Wine lovers are a passionate bunch. They love wine, and they love to share their passion with others. Whether you are a wine lover yourself, or you’re looking for a gift/wine accessory for someone else, here we discuss some of the best wine accessories on the market today for wine lovers of all ages. We have something for everyone in this post, so you can find a gift idea that’s perfect for anyone in your life who loves wine!
A nice wine glass can change your drinking experience in many ways. A high-quality wine glass offers a more refined experience than a standard wine glass. A high-quality wine glass isn’t just for the aesthetics. The same exact wine sipped from different glasses can taste astoundingly different. When looking for a nice wine glass for yourself as a gift or for others, look for a nicely bellied, thin-lipped, with a top that is slightly curved in.
You can even consider getting etched wine glasses which make the perfect engagement, bridal shower, wedding, or hostess gift. These high-impact wine glasses are beautiful and your recipient could display it in their glass cabinet when not in use.
For a more playful gift, consider getting customized wine glasses on a website like Etsy. You can get a custom wine glass with a fun message like “Mom Off Duty” for a new mom or treat a friend for their birthday with a custom message like “All I Need Is Wine and My Cat.”
Cork Pull, Corkscrew, Wine Opener, or Wine Key
A wine bottle opener is a must-have for every wine lover. However, before you can get to opening your bottles of wine with ease and style, the first thing you’ll need to do is find out what type best suits your needs. Here are some of the most popular options:
Wine Key and Waiter’s Corkscrew
The waiter’s corkscrew remains one of the most popular choices for wine openers thanks to its simplicity and portability. To use this type of opener, simply screw it into the top of the wine cork, position the fulcrum on the corner of the bottle’s lip, and use leverage to pull the cork out.
One of the oldest forms of wine openers still in use today is the wing corkscrew. This opener needs more applied force than other openers, making it less popular than some other options we see today. To use a wing corkscrew, you’ll need to screw the metal worm into the cork and then push both wings down to pop the cork out.
Electric Wine Opener
An electric wine opener is perfect for beginners or anyone who wants a simple, easy-to-use wine opener. It makes a considerate gift idea for wine lovers who have arthritis or limited hand strength.
Ah-So Cork Puller
The “Ah-So” cork puller is a tried and true wine opening tool that can be easily stored or carried. To use, work in the two prongs between the cork and bottle. Once all the way in, twist and pull to bring out the cork. It’s also important to note that this cork puller takes considerably more strength to use than the above methods, but it works great for older corks that are crumbly.
Air Pressure Pump
This wine opener makes use of air pressure to push the cork out from the bottle. Simply insert the needle through the cork and pump until the cork is pushed from the bottle.
Decanting wine is essentially the process of pouring (decanting) the contents from one vessel (typically a bottle) into another vessel (typically a decanter). Usually, the wine is then served from the decanter, but sometimes in a restaurant it is decanted back into the original bottle for service. It’s important to note that not every bottle of wine needs decanting. Decanting is often done with older vintage port wines or aged Bordeaux – wines that throw off a lot of sediment as they age. Decanting separates the wine from the sediment, which not only would not look nice in your glass, but would also make the wine taste more astringent. Decanting ensures that the sediment stays in the bottle and you get a nice clear wine in the decanter, and subsequently in your glass. A wine decanter is always a good gift for a wine lover because they’re decorative and can make red wine taste better.
Wine Cooler or Ice Bucket
An ice bucket or wine cooler allows you to keep your wine at the right temperature. If you want a wine cooler, opt for one with a wooden exterior. These coolers look nice and are best at keeping the wine temperature consistent. A standard ice bucket is fine if it’s mostly going to be used in sitting on the table near guests while they enjoy their wine.
There are also bottle insulators on the market that are portable and vacuum insulated. This keeps your wine chilled for hours so you can enjoy your wine anywhere you go.
In summary, wine gifts are a great way to show someone that you care about them and appreciate their love of wine. When buying wine or wine accessories for your loved ones, it’s important to be considerate of the type they like most, whether red or white, and also their consumption habits. Do they often share a bottle of wine with others or do they typically enjoy it alone? What would most benefit their wine drinking experience? By taking these into consideration, you’ll be sure to get them a gift they’ll be sure to enjoy for years to come!