We all have that friend who serves as the unofficial sommelier of the group. You know, they can talk for hours about different grape varietals and their favorite bottles, they never show up to a function empty-handed, and they do the simple swirl of the glass before taking the first sip. They’re the friend who’s appointed to taste the bottle you just ordered at the restaurant and they’re the one with the glassware collection you might want to raid.
When it comes to shopping for someone with a specific interest—whether it be wine, bourbon, or gardening—you’d think finding the perfect gift would be easy. After all, if you’re able to focus on a specific sector of gifts, it should be simple, right? Not so much. Nothing can turn stressful faster than shopping for someone who knows a lot about something you know only the basics of. So, we’re here to help.
Forget trying to find a fantastic bottle they haven’t yet tried and consider one of these wine-related tools, accessories, and home wares that anyone with a love for wine will adore.
This might technically be a utensil crock, but it also doubles as a chiller for any bottle. Just pop it in the refrigerator or freezer long enough to get it nice and cold, put it on your table with your bottle of choice in it, and your wine will stay cold through dinner.
If your friend is often hosting happy hours or dinner at their home, treat them to these acrylic wine glasses. Not only are they cute and stackable, they’re also shatterproof.
Carrying a bottle of wine truly doesn’t get easier than with this wine bag and cooler from Uashmama. Each bag is made in Italy from water- and stain-resistant paper, and is stretched and tanned to look just like leather. Also, the cooler pack is removable. Just place the pack in the fridge or freezer for 30 to 40 minutes, add it back to the bag alongside your bottle, and you’ll have up to eight hours of chilled wine at the table in no time.
This tool feels a little like magic. Thanks to decades of research, it was designed to help you determine a wine’s aging potential by altering the taste of the wine per second it’s in your glass. Just dip it into your glass, count—every second of contact corresponds to about a year of aging—and taste. It’s a fun party trick, if you ask us!
If they’re always showing up to wine night with multiple bottles to choose from, this market tote was made for them. With six pockets, a handy flower-carrying strap, and an insulated zipper pouch, it’s the perfect accessory.
Designed as a self-portrait by Alessandro Mendini, this adorable corkscrew is a fun addition to any wine lover’s bar cart.
Each glass in this six-piece set is embossed with the iconic Provençal bee—a symbol of Southern France and its sun-kissed landscape—and is ideal for any white, red, or rosé.
This bottle is perfect for anyone who loves chilled wine but needs something that’s a little more travel-friendly than an ice bucket or marble wine chiller. It’s a double-walled, vacuum-insulated cooler that’ll keep any chilled bottle—whether it’s wine, bubbly, or water—cold for roughly four hours. Just unscrew the adjustable top, pop the bottle in, and you’re good to go.
When British dinnerware designer Richard Brendon and world-renowned wine expert Jancis Robinson came together to create a wine glass, we shouldn’t be surprised that the result was, well, perfect. Each one is made from mouth-blown crystal and has the thinnest possible rim, can be purchased stemmed or stemless, and the bowl is its widest right at the five-ounce mark, allowing for optimal aromatics and aeration. Regardless of the bottle being poured, this is the glass to reach for.
If they love color and are trying to grow their glassware collection, surprise your friend with a set of these bubbly glasses from Lyngby Glas. Each one features small bubbles from the glass-blowing process and is available in shades of green, blue, or pink.
Is your friend often hosting for a crowd? If so, they need a couple of ice buckets to keep bottles of wine, Champagne, juice, and water as cold as can be. This crystal bucket is made from pure crystalline glass, features hand-pressed dimples on the side for easy carrying, and is pretty enough to fit in with the table decor.