The Best Wine Gifts for Even Better Happy Hours

The wine lovers in your life will swoon for any of these, and maybe pick up a few for you too.

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I am the wine person who has everything. I think about this when the holidays or my birthday roll around. Will I end up with another set of wine charms that I’m destined to deposit in a forgotten kitchen drawer? Must I suffer through another grin-and-bear-it year of pretending to like a wine that someone else has chosen for me?

The answer is no and no. You can buy the choosy wine enthusiast in your life (it me!) something wine-adjacent, cool, and, yes, useful whether it's their holiday present or just a thank-you gift. “Every wine drinker needs a good corkscrew,” says Lauren Mowery, travel editor at Wine Enthusiast. (Of course, I’ve included one here.) As for bigger gifts, like wine fridges, those are appreciated, too, she says. "Just check with the recipient before sending."

If the tipsy options seem bottomless, don't worry, I've done the work for you. Here are the best wine gifts, including some of our favorites. 

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Pure Cabernet Wine Glasses

Sleek, dishwasher-safe, and appropriate for both red and white wines, these Schott Zwiesel universal wine glasses are a hit with wine lovers everywhere. The glasses are lightweight without being dangerously fragile (they’re sturdy enough to take a tumble in the dishwasher, after all). They also come in sets, so you can gift them to anyone who throws a good dinner party. Made from actual crystal, these glasses pass the sniff test—and so much more. Plus, the sophisticated, angular look will make it look like you shelled out the big bucks.

Vinturi V1010 Essential Red Wine Aerator

Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator

This simple, straightforward aerator makes opening wine up a cinch. Hold the Vinturi in your hand, pour the wine through the aerator, and allow it to funnel down into your glass. This aerator requires no battery, no charcoal, and no filter. Instead, the act of pouring the wine through it introduces oxygen to the vino, opening the bottle up. This is a great way to speed up the decanting process, and a must-get for the dedicated wine enthusiast. It’s dishwasher-safe and even comes with a display stand that can live on the home bar. 

Le Creuset Wood Waiter's Friend Corkscrew

Any server will tell you that the only kind of corkscrew that matters in this life is the double-hinged one. The bendy arm allows for more leverage—and way less cork breakage, which is why it’s often referred to as a "waiter’s corkscrew" or a "waiter’s friend." But the traditional black plastic double-armed corkscrew just won’t do as a gift, which is where this wood-handled wonder comes in. As easy to use as the ones carried by your favorite servers at your favorite restaurants, this beauty will look just as good hanging out on a bar tray as it will in a waiter’s pocket. 

Kalamera 46-Bottle Compressor Wine Refrigerator Single Zone With Touch Control

Kalamera 46-Bottle Compressor Wine Refrigerator

Wine fridges are a category unto themselves, but for the wine collector who needs a bit of a storage boost, what you need is flexibility. The Kalamera 24-inch fridge can hold an ample amount (46 bottles) and offers dual zones for white and red wines. The temperature range goes from a low of 40 degrees to a high of 66 degrees, meaning that wine can be stored at a temperature that’s ideal for drinking. And this sleek-looking fridge can either be built into a finished space or used as a freestanding unit. 

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Pottery Barn French Wine Riddling Rack

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A splurge gift for the wine (and especially Champagne) lover in your life, this wall-mounted bottle rack is as much a piece of art as it is a functional storage system. The frame holds bottles in the same style as the old Champagne riddling racks, which were designed to tilt bottles so that the yeast particles slowly made it to the neck of the bottle. The marriage of wine history, art, and storage, makes this rack the ideal gift for the tried-and-true wine collector.

Corkcicle Stainless Steel Canteen

Corkcicle Steel Canteen

This triple-insulated, stainless steel canteen keeps wine cold for 25 hours, meaning you (or the lucky recipient of your largesse) can take a bottle with you to the beach, the park, or wherever else the weather may challenge you. The nonslip, silicone bottom keeps it from slipping, and the leak-proof cap keeps the precious cargo inside. Canteens are available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 9–60 ounces Can you take a whole bottle with you? Well, yes, in fact, you actually can. 

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Riedel Magnum Ultra Decanter

Stuck on a gift for the party-thrower who has everything? This beautiful crystal decanter from Riedel—practically the authority on wine glassware—can hold an astounding 2 liters of wine and is exactly the item they’ve been missing. A piece of living art, this decanter can hold court on a bar, bookshelf, or practically anywhere else in the home that tends toward display. It’s a thing of beauty, and a joy forever. 

Anthropologie Agate Cheese Board

Agate Cheese Board

It’s hard not to fall head over heels in love with Anthropologie’s agate cheese boards, which come in a variety of organic shapes and colors. When these stunning boards are not in use, they can be tilted upward on a bookshelf as display pieces. These cheese boards are smallish, so they’re an excellent pick for those living in smaller spaces who still want the option to entertain. 

Related: The Best Charcuterie Boards

Frehore Wine Leather Tote Cooler Insulated Bag

Carrying wine from point A to point B can be an exhausting endeavor. Take the load off your wine lover’s shoulders with this insulated leather tote, which can hold two bottles, comes in a few different colors, and has a comfortable arm strap for travel. In the bag’s interior, a small mesh pocket is just big enough to hold a corkscrew. And it’s an affordable gift that wine enthusiasts of all shapes will appreciate. 

Vacu Vin Stainless Steel Wine Saver Pump

Sure, you can spend more for a wine sealing system, but the Vacu Vin does the trick and does it sleekly. The stainless steel model is no eyesore, and it comes with an option for 1, 3, 5, or 7 stoppers, meaning that you can equip your wine friends with enough material for a party’s worth of wine preservation. Did we mention that it’s affordable? 

Best Wine Coffee Table Book: The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia

The new edition of this iconic book is a staggering 800 pages and offers contributions from international wine experts on everything from topography to vintage. National Geographic maps, photography, and a rich compendium of drinkable knowledge make this book a must-own for the true connoisseur. The book even offers a chronology of wine history, dating back to 500 million B.C. Perfect for the coffee table or home bar, this book is the end all when it comes to wine literature. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a beauty. 

Huski Wine Chiller

Keep wine cold—but not drippy‚for up to 6 hours with the Huski Wine Chiller, an ice bucket that has no actual ice. This innovative chiller can hold a 750-milliliter bottle of wine or Champagne. Its adjustable height means that many different bottles can fit the design, and a special flexible-lock system holds bottles in place while you pour. The chiller is double-walled and vacuum-insulated, preventing slippery condensation from accruing on the outside of the bottle. Oh, and the packaging is completely recyclable, an added bonus. 

FAQs

How long before an opened bottle of wine spoils? 

According to Lauren Mowery, wine quality after opening is variable. "It depends on the wine, but the range in which an open bottle stays 'fresh'—as in vibrant, lively, and delicious—is 1-4 days," she says. Some wines, she concedes, can oxidize overnight. "Others improve up to day 3 or 4, with day 5 the rare anomaly."

What’s the fastest way to chill a bottle of wine? 

A bucket filled with ice, cold water, and salt is the "tried-and-true method" for chilling wine quickly, says Wanda Mann, founder of Wine With Wanda and East Coast editor of The SOMM Journal. "The salt lowers the freezing point of the water and should bring the submerged bottle to a refreshing chill in about 15 minutes," she says. Don’t have salt or a bucket? Mann’s alternative is to put the bottle in the freezer for 20 minutes. "Just be sure to keep an eye on the bottle," she warns. "If left in the freezer for too long, it can freeze or burst." 

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Hannah Selinger has written about food and drinks for local and national publications since 2015. A former sommelier, Hannah has worked for some of New York’s top restaurant groups, including Laurent Tourondel’s BLT group and David Chang’s Momofuku group. Her work has appeared in Eater, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wine Enthusiast, and more.

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