Let’s dive right into a festive season cliché because it actually is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And, because you learned your lesson last year, it’s time to start choosing gifts for the people you like most in life.
Because we only know/like people who love wine as much as we do, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite wino gifts for all our fellow tipple enthusiasts. Of course, The Wine Gallery’s gift box is actually the perfect Christmas present – three bottles of wine each month, personalised to your palette. But if everyone you know already subscribes, here are some good runners-up prizes…
1. Canvas Wine Bag $9.95
This cute wine bag dresses up any gift bottle. Made from thick canvas, it is durable enough to carry by the drawstrings, and can be reused over and over. Available in a whole bunch of sayings, it buys perfectly into the calligraphy trend that’s everywhere at the moment. Keep a few on hand, ready for dinner parties.
2. Steady Sticks $20
For those who love a picnic or BBQ, these glass holders are about to change your life. Packed as a pair, they pierce into the grass ensuring you won’t spill a drop (which is always on the rug, never on the grass, amIright?). Pad out the gift even further if you’re feeling generous: put them in a picnic basket with a rug and a bottle of something delicious.
3. Marble Wine Cooler $70
This stylish cooler from Pottery Barn is beautiful enough to display on the dining table (you’ll never buy stainless steel again) or a sideboard. Keeping it in the fridge makes it even more effective, but a chilled bottle of wine will keep itself cool for just long enough to drink it.
4. The World of Wine Box Set $95
This luxurious box set includes two of the world’s most successful wine books, in beautiful hardcover editions. These comprehensive encyclopaedias are a must on any serious wine lover’s bookshelf. For more book recommendations, see our list here.
5. Italian Wine Tour $9850
Okay, this one's a bit outrageous, but if you want to become someone’s new best friend forever, as you taste your way through three of Italy’s great wine regions (complete with visits to private wineries) this extravagant wine tour may be just the ticket. Sample Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont, enjoy the new darling grape Nerello Mascalese in Sicily and discover Soave under the warm sun in Veneto. You’ll never come home.
Shameless plug. But if after all that, you’re still looking for last-minute ideas, The Wine Gallery’s gift experience (or wine adventures as we like to call them), really is a great wine lover's Christmas present. Or so we've been told by hundreds of happy recipients at least ;)