Category Archives: Holidays

Gift Ideas: Decanters and Aerators

The purpose of decanters is to bring air to a wine, to allow it to “breathe.” A little air can be a great thing for wines, especially the big, young wines that need to open up. This action helps a wine open up, allows the molecules to start dancing, the aromas to explode, the flavors to brighten… The classic way to bring this about is using a decanter, which allows air to more surface area of the wine. But there are also some devices on the market that speed up that aeration process, particularly if you have not had enough time to decant a wine, or if you want to just have a glass of wine aerated. These devices are fantastic gifts and great to have in the cellar.

Watch this video to see what options you have to give your wine a little air!

The Wine.com Wine Lover’s Gift Guide

Obviously Wine.com is gift-giving central for wine lovers, but specific gifts appeal more to specific types of wine lovers… so instead of sorting through our entire gift selection, we’ve broken it down to a few different “groups.”

Napa Valley Cabernet Wine Tasting Trio ($169.99)
Napa Valley Cabernet Wine Tasting Trio ($169.99)

For Him (otherwise known as: For the Esquire Man): Think James Bond Bollinger, eccentric wine openers and golfers who make wine.

For Her (otherwise known as: For the Glamorous Gals): Mom, sister, hostess, etc… Think lovely bubbly gift sets, hostess trinkets and luscious vino.

For the Rock Star: For those who like to jam… wines with Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd Labels, as well as Elvis decorated bottles.

For the Art Lover: Anyone who buys for a label will appreciate wines that look pretty AND taste good.

 

(Penfolds) RED Wine Trio ($39.99)
(Penfolds) RED Wine Trio ($39.99)

For the Foodie: Going gourmet for that person who loves to use wine when they are cooking… and sometimes even put it in the food!

For Giving Back: Whether to community or environment – think organic wine & wines that give proceeds to a charity.

 

No matter the personality or preferences of the wine lover on your list, we think you can find the perfect gift. If not, we’re sure, like us, you’ll find something perfect for you! :)

12 wines to buy on 12-12-12 for the 12 days of Christmas

It’s 12-12-12, the last time the month, day and year will perfectly align until the next century. Since most of us won’t be around then, for those who find luck in numbers, it’s a big day. We like it because we can do fun things like offer 12% off 12 bottles and other 12 combinations.

So I’m pulling out my top 12 bottles for the holidays here. For MY 12 bottles, I’d choose these, each with a purpose for this holiday season.

The white splurge:  Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2009 – this Margaret River wine is like Australia’s Montrachet (I know, don’t you hate it when people compare wine to Burgundy?). Hands down one of my favorite Chardonnay and perfect for a holiday splurge.

The red splurge: Antinori Tignanello 2009 – okay, so if you drink this now, you’d have to decant it for a long time… but everyone should try a “Tig” and the ’09 was a beautiful vintage.

The bubble splurge:Champagne Krug Grande Cuvee – I could drink Krug everyday and twice on Sundays and claim a very happy life. A rich and full-bodied bubbly, this is the wine to buy should you be able to drop the dough on bubbles :)

The perfect dinner whiteChehalem 3 Vineyard Pinot Gris 2011 – It holds up to savory and spice as well as rich and creamy. With a perfect balance of racy acidity, floral notes and sweet fruit, this wine is a great match for the dinner table.

The perfect dinner red: Artesa Carneros Pinot Noir 2010 – Thank goodness it’s easier to find a Pinot Noir under $20 these days. Artesa consistently delivers, with rich fruit and bright acid, a palate-pleaser and food-friendly of course.

The perfect party bubbly: Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava – I could try to be creative, but won’t bother -this bubbly is a go-to for parties. It’s great year after year, always a top-seller and always a great value. Can’t beat it.

The perfect party white: La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Luberon Blanc 2011 – my parents buy this by the case as it’s a perfect everyday or party sipper. It has no fake oak or sweet aftertaste, just clean, crisp and easy-drinking.

The perfect party redd’Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2010 – easy going and easy drinking. That’s what you want in a party wine, and the Stump Jump is perfect for that. It’s an all-season wine (great for summer, winter and all if it in-between).

Date night wine:  Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 – it’s a sexy bottle, a seductive wine and needs nothing to pair with it but a little romance.

Hostess gift wine: Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut – bubbles are perfect for the hostess-with-the-mostest, and Schramsberg Mirabelle is a delicious wine that is perfect to serve at a party or with a meal.

Wine for toasting: Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut Rose – I had to make up a subject to get this bottle of bubbles in – one of my favorites, especially for the price. It’s lovely in the glass, great bubbles and flavors from start to finish.

The wine that goes with everything: Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2011 – obviously it has to be a Riesling… and this particular bottle, which marries fruit, acidity and sweet in delicious harmony, can go on any table and in any glass and be well-suited there.

Pick out your 12 for 12-12-12. It’s a day to celebrate and wine is certainly the way to go.