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 Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers
Here is a helpful list of wine gift ideas. Many of these I consider essential equipment for drinking and enjoying wine.

cover At the top of the list is the Rabbit Corkscrew. Up until about a year ago, these were outrageously expensive. Now they are much more reasonably priced. While sill a bit lavish for a corkscrew, this will never fail to impress your guests. Heck, I'm an engineer and been using one for a year now and I still don't under stand how it works! My only explanation is that it works on magic. After you start using one of these you can't go back to any other type of screw pull.
cover Next is the lowly Foilcutter. I know what you're thinking: "Who needs it? I just (cut/rip/gnaw) the foil off with (a knife/my bare hands/my teethe)." I have one question for you: what separates James Bond from the bad guys? Class and great gadgets. Enough said.
cover If you've ever opened a bottle of Champagne, then you've needed a Champagne Stopper. This invention is great, it uses the champagne bottle's lip to provide a very strong seal allowing the natural effervescence of the champagne to re-pressurize the bottle and preserve the fizz. Just tuck the bottle back into the fridge and you'll have fresh sparkling champagne several evenings in a row.
cover The Wine Bottle Chiller is a must for white wine lovers. Just keep this in the freezer until you need to serve your white wine, slip it onto your already cooled bottle and it will stay cool all evening. Perfectly chilled wine until the last glass.
cover Are you afraid to open your good wine for dinner because you don't think you can finish it all? You can either invite your cretin brother-in-law to swill it down between handfuls of Doritos or you can buy a Vacu Vin Wine Saver. This allows you to evacuate all the air (and evil reactive oxygen) from your half full wine bottle, saving it for another day. Wine won't last forever this way, but it will keep very well for several days. Sometimes it will improve more tanic wines by letting them "decant" overnight with the Vacu Vin.
cover Good wine deserves good stemware. There is none finer than Riedel. Every wine connoisseur should not be without a set of Riedel Vinum Bordeaux Wine Glasses. These over sized glasses are perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon and its blends, but is also well suited for red wines of all varieties.
cover To complement you Riedel Bordeaux glasses you'll need the Riedel Vinum Chardonnay Wine Glasses for serving your white wine.
cover Now that you aren't serving wine in paper cups anymore, you'll need some way of marking the wine glasses of your guests. Thats where Wine Glass Jewelry comes in. This is a fun and decorative way to tell who's glass is who's.
cover For those knuckles in the face Italian dolcettos and ultra tanic California Cabs you'll need to decant them before serving. Otherwise your guests will leave with a permanent tanic "pucker" on their face. Thats were a good Decanter comes in. These beautiful glass containers let the wine "breath" and loose some of the harsh tanic edges before serving.
cover OK, so you already have everything on this list, but do you have a Riedel Magnum Ultra Decanter? I didn't think so. This one isn't for the budget conscious.

 Some Good Books
These are some good wine reference books, guides, and some general good books. If your wine loving friend stops swirling their wine long enough to read something other than the Wine Advocate then they will love to sit down with a glass of port and read some of these!
cover Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes from a Marriage Dorothy J. Gaiter and her husband John Brecher write the weekly wine column for the Wall Street Journal. This book captures how wine can be in integral part of our lives. A good read.
cover The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson. The perfect all around wine encyclopedia. If you want to know more about wine, get this book.
cover Wines of the Rhone Valley by Robert M. Parker, Jr. an essential guide to Rhone wines.
cover Bordeaux: A Comprehensive Guide to the Wines Produced from 1961 to 1997 by Robert M. Parker, Jr., the god of wine tasting himself. If there was any one person that can define what good wine is, he is it.
cover The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine A good reference on wine from the writers of the famous Wall Street Journal wine column.
cover The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection Is about the pursuit of good food. This book is a must read for the sections about the French Laundry, arguably the best restaurant in the world. After reading this book, I went to the French Laundry. The experience, and this book, changed how I think about good food.
cover Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Chef, Anthony Bourdain, tells it like it is. If you ever eat out, you'll wish you had read this book years ago.

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