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 arent 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 cant 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. Ive 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. Youll leave with a gift that is sure to please any wine lover.
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