Cheap Fun Wines' Holiday Gift Guide 2009
Perfect for buying in bulk (think stocking stuffers, neighborhood service folks, etc) or the truly budget conscious:
The Wine Trials 20105 from the Latest Vintages (Fearless Critic)
The World's Bestselling Guide to Inexpensive Wines, with the 150 Winning Wines Under $15 from the Latest Vintages. 6,000 glasses of evidence that will change the way you buy wine: Hide the label...and the truth comes out. Acclaimed Fearless Critic Robin Goldstein has gone around the country serving 6,000 glasses of wine from brown paper bags to experts and everyday wine drinkers around America. Here, in print for the first time, are the shocking results, including full-page reviews of the wines that beat $50 to $150 bottles in the blind tastings.
Take the guesswork out of serving your wine at the perfect temperature. Simply slide the stainless steel wine thermometer cuff onto the center of the bottle and the temperature appears on the thermal band. A guide for suggested serving temperature for the majority of wines is printed right on the cuff for easy reference - from sparkling wine's 38 all the way to cabernet's suggested 70 degrees.
The Wine Deck: 50 Ways to Choose, Serve, and Enjoy Great Wines
Are you curious about wine, but can't tell the difference between a Pinot Noir and a Sangiovese? A Chenin Blanc and a Chardonnay? These cards describe over 40 wine varietals, including information on: Taste, Origin, Reputation, Food pairings, Key wine terms, Chilling and storing, Cooking with wine, Entertaining with wine.
Hero Bags Two Bottle Bag
Designed to carry two wine bottles safely and without clinking. A Hero Bags exclusive design. Ideal tote to bring wine to a party, give as a gift or just carry bottles safely home from the store. Glass bottles are separated by a middle seam and stand upright in individual pockets. Fits wine, champagne and spirit bottles. Hero Bags 'Two Bottle Bag' is a unique tote manufactured in the USA out of 10oz natural cotton canvas with a dark gray silkscreen bottle sketch and the words, 'Made in USA.' 12.75" width X 14" tall.
Get a Grip Wine Grip Set
These rubber grips snugly fit onto any wine glass and are designed to comfortably accommodate your hand. Plus they come in a set of four colors, bright green, electric blue, tomato red and juicy fuchsia, which will also help people remember which glass is theirs. Set of 4.
Architec Air Dry Wine Glass Drying System
Dry stemware crystal clear with the Architec air dry glass drying system. Glasses hang from soft fingers above the counter for optimum drainage and air circulation. Holds four stemware glasses, any size, any shape. Glasses dry streak and spot free. Breaks down for storage.
CIRCULAR WINE CORK TRIVET
Circular wine-cork trivet converts wine corks from special bottles into a functional conversation piece. After enjoying wine continue the fun by screwing each cork onto the sturdy eight-pronged metal frame. Serves as a unique decorative piece for the table, ready to hold hot dishes at any meal. Metal, 6 1/2 x 1/2"
Not extravagant and certainly not cheap, you can find a sleigh full of fun wine toys at this middle-of-the-road price point.
Nuance Wine Finer
In just 30 seconds you can decant a whole bottle of red wine while pouring it into the glasses. The elegant pourer filters out all sediments, pieces of cork and tartar, while a rushing sound of bubbles gives evidence of the efficient oxidizing process. The drip catcher ensures that not a drop is spilled instead the wine runs back into the bottle. A small close-fitting lid keeps any leftover wine fresh for later use. A beautiful, simple and multifunctional pourer, that completely means you never have to apologize that the wine was not uncorked before the guests arrived.
Barn Simple Press Wine Note Cards
Located in the beautiful Napa Valley, Barn Simple Press was started in 2007 as a small printing company designing fine stationery. Inspiration for the initial line of cards was taken from the vineyards that are found throughout the valley. All of the wine-related
letterpress cards are printed on 300gm cotton Somerset paper using a 1900's Heidelberg press. California artist Catherine Doyle Sullivan created the 10 illustrations.
Don't Break the Bottle - Wine Caddy Edition
This elegant, functional and enigmatic puzzle is sure to be a conversation starter at your next dinner party or wine tasting. Slide the bottle into the metal caddy's cradle, lock the puzzle device and use it as your centerpiece. Guests will love trying to solve this delicious puzzle, and once they do, use the caddy as your wine server. Includes: one metal wine caddy, one bottle cap coil, one locking device and instructions.
Winerd Wine Trivia and Blind Tasting Board Game Winerd is the perfect way to turn your passion for wine into laughter with friends. Creator Tamara Leigh Murphy paired fun wine trivia questions with an innovative spin on blind tasting to create a wine trivia board game that is a HUGE hit and has been featured on the Today Show and on the Wine Spectator Gift Guide.
Okay, we're getting a little more special--translation: a little more expensive, but not yet excessive... A few unique and thoughtful, as well as useful, gifts in this category.
World Atlas of Wine
World-renowned authors Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson once again combine their unrivalled talents to enhance this masterpiece of wine knowledge. There are 48 extra pages, including 17 new color illustrations, 20 new maps, and double page spreads and full-page photos in the atlas section for maximum visual impact. New World coverage has been extended for Australia and South America; some New World regions even have their own entries for the first time, including Rutherford, Oakville, and Stag's Leap; Mendoza; Limestone Coast ; Central Otago and Martinborough; and Constantia. And Old World coverage has grown too, with the addition of Toro, the Peleponnese, and Georgia. It's a truly incomparable book, and an essential addition to every wine lover's or professional's library.
Casual Cookout Video/Recipe/Wine Set
Looking for new ideas for a casual cookout or a unique gift? Watch the Grilling and Sipping video included to learn how to make/apply our exclusive Argentinean-inspired rub to spice up your steak and which Argentinean Malbec we've hand selected to tango with it! You'll also find unique ways to grill shrimp and fruit and more. Add a flare to your cookout with these wines that are a perfect dance partner with each recipe. Includes Tamari Malbec, Two Hands Wines Brilliant Disguise, Olvena Chardonnay, and Grilling & Wine Pairing Recipe Booklet & DVD.
Wine Barrel Stave Server
The perfect complement to a wine and cheese party, this handsome serving tray is handmade from a retired French Oak or American Oak wine barrel stave.
Features the original bung hole (used to empty or fill the cask) and includes a metal stand. Handmade in Texas. Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary.
And last, but definitely not least, the gift that fits all budgets and all wine personalities? A wine tasting--or tasting package--from the NEWLY LAUNCHED, Cheap Fun Wine Tastings. CFWT offers online tastings via Skype starting at $25. Tasting themes include How to taste - Wine 101, Old World Classics, New World Winners, and more. Book a tasting for your holiday fete, your next neighborhood wine & cheese shindig or your soup-to-nuts wine dinner. We'll help you with all of the pairings and with each tasting you'll receive comprehensive notes on your chosen theme.
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Posted by Noël Wallace at November 30, 2009 5:30 PM