How to find cool wine gifts
The liquor of Bacchus is one of the most desired in the world with a mythological provenience. Its curative properties are known for thousands of years while the drink also plays a significant role in the Biblical tales about the wonders of Jesus. Thus, there is no surprise that millions of people worldwide consider wine one of the most refined alcoholic beverages and choose to end a tough day at work or, on the contrary, to celebrate their success with a glass of this bitter-sweet drink. Over the centuries people have refined their tastes, creating more and more types of wine grapes and perfecting the cult of wine drinking. Nowadays, the wine industry is one of the most profitable in the world with annual revenues of billions of dollars.
But what do wine connoisseurs aim for? In order to find the best type of wine and properly serve it, wine tasters and enthusiasts appeal to a wide array of gadgets and accessories. So how do you please a wine connoisseur? Obviously by finding the most useful, fun or appealing devices to help them with their passion. But since there are so many accessories available on the market, finding the right one might take a lot of time. Our comprehensive guide hopefully will clear the waters for you and help you choose the perfect gift for a wine lover.
How we chose the coolest wine gifts
Out of the variety of available accessories you need to know how to find the perfect tool for wine lovers. In order to make your top picks, we suggest you get inspiration from our guide with simple rules and tips.
Establishing a budget
Believe it or not, wine-related accessories and themed accessories could get extremely pricey. If you really want to impress, you may want to choose a tech gadget such as a cool bottle thermometer, to determine and establish the optimum temperature for the wine. It resembles a belt, and you must place it around the neck of the bottle.
If the budget is not really of your concern, we suggest you take wine tasting to a whole different level by choosing an impressive carafe resembling the branches of a tree. The item is created by a talented designer, Etienne Meneau. The French artist designed an entire line of fantasy-shaped wine carafes, but his works don’t come cheap – over one thousand euro per item. However, the unique designs will certainly bring joy to every wine connoisseur and will make for a great addition in all living rooms or wine cellar.
If you have a limited budget but still want to make a good impression, you can always choose a less pricey yet nicely shaped carafe, a wine rack or a funny corkscrew.
Think about the utility of the wine accessory
One of the most important aspects to take into consideration whenever you decide to buy a gift, regardless of the occasion, is the gift’s utility in the real world. In other words, the accessory doesn’t just have to look nice but to also provide utility in every household. It is mainly the case with small kitchen appliances, but all kitchen accessories should be bought following this rule.
If your friend is a true wine passionate, finding a beautiful wine rack will prove you take an interest in his passions. However, bear in mind that a truly exquisite wine rack may end up costing several hundreds of dollars, depending on the fabric and number of bottles it can support. Nevertheless, there are numerous options on the market. We suggest you opt for a small wine rack which can hold up to three – four different bottles of wine. These are the most accessible in terms of place and will not occupy too much space in the living room.
We suggest you opt for sturdy materials like copper, aluminum or wood. Another option would be stainless steel, and we particularly liked a certain sculptural wine rack inspired by the flow of the liquid, with an undulate design resembling the ocean waves.
The wine taster’s personality
By far some of the most accessible wine accessories are bottle openers and corkscrews which come in all sizes, shapes, and designs. If your wine lover friend has a joyful and fun personality, you can always opt for funny-shaped corkscrews. Web sites and home decoration shops offer numerous styles to choose from, but a true gentleman should always have a moustache-shaped corkscrew. The best wine gifts for Christmas with a very affordable price will remain reindeer, Santa or gingerbread-shaped wine stoppers. Fun and useful!
If we are talking about a more mature personality with classic touches and a sense of rigidity, we suggest you carefully seek a beautifully crafted wine-related accessory. No matter how small the item you offer, it must be flawlessly designed from the finest materials. A pair of crystal wine glasses will make a classic and effortlessly beautiful gift within a reasonable price tag.
Practical personalities who love to have fun and travel will be more than happy to receive wine holders that will stand still during a picnic. We suggest you opt for unique wine gift baskets fully equipped for a delicious and romantic picnic in two. The set features all elementary plates, cutlery, and glasses, as well as a practical wine holder.
The materials used
When picking a good wine accessory, it is highly important to bear in mind the overall quality of the product. Wine is a pretentious drink requiring certain conditions to preserve its flavors and unique tastes. Thus, it should be stored in proper places – dark, cold and highly humid. The quality of the materials used to store the wine also says a lot about the overall quality of the product. If you are thinking about buying a wine rack, we suggest you opt for durable and reliable materials such as steel, copper or aluminum or, on the contrary, to opt for natural materials like wood and resin. Avoid plastic and storing wines in hot places or direct sunlight.
If you are thinking about other wine accessories such as carafes or glasses you should also avoid plastic. Opt for natural glass or crystal as these materials can better retain the freshness and the flavors of wine, without altering its taste.