There are still FIVE shipping days left until the holidays, so if you're still scouring the internet or the local mall for gift ideas, we're here to help. Well, when it comes to gifts for the wine lover in your life, that is! There are so many cool things on our wish list here at Marram Wines. We've distilled it down to our top holiday gift ideas (besides wine, of course) for the wine newbie to the wine connoisseur in your life.
THE 24-HOUR WINE EXPERT by Jancis Robinson
Consider this an upscale version of Wine For Dummies, but written by the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world. Ms. Robinson offers a comprehensive overview of wine basics in just 100 pages, so you won't get bogged down with too much "inside baseball", but you'll walk away feeling more confident chatting about wine with friends and colleagues. She covers how to read wine labels, why the bottles are shaped as they are, color and aroma, food and wine pairing and more. Available for purchase at Chapters and on Amazon.
WINE BATHTUB CADDIES
Baby, It's Cold Outside! Yup, it sure is -- and we feel there's no better way to enjoy a great glass of wine than while sinking into a hot bathtub full of bubbles -- a good book is optional. But where to put your wine glass so the cat doesn't knock it into the tub? We've got just the solution! A bathtub caddy.
We've discovered this is also a great place to put your smart phone so you can pipe in some relaxing music and your boo, too. We learned from hard experience that losing a flute of Dom P. into the bathtub due to the dog's excited tail wagging was a real bummer. So we asked Santa for one of these for Christmas.
The Umbra Bamboo Bathtub Caddy on Amazon even has a little slot so you won't knock your wine over:
This more rustic version (yes, we agree -- it looks suspciously like a board -- but we love it anyway) from Anthropologie:
A CORAVIN WINE SYSTEM
What's a coravin, you ask? Coravin allows you to pour and enjoy a glass of your favorite wine, without pulling the cork. With no oxidation, you can preserve your wine over weeks, months and longer. So if you want to drink just a glass or two and save the rest for tomorrow -- or the weekend -- a Coravin system will really come in handy. If you order directly from the Coravin website, they'll give you a free 30-day trial of any of their systems. As wine professionals who bring wine samples to customers as our job, we like to use this portable model available on the Coravin site, and also on Amazon, but there are also counter systems available.
WINTRY WINE BOTTLE STOPPERS
They're prettier than a cork and festive, too! There are lots of options out there, but we love these bottle stoppers from Ballard Designs:
And these snowflakes, from Crate & Barrel: