Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee / Design by Emily Blevins
Design by Emily Blevins
From must-have wine accessories to over-the-top experiences, wine lovers will enjoy these gifts.
These are the best bottles, books, and accessories to gift wine lovers this year.
Whether you’re looking for a $25 reusable wine tumbler for socially distanced backyard happy hours or want to splash out on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Blackberry Farm in 2021, we’ve got you covered. There’s a little bit of everything in this list of gifts for wine lovers, including accessories (champagne sabres, anyone?), a wine club membership (that our editor in chief personally recommended), as well as trips (for the well-traveled wine lover who already has everything).
Read on to see what else made our highly curated list of wine gifts.
Sonoma County–based winemaker Martha Stoumen is known for blending light-bodied grapes typically associated with Italy and employing natural winemaking techniques. To share her fresh and energetic wines, you can gift a membership to her wine club that offers first and exclusive access to new releases. Choose between a 6-bottle or 12-bottle membership, arriving in two shipments a year, in the spring and fall.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that wine lovers are usually cheese devotees, too. New York’s famed cheese shop Murray’s ships a red wine lover’s cheese collection that includes Murray’s cave-aged Gruyère, Jasper Hill Farm Bayley Hazen blue cheese, and Piedras de Chocolate chocolate-covered almonds.
Every wine lover should have one of these wine pitchers from Spain. For tamer dinner parties, you can use it as a decanter. But if you want to kick it up a notch, use it as the Spanish traditionally do and pour wine from its spout directly into your mouth.
As more resorts go plastic-free, reusable cups are becoming an essential packing item for ecoconscious wine lovers. We love the Yeti Rambler wine tumbler for camping trips, boozy picnics, and spontaneous sunset viewing excursions because the double-wall vacuum insulation keeps white wines cool and the MagSlider lid keeps all liquids from spilling out. These tumblers come in eight different colors, including the brick red seen here.
After nearly a year of sheltering in place, give your favorite travel partner something you can both look forward to in 2021. Located on 4,200 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tenneseee, Blackberry Farm is a great place to start venturing back out into the world. You can book any of Blackberry Farm’s Culinary and Tastings Activities for your stay, but we’re looking forward to the Krug x Mushroom cooking class being held during mushroom foraging season in 2021 (starting late March/early April through summer). Blackberry Farm is currently open and is requiring guests and staff to wear face masks in all shared indoor spaces, unless you are seated at your table for a meal or tasting. Read more about the property’s social distancing and cleaning efforts here.
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Gone are the days of dragging bulky plastic coolers on hikes and picnics. This cooler backpack keeps your hands free and comes in six different colors, including seafoam, seen here. The insulated main compartment can hold up to three bottles of wine, or two bottles of wine and eight cans. It also has a rear zippered accessory pocket to hold things you don’t want to be cold, like your phone.
The debut book from Aldo Sohm, Le Bernardin’s longtime wine director and sommelier, is a great gift for wine fans who want to take their knowledge to the next level. This approachable guide covers the fundamentals of wine—from how to build a “flavor library” to troubleshooting tricky wines—alongside plenty of infographics and illustrations.
You might not buy yourself a $210 corkscrew, but that’s why this makes such a great gift. A favorite of sommeliers, this handmade corkscrew is crafted with ultra-strong Sandvik brushed stainless steel and teak burl wood and comes packaged in a French oak gift box.
Shopping for wine lovers who are also outdoorsy? Pick up one of these insulated, stainless steel containers from Hydro Flask. Not only does it hold an entire bottle of wine but it also allows you to bring your favorite drink to places like the beach and many National Park Service sites that ban glass containers. It features double-wall vacuum insulation that will keep your rosés and whites cool and your reds at room temperature for hours.
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Sure, you can saber open a bottle of bubbly with any old chef’s knife you have in the kitchen. But if you’re buying a gift for someone who loves to entertain, this stainless steel number from Danish design company Georg Jensen is meant for big celebrations. To use it correctly, hold the bottle at a 20-degree angle (wearing gloves and eye protection, ideally) and slide the blunt side of the sabre along the seam of the bottle toward its neck. When the blade hits the lip, the force will break the glass and send the cork shooting into the distance.
This article originally appeared online on September 20, 2019; it was updated on January 17, 2020; and again on December 16, 2020, to include current information.
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