Do you have a wine enthusiast in the family? Tired of settling for the same gift every year: another bottle of wine? Try mixing it up with some interesting wine accessories or other wine related gifts. Here are a few different gifts that any wine enthusiast will be glad to receive.
The Wine Aerator
There are a lot of crazy and unique wine gifts out there, but the aerator is a pretty standard accessory that every wine enthusiast must have. If the wine lover you know does not have one already, then it should be the first gift you get them. An aerator is a fairly inexpensive device that can add a lot of value to any bottle of wine.
A wine aerator is similar in some ways to a decanter, which will be covered next, but it works much faster. Both, the decanter and the aerator can filter air into the wine. The difference is that the aerator works on the spot as you pour the wine.
In a sense, aerating wine allows the wine to breathe. It gives it a smoother taste and highlights the various undertones of the bottle. Perhaps you’ve heard someone drink a glass of wine and comment on the various flavors they can taste working in symphony, yet when you try a glass of red wine you taste only one flavor. The difference is that they’ve aerated their wine.
Wine aerators are easy to find and don’t cost much at all. There are a couple of different types of aerators, but the most common sit on a stand and the wine glass sits beneath the aerator. The wine is poured directly into the aerator and then passes through into the glass.
The process of decanting can seem a bit confusing and unnecessary to the outsider, but to the avid wine enthusiast, it is very important and fulfilling. The basics of decanting are actually very simple. Wine is poured from a bottle (decanting means to gradually pour) into a decanter. The purpose of decanting is to separate the wine from the sediment and to allow aeration.
By very slowly pouring the wine into the decanter the sediment remains at the bottom of the wine bottle and does not enter the decanter. Sediment affects the appearance and taste of wine. Not all wine requires decanting, but those that are aged and accumulate sediment do.
The Wine Gift Basket
Perhaps the best all-around gift you can get for a wine enthusiast is a wine-themed gift basket. You can include several different wine related items, including the two gifts mentioned above. That is in addition to wine glasses, wine itself, wine openers, cheeses, and chocolates to enjoy with the wine.
The wine industry is booming and there are more unique wine gifts available than ever before. Aside from the gifts mentioned here, you could consider larger gifts like wine racks, wine refrigerators, or even wine-themed décor for the home. The possibilities are endless.