The Vinous 2013
Holiday Gift Guide
With the holidays in full swing it’s time to start thinking
about gifts. This year, we are once again proud to present our selection of
some of the best gift ideas for the wine lovers in your life. The 2013 Gift
Guide has as bit of everything, from stocking stuffers to the ultra-luxurious,
plus a last-minute idea or two, if like, me you are a procrastinator! Readers
might also enjoy this short
video I shot with this year’s selections.
(Not pictured) DropStop ($8.95/package of 5)
A pack or two of DropStops makes the perfect small gift or
stocking stuffer. The shiny, silver discs make serving red wine simple, easy
and free of spills.
Available through Amazon
1. Champagne stoppers ($6.99)
These simple, inexpensive stoppers make it easy to enjoy a
bottle of Champagne over a day or two. The model in this link is not the exact
model in our video, but many versions work alike. Nothing fancy is required.
You can never have enough Champagne stoppers around, especially during the
2. Waiter’s Corkscrew ($12.00)
An everyday workhorse, the standard traditional waiters’ corkscrew
is functional and inexpensive.
Available at most wine stores.
3. Ah-So Corkscrew ($25)
The Ah-so corkscrew is an excellent tool for removing
fragile older corks. Gently nestle the dual blades in between the cork and the
glass, then twist gently.
Available from the manufacturer or in select stores.
4. The Durand Corkscrew ($125.00)
The Durand brings together elements of the traditional
corkscrew and the Ah-so. It is an absolute essential for anyone who enjoys
opening and drinking older wines. The Durand is simply a must-have.
Available direct or from a handful of select retailers
Rare Wine Co, Vins
Rare and K&L
5. Screwpull filter and funnel ($70)
Screwpull’s two-piece filter and funnel is indispensable for
decanting older bottles and removing any small bits of cork or sediment that
remain in the wine.
Available directly from the manufacturer.
6. a, b, c. Zalto Glassware/Decanters ($60-$63/stem for glasses, $100 for the decanter
Zalto makes some of my favorite glasses. The White Wine
glass is a great all-around glass also works beautifully with Champagne. The
Burgundy glass is gorgeous. I use it for Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo. Recently, I
have begun using the decanters as well. Zalto glasses are not inexpensive, but
they are worth every penny.
Available from select retailers, including Crush Wine & Spirits, Wine Monger, and Vintry Fine Wines.
7. a, b, c, d. Riedel Glassware/Decanters ($30-$100 for glasses, $60 and up for decanters)
Riedel’s Vinum Extreme Pinot Noir glass is one of the best
for Barolo and Barbaresco. I have also used the Burgundy Grand Cru stem for
years. It remains a classic. No wine lover should be without Riedel’s standard
Cabernet Sauvignon decanter, which an affordable, everyday workhorse.
Widely available directly from the manufacturer and in
8. Coravin ($300)
Ever wonder what it might be like to have multiple bottles
of great wine available at any time? Coravin uses a high-grade surgical needle
to draw wine from an opened bottle. The missing wine is replaced with neutral
argon gas, extending the life of the wine for days, weeks and perhaps even longer,
although I have only used the Coravin for a few weeks.
Available directly from the manufacturer and from select
retailers, including Chelsea Wine
Vault and Chambers Street Wines.
9. Moreschi Leather Wine
Moreschi is best known for their hand-made shoes and other
leather goods. The Wine Tote, seen here in dark brown, is a magnificent example
of Italian design and craftsmanship. The Wine Tote has not yet been
commercially released, but it is available to Vinous readers directly from the
manufacturer. If you would like more information, please contact Vinous at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch
10. Vinous ($120/1 year, $200/2 years)
to Vinous is always an option for any last minute needs…!