The holiday buying season takes off in earnest this weekend, so I came up with some gifts that are perfect for the wine enthusiast and home chef. There is something at every price point, so let’s not dilly dally, let’s get shopping.
Great Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast
Nambe Curvo Wine Rack – $119.00
Resting on its Nambé Alloy base, the Curvo Wine Rack’s acacia wood form curves rhythmically to create spaces for four wine bottles. A beautiful and functional piece of art, it can be displayed from the side or the front for two distinct effects. The Curvo Wine Rack is as convenient as you can get with wine storage. Its vertical design allows you to use it on table tops without demanding space. Perfect for dinner parties, display it and allow your guests to choose their wine and makes sure there’s always another bottle nearby. One of many great wine gifts from Nambe.
The first definitive reference book to describe, region-by-region, how the great wines of Europe should taste. This book will be the go-to guide for aspiring sommeliers, wine aficionados who want to improve their blind tasting skills, and amateur enthusiasts looking for a straightforward and visceral way to understand and describe wine. Wine Books make great gifts.
About the authors
RAJAT PARR is the wine director of the 17-restaurant Mina Group, which includes properties in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, DC. His program at the flagship restaurant in San Francisco holds a Wine Spectator Grand Award. He is also the co-founder of the wine labels Domaine de la Cote, Sandhi, and Evening Land Vineyards.
JORDAN MACKAY is a James Beard Award-winning writer who lives in Napa Valley and travels extensively, speaking and writing about wine, spirits, and food. His work has appeared in Food & Wine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, the Art of Eating, Wine & Spirits, and many others. He is the author of Passion for Pinot and coauthor of James Beard Award-winner Secrets of the Sommeliers (also with Rajat Parr), Two in the Kitchen (with Christie Dufault), New York Times bestseller Franklin Barbecue (with Aaron Franklin), and Knife (with John Tesar).
Vineyard Willow Picnic Basket with service for 2 – Santa Cruz – $77.50
From Picnic at Ascot this handcrafted fully-lined picnic basket includes service for 2 with a section for two bottles – measures 17″ wide x 11.5: deep x 11.5″ high (excl. handle). It also includes a premium picnic set with 8″ ceramic plates – matching cotton napkins – glass wine glasses – stainless steel flatware – corkscrew. Great for outdoor concerts and picnics in the park.
Coravin’s most intuitive wine system that gives you the freedom to pour and enjoy a glass of wine from any bottle, at any time, without pulling the cork. Using Coravin’s proprietary technology, this is the best-in-class tool that lets you taste, share, compare and explore wine like never before. It’s the revolution that’s opening up an enriching world of possibilities.
Get your guests laughing before they walk in the door. It is made from 100% Coconut fiber. The natural fiber face provides the perfect surface for guests to wipe their shoes before entering your home.
The White One – $49.95
The Red One – $49.95
One perfect shape glass that optimizes all red wine and all white wines (two sizes) designed by award-winning Master Sommelier, Author, and TV host Andrea Robinson. Dedicating years of testing, Andrea developed the perfect shape and features for the perfect wine glass to make the most of all wines. Andrea created the precise angle, bowl depth, bowl size, and rim size to channel the aromas and bouquet to ensure maximum expression of every red wine’s character and quality.
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Wine Coasters Set & Holder – $14.97
I really don’t think anything more needs to be said. These are hilarious!
This set of 4 drink coasters comes with a wine bottle holder. The holder also doubles as a box for these solid wood wine coasters. Whether it’s a red or white wine, these wine quote coasters work great to protect your table surfaces. A light and colorful design that will colorful made from sustainable wood.
The Wine Bible – $16.96
This is THE definitive book about wine. Like a lively course from an expert teacher, The Wine Bible grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals while layering on informative asides, tips, amusing anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, photos (all new for this edition), maps, labels, and recommended bottles.
Karen MacNeil’s information comes directly through primary research; for this second edition she has tasted more than 10,000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world.
Scorpion Wine Decanter – $36.95
An elegant decanter, exquisitely hand-made, is not just a wine carafe but also a perfect centerpiece. Unique Scorpion shape makes sure It will catch everyone’s attention the moment it shows up. It has been designed to oxygenate the contents in wine and release more aromatic flavors, emerging the best wine experience as much as possible which a professional decanter should do. Smoothly elegant curves make it easy to handle and sturdy enough to use on a marble countertop. Recommended optimum aerating volume is one standard-size bottle of wine.
We have prepared a small box of cleaning beads(50g) inside the package as a free gift. To wash the decanter slowly pour the cleaning beads into your decanter with some warm water. Now gently swirl until it gets clean and then wipe it with a dry cloth. With proper care, it should last a lifetime which is a perfect gift to give or to keep for yourself.
Take your favorite wine to the beach with friends. Plan a movie night in the park. Or relax at an outdoor concert; these wine stakes hold a red or white wine bottle and four glasses for everyone to enjoy! Made with premium grade stainless steel each wine glass stake features a carefully designed holder that’s safe on glass, while the wine bottle holder gently secures and stabilizes the bottle even if it’s full.
Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide – $22.26
This is the best $22.26 you will EVER spend on a wine education book.
The expanded wine guide from the creators of WineFolly.com, packed with new information for devotees and newbies alike.
Wine Folly became a sensation for its inventive, easy-to-digest approach to learning about wine. It is now in a new, expanded hardcover edition. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is the perfect guide for anyone looking to take their wine knowledge to the next level.
Wine Folly: Magnum Edition includes:
* more than 100 grapes and wines color-coded by style so you can easily find new wines you’ll love;
* a wine region explorer with detailed maps of the top wine regions, as well as up-and-coming areas such as Greece and Hungary;
* wine labeling and classification 101 for wine countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Austria;
* an expanded food and wine pairing section;
* a primer on acidity and tannin–so you can taste wine like a pro;
* more essential tips to help you cut through the complexity of the wine world and become an expert.
Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is the must-have book for the millions of fans of WineFolly.com and for any budding oenophile who wants to boost his or her wine knowledge in a practical and fun way. It’s the ultimate gift for any wine lover.
Check back tomorrow for Great Gifts for the Chef in your Home.
That’s all for now. Have a great Thanksgiving and then …. get shopping!