While a good bottle of wine is the classic gift for the wine-obsessed member gathered around the tree, and quite frankly one of my favourite gifts to receive, choosing a bottle for someone can be a bit daunting and time-consuming. (I get stuck in the bottle shop buying for myself instead of someone else!)
Dive into the fringes of the world of wine and get some great gifts that are wine-related or chosen for you by experts who know what consumers are looking for.
Even the fussiest of winos will stay smiling all year round with a present that says, "I know you are a wine tragic - so I bought you this".
A book on wine never goes astray. My reading list is packed with titles including Stalin's Wine Cellar written by Australians John Baker and Nick Place (Penguin, $22.99) to The Billionaire's Vinegar (Penguin, $26.99) - a splendid read by Benjamin Wallace about the pitfalls of buying wine from an unknown source. The renowned Jancis Robinson's The 24-Hour Wine Expert (Penguin, $12.99) is also a good option, as it demystifies the world of wine in Robinson's usual succinct manner. All of these will keep your wine lover curled up after lunch, quiet as a mouse as they absorb and analyse their favourite subject.
Put on a wine-related movie such as Sideways, Uncorked, Bottle Shock or Sour Grapes and you will never hear from them again. Except when it's all over and they have to discuss the storylines with the rest of the family.
A quick browse through your local bookstore or online will find you a host of great books and movies that will keep a wine tragic happy all season.
Every wine collector knows that oxygen is the greatest thief when it comes to the quality of your wine. So most wine collectors love a gadget that can keep their wine at optimum flavour and condition once the bottle has been opened. My absolute favourite gadget is the Coravin.
It resembles something from a torture chamber, yet has quite the opposite result. Unlike other wine preservers, which only delay the oxidation of your wine, the Coravin wine preservation system is designed to pour wine without removing the cork, so wine always tastes as if it has just been opened - even years later.
The non-coring Coravin needle gently passes through corks without displacing cork material. Once the needle is removed, the cork simply expands back to its normal shape. As wine is extracted through the needle, it is replaced with pure Argon gas, ensuring oxygen never touches the remaining wine, keeping it as fresh as the day it was bottled.
If you find yourself strapped for more ideas, then Dan Murphy's Gifting Hub is bound to have a solution to your wine-related gift problem. This innovative online gifting platform takes the pain points out of everyday gifting. Boasting an Australian-first technology platform, it enables you to gift your besties in seconds or even your clients and staff within minutes via a one-click upload of recipient lists.
The hub has an incredible collection of more than 300 drink packages, and offers more than just booze in a box. The curated packs and wine gifts include hard-to access-back vintages, museum collections, rare wine flights or large format champagne complete with tasting notes from Masters of Wine Andrew Caillard and Annette Lacey.
You can't go wrong with a beautifully designed, artisanal wine bag. Boydell's Wines and Australian artisanal leather goods company Saddler & Co have collaborated to create a limited-edition wine bag. It's perfect for transporting wines safely and stylishly from homes to summer picnics, barbecues and more, a great addition to your accessories post-lockdown. The wine bag is handcrafted using the finest Australian leather and made in regional NSW. Available from boydells.com.au.
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