Why is it the most wonderful time of year? Because you can get wine presents! If you’ve already picked out your case of actual wine to give everyone (see yesterday’s Who What Wine), top it off with some great grape-related gifts.
If you love smelling wine as much as I do, these are amazing! Light up these candles that come in Cabernet (blackberry and currant), Riesling (bright citrus, tropical fruit, Asian pear), Pinot Noir (fig, cranberry, leather and earth), Sauvignon Blanc (fresh mown grass, basil, mint and grapefruit), and many more. Good job on those descriptors, Rewined. Plus, the glass is made out of recycled wine bottles.
$28 each, here
wine & chocolate pairing
I’m actually not that big a fan of pairing wine and chocolate. I’m actually not that big a fan of chocolate in general (I know, just move along, nothing to see here…). But this bottle dipped in chocolate cracks me up. Best of all, there’s yummy Gary Farrell 2008 Ramal Vineyard Pinot Noir inside. You can have fun eating all the chocolate, I’ll watch and drink all the wine!
According to a lot of the Instagram photos I see, people like to take baths and drink wine. Well, this gift’s for you. You get a lavender bath fizzer, lavender sachet, two flutes and a votive candle all in a silver wire mesh basket shaped like an old fashioned bath tub. Obviously, the best part is the bottle of Iron Horse 2008 Winter Cuvee!
one great grapey read
How to Love Wine is a supereasy to read book about how Eric Asimov, chief wine critic for The New York Times, fell in love with the grape. Some good wine basics and a grapefriendy philosophy that excludes all wine snobbery and includes a ton of passion.
These just flat out amuse me. Last year I featured just wine hats and scarves, this year kicks it up with other little accessories like ice skates, Santa hats and a reindeer head. If you’re bringing a bottle to a party, this is so much cuter than just a wine bag.
$30 is an absurd amount to spend on nail polish and therefore just amazing. If you’re gonna wine it up on your nails, go Bordeaux with this Tom Ford polish. Hey, it will last longer than a bottle of actual Bordeaux, which costs about 10-100x more.
If you want to go beyond the nail, Pixi Cosmetics made a line for Clos du Bois wine called Rouge Cosmétique that includes Nail Rouge, Gloss Rouge and Rouge Water Tint for cheeks. The colors were inspired by the new red blend Rouge, and proceeds go to Step Up Women’s Network, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and girls fulfill their potential.
$30 for the makeup and wine; $19 for just the makeup here
bloomy bottle stopper
To be honest, I’m a Vacuvin girl all the way when I have to preserve my leftover wine. But I saw these on Lauren Conrad’s site and though this jasmine stopper was so pretty. Could be good for bottle-top decor on the table rather than a between-nights wine preserver, but thought it was a great grapey gift.
I often lament that I can’t use my iPhone in the wintery outdoors when I’m wearing gloves. I could also complain that you can’t get as good of a grip on your Champagne glass. Now you can! Marc Jacobs made these fingerless gloves in Veuve yellow, perfect for texting about how good your bubbly is.
For the wine geek in your life (I don’t know any, I swear), you can give them hours and hours of fun with Wine Wars. Players answer trivia questions in categories like Vine to Vino, Wine Cellar, and Cork Culture. See ya, Charades!
Of course, I’d be remiss to not include any actual wine in my grapey gift guide. And I think port is the perfect way to cap off our list for Santa. Although I now love port before, during and after a meal, most people usually sip on it after. And when you open a whole bottle you usually have some left for a few days so a half-bottle can be a great little gift for those one-off nights. Plus, you get to try some great port for half the price (kind of) – try Churchill’s Vintage Port 2007.