It can be tough to shop for someone who has it all—especially when that someone is likely very discerning, which can come with the territory when wine is concerned. That’s why we’ve turned to the experts to recommend their personal favorite wine-themed items to give or receive for any occasion. Their top choice? The Coravin Wine Preservation System, which allows wine lovers to savor their favorite drink on their own timeline.
From a surprisingly versatile decanter to polyphenol-packed wine facial oil, these are the best wine gifts to get right now.
Best Overall: Coravin Wine Preservation System
“Two months ago, this oenophile essential would not have been on my list of best gifts for wine lovers,” says Regine Rousseau, CEO of Shall We Wine. “[But] now that I am having to find the perfect wine pairing for scallops with garlic beurre blanc on Tuesday and PB&J on Wednesday, I have pivoted!”
Rousseau is referring to Coravin, a revolutionary wine preservation system that uses a needle and inert gas to allow users to pour wine without removing the cork from the bottle—this technology has become a widely accepted standard amongst wine professionals worldwide and is the ultimate nerdy gift for the at-home drinker. With this system, says Rousseau, wine lovers can “savor every bottle at our own pace, not oxygen’s.”
Best Gadget: Cork Pops Legacy Wine Bottle Opener
If Coravin isn’t an option, don’t fret: sommelier Yannick Benjamin has an equally exciting way to serve wine without breaking the bank. Benjamin, who owns Contento Restaurant in New York City and serves as co-founder of Wheeling Forward, a charitable organization supporting people with varying disabilities, is a fan of the Cork Pops Legacy Wine Bottle Opener.
“As a sommelier, I am a bit old school as I like to open my wines with a traditional waiter's corkscrew—however, I tried [this] out and I absolutely loved it,” he says. “I highly recommend it to those who don't want to deal with the hassle of opening a wine with the corkscrew. Cork Pops Legacy Wine Bottle Opener is the fastest, easiest way to open a bottle of wine; just insert the needle into the cork and push the button.” The device’s button will pop up with a classic, satisfying sound, he adds.
Best Book: Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World by Vanessa Price
Bestselling author Vanessa Price is behind this relatable masterpiece, Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World, which has become such a hit that Cardi B once shared it in an Instagram Story (goals).
In this beautifully-designed book, you’ll learn your way around the art of pairing without the stuffy subtext often found in wine education. No matter what your favorite food is, there’s likely a pairing in Big Macs & Burgundy that will speak to your soul in a way no other wine book has done before.
Best Design: Monopol Westmark Germany Cork Puller
You can never really go wrong with a design-forward wine bottle opener, according to Matt Crafton, winemaker at Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, California. "I like things that work and look good at the same time,” he shares about his Monopol Westmark Germany Ah-So cork puller. “The concept and execution are simple, but it's a beautiful and functional product that is a must-have for any wine lover,” he adds, noting that this particular model is great for opening older bottles or tough corks.
To use this opener, simply place the longer prong in the space between the cork and the bottle neck, pushing until the shorter side goes in. Begin to rock it gently until both prongs are in, then twist and pull to remove the cork.
Best Multi-Use: Chemex Pour-Over Coffeemaker
“Instead of a traditional decanter, we use a Chemex coffeemaker,” says Chris Leon, wine director and founder of Leon & Son Wine and Spirits in Brooklyn. “It’s perfectly shaped for decanting wine, and has a spout and handle built in. Plus, it saves space in our tiny NYC kitchen!”
Whether or not your recipient is tight on shelf or counter space, a Chemex makes for a thoughtful and smart gift for any gastronome.
"My Chemex Pour-Over Coffee Maker is probably the most used tool in my household. I use it, of course, to make pour-over coffee every morning, but it has surprisingly come in handy as the perfect wine decanter. I love a multi-purpose appliance!"
— Prairie Rose, Editor
Best Personalized: Winc Wine Subscription
Winc is the epitome of a modern wine club—it’s all online, customized to your palate (or that of your recipient), user-friendly, and reasonably priced. It’s easy to give the gift of Winc: just head to the gifts tab and select a one-, two-, or three-month subscription or choose a custom flat amount. This will go straight to your recipient and they can choose their own adventure from there, no guesswork needed.
Winc memberships generally operate on a credit basis, meaning credits are added to member accounts each month and can be added to if needed (they never expire). No commitment is required, and members can either go with custom recommendations or freely choose their own bottles. Even more, shipping is free with four-bottle orders (order minimum is three bottles), and Winc guarantees to replace any unsatisfactory bottle for free.
Best Funny: May Contain Wine T-Shirt
“Wine lovers wear their hearts on their tees,” says Rousseau. “A kick-ass t-shirt with a wine motto proudly displayed is the perfect gift for your favorite oenophile—t-shirts speak while we sip!”
While there are a plethora of humorous wine-themed tees available, this handmade "May Contain Wine" shirt is a favorite, which comes in eight different colors and unisex sizes.
Best Budget: Sipski Wine Glass Holder
Baths with wine can be a complicated affair: the few surfaces available tend to be slippery, and nobody needs the stress of a spilled or broken glass when trying to relax. Sipski has a budget-friendly solution in the form of a wine glass holder designed to attach to a bathroom wall (or any flat, dry, and shiny surface, for that matter); these are available in a variety of colors and can accommodate a wide range of glass styles, including stemless.
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Best Beauty: ARCONA Wine Oil
Skincare buffs will love this ARCONA facial oil made from the skin of red grapes. Packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, linoleic and oleic acids, and more, this special oil can be used in the morning or at night and seeks to minimize the appearance of fine lines and other signs of aging. This is an ideal gift for those with dry or mature skin (suitable for both women and men), and the brightening formula smells of clove and cinnamon, bringing relaxation with each application.
Best Sweet Treat: Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles
Stunningly packaged and entirely unique in flavor, Charbonnel et Walker’s Pink Marc de Champagne truffles are an otherworldly combination of strawberry-infused white chocolate, milk chocolate, a smooth, creamy Marc de Champagne center, and a dusting of powdered sugar. These are a special treat from one of England’s oldest chocolatiers—the iconic round box is bound to put a smile on any Champagne lover’s face.
It’s tough to pick the best overall wine gift as everybody’s tastes are different. But time and time again, the Coravin system (view at Amazon) is a failsafe crowd pleaser no matter your wine lover’s level of expertise. If they’ve already got a Coravin, consider buying some fun accessories or extra gas cartridges as those tend to run out quickly for those who use their system frequently.
Can you ship alcohol from state to state?
Shipping alcohol as a person (versus a business) can be tricky with most carriers as each state has its own set of alcohol shipping guidelines and restrictions. What’s great about buying wine and wine-related gifts online is that you can ship your order directly to your recipient and the logistics will be handled by the website from which you purchased. If you’ve bought a gift offline and it contains alcohol, check with your local shipping services to find out your options—just note that certain states (such as Utah) are extremely strict, even when shipping an alcohol product to be sent directly to its final destination.
How far in advance do you need to order a wine gift?
Depending on what you’ve ordered, product availability, your selected shipping option, and a few other variables, shipping wine or a wine-related gift can take anywhere from a day or two to as long as weeks or months (the latter is somewhat rare but can happen when pre-ordering, or if a product is backordered). During the holidays it’s important to leave more wiggle room than usual. Moral of the story: the earlier, the better.
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Céline Bossart is a certified sommelier and longtime wine writer who has tested countless products in the name of research. From the latest Coravin model to under-counter wine fridges, no wine-related product is safe from Céline’s radar.