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Gifts for a Wine Lover

Jun 27, 2008
Nothing says elegance more than the gift of wine. If you aren't a connoisseur and don't wish to embarrass yourself by giving the wrong kind of wine, cheer up. There are websites devoted to fine wine that educate you into sophistication. However, a bottle of wine isn't the only thing available in wine gifts. There are glasses, carafes and wonderful wine racks and coolers that make you the star when it comes to appeal of the gift.

To create unique gifts, you can spend as little or as much as you like. Shop for crackers and cheese. Combine the flavors of the cheese with the appropriate wine and create a basket with a two glasses, the cheese, crackers and your selection. If you don't have time, there are sites on line that create the basket for you. Use the same idea but use a picnic basket. Put a note in the basket, 'A little wine, a little cheese, and thou.' This makes a great gift for your spouse for an anniversary.

Hunt for a private winery that offers unusual choices that you normally wouldn't find in local stores. Some of the companies actually create wine to your specifications. If you want to give the gift that keeps giving, look for smaller specialty vineyards that offer a wine club. Memberships to the clubs vary with the company but often include newsletters, upcoming events and bottles of wine.

Delightful and unusual decanters bring smiles to the face of the ardent wine lover. There are great varieties of designs that range from simple to elegant, and some cross over to lavishly decadent. The gracious host always will display the decanter with pride and thank you's for years to come.

If cheese and wine isn't exactly what you wanted to give, perhaps some truffles or rich imported chocolate and wine that compliments them, is more to your taste in gift giving. Fresh strawberries and champagne sound like an intriguing gift that you'd love to give or receive. Great combinations of glass wear, food or accessories are wonderful, but a simple bottle of wine says a lot as a gift also.

At one time the corkscrew was a 'must have' for every home. Today many people seldom have one in the kitchen. If your recipient is a novice in the wine appreciation area, give them a beautiful corkscrew that lasts forever. Nothing is more disappointing than to receive a bottle of wine and await its fragrance and aroma, only to find, there's no way to open it. A decorative corkscrew also makes a wonderful gift for the seasoned wine lover.

Wine making kits titillate the imagination of the true wine critic. When you purchase a wine making kit for them, they get to make wine and add just the hint of what they believed was missing.

The list is endless. There are books about wine, mini travel bars and everything online that you never knew existed. Once you begin your search for the perfect wine gift, you'll find so many you love; you'll have to search for more people to receive them.
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