Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers Besides Wine
Think outside the wine aisle this holiday season
Why not make 2022 the year you buy your wine-loving friend or family member something other than a bottle of wine as a gift? After all, thoughtful gifts surprise and delight recipients by showing you invested a little more time. Here are some unique wine gifts that will make your shopping simpler, whether during the holidays or at any other time of the year. Our previous recommended gift ideas for wine lovers are also included in this post, so keep scrolling for more ideas.
2022 Holiday Gift Ideas
Jordan Holiday Tour & Tasting ($85)
For an experiential gift, surprise your loved one with Jordan’s beloved seasonal Holiday Tour & Tasting – available on select days from December 1-16. Each onsite tasting experience includes a walking tour through the barrel room and Jordan’s historic oak tanks, followed by a sample of Jordan wines and premium older vintages alongside the fireplace, paired with festive hors d’oeuvres featuring Jordan Chef’s Reserve Caviar, homemade holiday cookies, Jordan hot cocoa and more.
Crushed: How a Changing Climate Is Altering the Way We Drink ($32)
A tough but poignant look at how climate change is altering wine and spirit production around the world, author Brian Freedman travelled from California Wine Country to Bordeaux and Kentucky to tell the stories of visionary growers and producers being affected by climactic shifts and how they’re working to adapt. A compelling read, it’s not all doom and gloom; the chapter on overcast England makes a case for its bright future in sparkling wine.
Ownroot Collective Membership (up to $89.95)
Napa-based founder Terra Jane Albee shares the compelling stories of winemakers who are creating their own passion projects and micro-production wines, the still-undiscovered stars of tomorrow most of whom make wine at prestigious wineries by day. There’s no minimum wine purchase and members can support the brands they’re eager to enjoy, from Sierra Foothills mourvedre to Monterey riesling. Both monthly ($8.95/month) and annual ($89.95/year) gift memberships and gift cards are possible.
Tasting House Chocolate Club for the Oenophile ($49)
A club for chocolate-lovers with an adventurous streak and curious palate, members will receive three chocolate bars every month with detailed backgrounds on each chocolatier, plus notes on how best to enjoy the bars. Featuring chocolate from all over the world, the club explores the true origin of cacao with an emphasis on sustainable trade and farming from producers such as OmNom, Raaka and Valrhona.
The Impossible Collection of Champagne: The 100 Most Exceptional Bottles from Champagne ($995)
Published by Assouline, this is a newly released tome curated by author Enrico Bernardo that delves deep into the best bottles of bubbles in the world, illustrated with tasting experiences, insightful tips and singular anecdotes. Presented in a wooden box as gorgeous as the wines, the book is bound by hand and luxurious in every way and belongs on the coffee tables and bookshelves of all Champagne lovers. Look for the full-page profile of Jordan Cuvée Champagne collaborator AR Lenoble on page 208.
Chagaccino Gift Box ($50)
A delicious mushroom mocha mixture meant to help with stress, immunity and cognitive function, Chagaccino can be added to coffee and is prebiotic, probiotic and anti-inflammatory, the wellness version of a mocha latte. Made from wild-foraged mushrooms combined with adaptogens and sweetened with Monk fruit, it’s vegan, gluten-free and provides energy without the jitters. Its gift box includes 10 single-serves, a handheld frother, can-shaped glass, metal straw, stress reliever and pin.
Jake Messing Beasts and Beauty Print ($150)
Harmon Guest House in Healdsburg features a nature-inspired art installation in partnership with Healdsburg native Jake Messing titled “Blue Harmon,” a mural on the property’s main stairwell with an ascending flock of blue herons, golden florals and monarch butterflies. Messing managed the art department for Tiffany & Company’s global visual merchandising team and has taught drawing and painting at New York University. He has returned to Healdsburg where he continues to paint and draw in addition to consulting to some of the world’s biggest luxury brands. Bold colors, birds and flowers are signature elements in his work. His Beasts & Beauty print is classic, signed and numbered by the artist.
Spirit Works Distillery 8-Year Rye Whiskey ($90)
Sebastopol-based Spirit Works has been honored for its sustainably-minded, grain-to-glass craft to its lineup over time, as well as a four-grain straight bourbon whiskey. In honor of their 10-year-anniversary, husband-and-wife distillers Timo and Ashby Marshall are releasing a limited-edition 8-year-old Rye Whiskey, the oldest whiskey in the portfolio, a spicy, beautifully complex offering that’s ideal for the holidays.
Jordan Winery’s Chef’s Reserve Caviar Sampler Gift Set ($215)
If you’re looking for a particularly unique and decadent holiday gift for the wine lover in your life, try this special caviar gift set featuring artisan California caviar and gourmet fish roe from Tsar Nicolai. This gift set even includes blinis and crème fraîche for a complete culinary experience to create in the comfort of your own home. Pair these farm-raised caviars and roes with your favorite bottle of Jordan Cabernet, Jordan Chardonnay or the Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble to ring in the new year with luxury and decadence.
Monopoly Napa Valley Edition ($45)
Newly released, this version of the cultural touchstone and most popular board game in the world features iconic landmarks from the famous wine region, updated from an earlier version produced in the 1990s. Featuring five main towns – American Canyon, Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga – it should have many recognizable winery and restaurant names to land on and fill with houses and hotels.
2021 Holiday Gift Ideas
Wine Lover’s Spice Blends ($42)
Bring a taste of wine country to your kitchen with Jordan Winery’s new spice blend set, created to pair perfectly with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Executive Chef Todd Knoll collaborated with one of his favorite purveyors, World Spice Merchants, to blend and bottle three custom spice rub recipes—this gift set also includes a house-made Smoked Sea Salt, cold-smoked with Jordan oak and madrone branches, to complete your seasoning collection.
Wine Tasting Placemats 20-Pack ($20)
The holidays are a perfect time to gather amongst friends and family—and bring a fun wine tasting to your next dinner party. Wine Folly’s Wine Tasting Mats are made to educate, inspire and track your favorite wines with varying sections to write your tasting notes and observations. Included in this set is also a wine flavors chart to help guide your tasting palate. It’s a great and affordable wine lover’s gift.
Vintage Wine Rack ($60-1,500)
Inspired by Jordan Winery’s recent Cellar Room renovation last year, these vintage wooden wine racks from Chairish are a beautiful, French-inspired antique that will happily surprise the wine lover in your life. From custom tabletop wine racks to 19th century French country wall-hangings, Chairish has a unique selection of antiques to choose from. Explore the look and learn more about the interior design inspiration on Chairish’s recent blog.
Gourmet Cheese Sampler ($80)
Because there’s no other wine pairing like a cheese pairing. Give the gift of a gourmet cheese sampler from Jordan Winery for the perfect assortment of four cabernet and chardonnay-friendly cheeses. This cheese pairing selection includes goat, sheep and cow’s milk cheeses, offering several distinct tastes to tempt your palate. Enjoy one 4 oz. wedge of each cheese packaged in a gift bag with shipping included.
Vacuum Wine Bottle ($14)
For those outdoor picnics or movie nights, this insulated 17-ounce reusable bottle from Public Goods is a sleek and eco-friendly way to enjoy a chilled glass of wine without the worry of leakage or breakage. Available in four different colors on their website.
Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board ($50-70)
A unique and upscale way to present your wine-friendly cheeses and bites, be sure to add this Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board to your holiday wish list this year. Based in upstate New York, Brooklyn Slate Co. hand cuts each board for a truly one-of-a-kind cheese board that will be sure to impress any party guest.
Barrel Top Serving Tray ($99)
Upgrade your traditional serving platter with a wine country twist. Made of mango wood, casted aluminum and galvanized iron, this Wine Barrel Top Serving Tray makes the perfect platter for a lovely cheese and charcuterie appetizer. Monogramming is available for an additional charge.
The Entertainer’s Spread – Oakville Grocery Gift Set ($130)
Support one of wine country’s favorite grocers with a special Entertainer’s Spread from Oakville Grocery based in Napa and Sonoma County. Filled with an array of wine pairing essentials, this gift set features a house-made Carmelized Onion Balsamic Jam, Artichoke Parmesan Spread, Salt and Pepper Crostinis, Sopressata Salame, California Apricots, Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives and an Oakville Bamboo Serving Tray. An ideal gift for the wine lover and foodie in your life who loves to host a dinner party.
Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers 2020
Journeyman Meat Co. Meat Guild Club Membership ($108)
Journeyman owner Pete Seghesio was born into a winemaking family, and as a result, he pays close attention to the wine pairing prowess of his collection of small-batch salami. Last year, he and his wife, Cathy, launched the Meat Guild, called the Meat Club by locals, which includes quarterly shipments of two styles of salami each month and access to special events. The rare Salame Buio, made in partnership with Jordan Winery’s chef and served exclusively at Jordan, has even been featured in club shipments. Members are billed quarterly, but you can give a Meat Guild membership as a gift for $108, plus shipping.
Two Treats in One: Merlot Infused Coffee Beans ($20)
If your loved one can’t decide between coffee and wine as their favorite beverage, why make them choose? This Merlot-infused coffee is 100% Arabica beans that are aged in oak wine barrels that provide fresh, red berry flavors and subtle hints of currants and blackberries. Purchase the 12-ounce bag for $20.00.
Jordan Olive Wood Cheese Board ($55)
Jordan Winery is known for both its olive oil and its cheese and charcuterie board creations, so why not combine the two? Due to its density, olive wood resists odors and stains better than other types of wood, making it ideal for culinary boards. Find the Jordan Olive Wood Cheese Board in the Culinary Products section of their website.
For the Gadget Geek: Stemless Aerating Wine Glasses ($50)
If wine gadgets are their thing, then get ready for squeals for this new aerator. Not only is this gift cool, it’s entertaining to watch while it works its fountain-esque magic, introducing oxygen to any wine that needs some air. Also works on whiskey. $50 for a set of 2 on the Uncommon Goods website.
Show Off the Good Stuff: Wooden Wine Display Case
For the collector who carries pride for his rarer bottles, a handmade, wooden wine display case might be just what the oenophile ordered. These real-wood boxes are custom-made and hand-crafted in Napa, California by Kent Parker. Prices vary depending on the size desired on the KP Wooden Stone website.
The Gift of Wine Tasting: Priority Wine Pass and Harvest Card (from $59)
Have someone who lives in wine country or who visits often? This cool gift idea for wine lovers offers special treatment and complimentary tastings at wineries across California, Washington and Oregon, all in one membership. Reserve the tasting, show the card and your gift recipient can bask in VIP glory. Harvest Card also offers restaurant perks. Two companies to choose from, starting at $59 for a year-long subscription. Priority Wine Pass and Harvest Card.
Experiential: Create Your Own Wine Country Getaway
Some people appreciate the gift of life experiences more than tangible items. Here at Wine Country Table, we provide insider travel information on a regular basis, enlightening our readers of the best wine country has to offer during a vacation. Get crafty and set up a complete vacation that will be filled with memories, delicious food and, of course, wine.
- Our Healdsburg Lodging Guide
- Our Healdsburg Restaurant Guide
- Things to Do In Healdsburg:
Red Wine Lover Heaven: Jordan Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and Riedel Stemless Gift Set ($100)
Who says gifts for wine lovers besides wine can’t include a bottle? Quite possibly the most perfect gift for a Cabernet lover, this complete gift set features the milestone 2016 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (the winery’s 40th anniversary vintage) paired with two Riedel stemless wine glasses. Destined to be a new-classic duo, this gift box includes the first-ever cabernet wine tumbler glass –all packaged in an elegant gift box made of recycled materials. $100 on the Jordan Winery website. Other Jordan gift ideas with wine accessories include the Jordan Cabernet with a wine barrel corkscrew (also pictured above).
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Coravin Model Eleven ($999)
If Coravin is the Ferrari of wine preserving devices, then the company has just debuted its LaFerrari model. Dubbed the Coravin Model Eleven, it’s the world’s first automatic wine preservation system. Unlike previous models, this Coravin extracts wine with the single push of a button. It’s wired with bluetooth as well for all the techies who want to use the Coravin app to create a virtual cellar or find the perfect song to pair with a wine that’s so precious, you don’t dare finish it the first night. Three times the price of the standard Coravin Model Two, the Eleven retails for $999.
Repour is a new device for helping preserve opened bottles of wine. It’s certainly nowhere near the caliber of a fancy Coravin, but for under $10, it’s a great gift idea for wine lovers who don’t finish the bottle in one night. Four Repours come in one package; not reusable.
Wine Barrel Corkscrew ($45)
The perfect gift for a wine lover who loves to reduce, reuse and recycle, the Reclaimed Wine Barrel Waiter’s Corkscrew from Jordan debuted this year. Made in France from French oak barrels that aged Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, this corkscrew features a double-step system for opening long corks, a five-level screw and a knife for capsule cutting. With recycling, one wine barrel can make around 300 corkscrews. Packaged in a gift box for $45.
Wine Enthusiast Art Series Decanter ($79)
Riedel crystal wine decanters are quite pricey these days, and if you’re a fan of curvy decanters with red stripes that Austrian crystal maker has been flaunting of late, you should check out Wine Enthusiast’s Art Series Silhouette Decanter, graced with a gorgeous black stripe inside. On sale for $79, it’s a beautiful wine gift sure to impress both discerning wine lovers and novices who have been recently bitten by the wine bug.
Dishwasher Safe Govinos ($14)
Plastic wine glass maker Govino has finally developed a dishwasher safe stemless glass. This might cut into their profits; I’ve thrown away too many melted Govinos to count. A set of our Govino Dishwasher Safe Flexible Shatterproof Reusable Wine Glass sells for about $14 on Amazon.
Wine Folly The Master Guide ($34)
I’ve been a big fan of Madeline Puckette’s educational wine illustrations since she began blogging about wine almost a decade ago. The Washington State graphic designer-wine lover has since turned her combined passions into the Wine Folly media empire. On her website, you can buy wine maps, posters, tasting journals, placemats and books, of course, including the new Wine Folly Magnum Edition: The Master Guide. Kindle edition retails for just under $20. Hard cover is available for $34.
Wine Country Botanicals Sugar Scrub ($30)
One of my girlfriends gifted me a jar of this sugar scrub last year, and I’m still hooked. The company makes three collections of beauty products, each with ingredients sourced from a particular wine country, so if your loved one has a soft spot for either Napa, Sonoma or Santa Barbara, you’ll score even more brownie points with a regionally specific wine gift. The sugar scrub base includes shea butter, sugar, four exfoliants, four moisturizers and five essential oils, and then regionally sourced ingredients. I’m a big fan of the lavender/bergamot-infused Sonoma sugar scrub for $30. View all three sugar scrubs on the Wine Country Botanicals website. Body washes, lotions and other products are also available.
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Cork Collecting Vases ($24.99-$34.99)
Cork collecting is an easy way to preserve memories of great times and great wines. A recycled clear Barcelona vase from Spain adds texture and a unique shape, so you can be confident your gift will stand out and perfectly showcase your recipient’s prized cork collection.
The Durand ($125)
With items like The Durand, nobody has to ask what it refers to, because this instrument is renowned for taking out old or fragile corks without damaging them. There’s more than likely a wine aficionado in your life who has been wanting one of these and putting it off, so now is your perfect opportunity.
Stormtrooper Decanter ($31)
Of all the cool wine gift ideas for wine lovers, this one is for the sci-fi fans. Your Star Wars friend or family member may have several pieces of movie-related merchandise, but they probably don’t have this. A Stormtrooper glass decanter holds a standard 750mL bottle of your favorite wine to marry practicality with a fun pop culture statement. This cool wine gift pairs well with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and the winery’s “Cab Wars” parody video.
Wolfum Serving Tray for Dinner Parties ($68)
The right serving tray can make you feel like the world’s most accomplished host or hostess. The Dorothy Serving Tray by Wolfum is made of Baltic birch and is hand painted in a range of rich, true colors like bold red, mustard, and charcoal, for a sophisticated look and feel. I’ve owned the above pictured serving tray for three years, and it’s both beautiful and durable.
Ralph Lauren Home Cocktail Shaker ($95)
Every wine lover needs a great cocktail now and then. It’s hard to go wrong with any item from the Ralph Lauren Home collection. The Wyatt Cocktail Shaker is no exception, with its fine stainless steel craftsmanship and trim in rich, brown, equestrian-inspired leather.
Wine Bottle Christmas Tree ($329.99)
No tree has more Christmas spirit than a tree designed to display 60 wine bottles. An outstanding idea for a group gift, the Wine Bottle Christmas Tree stands 53 inches tall and assembles in seconds.
Zalto Stemware ($354 for 6)
Face it: good wine is simply more enjoyable when it is presented in a gorgeous piece of stemware. The beautiful Zalto Denk’Art Universal Glass is mouth-blown, lead-free, and dishwasher safe, believe it or not.
Smith & Hanks Wine Fridge ($599 up)
The ultimate wine themed gift for the special person on your Christmas list is a cooler designed to hold their favorite beverage in perfect conditions. Available in a range of sizes, Smith & Hanks wine fridges work as a free-standing cabinet or as a built-in, plus the hinges are reversible, so it can open in the direction the user prefers.
Don’t be intimidated about finding the right gift for the wine lover in your life. Maybe you worry you don’t know enough about wine to choose well, but you can count on one of these gifts to be a big hit, and to make a lasting impression on the person receiving it.