Gift Guide: Make “Pour” Decisions With These Gifts for the Aspiring Sommelier in Your Life
We’re all familiar with bringing wine to someone’s house as a gift for their hospitality, but, sometimes, it’s important to go that extra mile. Whether you’re trying to express your gratitude or just find the perfect gadget for the aspiring sommelier in your life, we’ve got some grape ideas. Sip back, relax and check out these must-have items that every wine-lover needs in their home.
Let Your Wine Breathe With an Aerator
If you’ve ever been to a wine tasting, you’ve probably heard some strange terminology — like "let your wine breathe." Though it may sound strange at first, exposing your wine to air for a short period of time pre-drinking allows it to oxidize, which, in turn, softens the wine’s flavors and lets it release its aromas. TL;DR: Your first sip will both taste better and smell richer.
Start the Party Right With Some Bar-Grade Corkscrews
There’s no greater tragedy than having a perfectly good bottle of wine and no way to open it, which is why everyone needs one great — or several great — bottle openers. If you’re looking for a great value, the basic Waiter’s Corkscrew is the answer: Sleek, no-frills and pocket-sized, this corkscrew is ideal for picnics and backyard parties alike.
Raise a Drink to These Double-Insulated Stemless Wine Glasses
Undoubtedly, the sommelier-in-training in your life has quite a few wine glasses, both stemmed and stemless, but we think they could stand to add a few more to their collection. The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sorrento Stemless Wine Glasses are the best of both worlds thanks to their double-wall design.
Try Out a Cooling Wand to Keep Things Chill
If the friend on your gift list is a white wine drinker, then we’ve got a must-have for you (and them): this 3-in-1 stainless steel wine bottle cooling stick. Without a doubt, this is one of our favorite gadgets. Not only does it chill, but this convenient item also aerates and filters your wine, helps you pour a glass steadily and perfectly and acts as a reusable cork for preservation. Simply pop it into the freezer two hours before you pop a bottle, and it'll be ready to go.
Keep Things Fresh With a ZOS Halo Wine Preserver
If you enjoy sipping a different wine here and there — or have no interest in finishing a bottle in a single sitting — the greatest obstacle can be finding a way to preserve the remaining wine for the next time you pour it. Luckily, the ZOS Halo Wine Preserver makes things easy.
Make Sure You Always Have the Right Tool for Any (Wine) Problem
If the sommelier-in-training is also a fan of entertaining, then they’ll need all the latest tools and gadgets to complete their at-home bar. Sometimes, simpler is better, which is why we suggest gifting them the basics — a really classy version of those basics. Enter: the Vinturi Essential 7-Piece Wine Tool Set.
Can’t Remember Whose Glass Is Whose? These Can Help
We’ve all been there: Everyone is mingling at a party, leaving their wine glasses scattered around the dinner table, living room or patio. And, to make matters worse, every glass looks exactly the same. Well, continue to mix and mingle without mixing your drinks up thanks to these adorable Fred Wine Lives Charms.
Keep the Party Refreshed With an Ice Bucket
Looking to chill a bottle of champagne or keep the rosé cool all day? One thing’s for sure: If you’re into entertaining, having ice on hand is a must — and we’re anything but on the rocks when it comes to loving the Swig Life Marble Ice Bucket.
Display Your Finest Wine in Style
No matter if you’re a longtime wine lover or a sommelier-in-training, displaying your favorite wine is a must. One great option? This Reclaimed Walnut Wine Rack by LadyBagsSF. As the title suggests, it’s charmingly built from reclaimed wood and, in addition to holding four bottles of wine, the rack also has room for four stemmed wine glasses.
Finished a Bottle? The Fun Goes On
Who says the fun has to stop when the drinking does? The String Light Bottle Stopper keeps things lit — long after you’ve finished your bottle of wine. If you’ve drunk a particularly special bottle, saving it is a must, and these LED lights can transform any empty into an eye-catching lamp. An alternating fade effect allows for natural illumination, and the string of lights can be conveniently charged via a USB port.