Best gifts for wine lovers in 2020
Perhaps they already have a collection or taste that’s beyond the realms of an achievable gift budget, or maybe you just want something to lighten what can sometimes seem like an exceedingly serious world of wine. Beneath the wine world’s serious carapace is a simple quest for flavour, and you don’t need to be an expert to join in it.
If you find yourself stuck for ideas, we’ve brought together a collection of wine gifts that strike the balance of being both tasteful and practical. From centrepiece bottle holders and nifty glass-top sulphate filters, to wine-chilling gadgets that’ll save you going backwards and forwards to the fridge, we have options to suit all budgets.
For those curious about the world of bottle hunting, we’ve also included some beginner’s guides and wine journals. And, of course, we’ve included some elegant and unusual wine glasses to help enhance red, white or fizz, and some perfect cheeses to pair with any wines.
The best wine gifts
Octopus wine holder
An eccentric wine bottle holder can become a table centrepiece in itself when cradling a bottle. This octopus is designed with a bottle in mind, and is sturdily built so that bottles can rest safely in its tentacles. The size means it’s an unobtrusive but eye-catching addition, even to small tables.
Available from: Graham and Green (£35)
Upcycled wine bottle hydro herb kits
Fresh herbs are a game-changer for adding flavour and freshness to recipes. The novelty of an organic kitchen garden grown hydroponically in an upcycled wine bottle is marvellous, and there are nine herbs to choose from, including classic basil, mint and coriander. This innovative, wine-related gift will literally keep on giving.
Available from: Etsy (£19)
Moleskine passion wine journal
For those who like to savour every aroma, a wine journal becomes an archive of every bottle that has stirred the senses. Think of it as a diary – somewhere to record the grape, year, place and what it was paired with. A wine journal is a great gift for those who like to jot down tasting notes, are building their own collection, or associate memories with the drink they had at the time.
Personalised grapevine gift set
For a wine lover who has everything, a pair of vines could be the perfect gift. British brand The Gluttonous Gardener selected two particular varieties, one white and one red, because of their ability to thrive in the UK’s fickle climate. They can even be grown in large pots. Just personalise the wooden crate with a name or personal message.
Available from: Not on the High Street (£54)
Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
What’s the big deal about wine? When professional journalist and self-proclaimed amateur drinker Bianca Bosker discovers the world of elite sommeliers, she dives headfirst into the life where taste reigns supreme. Cork Dork is a witty retelling of her fervour-fuelled adventure that takes the reader from underground tastings to a Neuroscientists fMRI machine in her pursuit of the answer to that question.
Ullo wine purifier
The Ullo contains four filters that help purify wine by removing sulfites and residual sediment. The former is a preservative widely used in winemaking that can cause allergic reactions in those who are sensitive. This little gadget simply sits on top of a glass, and also has an optional ‘aerate’ function for enhancing the flavour of reds.
Dibor vintage embossed wine goblets
These are a cheerful choice for slow summer dinners, and would add colour to anyone’s glass collection. On a practical note, different coloured glasses also make it easier during dinner parties to distinguish what drink belongs to which person.
Available from: Not on the High Street (£29.95 for a set of four)
Uashmama wine holder
Uashmama creates durable and washable paper bags that make nifty kitchen storage solutions. This wine holder has a removable interior cooling pouch for sitting snugly around bottles, and a thick stitched leather handle. This would be a practical and plastic-free gift for minimalistic wine lovers.
Available from: Trouva (£28.99)
Nkuku Obra industrial wine rack
Rated the best freestanding option in our test of the best wine racks, the Obra, by sustainable brand Nkuku, is sturdy and durable enough to double as an extra surface in your kitchen, or side table in the living room. Smaller bottles and cans sit comfortably between wine bottles, so don’t consider its 12-bottle capacity its limit.
Available from: Nkuku (£180)
Recycled wine glasses
These unique wine glasses are also some of our favourite sustainable gifts, and are each a little unique as they’re hand-blown from recycled glass. The robust design is a nice alternative to traditional thin-stemmed bowl glasses, plus they’re dishwasher-safe for fuss-free cleaning. They’re available in green or clear glass.
Le Creuset instant aerator wine pourer
Red wine decanters are decadent but not always practical, so for those times when pouring directly from a bottle into a glass, this two-in-one gadget should help that bottle of red breathe by aerating while you pour. Just push it into the bottle neck as you would a stopper.
Corkcicle AIR wine chiller and pourer
When eating outdoors, it’s handy to not have to keep going backwards and forwards to the fridge to refill glasses. Resembling an icicle, this wine chiller is a slimline gadget filled with a non-toxic freezable gel that slots straight into an open bottle. The result is wine chilled from the inside out. Hollow in design, the wine will flow through the icicle once it’s inserted. Just make sure to give it a good clean between uses.
Woven wine tote basket and glass holder
Wine glasses can be a tricky thing to transport for picnics and outdoor adventures because they don’t stack easily. A caddy like this could be the perfect solution to the problem. Six glasses and a bottle slot into the woven sections, so even if there are dregs remaining, all will remain upright in transit. All elements are made from handwoven water hyacinth, but the handle is wire-reinforced for sturdiness.
Available from: Uncommon Goods (£31.55)
Ocean cocktail sticks
Cocktail sticks are a good way to serve nibbles like cheese and olives without getting dirty fingers. It helps that they’re smaller than traditional forks, too. This set of four is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.
Available from: Nordic Nest (£10)
Le Creuset wine cooler sleeve
Le Creuset claims that when stored in the freezer, its WA-126 cooler sleeve will chill a bottle from room temperature in 20 minutes. If the wine was chilled to start, this should keep it cold for hours. This could be a great addition to a backpack for picnic adventures, al fresco eating with friends, or simply on the side table in the living room. Available in black, burgundy, cerise, shell pink and volcanic orange.
Paxton & Whitfield British cheese essentials box
A verified favourite of BBC Good Food cheese expert Keith Kendrick, the Paxton & Whitfield British cheese essentials box features huge chunks of versatile cheeses that successfully showcase Britain’s artisan cheesemaking. Our box contained Westcombe cheddar, Cote Hill Blue and Red Leicester Sparkenhoe that stored well in the fridge and went down well on a sharing platter.
Available from: Paxton & Whitfield (£35)
Barcraft zinc-fired glass champagne bucket
The swirling burnished design on this champagne bucket’s glass exterior is achieved by hand, with a zinc-firing process. The resulting effect makes it a nice contemporary alternative to the classic brushed champagne bucket.
Available from: Wayfair (£30)
Cathy’s monogram wood wine trough
For a cooler that’s a little more personalised, initials can be carved into the exterior of this rustic wooden drinks trough, perfect for holding three bottles of wine or a collection of beers and cans.
Available from: Nordstorm (£99.16)
Conundrum 1-litre decanter
The swirling design of this glass decanter has two practical functions. The first is to oxygenate your bottle of red as it’s poured in and out, and the second is to give you purchase on the decanter as you pour its contents into glasses. The result is a glass of red that should have an enhanced bouquet.
Available from: Wayfair (£27.99)
Vintage wine poster print
This vintage French liquor poster has been retouched and reborn into the kind of print that would sit quite happily in a variety of interiors. Sizes vary, and there’s the option to purchase it framed and ready for hanging.
Available from: Etsy (from £11.14)
Valley wine cooler
This is a little bit of the outdoors, inside. Carved from natural stone, the textured exterior remains untouched while the inside has been carved and polished to hold a bottle. Filled with ice, the stone’s density maintains the cooled temperature for hours. Like oysters? This is a great way to present them.
Available from: Nordic Nest (£55)
Wine cork letters
Wine corks make great keepsakes. Whether it’s from a favourite bottle, special occasion, or simply invokes a memory you don’t want to forget, saving them can feel important. So here’s a wine gift that’s also a way to display them. Letters are available in uppercase or lowercase.
Distinctly Living red wine carafe with oak stopper
The broad bowl base and narrow neck of this glass carafe is a classic decanter design for aerating reds at room temperature. What sets it apart is the polished wood sphere that sits as a stopper for protecting what’s left from dust. Not only does this arrive gift-wrapped, it’s also an elegant bit of kit to have on the shelf.
Available from: Trouva (£27)
Marble wine bottle holder
Bottle holders needn’t be a boring wine gift. There are actually multiple benefits to having one – tables are protected from drip marks and wine-bottle rings, the bottle remains in a spot that can be reached by everybody, and it’s protected in part from spilling. Frankly, they can also enhance your tableware collection. This smooth, green marble bottle holder would be a simple and stylish table addition. Plus, it would look great holding a chunky candle.
Personalised picnic table wine carrier
Some things taste better when eaten al fresco with friends. For wine lovers who enjoy the great outdoors, this nifty wine gift transforms from a food caddy to a low picnic table, and can be engraved to make it more personal – great for days when you’re not straying too far from the car or kitchen.
Reclaimed wood bath caddy
These scaffolding planks have come a long way. With a stand for resting your book on, two notches for tealights and a slot for safely holding a long-stemmed wine glass, these bath caddies retain bags of character while fulfilling their new role. Choose from 70cm, 80cm and 90cm lengths and various features.
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