Christmas gifts for the wine lover on your list

VinTemp Infrared Keychain Thermometer – Before wine is aerated, it needs to be the correct temperature. Too warm and wine can be harsh or flabby tasting. Too cold and the flavor nuances are hidden. The VinTemp infrared thermometer makes it possible to take the temperature of the wine without opening the bottle. $44.95 at IWA.


Oenophilia Drop Stop – The Drop Stop is the picture of simplicity. The small mylar disk can be rolled into a tube to fit inside a wine bottle, making an instant pourer (and saving your tablecloth). When you aren’t using it the Drop Stop stores flat. A package of two Drop Stops makes a great stocking stuffer at just $2.99. TheKitchenStore.com.


[image-1]Screwpull Table Model wine opener – I have tried all sorts of wine openers, but keep going back to a Screwpull Table Model opener I have had for years. It requires very little strength, and even less coordination, ensuring that the opener goes through the center of the cork each time. Twist as the opener sinks into the cork, and keep twisting as the cork effortlessly lifts out of the bottle. The opener, in a gift set with a foil cutter, retails for around $19.99 at cheftools.com.


Spiegelau wine glasses – Riedel wine glasses seem to get all the attention, but I love my Spiegelau glasses. They cost less, are more durable, and I really can’t tell the difference. A pair of Bordeaux wine glasses is $23.35 at Beverage Factory.


Wine cork kits – Wine lovers have a habit of saving corks. I’ve even been know to write the date on corks from bottles that were used [image-2]to celebrate a special time. Problem is after a while the corks start to take up lots of room. There are just so many cork-filled glass jars any décor can handle. Enter the cork kit. Make a trivet, a note board, coasters or a serving tray. Kits offered by Wine Enthusiast from $19.95 to $109.95.


Aroma kits – For someone interested in expanding their knowledge of wine, consider an aroma kit. The kits from Wine Awakenings each focus on a different aspect of wine. Kits, which are $129.99 to $139.00 CDN (about $123.00 to $133.00 USD) each, include cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, chardonnay, and wine faults. The kits include a booklet describing the wines and their aromas, as well as bottles featuring the aromas described. For example, the pinot noir kit includes bacon, barnyard, beetroot, cherry, gamey, herbaceous, licorice/anise, mushroom, raspberry, strawberry, truffles, and violets.[image-3]


Of course the best gift to give a wine lover is wine. Go to a local wine shop and let the resident wine guru know your price point and any other criteria. You’ll leave with a gift that is sure to please any wine lover.


 


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Looking for a gift for the oenophile on your shopping list? Here are gifts, $2.99 and up, sure to please the most discriminating wine lover.

Vinturi wine aerator – You’ve heard of opening wine so it can breathe. And you’ve probably seen someone at a wine tasting swirling their wine in a glass, then audibly slurping the wine and swishing it around in their mouth. When you want to bring out the best in a wine aerating is where it’s at. It can mellow tannins, improve the quality of a young wine, and develop the desirable qualities of a wine. The Vinturi Wine Aerator adds the correct amount of air to your wine so it can be ready to drink when you are ready to drink it. Just pour the wine through the aerator into your glass. That’s it. No decanting. No waiting. I was skeptical the first time I saw one in use. But after a number of side by side comparisons of wine poured from the bottle and poured through the aerator, the impact of the aerator was clear. Vinturi red wine and white wine aerators are available for $39.95 at Vinturi (vinturi.com).

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