Find the best gifts for the wine lovers! From sommelier-approved glassware to specialized wine tasting kits, there’s an incredible array of unique gifts that go beyond the bottle.
For 2020, Wine Folly’s gift list offers both tech-minded tools and things that inspire great wine experiences.
30 Incredible Gifts for Wine Lovers
The Ultimate Guide to Wine
Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is a James Beard Award-winning guide! Get the confidence you need to dive deeper into wine and find what you like. Explore wines, regions, and practical knowledge to get you tasting and talking like a pro.
The “Coolest” Single-Bottle Carrier
You wouldn’t drink a warm coke, so why drink wine at room temperature? Neoprene moderates the temperature while you traverse the city to your dinner date. Plus, the origami design is delightful.
A Year of Wine Content: SommTV
Creators of the hit wine documentary series (Somm) are at it again, this time with a media channel dedicated to all things wine and food. For the connoisseur this means a consistent stream of new stories and discoveries in the wine world. So far, we’re completely smitten.
Wine Tasting Journal
Record notes like the pros with this structured tasting journal. The journal makes learning wine fun as you improve your palate by taking easy notes.
Original Zig Zag Corkscrew (Circa 1919)
The original patent for the Zig Zag is from 1919 by Jules Bart. This difficult-to-find corkscrew has acquired a “cult following.”
It uses an ingenious series of levers that work to reduce the force needed to pull a cork from a bottle. The parts are all still made in France using the original 1920s molds and presses.
Wine Words Art Print
For those who love language and typography, this art print defines over 100 wine terms using type-setting rules borrowed from the Gutenberg bible from the 1450s. For those in the know, the bottle is modeled after a very special bottle of Burgundy known to pros as “DRC.”
Wine Stain Remover (That Actually Works!)
After testing this remover against the competition, we were delighted with the results. We keep them in the office, behind the bar, and wherever wine goes down!
The Dopest #$&[email protected] Wine Mag
Noble Rot is a London-based restaurant that no one expected to find glory. And yet, they did. Then they started ruthlessly printing ‘zine-style mags like something you’d buy at a CD store in the late 1990s. Thank #$&[email protected] gawd.
One Glass To Rule Them All
We tested more than a dozen excellent glasses in search of a product we could truly get behind. Not only did it need to be well-crafted, and expressive of flavors, but it also needed to stand up to rugged everyday use (even restaurants).
This lead-free crystal wine glass makes gifts for wine lovers that keep on giving!
Pro-Grade Wine Preservation System
The Coravin has revolutionized how wine is stored, aged, and sold at auction.
When the Model Two Elite came out it was shipped to top wine writers with a bottle comparison of a wine that had been “accessed” via the Coravin tool to an unopened bottle. Whether or not the Coravin’d bottle was left for a year (as the marketing materials said) didn’t really matter. What mattered was the two wines tasted identical.
Wine 101 Tasting Course (With Wine!)
Learn wine at home! This crash course offers a selection of 3 or 6 curated regional wines, tasting tips, maps, and a guided video experience: all designed to help you become confident with wine.
Wine Organizers For Your Fridge
Every wine lover knows the casual frustration of chilled bottles of wine rolling around in the fridge. These handy-dandy bottle holders fit even large diameter Champagne bottles and will help you keep the fridge more organized.
A Wine Aerator That Improves Taste
For those who don’t have any time to wait for a decanter to do its magic, a wine aerator does the same duty instantly in one gurgle! The taste differences between before and after is astonishing (especially on cheap bottles)!
Large Wine Map Prints
Explore the world through the lens of wine. These wine maps of France and Italy are incredibly detailed and include appellations, elevations, rivers, lakes, and road overlays.
Italian Wine Map: Drink Italy from top to bottom while you explore all 20 wine of its incredible wine regions. Map is 18 x 24 inches.
French Wine Map: A Francophiles friendly reminder on what wines to explore on this helpful and stunning 18×24 inch print.
Book Worms: 4 Great Reads in Wine
Billionaire’s Vinegar: Follow one of the most riveting true tails in wine forgery while getting an inside peak into the idiosyncrasies of the fine wine trade.
Wine Simple: Aldo Sohm may be the world’s top sommelier, but he’s also your kind-hearted guide into the world of wine.
Cork Dork: A very real story following a cellar rat as she tries to break into the staunch wine industry of New York City.
Wine & War: The Germans sacked Champagne for the spoils. This incredible story tells of what actually happened and what winemakers did to protect their land and wine.
Hands Down, The Best Champagne Stopper
The WAF is a patented design from Italy that’s single-lever design makes it so easy to store open bottles of bubbly. Great for anyone who drinks bubbles (from Prosecco to Champy) on the regular.
The Most Affordable Pro Crystal Decanter You Can Buy
Used by restaurants around the world, this is the most practical-yet-professional decanter that money can buy.
A Sword For Champagne
To be fair, this is not for someone who is already afraid of opening Champagne! The trick to sabering safely involves super-chilling your bottle so that it doesn’t explode. (And please, don’t point it at anyone.)
For those in the know, Dozorme is a French manufacturer of Champagne sabers. Yes, that’s right. It’s a sword you can actually use.
A Gift Box Full of Wine Knowledge
This limited production box set is the Collector’s Edition of the James Beard award-winning Wine Folly: Magnum Edition book, and includes a tasting journal, etched crystal glass, magnum wine opener, and polishing cloth.
The Ultimate Wine Country Travel Cooler
We used this exact model on a brutally hot drive through Napa Valley. The bottles stayed cool even when they were (accidentally) left in the trunk of the car overnight! Shame on us. Thankfully, the Yeti (paired with these remarkable ice packs) came to the rescue.
No Glass Allowed On The Beach
Acrylic glasses are are a popular choice on the production side of wineries where breakage absolutely cannot happen. So, if wineries use them, so can you! These 20-ounce glasses are large enough to enjoy big reds and are made right here here in the USA out of BPA-free acrylic.
A Wine Opener Made With French Wine Barrels
French company, Ligne W, came out with a series of two-step waiter’s friends which are incredibly delightful to use. The “Origine” features recycled French wine barrels (with actual wine stains!). Because they use old oak barrels, each piece is unique.
Starting a Wine Collection?
Looking for next-level gifts for wine lovers? When it comes to wine coolers, save your money for something that can hold more than 100 bottles. Trust me on this. Also, you don’t need a dual-temperature system, that reduces capacity and increases risk of potential failures. Instead, shoot for a pragmatic (and quiet) system with a history of being reliable.
We’ve been using the Artevino III, a 200-bottle cellar, by Eurocave (purchased from Costco) and it holds up to its glowing reviews.
Everybody Loves Old Wine
Did you know you can buy sommelier-inspected old bottles of wine online?
This probably isn’t a good idea for non-wine enthusiasts to do without extensive research on which bottle to buy. But, for those of us who already know wine and are looking to make another wine lover happy, old wine always brings sparkles to the eyes!
The Entertainer’s Dream Come True
Since 1830, the French manufacturer Mauviel, has made the highest quality cookware for professional and commercial markets. You may have seen their shimmering copper pots proudly hanging from elite chef’s kitchens.
Well, if you didn’t already know, they also make the sexiest Champagne buckets known to humankind.
Keep Your Glassware Extra Shiny
One of the best gifts for wine lovers you can get is a tool they’ll use everyday. Wine glasses get a constant barrage of smudges and water spots. Polishing glassware is really tricky/annoying without the proper tool. This extra-large microfiber cloth makes drying glassware a keen delight. (And it works on eyeglasses and camera lenses too!)
Support Your Local Cellar Rat
For those of you who know a cellar rat personally, then you know they suffer from a special kind of lunacy moving bottles to and fro.
Steele Canvas makes the toughest carriers out there, used in mail-carry and hotels. The “2 BU” size fits a large case of wine but is small enough to walk through a standard doorway. Proudly made in the USA
Ingenious Wine Opener With No Corkscrew!
The Monopole is the only “Ah-So” to own. Accept no substitutes. This ingenious cork-remover squeezes between the cork and the inner bottle neck, making it possible to remove the cork without puncturing it.
It’s one of those must-have wine tools, especially for opening old bottles.
Gifts for Wine Lovers – Curated by Madeline Puckette!
This list of gifts was hand-curated (and tested!) by Madeline Puckette. Madeline is a James Beard award-winning wine writer and co-founder of Wine Folly. Find her on: