Snooth's Holiday Wine Gift Guide

Special gifts for your favorite wine lover


My how this year has gone by. It’s time again to scramble for gifts, but there's good news: it is a great time to find the perfect wine gift for your favorite wine lover. Whether they are a connoisseur or amateur, there simply have never been so many great wines, and wine gift deals, from which to choose.

One trait that virtually every wine lover shares is the desire to learn more about wine. When gifting wine I always like to give at least two bottles of the same wine. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, and allows the recipient the chance to experience the wine at different stages of development.

Another way to both give a wine gift that keeps on giving, and further your favorite wine lover’s journey of discovery is by enrolling him, or her, in a wine club. Wine clubs will send your favorite wine lover new wines on a regular schedule, extending the gift giving season, and offering them a chance to experience new, and frequently exclusive wines, while being reminded of your generosity and thoughtfulness all year long. There are even "build your own" clubs that allow you to customize the selections to fit any budget or palate.

Some Wine Gift Guidelines

Every holiday season it seems to get more and more difficult to find that perfect gift for your favorite wine aficionado. I like to try and find wines that come from years that are significant to the gift’s recipient, perhaps an anniversary year, or birth year. Another option that is always fun is to find wines with significant names, both Wyatt and Atticus have come in handy for me! If all else fails, going the gift card route lets your friends and family choose the wine gift that's perfect for them.

Looking Beyond Wine for Great Gift Ideas

Wine Glasses
One gift that is always appropriate, and never goes out of style, is glassware. Over the past few years there has been an explosion of glasses and decanters that are best suited for one variety of wine or another. While each of these glasses has a specific function, I prefer to stock my shelves with primarily all-purpose glasses. Look for a good Bordeaux or Burgundy glass and buy your favorite wine lover a set of 6, so that they will always be ready to share their favorite bottling.  If you really want to give them a great gift, make sure the glasses are dishwasher safe! Click here to visit for great deals on glasseware.

Gourmet Foods
Still not sure what to buy for your favorite wine lover, or perhaps you’ve found out that state laws will prevent you from shipping your wine gift? Well don’t despair, one of the great things about winelovers is that we are a pretty sensuous bunch. We love exploring new flavors, and food and wine pairings, so check out some artisanal foodstuffs, extra virgin olive oil is a great choice. The finest oils of the new vintage have just been pressed across Europe and are ready to excite your favorite wine and food lover! Combine a bottle with a cookbook, or gourmet ingredients, to make a great impression.

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  • Snooth User: ATootsie
    38376 70

    One gift I love to give to Wine lovers is a package of the silver drip-less pour disks. They come 5 in a package. You can give them alone or with a great bottle of Wine. A lot of people love the Oak Ridge Winery's OZV Merry Christmas!

    Dec 01, 2009 at 7:21 PM

  • Snooth User: cablecars
    321328 31

    Usually the more rowdy holiday dinner parties will result in a broken glass or two. Can't be helped, as far as I can see.

    It's worth having a few extra around.

    Dec 08, 2009 at 4:27 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,748

    Glasses are great. I have to say I am a big fan of Riedel's Tyrol line. I can put them in the dishwasher and they take up relatively little space in the cupboard, especially if you mix them with taller, stemmed glasses. I just checked the pricing though and I must have bought them on super sale, having paid about $10 a stem, not the $20 folks seem to be asking.

    Dec 11, 2009 at 11:23 AM

  • Another wine lovers gift is the perfect coffee table book. If you are fan of Napa wines and visit Napa take a look at

    Dec 16, 2009 at 6:46 PM

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