Posted on 23 September 2011.
If you’re a wine enthusiast, buying gifts for wine lovers can be an exciting shopping experience. For the less experienced wine drinker, you may have a little more trouble trying to decide what to buy. Whether you know your gift recipient’s taste or not, finding great gifts for wine lovers isn’t so hard if you start your search with a few basic gift ideas.
The Wine Gift Basket
A wine gift basket is not only great because you can give so much extra with one gift, it can also help you out if you aren’t sure what you gift recipient will like. A wine gift basket can include a few different types of wine along with some cheeses, chocolates, or other savoury treats. You can also include wine accessories such as glasses and cork screws.
Wine baskets can be purchased premade or you can make your own and wrap it up with some tissue paper, plastic wrap, and ribbons. If you know your recipient prefers reds you can choose a few different types of red, or if they like white as well, you can make an arrangement of both. If you have no clue where to start it may be best to stick with lighter tasting wines or ask your local wine retailer for some suggestions.
For a more extravagant gift, wine cabinets or credenzas can be very thoughtful gifts for wine lovers. If you know they have a large collection, a well-made cabinet can be a very useful gift. Many cabinets and wine holders can be beautiful and elegantly crafted, so you aren’t only giving a piece of furniture but sometimes a work of art as well. For smaller gifts, single bottle wine holders are available in all shapes and sizes. Wine holders can come in the form of plastic cartoon characters, women’s heels, or lovable animals holding your wine bottle.
Creative Gifts for Wine Lovers
Some of the best gifts for wine lovers don’t need to include a bottle of wine. If you don’t know what to get, a wine gift certificate will allow your recipient to pick out their favourite wines themselves. Paying for a wine tasting tour or a weekend getaway to a local vineyard is a great way to show your wine loving friends you know their interests. Some other great gifts for wine lovers are wine books or magazines and home wine making kits. Depending on how well you know your gift recipient’s tastes, finding the perfect wine gift shouldn’t be too hard with just a couple of ideas and a little shopping around.
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Posted on 25 September 2009.
There is nothing quite like sipping on a glass of your favorite vintage after a hard day’s work. Unless, you can’t find it because you don’t have a specific place to store your reds and whites. No kitchen is complete without a wine rack, and it is easy to find one to fit your needs and your space.
Rather than dragging yourself all over town to find ‘the’ wine rack; you should try shopping online. Not only will you find the best selection of wine racks, but you will also find the best prices as well. Whether you want a small rack for the corner to hold about six bottles or a veritable wine cellar with racks to hold dozens of vintages you’ll find it here.
Perhaps when it comes to wine racks you would prefer one that doesn’t take up any floor space. Try a hanging one to hold four or eight bottles as well as a dish towel and even some stemware. Or if you want to make a statement of elegance try a wine tower in your choice of finish. It comes with two shelves and a drawer for storing glassware, wine keys and anything else you might need while up to eighteen bottles are cradled below.
The mobility of a wine cart allows you to bring the wine to your guests in style. And a rounded wood rack allows you to keep your wines close at hand for cooking or savoring. No matter what style of wine rack you decide on you are sure to find what you are looking for online.
There are three main questions you need to ask yourself when shopping for wine racks for your home. One is how many bottles you are going to keep on hand. If you are a connoisseur of fine wine you might want one that is quite large. If you are a casual drinker you should need one that is rather small. The second question is where do you want to place your wine rack? You can hang one from the ceiling, put one on the counter or place one on the floor in the corner or in the center of the room. Third, you need to decide what type of material you want your wine rack constructed from. Choose from various woods with rich finishes, hammered steel or even wrought iron in a variety of shapes and finishes. Once you have answered these questions you will be well on your way to browsing the world of wine racks with ease.
So add a little elegance and sophistication to your home with the addition of a wine rack made of wood or metal. Whether you keep it in the kitchen, the dining room or even the living room you won’t regret your purchase. Now the next time you want to sit back and relax with a glass of pinot noir, by yourself or with a special someone, you’ll know exactly where to find it. It has never been easier to enjoy some sour grapes.
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