Shopping for your favorite wine lover and don't know where to begin? No need to be intimidated by knowing all the wine lingo — we're here to help decipher what's on the wish list of even the most discerning wine connoisseur (or the friend who likes to "rosé all day").
From curated wine collections to tools to serve wine to creative ways to serve wine's BFF, charcuterie, we've got you covered with some seriously ingenious gifts for the wino in your life. We've even consulted a couple of experts on the subject: Denver, Colorado-based sommelier Maia Parish, and Matt Harmon, owner of Harmony Wine in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Parish leans toward the practical when buying gifts for wine drinkers. "Go for function and design," she says.
Harmon aims to take the stress away from gift giving and dissolve preconceived notions about who "should" drink wine. "When drinking wine, there's no right or wrong way to do it," he says on his company's site. "Do you have a mouth and a glass? Cool."
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Best wines and wine gift baskets
"One of the best ways to pick out a wine gift for someone who loves wine is by picking a wine that pairs well with one of their favorite meals," says Harmon. "Most people love a wine that goes with their favorite food."
For wine lovers who may want to branch out and try something, um, out of the box, this sampler from In Good Taste offers a selection of six 187 mL bottles chosen by their in-house winemakers, Matt and Neely. Touted as the duo's favorite wines from around the world, this collection runs from white and rosé to pinot and cabernet sauvignon. It also comes with tasting notes for each varietal, food pairing suggestions and access to In Good Taste's virtual tasting room — and it's affordable, to boot.
Firstleaf uses its own data and technology to curate boxes for each individual customer. This sampler set features three deep reds from three different regions for maximum vareity.
Best food gifts for wine lovers
This gift isn't strictly food, but it provides fodder for what to serve and how to serve it. From Chef Elle Simone Scott of America's Test Kitchen and SheChef, a book with a wealth of information on designing graze boards —and to go along with it, the ultimate cheese board and knife set.
"I'm obsessed with cheese boards and board cookbooks," says Parish. "Chef Elle Simone Scott has a book called 'Boards: Stylish Spread for Casual Gatherings' that has an array of stylish conversation-starting boards with wine-friendly menus. I would also invest in a deluxe cheese board like this one — it has compartments!"
What pairs better with bubbles than caviar? California-based Tsar Nicoulai Estate is the home of sustainably raised, hand-harvested, single-fish American sturgeon caviar. This thermal gift bag set includes four two-ounce whitefish roe infused with beet and saffron, Hawaiian ginger, wasabi and truffle.
Also included: Bellwether Farms crème fraîche, a package of blini and a gleaming mother-of-pearl spoon.
A known haven for gourmands, Williams Sonoma has numerous hampers to suit any budget and taste. This one features a selection of French cheeses made in styles that represent the region, whether creamy or hard, nutty or buttery. Also included: honey from a small farm, pâté, crackers and elegance — just add wine.
A truly haute and luxurious tasting experience from two of the finest names in champagne and chocolate. Here, the gift box lid is removed to reveal a "book," and within its pages are a bottle of Piper Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage Champagne, a nine-piece array of Vosges truffles and a chocolate sensory wheel. Not only is the packaging over-the-top elegant, but the chocolates are also unique and the tasting wheel guides imbibers through flavors like Nutty, Floral, and even Obtuse.
As for the champagne, the effervescent rose-hued wine is punctuated with flavors like Blood Orange and Plum and comes from one of the oldest and most respected champagne houses in France (who just happened to have Marie Antoinette as their first "brand ambassador"). "Bubbly wine is a favorite for everyone," says Harmon. "The most important part is that they enjoy the wine with their friends and family."
Best wine glasses to gift
The Corkcicle Tumbler, well-known at tailgates and backyard barbecues, features triple insulation that keeps wine at the perfect temperature (and cold for up to 9 hours), stainless steel construction, a non-slip silicone bottom and easy-grip flat sides. It's the ideal stemless wine glass for casual settings.
Not only does this basic tumbler come in an assortment of colors, from Pastel Pink to Leopard Print, but the brand has also done collabs with artists like Gray Malin and Rifle Paper Co., as well as companies like Disney and Marvel. You can even get your tumbler personalized with your name or initials.
Perfect for prime entertaining, these modern champagne glasses have a sleek, tapered curvature that makes them stand out amongst the sea of bubbly. While they may look delicate from afar, one Shop TODAY associate editor mentioned how sturdy and lightweight they feel in your hand.
German glassware company Zweisel Glas is one of the world's best-known makers of wine glasses and is consistently recommended by sommeliers as an affordable, yet quality, stemware option. The company has been making glassware since 1872, so they must be doing something right.
This set of four wine glasses is perfect for anyone, whether they're need of an elegant option that's also suitable for everyday use, or they're just starting out on their wine education journey and need the perfect glass for tasting a wide range of wines.
The colorful handblown glass created for Estelle Colored Glass was inspired by founder Stephanie Summerson Hall's grandmother Estelle's love of colorful glass pieces and playing hostess. These heirloom-quality glasses are wonderful for celebrations, but the iridescent collection, in particular, is beautiful any time of year.
"If you're shopping for a wine lover, update their stemware. Trust me, they always need stemware," says Parish. "I love the stemware from Estelle Colored Glass. The handblown glass stemware is described as 'jewels for your table' and comes in various colors. I am partial to the Forest Green and the new iridescent colors."
Best wine gadgets and wine tools to gift
The purpose of a wine decanter is to aerate the wine (i.e., expose the wine to air), letting it "breathe" and opening the flavor notes of the wine and softening tannins. While you're optimizing the wine's flavor by aerating, this classy decanter from Le Chateau also looks fabulous as part of a tablescape or entertaining setup.
"Wine decanters are always a fantastic gift for wine lovers," says Harmon. "You can also find a unique decanter that looks awesome and [that] they will love."
The Le Chateau Wine Decanter is made of handblown, lead-free crystal, holds a 750 mL bottle of wine and has a slanted pour spout to eliminate drips and spills.
This vacuum pump stopper from Rabbit, the foremost name in wine accessories, saves an open bottle of wine to enjoy another time, keeping the bottle airtight to preserve freshness and flavor.
"Another great gift would be an electric wine opener," says Harmon. "It makes getting to the wine they love much easier!"
This cordless electric wine bottle opener by Oster fits the bill: It removes the cork from the bottle with a push of a button. This opener also ensures no broken corks or wasting time with a corkscrew — the process is done for you in seconds.
Don't you hate it when you're ready to chill, but your wine … isn't? The Corkcicle Air Wine Chiller brings your wine to the ideal temperature within minutes. Just insert the icicle-shaped tool into the bottle and pour — it even features an aerator for optimal enjoyment.
Some winemakers use sulfites and other preservatives to preserve freshness and stabilize the wine, but many wine drinkers claim they cause headaches and other adverse reactions. The Ullo Wine Purifier sits on top of a glass or decanter and removes pesky sulfites as the wine is poured through it, leaving nothing but flavor.
Best wine accessories to gift
Don't let those loose bottles clink around on the way to your next BYOB gathering. This insulated two-bottle wine carrier protects wine from the elements (and each other) with its durable, travel-friendly design that includes a padded divider and leak-proof interior.
Add to this gift by including a pair of special bottles the recipient will enjoy.
If the wino in your life needs a good way to store their growing collection, look no further than Vintage View, whose wine storage systems are creative and innovative. This rack is 3 feet tall, stores nine bottles label-forward, and it can be stacked with couplers to store even more wine (up to three bottles deep). Their modular designs make creating your custom wine cellar attainable.
Need a place to store white, rosé and sparkling wines that's attractive yet effective? This Ivation wine refrigerator is available at an affordable price point and won't hog all the space in your apartment kitchen.
It has a sleek black finish and features a UV-resistant glass door with a security lock, removable racks and a 24-bottle capacity. The temperature range is from 41 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit, perfect for any white or sparkling wine but also for ready-to-drink red wines.
Use these marker pens to personalize wine glasses by writing names or making unique designs. Don't worry about making permanent marks; they wipe off with soap and water.
Setting down your glass at a party only to not know which glass is yours is the worst, but these wine charms come to the rescue, fastening onto the stem of the glass so you'll know whose is whose.
This set of 16 unique travel-themed charms with landmarks from around the globe are not only cute, they're also conversation-starters: Choose from the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Colosseum and more.
Is your wine lover stuck on what wine to serve with dinner? These easy-to-follow wine pairing towel guides offer suggestions on foods that pair perfectly with whites and reds.
When you want to chill a bottle of wine (or keep it cold) stylishly, look no further than this handcrafted, polished marble monogrammed marble wine chiller. It's made from imported marble with an acacia wood base, and the monogram is laser-engraved. The chiller makes a lovely gift for the wine drinker that already has the basics.
Unique gifts for wine lovers
This whimsical accessory is the thing your wine-loving friend never knew they needed. It's like someone said, "Let's drink wine in the shower!" and someone else said, "Let's listen to music while we're drinking wine in the shower!" and a third person said, "Let's add a microphone so we can tipsy-dial our friends from the shower!"
Whether you want soothing spa sounds or feel the urge to blast your walk-up song, you can do it while drinking wine in the shower or bathtub. This hilarious gift may just get more use than you think.
Crazy Dog tees are handmade in a small screen-printing shop in Rochester, New York, staffed by people who live in the local neighborhood. High-quality, super soft and designed to last, these tees feature funny, wine-related slogans like, "I just want to drink wine and pet my dog," or, "I like wine and maybe three people." There's sure to be one to fit your favorite wine drinker.
Ever wonder what happens to discarded wine bottles? One intrepid candlemaker is making the most of those empties and upcycling them with scent-sational results.
Napa Uncorked hand-pours its candles in unique scents like Merlot, Chardonnay and Riesling. After the candle is done, clean the glass and use it as a drinking glass, and make the wooden lid a coaster. The company will even personalize the lid with a laser-cut monogram.
Learn how to talk about wine like a sommelier with this guidebook to wine. Learn the difference between a Malbec and a merlot and what wines to pair with which foods. Need further reading? "The Wine Bible," by Karen MacNeil, is another popular pick.
If reading about wine is a little dry, a series of classes with acclaimed wine critic James Suckling will walk through tasting techniques, how to identify and articulate different aromas and flavors, how to store bottles and more. A MasterClass subscription also allows the recipient to choose from a range of other classes.