Welcome to the Wine Folly Gift & Holiday Guide — This guide offers several fun and inspiring ways to integrate wine tasting into your holiday activities. Additionally, you'll find a great selection wine gifts for enthusiasts of all levels (curated independently from all over the web).

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Tips/How-To  Wine guides for surviving the holidays.


Open Champagne

How to Open Sparkling Wine

Wine Accessories

Essential Wine Accessories

Champagne Toast

How to Give a Champagne Toast

Etiquette Monster

Wine Etiquette Tips

Fortified Wines

Explore Sipping Wines

Holiday Wine

Wine for the Holidays

Styles of Port

Styles of Port w/Pairings

Wine and Cheese

Wine & Cheese Pairing Ideas

Thanksgiving Wines

Turkey Dinner Wines

Basic Wine Guide

Explore the framework of modern wine service and tasting techniques on this illuminating poster print.

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Activities  Grab a bottle of wine and bring a friend.


Train Your Taste Buds

Train Your Taste Buds   

This DIY course teaches you how to identify the fundamental characteristics of wine with common ingredients.
Food and Wine Pairing

Practice Food & Wine Pairing   

This experiment uses 4 wines (white, red, sparkling, & sweet wine) and 8 specific foods. Best with a group of friends.
Wine Aroma Kit

Make a Wine Aroma Kit   

A crafty project (cost ~$30) that improves your ability to pick out flavors in wine. Easy to make and share with others.
Host a Wine Dinner

Wine Dinner Party Ideas   

If you're planning a dinner party over the holidays, here are some great ideas that have recommended wines included.
Blind Wine Tasting

Host a Blind Wine Tasting   

Challenge yourself and others with a blind wine tasting. Don't forget to grab a Wine Tasting Grid.
Somm Into the Bottle

Somm: Into the Bottle (movie)   

Watch a wine movie. Go on a globe-trotting adventure to answer the question: “What is wine and why does it matter.”

Famous Wine Blends

Ever wonder what grape varieties are in Bordeaux or Amarone? This elegant chart shows what's inside famous wine blends of the world.

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Wine Books  Curated holiday guide to notable reads.


Getting Started — Beginner and intermediate educational wine books. (see more)

Wine Folly The Essential Guide to Wine Book
$

The Essential Guide to Wine

Book: How to Drink Like a Billionaire
$

How to Drink Like a Billionaire

Scratch and Sniff Wine Book
$

Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming an Expert

History & Culture — Adventures in the world of wine. (try on audible)

Wine is War
$

Wine is War

Billionaire's Vinegar
$

Billionaire's Vinegar

Vertical
$

Vertical

Advanced — Deep knowledge and niche insights.

A Natural History of Wine
$$

A Natural History of Wine

Volcanic Wines
$$

Volcanic Wines

Wine Grapes
$$$

Wine Grapes

Understanding Wine Chemistry
$$$

Understanding Wine Chemistry

I Taste Red
$$

I Taste Red

Taste Like a Wine Critic
$$

Taste Like a Wine Critic

Seattle Caviar

Your source for sustainably farmed caviar and seasonal truffles. Stop by their friendly little shop in Eastlake-Seattle, WA to stock up on goodies.

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Glassware  The glass matters; but it doesn't have to break the bank.


Everyday Glass Decanters
$

Everyday Glass Decanters

Form and function are the highlight of this awesome matching set of dishwasher safe decanters. Great chilled with rosé and white wines.
Ind. Std. Riedel Crystal Decanter
$$

Riedel Crystal Decanter

The industry standard issue decanter used in restaurants around the world. Simple design matches with any stemware.
Double-Walled Stemless Wine Glasses
$$

Dbl-Walled Stemless Glasses

Stunningly beautiful glasses that insulate your wine and preserve temperature for longer. A nice stemless alternative.
Nachtmann Vivendi
$

Nachtmann Vivendi

Great everyday affordable glassware. Not crystal but share a similar design to the popular Riedel varietal series.
Schott Zwiesel Tritan Pure Wineglasses
$$

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Pure

These striking titanium based crystal glasses by Schott Zwiesel offer a deluxe, durable glass for a middle-of-the-line price.
Riedel Vinum XL Pinot Noir Glasses
$$$

Riedel Vinum XL Noir

Georg Riedel has spent years designing varietal specific glasses. The Pinot Noir is a balanced, flexible, and expressive wineglass.
Universal Wineglass by Gabriel Glas
$$$

The Universal Wineglass

For enthusiasts looking for featherweight tasting experiences; offering handmade premium flexibility.
$$

Tritan Crystal Coupe

A timeless design that can serve up the full spectrum of bubbly beverages as an alternative to flutes.

Color of Wine

This chart will help you become familiar with the hue spectrum and common vernacular to describe wine color.

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Tools & Accessories  Conveniences for a wine lifestyle.


Wine Opener
$

Double-Hinge Wine Opener

Laguiole Cork
$$$

Handmade Laguiole Wine Opener

The Durand Opener
$$$

Durand Vintage Pull Opener

Chateau Spill
$

Chateau Spill Stain Remover

Pourer's Drop Stop
$

Pourer's Drop Stop

Polising Cloth
$

Polishing Cloth

Wine Funnel and Filter
$

Wine Funnel & Filter

VacuVin Wine Preserver
$

Vacuvin Wine Saver

$$$

Coravin Wine Preservation

Wine Tasting Mats
$

Wine Tasting Mats

Concrete Wine Chiller
$$$

Concrete Wine Chiller

Champagne Sealer
$$

Le Creuset Champagne Sealer

Maps & Prints  Educational information packaged for-use/display. (see more)


Map: Full Set

Map Complete Set (24-pcs)

Map: Old World Set

Maps: Old World Set (14-pcs)

The Durand Opener

Maps: New World Set (10-pcs)

120+ Wine Descriptors

Available as an 18" x 24" art print.
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