I love the holidays. I drive my family crazy because starting the Friday after Thanksgiving I listen to Christmas music all the way to December 25. I am super excited this year that Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 24. Though I am not Jewish, I prefer it when both faiths celebrate their respective holidays at the same time. I enjoy buying gifts for people. I am a much better giver than receiver. This time of year I am always looking for fun and unique gift ideas. If you are like me and have a few hard to buy for people on your list I have some fun ideas for you.
Most people I know enjoy wine. Some are full on oenophiles with priceless collections of cellar worthy wines, others prefer an inexpensive bottle purchased at the local super market to pair with the ingredients purchased for that evening’s dinner. As far as I am concerned, there is no wrong way to drink wine; it is only wrong not to drink it at all. Seriously, the health benefits of moderate wine consumption cannot be denied. And wine contains far less calories than cocktails and much more flavor than beer. Buying wine gifts for the various degrees of wine lovers in your life can be a challenge; but have no fear because I have some really fun (even outrageous) wine gift ideas guaranteed to make any wine lover smile!
The Rubin Family of Wines wants to add some fun to wine consumption. Here are three crazy concepts perfect for holiday gifts:
Q&A Red Wine California ($15): This unique wine was designed to make wine fun and approachable. There are twelve different labels, each with questions on one side, answers on the other, all prepared by Sonoma State University Wine Business Institute Faculty. The wine itself is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Ruby Cabernet, and Petite Sirah. It offers notes of black cherries and plums with cedar cigar box and warm baking spices; it is not a complicated wine; rather easy drinking for maximum popularity; sip it alone or enjoy with pizza or pasta. It was a Tasting Panel Magazine Top Pick and awarded Most Outrageous Packaging by Wines and Vines Magazine. Click here to purchase.
Pam’s Cuties Un-oaked Chardonnay ($3.99/each): Looking for the perfect wine for outdoor activities? How about Pam’s Cuties? These un-oaked Chardonnays are 6.3 oz each, perfect for holiday parades, caroling, sporting events, or cook-outs. The Chardonnay inside has notes of ripe apples and pears with a hint of citrus and a kiss of sweetness. On the palate it is crisp and refreshing. Who wouldn’t love a 12 pack of these fun wines, perfect for the wine lover on the go. Click here to purchase.
2015 Black Light White Wine California: Make Wine Not War! Whether you are a born again hippie, flower child, or just ready to move past the politics of 2016, this wine is fun for everyone. It comes with a small black light to shine on the bottle; black light off = pure white bottle, but turn on the black light to reveal its true “See the Light” identity. Made from the rare Symphony grape (a cross of Grenache Gris and Muscat of Alexandria from the UC Davis Viticulture Department in 1948) it offers a slight sweetness that is balanced with acidity to make a refreshing, far out wine that pairs perfectly with spicy cuisines, if you can get it away from everyone looking at the bottle in a dark closet.
Vertical: Passion and Pinot on the Oregon Wine Trail: Remember Sideways, the book and subsequent movie that changed the way wine lovers consumed Pinot Noir and Merlot? Well author Rex Pickett is back and so are Jack and Miles. It is seven years later and Jack’s life has taken a turn for the worse, divorced, and alcoholic, while Miles’ life is on a upswing, he is a successful author with a successful movie. But you know Miles, it can’t be all roses, he is still a depressed, self-deprecating, neurotic mess, and now he is dealing with an aging parent. It sounds depressing but in true Jack and Miles style there is plenty of humor. Even better is they have moved from the wonderful Pinot Noir region of Santa Barbara, California, to the wonderful Pinot Noir region of Willamette Valley, Oregon. For the wine lovers on your holiday gift lists that also love to read this is the perfect gift. It is poignant, touching, insightful, and always crazy! It’s also easy to buy and ship if necessary because it is available on Amazon. Click here to purchase.
Aervana One Touch Luxury Wine Aerator ($99): Many of us wine lovers are impatient, we buy big red wines but don’t want to give them the time they need to open up for optimal enjoyment. We get home from a long, hard day at work and want to enjoy a glass of wine. Who wants to wait an hour or more? Aervana is the solution to this problem and the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life. Whether the wine you want to enjoy is 10 years old and cost $100 or a 2016 wine that cost $20, oxygen helps wine open up after its been uncorked. Aervana is the world’s first battery operated, push button electric wine aerator. It’s elegant and sleek, super easy to use, and the set of 6- AAA batteries included will dispense over 200 bottles of wine. Aervana allows for immediate consumption of a wine while still experiencing the flavors, aromas, and textures the wine maker intended. Aervana can also be purchased on Amazon, receiving 4.7 out of 5 stars from 169 customers. Click here to purchase.
2013 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Holiday Kisses Napa Valley ($57): What holiday is complete without a special edition Flora Springs wine? Not only is Flora Springs known for crafting high quality Napa Valley wines but they always have limited edition wines perfect for gifts or parties to add fun to your holiday season. This special edition Holiday Kiss etched bottle wine is crafted as a reminder that “a kiss from your loved one is one of the best ways to celebrate the season!” Crafted of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon this wine offers notes of black cherries, black berries and plums, warm baking spices, dark chocolate, licorice, damp tobacco leaves and lingering vanilla; it is rich and warm on the palate with a silky mouth-feel, well balanced with dusty tannins and round acidity and a lingering finish; a great wine to gift now for immediate enjoyment or a wine to age a few years to be enjoyed in the future. Click here to purchase.
I think there is something for everyone on this holiday wine lover gift giving guide.
My Song Selection: Since this is a fun, unique, diverse, and delicious holiday wine lovers gift guide I am pairing it with a fun song.
I wish you all a safe and joy-filled holiday season! Cheers!