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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Top Ten Holiday Gifts for the Wine Geek in your life

Well here we are folks the holidays are upon us once more and what would a blog like this be without the benefit of a wonderful Holiday Gift Guide. Have you been thinking about what to get the wine guy or gal in your life, if so you're in the right place. The CCWB has rounded up the "LIST" of the Top Ten things every wine-geek should have or will want to have this holiday season, besides a bottle of their favorite trophy wine. So I've scoured the Internet [with a festive green scrubby pad] and have come up with ten top gadgets that would make any self-respecting wine-geek smile.

Speaking of smiling, something many wine-geeks guys and gals may have a problem with, if they don't have the proper toothpaste to handle those purple stains which have them sporting a purple-haze on their grille. So here we have recommendation number one, which will be the perfect stocking stuffer to keep the "pearly-whites" white.
1. Sensodyne ProNamel Toothpaste: This is a very innovative oral care product, very different when compared with traditional toothpastes and includes an acid protection formula to fight [Wine Acids and Fruit Acids]. SRP $9.90 for a two pack of 4oz tubes from Walmart.

Here's the second thing I wanna recommend,  a product so many wine-geeks, wine-snob or even your garden variety juice jock would love to have is the Vinturi Wine Aerator. I've heard so many folks speak about the benefits of this device, although it does not have the CCWB seal of approval, I'm sure that wine lover in your life will thank you immensely for your thoughtfulness. It is especially helpful for young red wines.

2. The Vinturi Wine Aerator:  Most folks will agree that a vast majority of "RED" wines need to breath before you imbibe, to fully enjoy that fine bottle of red wine you spent hours picking out. Thus enter the Vinturi, which claims it can hurry this process along versus waiting for what sometimes can amount to hours with traditional decanting. SRP $40 USD can be ordered from website or picked up at Bevmo.

The third bestest [a real word, trust me] gift you can give your favorite Oenophile [also known as wine aficionados or even self described connoisseurs] this year is a traditional decanter. This is a gift they will use many times and thank you over and over for your thoughtfulness. Many folks that live here in the states and specifically California [awful CA palates] drink quite a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon the king of wine. So whilst the device driven aerators are commanding the attention of many, my go-to is still the Riedel Cab Decanter especially for older red wines, where sediment maybe an issue.

3. Riedel Cabernet Decanter:  I'm going to recommend the Cabernet Sauvignon Decanter as the best overall choice. This is a great decanter which I use often and makes all the difference in the flavors and aromas in the wines I drink. It's one of the more reasonably priced decanters you will find, as the costs on some that supposedly deliver better results can be very pricey. SRP $50 USD most places and can buy online still in time for the holiday.

Stocking Stuffer Extra: Decanter Cleaning Beads are a great addition as a stocking stuffer for the wine-geek who has everything. Clean your decanters with these ingenuous stainless steel beads. All you do is add water [I suggest vinegar] and gently swirl the steel pellets, which will smoothly roll over and gobble up stains and deposits left by many older red wines. SRP $9 USD.

The fourth thing I'm going to suggest is the Vacu Vin Wine Saver Gift Set. This is perfect for folks that may not want to finish that entire bottle of red wine they've opened [I know hard to believe]. It's also perfect for folks that have opened say a bottle of overly aggressive Chianti, which could do with a few more days of being open, but not exposed too much air. I've used this system many times and can personally attest that it works great.

4. Vacu-Vin Stainless-Steel Wine Saver: Extracts air from opened bottles to slow down the oxidation process and keep wine fresh for 7 to 10 days and best of all it makes this ingenious "click" sound to let you know when optimum vacuum level has been reached. Make sure you get them couple extra of the reusable rubber stoppers as the gift set only comes with two, trust me on this one. SRP $22 USD most places.

The fifth wine related gift your favorite wine-geek may enjoy is this great two-fer offer from Oster and featured on Amazon is their 4208 Inspire Electric Wine Opener with Wine Chiller. Some folks don't who don't have a lot of room to keep chilled bottles in their fridge, will appreciate a place for their wines to chill out before serving, especially true for white wines and even better for Champagne. The electric cork remover is great for that wine guy or gal that may be afraid of the traditional cork screw, the waiters friend.

5. Inspire Electric Wine Opener with Wine Chiller: This electric bottle opener removes corks [up to 30 on a single charge] at the touch of a button and comes with a recharger for fantastic cordless action and also includes thermal stainless-steel wine chiller which can keep wine cold for hours. SRP $35 USD, but currently on sale for $28 on Amazon.

The sixth thing you may want to consider is stemware, a set of great stems is paramount to fully being able to enjoy the vino that you've spent good money to purchase and time considering your choices. Remember this if you don't remember anything else, well made stemware is key to properly enjoying well made vino. On the other hand if the potential recipient of your gift frequently quaffs 2 buck [up] chuck or similarly priced jug like wines, better suited for that well used half-gallon AM/PM mug.

6. Riedel "O" Glass is the original varietal specific stemless wine glass and in my opinion makes a great all-around wine glass for a majority of Red and White wines [except Pinot Noir]. Riedel, describes it this way, the "O" Cabernet/Merlot stemless wine glass is not only stunning, it is practical, fun and versatile. Great for everyday wine enjoyment and dishwasher safe. They are made from non-lead glass and holds approximately 21 ounces.

They are the kind of glass that allows for easy swirling of the wine in your glass and without fear of spilling, while stacking easily in the cupboard. A set of 2 glasses for a SRP of $25 USD. This glass will have everyone saying "O"! Many folks will pooh-pooh these glasses because the "heat from your hand" issues to which I say, "it's a NON factor".  They also use this same glass in many of the better tasting rooms in Paso Robles.

The seventh item will help you with your storage issues. So do you want to splurge a bit for the budding wine-geek in your life this year, but they are off to the dorms or they are living in very small accommodations. Well I've found what could be a wonderful product for the person who wants to store their wines correctly, but only have enough coin for a few bottles at a time, then I present to you the "NEW" and ultra sleek SIX pack wine cooler. You can even hang it on the wall if you wanted to really maximize your space.

7. The Vinotemp "Six Pack" Thermoelectric Wine Cooler Refrigerator: I found this at the Beverage Factory here in San Diego. Some of it features include a sleek, wall-mount design, eco-friendly thermoelectric technology, a glass door with recessed handle, touch screen temp control and digital temperature display. SRP $300 and on Sale now for $223.

Coming in at number eight is the this wonderful product for helping you keep your cool. The Peugeot Thermal balancing Wine and Champagne bucket. While great for helping you keep your cool, this bucket will also help you stay high and dry as it is pulled in and out of the bucket to dispense your favorite libation, because it does not use ice. Instead it uses four non-toxic removable ice-pack inserts, which can be kept in the freezer.

8. Peugeot Thermal-Balancing Wine Bucket: can be purchased from the Beverage Factory in person or online and our currently offering free shipping for this product. Sells for a SRP of $65 USD.

9. Wine Classes: This next gift idea is for aspiring professional who would love to give a wine related career a swirl. This can be done at the CIA, yep you heard me right you can attend something called Career Discovery—The Professional World of Wine course offered at the CIA. Ah maybe you're thinking um what does the CIA have to do with with discovering a career in the wonderful world of vino. Short one word answer, everything. Especially when the acronym stands for Culinary Institute of America. Their Career Discovery class is a great way to "test the waters" before embarking on a new wine-related career, a look before you leap experience not too be missed.

"Our Career Discovery class is a great way to "test the waters" before embarking on a new wine-related career, a look before you leap experience not to be missed. The tuition for this class is $895 USD and is four days long and starts this coming February."

Finally, I bring your attention to number ten and I can pretty much guarantee that your favorite wine guy or gal does not have this next gift giving idea. Just a little bit too big to put in a stocking and most likely it would be difficult to wrap, however you could get it under the tree and I mean literally.

This is something that even the gadget laden, Tuxedo wearing, James Bond would be intrigued by and that product is something to help corral that collection of vino that could be spiraling out of control. It can hold up to 1600 hundred bottles and is nine feet across and requires nearly no energy to maintain year around.

What is it you may ask, the one and only Spiral Cellar. This gift would definitely require a little more planning on your part, but in the right circumstances this could be one heck of a surprise to the recipient and to your guest that encounter a trap door in your house. 

10. Spiral Cellars: A spiral staircase leading 9 feet underground, surrounded by rows of shelves designed to hold 1,600 bottles of wine. Boom problem solved, even if you don't have the space, no problem. The answer is just below your feet. The price tag for this amazing addition to your home, [are you sitting down]Cellars costs anywhere from $32,000 to $50,000 depending on the bells and whistles you decide to add.

Well folks that's my top ten gifts to give this year, here's to a wonderful Holiday Season. May your hearts be merry, your glasses full and your cellar brimming over with wonderful wines to share with family and friends, cheers. May you all sip long and prosper!

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