16 Holiday 2017 Gift Ideas For Wine Snobs That They’ll Actually Love
If you've got a wine aficionado on your 2017 holiday gift list, then this wine gift guide will take the guess work out of shopping for your vino-loving friends and family. These holiday 2017 gift ideas for wine snobs includes everything from beautiful bottles from celebs who've delved into wine making, to Instagrammable bottles of bubbly that won't break the bank, to socially conscious wine gifts that give back. You've likely heard that millennials are the most wine loving generation, and a recent study from the wine industry nonprofit, Wine Market Council, noted that millennials drank 42 percent of all wine in the United States in 2015.
Millennials are drinking than any other age group with an average of three glasses per sitting. Additionally, overall, women consumed 57 percent of all wine in the U.S. during the same time period. So, if you are one of the millennials driving today's wine culture, you might want to treat yourself to a few of these wine gifts while you're shopping for your red, white, and rosé drinking friends and family. Because, it's important to treat yourself, too.
I love wine. A lot, and I would be thrilled to receive any of these wine-related gifts for the 2017 holidays (hint, hint). While the wine snob in your life is probably already buying plenty of wine on their own, they certainly won't turn their nose up at a wine gift. Because, the more wine, the more merrymaking. And, here are the best wine gifts to make their holidays merry and bright.
1. John Legend LVE Red Blend
Singer, songwriter, and actor John Legend is the latest celebrity to get into the wonderful world of wine making. Legend's wine collection and subscription membership club, LVE Collective (Legend Vineyard Exclusive), offers members wines that are hand selected by Legend himself. Members also enjoy 20 percent wine savings, complimentary tastings at Raymond and Bossiet wineries in Napa and Burgundy, exclusive event invites, first access to LVE releases, and more. But, if you're not a member, it's all good because you can still buy the wine.
2. Barrymore By Carmel Road Rosé Of Pinot Noir
“Irresistibly refreshing, our rosé reminds me of times spent with friends and family gathered around the long table, sharing food and laughter on an endless summer day,” Carmel Road winemaking partner Drew Barrymore said in a press release sent to Bustle. Barrymore Rosé of Pinot Noir comes from sustainably farmed vineyards that stretch across windswept benchlands, where the maritime climate and well-drained, alluvial gravel soils produce highly expressive wines, according to a fact sheet about the wine. If you want to give your wine snob summer in a bottle, this is as close as it gets.
3. Govino Shatterproof Wine Glass
In every wine-drinkers life a glass eventually breaks, so literally everyone needs a Govino Shatterproof Wine Glass. Touted by Govino as sommelier-approved smash-proof drink ware, these glasses — that resemble crystal — are made from a flexible, BPA free polymer, which properly showcases all types of wines, beers, and spirits. GOVINO products are recyclable, but better yet, they are totally reusable, according to the Govino website. Additionally, Govino noted that these glasses are the first and only unbreakable wine glasses of their kind to be accepted by the wine industry.
4. 2013 Domaine Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay
This white Burgundy from one of the most famous names in Meursault — Matrot — is sure to satisfy the white-wine snob on your 2017 holiday gift list. According to Wine Access, "The secret to making world-class Chardonnay, we’ve heard again and again, has everything to do with where the vines are planted. Take White Burgundy, and the vines planted in the clay and limestone-rich soils of Meursault. High up on the hilltops, you’ll find high-tension Chardonnay, while further down the hill you get roundness without heaviness."
5. 12 International Wines From NPR
OK, this one is pretty boss. Not only do you get great wines, but you're supporting public radio. If you love wine, and you also want to give the gift of wine for the 2017 holidays, you can sign up for the NPR Wine Club and get 12 wines (plus three bonus wines) for a song. Keep some for yourself and give other bottles as gifts, which is a double win for both you and the wine-loving socially conscious person on your gift list.
6. Bottega Gold Prosecco
This beautiful, Instagrammable bottle of bubbly is perfect for any sparkling wine lover on your 2017 holiday gift list. It looks like a Christmas-tree ornament, and it's soothing straw color and subtle flavor makes it a perfect pairing for turkey, chicken, and fish. "Brilliant, with a rich and persistent foam and fine perlage, [Bottega Gold Prosecco is] quite tasty, harmonious, elegant, and fresh," Bottega noted on its website.
7. Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Villages Puymeras Red
If French wines are your wine snob's jam, this Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Villages Puymeras Red is complex and aromatic with black pepper and raspberry fragrance, according to tasting notes sent to Bustle. Full bodied and consistent with rounded tannins, soft and complex with a rich finish, [it's a] perfect accompaniment to salads, plate of assorted cooked meats, roast dishes, and cheese."
8. Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé
This is another sparkling beauty that won't leave you broke, and it's guaranteed to get tons of likes on Instagram. Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé also comes with an intriguing story that dates back to 1551. "Femininity and seduction in its pure state, [is] the most appropriate description for this cava. Sensuality encompasses everything from its exclusive design to its winemaking, which gives it a freshness and intensity of aromas that turn each glass into a great occasion," the Anna de Codorníu Rosé website noted. This beautiful bottle is so affordable that you can grab one for everyone on your list.
9. Niro, Pecorino, Terre Di Chieti
"Born in the Abruzzo, Niro represents the ancient winemaking traditions of a region where vines date back to the Roman Empire," Palm Bay International noted. "Native to Italy, the Pecorino grape has been rediscovered in recent years. Named for the ancient tradition of herding sheep (Pecora is the Italian word for sheep), the Pecorino grape is one of the first to ripen and sheep are attracted to the fruit." Excellent well-chilled as an aperitif, this white wine is also a great pairing for white meats and cheeses.
10. OUTstanding RED Tom Of Finland
"From the label, depicting Tom of Finland’s artwork, to showcasing a wine that is full of flavor and character, we have created a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah that makes for a pleasurable experience worthy of the artist," Tom Of Finland noted on its website. And, this gift does double duty because with every purchase, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to Tom of Finland Foundation, which promotes human rights and sexual expression through art.
11. Champagne & Chocolates For Two
If you've got a bubbly-lover in love with another person who can't get enough bubbles on your 2017 holiday gift list, celebrate their shared love of bubbles, and each other, with this champagne and chocolate picnic set. "Arranged in a lovely hamper, two splits of sparkling Chandon brut, with accents of citrus spice and hints of brioche, are made all the better with luscious chocolates," Gift Tree noted. This gift is perfect for a holiday picnic around the tree.
12. Personalized Wine Rack
Give your wine snob a personalized place to showcase their favorite bottles of wine with this personalized wine rack. A Dutch-designed wine carrier that converts to an elegantly minimalist countertop rack, personalized with complimentary engraving, according to Gift Tree, this gift "is an elegant wine carrier, constructed from solid pine and aged brass latches. When unfolded, the enduring carrier quickly converts into a countertop wine rack, capable of steadily holding three, six, or 12 bottles of wine."
13. Wines That Rock Trio
If you're wine-loving friend is also a little bit rock and roll, this Wines That Rock Trio is a perfect way to celebrate both wine and music during the 2017 holidays. I have personally given this gift, and also ordered it for myself. "The back labels are set up just like the back of the album jacket, liner notes and all. These are tapestries from the rock vault, with classic, iconic album art," Wines.com noted. These wines are also sustainable award winners, so it's a triple win.
14. Wine Socks
Every wine lover needs a good pair of sipping socks, and these "If you can read this, bring me wine" sock are the perfect stocking stuffer to pair with any of the wine or wine gifts on this list. These socks are handmade, and each pair is made to order. Grab these to help keep your friend's feet warm and toasty as they sip holiday wine by the fire.
15. Bamboo Wine Table
This gift if perfect to pair with the champagne picnic basket. If your friend's idea of heaven is a wine picnic, this classy bamboo wine table easily turns any picnic into an elegant wine tasting. "Designed to work with any stemmed wine or champagne glass, this table sticks directly into the ground or sand and holds glasses steady, plus has a small surface for a light snack," Uncommon Goods noted.
16. Wine Enthusiast Art Series Treble Decanter
This one is a little spendy, but if you're planning to make a big purchase for the wine snob on your 2017 holiday gift list, this beautiful decanter is something they'll definitely put out at every gathering. "This new collection of limited edition decanters were designed exclusively for Wine Enthusiast and bring a sophisticated style to wine decanting at an attractive price," Wine Enthusiast noted. "The Treble Decanter, part of the new designer series, doubles as a sophisticated centerpiece." This one also makes a great wedding gift, and Wine Enthusiast has several other artistic pieces at a lower price point.
Whether it's Instagram-worthy bottles of bubbly, reds that give back, or wine accessories, getting the perfect gift for the wine snob you love just got a whole lot easier. Cheers!