Unique Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast

The market is flooded with gift ideas, but finding a unique gift for a wine lover can be challenging. The last thing you want to do is buy them a tasteless gift or something they already own. Wine club memberships and gift certificates are good options; but if you are looking for something a little more distinctive, here are some suggestions that are sure to satisfy the most discerning enophile.

Recycled Wine Barrel Chair: These recycled wine barrel chairs are made from salvaged 70-gallon white oak wine barrels. When folded, the slats nest alongside one another, so you can easily take it anywhere. Each chair is individually numbered with the name of the winery branded under the seat. Looks as good in the house as it does on the lawn! ($159, Radiant Ideas)

Adopt a Barrel Adopt a Barrel: Meet with a winemaker and bottle your own wine while experiencing aging, tasting, blending, & label design. Select premium grapes from a number of great California sources. This is a totally cool gift! ($5,700 – $10,900, Adopt a barrel)

Blend it Baby! Check out fusebox, the wine blending experience. You’ll learn how to turn a good wine into a great one and gain an appreciation for why blending is the highest art form in winemaking. Each kit includes all the wine and materials necessary to make up to eight separate blends. ($120, Fusebox) Fusebox

Riedel Decanters Riedel Decanters: Backed by 250 years of glassmaking excellence, Riedel, the world-famous makers of fine crystal, makes a number of beautiful and distinctive decanters, and if you are looking for a value priced gift, the Riedel Mini Cabernet Decanter priced at $12 is a bargain.

The ultimate corkscrew: The Versailles collection is a selection of 220 year old wood harvested from the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles. Nearly all of the rare and old specimen trees of the castle were up-rooted during the terrible storm of 1999, most of which were imported from around the world to the Chateau de Versailles during the 18th century as part of the 1776 gardens renovation ordered by Louis XVI. This retailer also has an awesome selection of authentic Chateau Laguiole® wine openers ($99 and up, purchase at Custom Curling, the #1 Chateau Laguiole retailer) Corkscrews

labeling system Organize your wine cellar: A sleek and easy to use labeling system that can be inserted on the front or back of wine bottles allowing you to identify all of your racked/stacked wines at a glance. A simple to use, color-coded 50-piece system transforms any wine rack into an organized display. You’ll even be able to identify your wines from the bottom of your bottles with their custom adapters. ($25 and up, Sterling Wine Online)

Want To Go High Tech? Try the IntelliScanner Wine Collector mini portable barcode reader! Just scan the retail barcode on the label for automatic identification of the bottle with details like the name, varietal, winery, country, type, color, and region. Portable so you can scan wine bottles, then plug it in to download the details. Software system automatically calculates optimal maturity periods & prints detailed reports. ($179-279, IntelliScanner) IntelliScanner

Soiree Perfect Stocking stuffers: Soiree Aerator – allows you to decant just the portion of wine you want – a glass or a carafe. The Soiree can also be used to pour the wine into a decanter, further expediting the “opening” of your wine. Comes with an extra gasket that will work with any screw cap bottle. In using the Soiree to aerate your wine, you will notice the subtleties and character of the wine emerge immediately upon entering your glass. ($25, Amazon.com) VinturiVinturi Aerator with wine pourer & stopper ($39, Amazon.com)

Ride, Wine & Dine: Venture on a relaxing ride through the vineyards navigating flat, easy terrain with picturesque mountains, vineyards and redwoods. ($165, Cloud9 Living)California Wine Hikes: Russ Beebe offers the quintessential California outdoor experience by hiking through California’s wine trails. His wine hikes will leave you with rekindled vigor and indelible memories. (Prices vary based on hike; contact California Wine Hikes for pricing) Ride, Wine & Dine
Vineyards Excitations: offers a number of unique wine packages including romantic getaways, safari tours, wine and cheese paring & gourmet cooking classes, meet the winemaker, and so much more. Select packages from 17 different locations throughout the U.S. (Prices vary, book at Excitations)Wine Country Getaways: It’s one of the best gifts you could give and Travelocity offers a number of great packages to Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo at competitive pricing. (Prices vary, book at Travelocity)Wine Travel Guides: If you are heading to France, check out Wine Travel Guides, where you can find 46 wine travel guides covering the regions of France. They offer information about which producers to visit, places to stay & interactive Michelin maps produced by experts in the field. (Subscriptions $11+, Wine Travel Guides)Beautiful Places: If you have money to splurge and you want to rent a villa in Napa, Sonoma or maybe even France or Italy, check out Beautiful Places. They offer outrageous custom experiences like Audi race car driving, personal chefs who will shop and cook with you; hike with a noted winemaker; have lunch with a wine auction expert — basically you dream it and they make it happen. ($5,000 and up, BeautifulPlaces.com)

Build your dream cellar: Storing wine in Terra Cotta Tiles is the preferred method for serious collectors. The thermal mass of the tiles help maintain ideal temperature and humidity by reducing fluctuations. Available in round, hexagonal or octagonal outer shapes in four bottle units, you can use Terra Cotta Wine Storage Tiles to display and store your favorite vintages. (Contact Superior Clay directly for a quote as pricing depends on size of storage unit). Terra Cotta Cellar


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