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Top Holiday Gifts For The Wine Lovers On Your Gift List

Holiday Gift List for Wine Lovers

Top holiday stocking stuffers for wine lovers

If you are like us, you probably have a mile long list of people that you need to find presents for this holiday season. Rather than walking the malls aimlessly trying to figure out what to get your family and friends, we compiled a list of the top gifts this year for wine lovers. Whether you are looking for something small to stick in their stocking, or something cool to WOW that special person, here is a nice list of gift ideas. There is literally something for EVERYONE here!

Ultimate Wine Glass

Ultimate Wine Glass

Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass

It holds 750 ml of wine… do we have to say any more? LOL  This is a great gift that is certain draw some attention.  If you know someone that really loves wine, and has a great sense of humor, this is must have for any wine-o.  The price makes it perfect to buy multiple for ALL your friends!

Best Price: $19.95

Link to Buy: Ultimate Wine Glass

Sipping Stones

Sipping Stones

Sipping Stones to keep your drinks chilled

A lot of people like their white (and red) wines chilled, but you don’t always have the time to wait for the bottle to get chilled.  Adding ice only waters it down… so what do you do?  That is what sipping stones are for.  Chill your wine without having to water it down.  These are great to keep in the freezer and use when your wine just isn’t quite cold enough.  For the price, this is a great gift to give ANY drinker, not just wine lovers!.This is a 9 piece set, but you can also get 6 and 12 piece sets.

Best Price: $12.99

Link to Buy: Sipping Stones

Good Day-Bad Day-Don’t Even Ask Wine Glass

Good Day-Bad Day Wine Glass

Having a bad day? This wine glass will let everyone know just how bad!

Some days you just let your wine glass speak for you. LOL  This is a crowd favorite as we have had hundreds of people ask us where you can find this glass.  Good for a laugh, and also a great glass for enjoying your favorite wine in.   Everyone should have one of these glasses for when you are having a rough day 🙂

Best Price: $13.95

Link to Buy: Good Day-Bad Day Wine Glass

Wine Sippy Cup

Wine and Beer Sippy Cups

Vino2Go and Brew2Go sippy cups

This isn’t your kids average sippy cup.  This is by far, one of THE most popular piece of wine gear you can buy this year.  The wine sippy cup is great for camping to keep out the bugs, by the pool or on a boat where glass is not a good idea, or for person who tends to spill their drink after the first glass.  Available in regular and XL size, this is the one gift that everyone will absolutely love!  For beer lovers, there is also a Brew2Go which is available so that no matter what you like to drink, there is a sippy cup for you.

Best Price: $15.99 (buy 3, save 20%)

Link to Buy: Wine Sippy Cup

Corkcicle Wine Chiller

Corkcicle Wine Chiller

Corkcicle Wine Chiller

Still one of the most popular wine accessories, the Corkcicle is another way to help chill your wine.  Inserted directly into the wine bottle, the corkcicle will help keep an open bottle of wine chilled.  Perfect for summer days on the patio, or helping to cool down a room temperature bottle.  The Corkcicle is also available for beer bottles as well.  This makes a perfect stocking stuffer!

Best Price: $19.95

Link to Buy: Corkcicle Wine Chiller

HOST Cooling Wine Glass

Freezable Wine Cooling Glass

Freezable Wine Glass

There are plenty of products on the market that help cool down your glass of wine, but the HOST freezable wine glass, you can take that to another level!  These glasses retain their cool temperatures much longer, ensuring your wine is always the perfect temperature.  These are great for hot summer days!

Best Price: $24.99

Link to Buy: HOST Cooling Wine Glass

Prodyne Fruit Infusion Sangria Pitcher

Fruit Infusion Pitcher

Sangria Pitcher

Sangria is one of our favorite drinks, whether it be winter or summer.  With the fruit infusion pitcher, it is even easier to make a great tasting Sangria!  Just insert the fruit in the center cylinder and let it sit!  We have tried numerous pitchers, and this one is our favorite by far.

Best Price: $24.99

Link to Buy: Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher

Oster Rechargeable Cordless Wine Opener

Oster Cordless Wine Opener

Oster Cordless Wine Opener

Every home needs a good wine bottle opener.  Rather than wasting your time fumbling with a cork screw or breaking a cork in the bottle, the Oster rechargeable makes the job easy!  Compact, easy to use, and a very inexpensive price point with make your friends and family think you spent a lot of money on their gift! This is one of the best gifts for the price, and one of the most popular kitchen accessories on Amazon.

Best Price: $13.49

Link to Buy: Oster Rechargeable Cordless Wine Opener

Winedoctor Bar Ware Kit

Wine Doctor Wine Preservation Kit

Wine Doctor Wine Preservation Kit

If you are like us, you rarely have an opened bottle go unfinished… but there are those times when you open a bottle of wine, can’t finish it, and then it goes bad.  That is where the Wine Doctor kit comes in! It keeps good wine from going bad. The classic includes 2 intell-stoppers and 1 grip-touch pump that works with the intell-stopper to remove the precise amount of air from wine bottles, ensuring that even days later, wine will be as fresh and fragrant as when it was opened.  We have tested this out, and it REALLY does extend the life of an opened bottle of wine by about a week.  Great holiday gift for anyone that drinks wine.

Best Price: $24.95

Link to Buy: Winedoctor Bar Ware Kit

HOST Chilling Wine Pourer

HOST Chilling Pourer

HOST Chilling Pourer

The corkcicle helps chill your wine, but the HOST Chilling Wine Pourer take it to the next level.  It not only chills your wine, but allows you to pour from the bottle while still chilling it.  The corkcicle, you have to remove before you can pour the wine.   This one is lesser known, but in our opinion, an even better gift!  If anyone wants to get us this for Christmas, we would be very happy 🙂

Best Price:  $22.50

Link to Buy: HOST Chilling Wine Pourer

Vinturi Wine Aerator

Vinturi Wine Aerator

Vinturi Wine Aerator

Everyone always says “You need to give red wines time to breath”… but who really has time for that?  Do you want to sit around for 30 minutes while your wine “opens up”?  Well, the Vinturi Wine Aerator helps speed up that process.  All you do is hold the wine aerator over your glass and pour the wine through it.  BOOM!  Instant aeration.  You would be surprised by the difference in flavor and bouquet from pouring your wine through the aerator versus drinking it when it is first opened.  One of our favorite gifts on the list.

Best Price: $24.99

Link to Buy: Vinturi Wine Aerator

Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Tool Kit

Rabbit Wine Tool Kit

Rabbit Wine Tool Kit

This is the ultimate kit for the wine lover that still loves to pull the cork the old fashioned way.  This is a complete kit that includes a foil cutter, drip-stop ring, bottle sealer, wax remover, and of course the cork remover.  What is impressive about the Rabbit is how easy it is to use.  You can literally remove a cork in less than 3 seconds.  We have both the Rabbit and the cordless Oster.  You can NEVER have enough cork screws!

Best Price: $49.01

Link to Buy: Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Tool Kit

Wine Baggy

Wine Baggy

Wine Baggy

Ever wish you could take your wine on the go without having to carry around a cardboard box, or drink out of brown paper bag? (don’t tell us you haven’t done that before!).  Well now you can carry your wine in style and most people won’t even notice you are carrying it.  The wine baggy allows you to insert the interior bag from a boxed wine right into the bag, and carry it like a purse.  With the new disposable inserts, you can also transfer wine from a bottle into the bag.  This is a great gift for the stylish wine drinker that like to be on the go!

Best Price: $46.99

Link to Buy: Wine Baggy

There are a TON of other great wine gifts that we could have listed, but these are some of our favorites, and some of our fans favorites. Did we miss anything that YOU think should be on this list? Let us know and we will add it. Happy Holiday’s everyone!

P.S. – For more ideas, follow us on Facebook where are always posting links to great new products that we find.  http://www.facebook.com/WineTrailAdventures

Cooking with Wine: Yes, You CAN Use It For Something Other Than Drinking!

Using Wine When Cooking

I think the picture says it all – “I love cooking with wine… and sometimes even put it in the food”.  It’s a fact that wine and food are MEANT to go together!  Sure, we often drink a glass of wine with a meal, but it is also very easy to incorporate wine into your meal preparation as well.  By adding wine while cooking, it will not only add flavor to the food, but it will also help enhance the flavors that are already there.  That being said, there are some DO’s and DON’T’s when it comes to cooking with wine.   Here are a few tips that we found useful when we first started using wine when cooking

You Do Not Have To Use Cooking Wine

Did you know that cooking wines sold in the grocery store usually contain salt and are horrible to drink? Keep in mind that a more concentrated flavor is present in the dish so if something tastes nasty before cooking, it will carry its flavor to your dish. Common advice is to stick with a regular drinking brand and avoid those marketed for cooking.   Stick with the wines that you like and use them for cooking as well.  This way you will always know that the flavors you are adding to your dish, are flavors that you already like.

Use the Type/Varietal of Wine That Pairs Well With The Dish

A common question people have is “What type of wine should I use for a particular dish?”.  Honestly, there is no right or wrong answer to that question.  If you want a good rule of thumb to go by, try cooking with the wine that would best pair with that particular dish.  If you are looking for a quick cheat sheet, here are some common pairings for wines

Pairing Your Favorite Food and Wine

Common pairings for food and wine

Pair White With Light and Red With Dark

This certainly isn’t set in stone, but when you are first starting out it will help you easily recognize what wine to use. White for light dishes and light colored meats such as chicken or fish and red for more full flavored dishes and darker meats such as beef and duck. You’ll learn though that both can work well with many meats so you’ll need to experiment and once you get more experienced, you’ll get more adventurous and learn which will do well in your favorite dishes and you’ll just “know” which ones to try for new recipes.

It’s Not About The Price of The Wine That You Use

By this we mean that you don’t have to use an expensive bottle of wine for your dish to taste good. Focus more on the taste of the wine that you are using versus the price. If it is a wine that you enjoy, then you will more than likely enjoy it in the meal. Believe it or not, boxed wine is a great choice for cooking with (at least most of them). They’re inexpensive yet work nicely as a recipe ingredient. As long as it doesn’t smell, taste vinegary or taste off, you can use it.

Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute To Add Wine To Your Dish

In order to really bring out the flavors of the wine and your dish, you need to cook off the alcohol that the wine contains. The earlier you add it to the dish, the more enhanced the flavors will be and you will taste less alcohol… the later you add it, the more prominent the wine flavor will be and so will the alcohol. It’s always best to follow the recipe instructions, but if you feel like adding it to a dish that doesn’t call for it, you can play it safe by adding the wine a minimum of 7 minutes before the dish is done cooking.

Cooking with wine, and having a glass of wine while cooking are all part of the experience. You will be surprised by the way wine can completely transform the flavors of a dish when properly added during cooking. The good news is that as long as you are using a bottle of wine that you know you like, you can’t really screw it up! So try experimenting with some recipes that call for wine… you just might find some new favorite recipes 🙂