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The 12 Best Gifts for Wine Lovers in 2020, According to Experts

The 12 Best Gifts for Wine Lovers in 2020, According to Experts

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Deciding what to get for your wine-loving friend, family member, or loved one (that's more than just a bottle of red or white) can be a challenge. To help you pick out the perfect gift, we’ve turned to the experts to recommend their personal favorite wine-themed items to give or receive. From the premier wine preservation system beloved by industry professionals to polyphenol-packed wine facial oil, here are some of the best wine gifts to consider.

Best Overall: Coravin Wine Preservation System

Regine Rousseau, CEO of Shall We Wine, praises the Coravin wine system for ensuring "the perfect wine pairing for scallops with garlic beurre blanc on Tuesday and PB&J on Wednesday.” Coravin, a revolutionary wine preservation system, uses a needle and inert gas to allow users to pour wine without removing the cork from the bottle. This technology has become a widely accepted standard amongst wine professionals worldwide and is the ultimate gift for the at-home drinker. With this system, says Rousseau, wine lovers can “savor every bottle at our own pace, not oxygen’s.”

Best Gadget: Cork Pops Legacy Wine Bottle Opener

Sommelier Yannick Benjamin has a gift recommendation for serving wine without breaking the bank. Benjamin, who also owns Contento Restaurant in NYC and serves as co-founder of Wheeling Forward, a charitable organization supporting people with varying disabilities, is a fan of the Cork Pops Legacy Wine Bottle Opener. “As a sommelier, I am a bit old school as I like to open my wines with a traditional waiter's corkscrew––however, I tried [this] out and I absolutely loved it,” he says. “I highly recommend it to those who don't want to deal with the hassle of opening a wine with the corkscrew." Benjamin also adds that this opener is "the fastest, easiest way to open a bottle of wine; just insert the needle into the cork and push the button.” Plus, the device’s button pops up with a satisfying sound.

Best Tumblers: BrüMate Wine Tumblers

There are plenty of things to love about a hot, summer day, but warm white or rosé definitely isn’t one of them. Tahiirah Habibi, sommelier and founder of Hue Society, has a simple solution: double-walled wine tumblers. “These things are miracle workers when you need to chill your wine down quickly––always keep one in the freezer with the other essentials,” she says. These BrüMate tumblers kick it up a notch with an extra layer of insulation and plenty of color and design options, making it easy to find the perfect one for your wine-obsessed friend or loved one. These tumblers hold over a half-bottle of wine and feature a splash-proof lid.

Best Specialty Club: Cellar 503

A wine club membership is an excellent gift for any wine aficionado. Cellar 503, a club entirely dedicated to wines from Oregon, is a special way to send bottles to your loved one’s doorstep, showcasing a singular wine destination and supporting small businesses (the club and featured producers) in the process. Wine writer and educator Jaclyn Misch shares what makes this particular club so special: "Most people know that Oregon is known for its excellent Pinot Noir, but a wine club subscription from Cellar 503 allows consumers to take a deeper dive into this region and all it has to offer,” she says. “Each monthly selection includes very detailed tasting notes, along with a full sheet of information on the Oregon growing region and wineries highlighted."

Best Book: The Wine Region of Rioja

For those interested in deep dives of singular wine destinations, Rioja is a fascinating region to explore and embark on a wine-fueled journey in Spain. Ana Fabiano, a Rioja expert and historian, penned "The Wine Region of Rioja" for this exact purpose, and her stories span the region’s top winemakers, indigenous grapes, local recipes, and more. Send this along with a few bottles of Rioja for a thoughtful, interactive gift.

Best Design: Monopol Westmark Germany Cork Puller

You can't go wrong with a stylish wine bottle opener, according to Matt Crafton, winemaker at Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, Calif. "I like things that work and look good at the same time,” he says about his Monopol Westmark Germany cork puller. “The concept and execution are simple, but it's a beautiful and functional product that is a must-have for any wine lover,” he adds, noting that this particular model is great for opening older bottles or tough corks. To use this opener, simply place the longer prong in the space between the cork and the bottleneck, pushing until the shorter side goes in. Begin to rock it gently until both prongs are in, then twist and pull to remove the cork.

Best Functional: Chemex Pour-Over Coffeemaker

“Instead of a traditional decanter, we use a Chemex coffeemaker,” says Chris Leon, wine director and founder of Leon & Son Wine and Spirits in Brooklyn. “It’s perfectly shaped for decanting wine, and has a spout and handle built-in." He adds, "Plus, it saves space in our tiny NYC kitchen!” Whether or not your recipient is tight on shelf or counter space, this six-cup, Chemex pour-over makes for a thoughtful and smart gift for any gastronome.

Best Personalized: Winc Wine Subscription

Winc is the epitome of a modern wine club—it’s all online, customized to your palate (or that of your recipient), user-friendly, and reasonably priced. It’s easy to give the gift of Winc: just head to the “Gifts” tab and select a one-, two-, or three-month subscription, or choose a custom flat amount. This will go straight to your recipient and they can choose their own adventure from there, no guesswork needed. Winc memberships generally operate on a credit basis, meaning credits are added to member accounts each month and can be added to if needed (they never expire). No commitment is required, and members can either go with custom recommendations or freely choose their own bottles. Even more, shipping is free with four-bottle orders (order minimum is three bottles), and Winc guarantees to replace any unsatisfactory bottle for free.

Best Funny: May Contain Wine T-Shirt

“Wine lovers wear their hearts on their tees,” says Rousseau. “A kick-ass t-shirt with a wine motto proudly displayed is the perfect gift for your favorite oenophile—t-shirts speak while we sip!” While there are a plethora of humorous wine-themed tees available, this handmade "May Contain Wine" shirt is a favorite, which comes in eight different colors and unisex sizes.

Best Budget: Sipski Wine Glass Holder

Baths with wine can be a complicated affair: the few surfaces available tend to be slippery, and dealing with a spilled or broken glass is the last thing one needs when trying to relax. Sipski has a budget-friendly solution in the form of a wine glass holder, designed to attach to a bathroom wall (or any flat, dry, and shiny surface). They're also available in a variety of colors and can accommodate a wide range of glass styles, including stemless.

Best Beauty: ARCONA Wine Oil

Skincare buffs will love this Arcona facial oil made from the skin of red grapes. Packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, linoleic and oleic acids, and more, this special oil can be used in the morning or at night and seeks to minimize the appearance of fine lines and other signs of aging. This is an ideal gift for those with mature skin (suitable for both women and men), and the brightening formula smells of clove and cinnamon, bringing relaxation with each application.

Best Sweets: Moonstruck Chocolate Co. Chocolates

Sarah Horner, Director of Consumer Experience for Montinore Estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, knows a thing or two about wine in chocolates—she, along with three other wineries, collaborated with a local shop to create a wine country truffle set for wine lovers and gourmands alike. “Each chocolate looks like a cork and there are four different wine-infused flavors,” she says. “[Moonstruck Chocolate’s] sets are beautifully packaged and ready to give—or keep for yourself."

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