Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Five Fabulous Wine Gift Ideas

'Tis the season where we struggle to find that perfect gift. If you have wine-lovers on your list here are a few holiday ideas they'd raise a glass to.

Just Chillin’
For those who love a cold wine (but hate slipping in an ice cube), now you can chill in style with the Corkcicle.One! This frigid beauty inserts into any wine bottle and features a state-of-the-art aerator. It can quickly cool down those room-temperature reds, and keep those whites chilled to the perfect temp for drinking.

Put On Your Game Face
Test your wine knowledge with Zinzig, a board game that combines wine tasting and wine facts. You’ll taste three different wines that will challenge your palate, and test your knowledge of vino as you play around the board. Good times!

Foodie Snack Tray
Wine Bottle Snack Tray
For those eco-conscious wine lovers, this recycled wine bottle is perfect as an eclectic dish or serving tray. Use it to hold candy, nuts, olives, cheese, even chocolates. Pop it in the fridge to chill before serving so your snacks stay cool, and it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Check out Etsy for some great options.

Do-It-Yourself Gift
Soap Dispenser
The wine bottle soap dispenser/dish liquid dispenser is a great DIY gift. Take an empty wine bottle, soak to remove the label, and rinse it out. Then paint on the design of your choice and fill it with hand soap or dish liquid before attaching a stopper. (Stoppers can be purchased at a local retailer like Target, Meijer, or Wal-Mart.) Look for a thick, pleasantly scented hand soap, or a rich, moisturizing dish liquid because coming from a wine bottle, this soap should feel luxurious.

For the Oeno-Bibliophile
Wine Dogs USA
A winery with a dog is usually one of the most laid-back businesses around. There’s something about a four-footed pal padding through the place that puts everyone at easy.  Wine Dogs USA is filled with stories and over 450 photos of man’s best friend from more than 300 wineries across America. “Find out which dog ate a couch, who chewed Bill Clinton’s leg and discover the identity of the dog who stole Robert Mondavi’s heart.

And it goes without saying a bottle of wine is always welcomed by vino lovers. If you’re not sure what they like, make it a middle-of-the-road offering like a Riesling, Beaujolais, or a sensuous Port.

It’s that time of the year so spread the cheer and celebrate with verve and vino!
~ Joy