Wine brings cheer all holiday season long. It also makes for a foolproof present, especially for the wine-lover in your life. Here are 10 ideas sourced from around the world—including an unusual Spanish decanter and a wallet-friendly Champagne—to get you through the gift-giving months without a hitch.
Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2016
As your holiday social calendar fills up, you’ll need a host or hostess gift that won’t break the bank. A bottle of Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat fits that bill. Stock up for the season with a case of this Grenache blend from Catalonia, a savory, licorice-y red with spicy blue-fruit tones, made by one of Spain’s legendary producers.
Buy it: $21, wine.com
Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region, by Peter Liem
Have your Champagne and read about it too with Peter Liem’s tome on the beloved French sparkler. Complete with a set of historic map reprints, the book dives deep into the various subregions of Champagne and the producers who call them home.
Buy it: $47, amazon.com
Chateau Laguiole Corkscrew
While electric versions and “rabbits” abound, the best corkscrew is the traditional wine key or “sommelier knife.” Chateau Laguiole, the famed French knifemaker, makes some of the most elegant versions, which can be readily engraved.
Buy it: $189, laguiole-imports.com
Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino 2013
For that special wine collector in your life, make sure to get them a bottle that can age for the long haul. Consider something from the Salvioni winery in Brunello di Montalcino, one of Tuscany’s most famous wine regions, celebrated for its savory, brooding reds made from the Sangiovese grape.
Buy it: $150, wine.com
The porron is the traditional wine pitcher of eastern Spain. While you can use it to serve and decant wine, the Spanish traditionally pour wine directly into their mouths from the porron’s tiny spout—a festive, though sometimes messy, way to quaff.
Buy it: $30+, google.com
Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Boston Bual Madeira
Madeira, a sweet fortified wine made on the Portuguese islands of the same name, was once all the rage in colonial America—and the Historic Series from Rare Wine Co. nods to that past. The Boston Bual is a decadent pairing with gingerbread, Christmas cookies, and other holiday sweets. Plus, an open bottle will last for years.
Buy it: $50, rarewineco.com
Pierre Poupon Burgundy Vineyard Map Set
No region seduces the wine intelligentsia quite like Burgundy, and Pierre Poupon’s maps are the best of the area. You’ve probably seen them on the walls of your local wine bar or Francophile shop, and your favorite wine lover should own one of these massive showpieces too.
Buy it: $109, amazon.com
Corkcicle Eola Bucket Bag
Corkcicle’s Eola Bucket Bag helps outdoorsy wine lovers bring their beverages of choice on a picnic or hike. Made with vegan “leather,” the bag can fit two six-packs of beer, several bottles of wine, or a combination of the two, all while keeping libations ice cold.
Buy it: $130, corkcicle.com
Delamotte Brut Champagne NV
When it comes to starting the New Year with a bang, you need real Champagne. Delamotte—France’s fifth-oldest Champagne house—makes some of the best, and its entry-level Brut NV delivers with subtle floral tones and chalky texture.
Buy it: $50, wine.com
Legend holds that the ritual of sabering Champagne began with the Napoleonic army celebrating victory in battle. Help your New Year’s Eve host keep the tradition alive by gifting a fabulously fearsome saber from France or Italy, engravable through this Sonoma-based company.
Buy it: $179+, sonomachampagnesabres.com
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