Looking for the best gift for a wine enthusiast? Here are some of the best shopping gift ideas for the wine enthusiast over the holidays.

 


Personalized Wine Baskets

 

Add wine bottles, chocolates, flowers, corkscrews or any other wine accessory you could think of to a custom-made wine basket. A personalized label is also becoming more popular today. There are various kinds of labels that can be attached to wine bottles. You can choose a label meant for various occasions such as Christmas, anniversaries, New Year, birthdays and more. Once you have chosen the label that you want to attach to the wine bottle, you can also get a special design or message printed on the label.

 

Personalized wine baskets add a stylish and unique touch to your gift. During the holiday season, many people order personalized baskets that contain wine stoppers, bottle openers, corkscrews, wine bottles and other accessories in bulk. While the cost of these personalized gifts may be a bit higher than the usual wine gifts, the smile that will grace the recipient’s face upon receiving the gift will surely make everything worth it. Ordering in bulk can also help you get it for a lower price.


Wine Racks

 

Wine racks are perfect for those who don’t have enough space to store their bottles of wine. These items are available in different sizes and provide a more convenient and easier means of storing wine properly. 


Wine Clubs

 

Get your friend to join a wine club. These clubs deliver wines on a monthly basis. Some clubs send a bottle of white wine and red wine every month as well as provide tips on wine tasting and food pairings.


Gift Certificates

 

Wine enthusiasts could surely use more of wine. Instead of asking for certain wine bottles from other people and hoping that they have the wine you need, why don’t you just give your loved one a gift certificate to their favorite wine store?  This gift will be appreciated by any wine lover and never go to waste.


Wineglasses

 

Some people drink out of regular wineglasses, but there’s nothing better than drinking the finest wine out of a Riedel wineglass. You may use plastic or glass products, but crystal is definitely a much better choice. Riedel wineglasses allow you to enjoy wine to the fullest. These wineglasses make the aroma and taste of wine crystal clear.


Wine Tasting Kits

 

Wine tasting kits are one of the best gift ideas over the holidays. It’s the complete package. For a wine novice, these kits are a great way to find the perfect wine for them. These kits come with basic aromas that take enthusiasts through various notes. There are kits available for champagne and white wines. Wine tasting kits are great at get togethers, parties and dinners.


Wine Tours

 

Wine tours are one of the best ways to have fun, enjoy tasting excellent wine and expand one’s horizons. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a wine enthusiast, a wine tour might just be what you need. Here are some of the best places known for producing the finest tasting wines.


Tuscany, Italy

 

Tuscany is not only known for its beautiful villas. Wine enthusiasts can visit a working winery to learn the fine points of wine production. Don’t forget to visit San Gimignano, the manufacturer of Vernaccia which is one of the most popular white wines of Italy. Montepulciano, producer of Noble Wine or Vino Nobile, should also be included in your list. If you want to see how the famous Brunello is made, don’t forget to make stops in Montalcino.


Loire Valley, France

 

Loire Valley’s genuine French chateaus and spectacular landscape are not the only things worth visiting. The wine selections differ depending on the area that a particular winery is located, but Loire Valley is mainly known for its white wine. Some of the most popular options from Loire Valley are Muscadet, Sauvignon blanc and Chenin blanc.


Napa Valley, CA

 

Napa Valley has some of the best conditions for growing grapes and as such, the region is home to lots of wineries and quaint villages that make wine tours even more fun and exciting. Napa Valley is divided into fourteen sub-regions and every region has a certain kind of grape. You can map out the tour based on the tasting preferences of your friend so that he or she can enjoy the tour to the fullest.


Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Buenos Aires has some of the finest red wines in the world. The region also offers a chic nightlife where wine enthusiasts can enjoy a huge supply of red wine once their tour is finished.


Yarra Valley, Australia

 

Yarra Valley is surrounded by splendid mountains of the enormous dividing mountain ranges and is only one hour east of Melbourne. It is home to Australia’s well-known cool weather wineries and produces various sparkling wines, chardonnay and pinot noir. Yarra Valley also has many art galleries, cafes and shops for you to enjoy.

 

Wine tours present the perfect opportunity to learn more about your favorite wine makers. Follow these tips to ensure the success of the tour.

 

  • Buy a guide. It provides you with information about tasting selections, a map of vineyards and the time they’re open to the public and ideas about the wine tour. 
  • When you visit the winery, talk to the owner and the other visitors. Winemakers love to share their knowledge, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.
  • Call ahead. It’s best that you call the winery ahead and know what their schedule for tasting is. This is because some areas have a predetermined schedule for their tastings.
  • Take time to learn about each wine. If you’re planning to do several tours within one day, it’s best to take time to learn more about their products. Don’t rush everything. Good tasting normally takes an hour. Give yourself time to taste and enjoy various wines.  

 

Buying a bottle is one of the best ways to express your gratitude to the winemaker for allowing you to learn and taste their wine. Smaller vineyards usually sell bottles on the premises. Purchase at least one bottle of wine if they do.

 

Giving a wine enthusiast a chance to take part in a wine tour is surely one of the best gifts that you can give this holiday season. 

 

Erica Sorensen

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