.
2019 Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc, $15 at garyswine.com
Yes, yes, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie own the property. But the crucial thing about this flower-petal pink, citrusy, Provençal rosé is that it’s made by the Perrin family of the great Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel, who are among the Rhône Valley’s best winemakers. And the second crucial thing—at least for holiday giving—is that the half-size, 375ml bottles Miraval also produces are both utterly charming and great stocking stuffers.
2019 Miraval Rosé, $20 at garyswine.com
Roederer Estate's refined, toasty brut has long been one of California's best sparkling wines, especially at the price—which is no real surprise, as this Mendocino County winery is owned by the great Champagne producer Louis Roederer.
Keep that special bottle sealed while still savoring a glass or two with the Coravin Model Three. The tool is designed to extract wine without removing the cork and keeping the gases intact inside, so the wine is preserved as long as you need it to be.
Coravin Model Three Premium Wine Preservation System, $199 at amazon.com
Why juggle multiple wine aeration and preservation gadgets, when the WinePrO2 combines both functions in one tool? A one-second spritz using its oxygen cartridge into a glass of wine opens up aromas and flavors far more effectively than pour-through devices, and a similar spritz from its neutral-gas argon canister will substantially extend the life of an open bottle. F&W readers get free shipping and an additional 10% off the purchase of the WinePrO2 System through the end of the year using promo code FOODANDWINE2020. $199 at winepro2.com
Wine Club Gift
Riedel's "O" decanter is handmade of mouth-blown crystal. The stemless design works for a variety of drinks, including wine.
"O" Crystal Single Decanter, $199 at williams-sonoma.com
Wine Gift Basket
Harry & David has plenty of gift basket options that pair great wines with snacks like cheese, crackers, olives and fruit and nut mixes. For the holidays, opt for a meat and cheese sled paired with a bottle of wine. $80 at harryanddavid.com
If you’ve popped a bottle of bubbly and want to save some for mimosas the next morning or a toast the following week, a champagne cork is a great tool to have around. $15 at surlatable.com
Keeping great wines on hand means keeping at least a few in a wine rack nearby. This geometric rack holds 11 bottles, and can be positioned vertically or horizontally depending on the kitchen or dining space. $50 at crateandbarrel.com
No need to fuss with an ice bucket on your countertop or dining table. For a wine insulator that won’t sweat and will keep the optimal temperature for longer, the Vinglace is the way to go. $90 at amazon.com
Wine and Cheese Pairing
Murray’s Cheese has a whole spread for red wine lovers complete with a manchego, gruyere, blue cheese, crackers, olives, and a chocolate for good measure. $95 at murrayscheese.com
Wine and Chocolate Pairing
Neuhaus created a special batch of chocolates for pairing with both red and white wines. 24 pieces of pralines with a moscato and a Sonoma zinfandel is the perfect treat for a night in.
Wine Book Gifts
For the wine beginner, star sommelier Aldo Sohm of NYC's Le Bernardin restaurant recently published one of the best intro guides around, Wine Simple. It offers plenty of detail, but never dives so deep that you walk away baffled; plus the gorgeous design is as much about communicating that information as it is about looking good. $30 at amazon.com
If you have a longtime, passionate wine lover who needs a gift, on the other hand, they should be thrilled with a copy of Decanter magazine critic Jane Anson's Inside Bordeaux ($80). Anson's incredibly comprehensive and engagingly written book delves deeply into the terroir of Bordeaux, and profiles effectively every significant château; more than 800 of them. Spanning 700+ pages, with over fifty full-color maps, Inside Bordeaux sets a new benchmark for books on France's most famous wine region.