Wednesday, December 3, 2014

7 Holiday Gifts for the Wine Lover on Your List

The holiday season has arrived and with it comes the baffling job of selecting the “perfect” gift for everyone on your list. Well, if you’re shopping for a wine lover, or two, here are a few suggestions. (And FYI: I am not affiliated with any of these companies.)

1) There are times when the wine is just not chilled enough and adding an ice-cube is a bit tacky. So what’s a girl to do? Just drop in these little pearls and soon you’ll be chillin’ with style. SPARQ Wine Pearls come in a set of 4 stainless steel balls that will chill or maintain the temperature of your wine in the glass for at least 30 minutes. Now that’s a cool wine gift!  Order at

2) Wine geeks and tech geeks will love the Wine Cork USB Drive. Created using real wine corks, these little flash drives come with 8 GB storage and are compatible with Mac OS 10+ and Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Linux. Check out these little corkers at

3) And while we’re on the subject of computers, dress up your desk with a vino-inspired mouse pad. Several are designs are available, from the "Red Wines" mouse pad to those that celebrate the old art prints of the Roaring Twenties. With a non-slip rubber backing and hefty ¼” thickness, these pads work with an optical or ball-type mouse. Pounce on one at

4) So many wines, so little time. Besides selecting, cellaring, and enjoying the
wine – you also have to remember when you opened it, so that it can be drank before its time is past. Enter New York designer George Lee who has created “A Date With Wine” wine stopper, a twistable date ring that you can use to record the date the wine was opened, and also cork the bottle with. Crafted from stainless steel with a rubber seal this little corker fits in most wine bottles. Get it at

5) We all have that one person who’s just a bit off the wall and this could be THE gift that rocks their world because not everyone can tout a Wine Monkey Wine Bag with flair. Created from American red-heel socks this sock monkey vino bag will set you apart from the crowd, and your friends will go ape for it. Swing on in at

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6) What man could pass up a power tool? And now it gets even better: the Bosch IXO cordless screwdriver comes complete with a corkscrew attachment.

7) And for that die-hard beer drinker, let him have his mug and chug Chenin Blanc too. The WINESTEIN double-walled stemware mug keeps the wine cool while making a statement. The mug/glass holds 8 oz. of your favorite vino, so pour a tankard and toast the season with gusto.

And as always, a bottle of wine is always welcome by vino lovers, just try to make it more of a middle-of-the-road offering that everyone can enjoy regardless of their taste preference: Riesling, Beaujolais, or a nice Port.

Tis the season, so let’s celebrate it with verve and vino! Cheers!

~ Joy