The Vinous 2014 Holiday Gift Guide 

With the holiday season fast approaching, these ten gifts are sure to bring a smile to any wine lover. I talk about this year's selections in this short video.

1. Riedel Veritas New World Pinot/Nebbiolo/Rosé Champagne Glass ($70/set of 2) 

Riedel’s new Veritas series includes a number of attractive, lighter-weight glasses. In particular, the New World Pinot Noir glass is a terrific choice for Barolo, Barbaresco and Pinot-based Champagnes. 

Widely available directly from the manufacturer and in stores


2. Zalto White Wine Glass ($60-62/per stem)

One of my personal favorites, Zalto’s White Wine Glass is a great choice for, naturally, white wines, but also Champagne especially Blanc de Blancs and other Champagnes built on minerality and tension. 

Available from select retailers, including Crush Wine & SpiritsWine Monger and Morrell

3. Zalto Bordeaux Glass ($60-62/per stem)

The Bordeaux glass is a terrific all-around choice for reds.

Available from select retailers, including Crush Wine & Spirits, Wine Monger and Morrell


4. Riedel Cabernet Sauvignon Decanter ($33)

Riedel’s Cabernet Sauvignon decanter is an affordable, everyday workhorse no wine lover should be without.

Widely available directly from the manufacturer and in stores


5. Zalto Carafe No. 75 ($100.00)

This striking decanter from Zalto works well with both whites and reds.

Available from select retailers, including Crush Wine & SpiritsWine Monger and Morrell


6. The Durand Corkscrew ($125.00)

The Durand Corkscrew is a must-have for wine lovers who enjoy drinking older wines. Two blades work alongside a conventional corkscrew mechanism to extract even the most fragile, brittle corks.


7. Native Wine Grapes of Italy by Ian D’Agata ($50.00)

This reference point treatise on Italy’s seemingly endless array of indigenous grapes from Ian D’Agata is a must for every bookshelf.

Available on Amazon


8. The Climates and Lieux-Dits of the Great Vineyards of Burgundy ($120.00)

by Marie-Hélène Landrieu-Lussigny and Sylvain Pitiot

Burgundy lovers will delight in this fabulous book that brings together Sylvain Pitiot's benchmark vineyard maps along with Marie-Hélène Landrieu-Lussigny's painstaking research on the origins of vineyard names. This is a must have Burgundy reference. The current edition has just been released in English and may be harder to find than the French edition.

Available on Amazon


9. Vinous Wine Tote by Moreschi Leather Wine Tote ($1,200)

Vinous is thrilled to offer our limited edition Wine Tote. Designed in collaboration with Moreschi, the renowned leather goods company founded in 1946, the Vinous Wine Tote represents the very best in Italian design and craftsmanship. Each bag is handmade with painstaking care by artisans in Vigevano, Italy. The Vinous Wine Tote is offered in Cocoa or Burgundy soft French calfskin leather with goatskin suede interior and holds two bottles snugly. 

A Vinous Exclusive. Available here.


10. Vinous ($120/1 year)

A subscription to Vinous is always an option for any last minute needs…! Give a gift subscription and we will enter you in a raffle to wine a Vinous Wine Tote by Moreschi. Each gift equals one ticket in the raffle, so five gift subscriptions will result in five entries, two gift subscriptions will result in two entries and so fort. Valid through December 31, 2014.

Gift Subscriptions Available Here.

-- Antonio Galloni