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  • November 30th, 2009

    Holiday Gift Ideas for the Wine Lover

    Black Friday has come and gone, and Cyber Monday is quickly coming to an end.  But if you’re a natural Holiday gift procrastinator like me then you’re probably still looking for gift ideas instead of pulling the trigger on those early purchases.  To get you motivated and into that Holiday shopping spirit, here are a few gift ideas for the wine lover in your life.

    Magazine Subscriptions
    Magazine subscriptions are great gifts that extend well beyond the Holiday season and are perfect for the wine lover looking to learn and explore.  Two of my favorites include:

    • Wine Spectator – the quintessential wine magazine for people serious about wine and fine dining.  winespectatorA bit stuffy at times, but still the best way to keep up on the latest and greatest in wine.
    • Food & Wine – the perfect read for the wine lover just as passionate about fine food.  Travel, recipes, culinary trends and an overall energetic take on living.

    Wine of the Month Clubs
    What better way to let your wine lover explore and learn about new wines then through a Wine of the Month Club.  Locally The Wine Merchant in Oakley has some great options.

    vinturiVinturi Wine Aerator
    The Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator continues to draw a lot of attention, and rightly so.  The unique and sleek design makes the aeration process fast and easy.  You’ll taste a noticeable difference in your wines.

    Rustic Wine Bagswinebags
    These charming wine bags are each branded with an antique corkscrew design and make a unique gift on their own or as gift wrap to a bottle of wine.  Just $16 for a set of 4 at wisteria.com.

    Wine Movies
    There aren’t a ton of movies out there with wine as a central part of the plot, but the ones that do exist are pretty darn good.  Two of the best:

    • Bottle ShockbottleshockThis docudrama is loosely based on the famous Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 (Judgement of Paris) which arguably put the Napa Valley on the map.  Stars Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Chris Pine (Star Trek).
    • Sideways – Struggling novelist and wine connoisseur Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his best friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) on a wine-tasting tour of California vineyards for a kind of extended bachelor party.  An Oscar win and several Oscar nominations for this one.

    What else do you love that should be a must-buy for people this Holiday season?

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