Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Looking for the Perfect Gift? Wine Away!

We all love gifts (c'mon, you're kidding yourself if you say you don't), and if you're reading this blog, you love wine. So this year for Christmas time, let's explore a lovely combination of the two: wine gifts! While this is meant to be a list of ideas of what to get that wine lover on your gift list, it may or may not also resemble my Christmas list (hint, hint. Nudge, nudge.). So, let's see what kind of fun stuff we can come up with, shall we?

2013 Taste Washington tickets, March 23rd & 24th, 2013: a one-day pass will run you $80 for GA, and $145 for VIP. Splurge on that special someone with a two-day pass and you're looking at $125 for GA and $185 for VIP. Worth every penny if you ask me, this is by far the biggest wine event in the state, and it also features some amazing food served up by well known area restaurants. Gift your recipient a pair of tickets and they just might take you with them! Pick up tickets here. Bonus points if you put the tickets in a wine case box and wrap it up. That's more fun than an envelope!

2013 Seattle Wine & Food Experience Tickets, February 23rd, 2013: the early bird sale is still going on and you can pick up tickets for this event for just $49! This event is more diverse in its offerings (regions for wine, beer, spirits), and also includes tasty bites from great restaurants. Also check out their awesome newly designed website! See above, package those tickets in a fun way! You can find tickets here.

Decanters: there are a variety of decanters on the market that come in all shapes and sizes. Their purpose: aerate the wine and help the flavors open up before you drink it. While they are generally purchased more for functionality than looks, there are some pretty fancy ones out there. Take for instance Riedel's Mamba Decanter. The thing looks like a snake, totally bad ass! It will set you back a few pennies, but who wouldn't want to pour their wine out of that?

Glassware: Having a nice set of stemware is a right of passage for the aspiring oenophile. I remember when I bought my first "fancy glass". It's an Eisch glass, and to this day I'm still generally the only one drinking out of it at my place. Perhaps I need to expand that collection...

Wine Samplers: This was something I came across this year in my gift searches. You can purchase box sets of small portions of different wines to taste side by side. This eliminates having to open 7 bottles of wine all on your own if you want to just do some tasting and comparing. This particular website has them split by varietal and by region. Something fun and definitely a great gift item!

Chillers, openers and trivets, oh my: There are a lot of websites out there that make life easy and just give you a nice listing of gifts under $50. Check out what the Wine Enthusiast Catalog has to offer this year.

WINE: Of course, you can't go wrong with wine itself. This is also a great gift to have handy for those holiday parties you might host where you have guests show up that, whoops, you didn't get a gift for. Wine is ALWAYS the perfect gift. And because it's a gift, it doesn't have to be super flashy or fancy. It just had to be drinkable. Lucky for you, they make wine bottle sized bags that you can just plop the bottles into and you're good to go. Instant gift!

I could probably go on and on (and on and on) about other wine related gift ideas, but since you've got shopping to do I'll leave you with this brief list. So this year, surprise that wine lover in your life with a fun wine gift. They'll thank you for it (and then you can thank me by sending me something too). Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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