15 Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gifts That Every Wine Lover Needs
Schott Zwiesel Pure Glassware Set
Our friends at Food & Wine recommend this set to anyone looking for an impeccably-set table. While many praise Riedel as the ultimate brand in glassware, wine aficionados will fall in love with these Zwiesel products that are a mere fraction of the price. Choose which shape you'd like to get, or gradually gift all six sets should you wish to do so.
Buy It: Starting at $56, WestElm.com
Yeti Insulated Wine Tumbler
Who says you can't enjoy a nice Pinot on a hike?! The same brand that changed the way we look at tumblers also brought their indestructible technology to a classic, stemless wine glass. It travels well, of course, and comes in all the classic Yeti colors that your water bottle comes in.
Buy It: $24.99, Yeti.com ($49.99 for a pair).
Shatterproof Govino Wine Glasses
Children, dogs, clumsy people—three of the forces that can inadvertently end one's pricey set of fine glassware during a party. The solution? These shatterproof wine glasses, which are also dishwasher safe.
One of our editors bought a couple sets to whip them out for rowdier guests and occasions. She's happy to report that—even in spite of a number of incidents—they haven't broken.
Buy It: $12.95, Amazon.com
Red Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to the 50 Essential Varieties & Styles
Is there a person in your life who loves to learn anything s/he can about everything vino related?
This gift is will help them to become the ultimate connoisseur they've always wanted to be. They'll learn every detail about how red wine is made, and all they need to know about classic varietals from Cabernet Sauvignon to Pinot Noir, Merlot, and more.
Buy It: $19.50, Amazon.com.
Cuisinart Electric Wine Opener
You can't call yourself a "wino" unless you can pop a bottle in record time.
And for one Cooking Light editor, he can now do that in 30 seconds flat without breaking breaking conversation or risking (gasp!) cork breaking into the bottle itself. Simply stick this slim, sleek model on top of your bottle, press and hold the corking button, and the cork pops out. Stick it away in a cupboard if you'd like—although it's slim enough to proudly stand tall on your countertop.
Buy It: $35, Amazon.com
Whether you have a precious bottle, or are simply trying to keep yourself to one actual serving of wine, sometimes you don't want to drink a bottle all at once. When that happens, this device will come in handy.
Coravin allows you to pour a single glass wine from a bottle without opening it, by using a thin needle to penetrate the cork. The wine will remain sealed and protected from the oxygen that will make it go bad.
Given that cork is a naturally sponge-like, it will resume its shape after the needle is removed—and after drawing out the wine, the needle inserts argon gas, which is used to replace the lost volume without disturbing the wine. You can read more on our formal review of the Coravin system right here.
Buy It: $199, Amazon.com
Vinturi Wine Aerator
Our nutrition editor swears by this extremely easy-to-use aerator, which you simply hold above any wine glass you're ready to pour into. It's an essential gadget that improves the taste of a glass without need for a decanter, to help you make the most of any bottle.
Buy It: $21.50, Amazon.com
Custom Special Occasion Wine Labels
Gifting a bottle of wine might be a tad tricky—but if you choose to do so, these fun and totally customizable wine labels help the gift truly feel like a special occasion. Whether it be for graduation, a promotion, or a much-needed bottle for new moms, you can choose every last detail (including colors and fonts) to turn any bottle of wine into a unforgettable gift.
A Waiter's Best Friend
Why haven't you seen this kind of wine opener before, you might ask? It's a well-kept secret for most, but this wine opener, often referred to as the "waiter's friend," has a great track record for not destroying corks (especially when it comes to older, finer bottles of wine). The opener has two pieces of metal which you wedge down on either side of the cork—twist, and pull, and voila! Your cork is out of the bottle unharmed.
Buy It: $14.95, Amazon.com
Air Cork Wine Preserver
Saving a bottle of wine for the next evening is tough—it can easily turn sour. But this handy gadget, which appeared on ABC's Shark Tank, incorporates a balloon as an easy solution to saving a bottle without a cork. Simply insert the tube, pump away, and the miniature balloon will seal off the bottle.
Buy It: $28, Amazon.com.
A Casual Guide to Wine Drinking
Maybe you have a friend or family member who truly enjoys a glass of wine, but is afraid to branch out—to be the budding wine enthusiast you know they want to be? Marissa Ross, who heads up a wine column at Bon Appétit magazine as well as an entire blog dedicated to wine, published this book in 2017 that can help one navigate beyond reading a wine list for prices alone or picking up a bottle just based on the design of the label. Out of all wine guides on the market, this one is the most accessible—and can turn any fan of happy hour pours into a knowledgeable connoisseur.
Buy It: $9, Amazon.com.
Recycled Wine Bottle Cheese Platter
Have your wine—and eat it, too! We all love wine and cheese, so why not make it official with these adorable cheese platters that make use of refashioned wine bottles.
Buy It: $24, UncommonGoods.com
Almost Instantaneous Wine Chiller
Nearly any wine fanatic can tell you that plopping ice cubes in a glass of white wine is definitely not the best move, especially with guests. But what does one do when a white wine is too warm to serve? Stick this BlizeTec wine gadget in your freezer and pop it into a freshly opened bottle when you need to—it'll chill any bottle in just under a minute without diluting the wine itself. Bonus: it has an aerator at the top, so you can quickly pour it out, too.
Buy It: $14.99, Amazon.com
The Classic Rabbit Wine Opener
You can't broach the subject of wine openers without talking about a "rabbit," and so for those who might prefer one of the most talked-about methods of opening a bottle of wine, this gift is for them.
It's fully loaded with a mechanism that makes opening a bottle of wine much easier than not—and one on our staff says that the sleek design has made an impression on all guests she serves.
Buy It: $29, Amazon.com.
Winc Wine Box Subscription
Maybe you'd like to give a gift that truly keeps on giving—and one that you know will 100% be used? Winc is a subscription service that sends bottles of wine personalized to you directly to your home every month. Unlike other services, it doesn't hinge on bottles or blends that you'd find in stores—you shop their private label selection online, or just tell them your taste preferences and they'll chose for you. Four bottles a month, sans membership fees or contracts, free shipping—and $20 off your first box.
Buy It: $60, Winc.com