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Inexpensive Gifts for Wine Lovers

Erin O'Reilly - Certified Specialist of Wine

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Thinking about presents for a special wine lover in your life?

If you don’t know the difference between Chardonnay and Chablis, buying a bottle of wine can seem downright daunting. Not to mention that wine can often come across as pretentious and expensive, when in reality most wine enthusiasts have discovered a special experience that they would love to share with you.

Fear not! The wine world has an abundance of wow-worthy inexpensive wine gift ideas for you to choose from.

So let’s start with the basics.

Think about when and how your friend or loved one enjoys their wine. Are they serious aficionados who scour every publication looking for that unique bottle? Do they love to kick off their sandals on a weekend afternoon, pairing a hammock with a glass of rosé? Or is your wine lover a gregarious host who orchestrates phenomenal meals that harmonize foods and flavors?

Once you have a clear picture of your wine lover’s lifestyle, finding wine related gifts becomes as easy as opening a bottle with a screw top.

Wine Accessory Gifts

Wine-themed presents are always well-received because they give your devotee an opportunity to share their love of the grape with family and friends. Certain must-have wine cellar accessories get used throughout the years and often need replacing.

These wine accessories don’t have to be expensive and you can find affordable wine gifts that will fit into any budget, whether you’re going for funky, classy, or unique. And with a little thoughtful pairing, wine accessory gifts can enhance the entire wine experience.

Here are some go-to affordable gifts for wine lovers that are perfect for any occasion:

  • Bottle Toppers. Pour a glass and pop in a fun bottle topper to help keep the wine fresh through your next meal. Bottle toppers come in a variety of entertaining designs. Artsy, elegant, even hobby-focused, these little guys are great conversation starters and always a welcome gift idea.

  • Small Bites. Chocolate. Nuts. Jams. Dips. Toffee. Give a delicious gift of artisanal treats. Yum!

  • Corkscrews. Do you really need more than one corkscrew? The answer to that question is a resounding ‘Yes’! Corkscrews are a lot like the pocket knife of the wine world. Everyone should have multiple corkscrews for different occasions. Stash one in the glove compartment to enjoy that bottle of wine on a sunset picnic or bungalow getaway. Always keep extras in the kitchen drawer for those celebratory meals where multiple people are opening bottles and the corkscrew gets lost in the kitchen chaos. Never let your wine aficionado find themselves without a corkscrew.

Here are some of our current favorite wine accessories.

Sommelier wood corkscrew

Sommelier Wood Corkscrew

The chic aesthetic on the Sommelier Wood Corkscrew makes it a brilliant gift that pairs perfectly with every unmistakable ‘pop’ of a cork. It may not be obvious, but not all corkscrews are the same. Anyone who has opened enough bottles of wine has likely had the unfortunate experience of the corkscrew worm breaking apart and getting jammed in the cork. Don’t let your special someone get stuck with a half-opened bottle. Indestructible, sleek, and hard-working, this corkscrew has class and style.

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Vinturi white wine aerator

Vinturi White Wine Aerator

The Vinturi White Wine Aerator debunks the myth that only red wines benefit from aeration. In fact, aeration brings white wines to a new level, and this unique gift is especially designed to enhance your wine lover’s experience. Picture the look on their face when they open the box and discover a revolutionary way to drink white wine.

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Wine and Food Books

Books and wine are natural consorts on quiet evenings. Give the gift of a wine-themed book for the bibliophile in your life. Wine books take on several topical genres:

  • Wine Mysteries. Murders in the vineyard or winery? Who knew winemaking could be so deadly? Wine mysteries are generally light-hearted who-done-its that pour wine through their plot lines.

  • Wine Histories. With a history of over 8,000 years in the making, you bet there’s more than a few stories about wine worth sharing in book form. Wine histories focus on the evolution of winemaking, wine from a particular region, or more narrowly on a specific historical event.

  • Wine Biographies. Paying homage to the men and women who have shaped winemaking and the wine trade, these in-depth accounts often weave together dogged determination and willpower as our heroes overcome all odds to build brands that will last for generations to come. If you know someone who finds inspiration in a wine glass, a wine-themed biography will surely speak to them.

  • Wine Cookbooks. Have a food-loving bookworm in your life? Wine and food books – or cookbooks that focus on wine-friendly foods – are always a winning combination. Often written by leading wine and food critics, these books can provide hours of enjoyment for those who delight in hosting wine and food parties.

Cheese and Wine pairing book by Janet Fletcher

Cheese & Wine: A Guide to Selecting, Pairing, and Enjoying

We can’t think of a better gift than this cheese and wine book. Wine lovers don’t just enjoy drinking wine because of its taste, they live to discover the infinite combinations of perfection when paired well, especially when it’s with wine’s fermented cousin: cheese!

With over 70 cheese profiles, this easy-to-use guide explores the origins, makers, and characteristics of cheeses made around the world. If you know someone who loves to host cheese and wine parties, this guide gives gourmet pairing combinations that will leave guests sated and satisfied.

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Wine Games

Wine and game night anyone? Sounds like another perfect pairing!

Wine games can be inexpensive gifts for wine lovers and are especially fun for those who delight in hosting wine tasting parties. Wine games invite guests to discover more about whatever happens to be in their glass. These are great presents for wine enthusiasts who want to learn and also show off their skills.

How do you make your game night more entertaining? Invite more people to play and perhaps up the ante by throwing in a prize. Maybe the winner can take home a special bottle of something from the cellar?

Somm Blind Wine Tasting Game

Somm Blinders Card Game

If you have a wine connoisseur in your life, gift them a challenge with this insanely fun card game. Anyone can play and everyone will learn something new about wine. So put those tasting skills to the test and host a blind tasting game night. With 107 cards, the rules are simple: Can you correctly match the wines you’re drinking with their descriptors? You’ll have to try it and find out!

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The wines to play with this game include:

White Wines:

  • Pinot Grigio

  • Sauvignon Blanc

  • Oaked Chardonnay

  • Unoaked Chardonnay (or Chablis)

Red Wines:

  • Cabernet, California

  • Bordeaux, France

  • Beaujolais, France

  • Pinot Noir, California

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Gift Sets

Still trying to decide on the best wine gift?

Let us help take some of the stress out of the pairing choices and head over our store to check out our affordable wine gift baskets.

These gift sets bring together wine and chocolate, or even wine and small bites, and will leave your wine lover with a memorable evening. Gift sets start at around $72, pairing artisanal sweet treats with Gold Medal Wine Club wines.

Do you have a more discerning wine enthusiast on your gift list? You’ll also find gift sets that bring luxury to your door. These stunning gift sets include top-rated 93+ point wines and truffles. Yum!

Maybe you’re looking to assemble a special wine experience. Create your own unique wine gift set. Bundle together your favorite wines, a corkscrew, and stemware for a weekend getaway. Don’t forget to add fresh fruit and cheese to your gift basket on the day-of. Thoughtfully curated, wine gift sets are a brilliant idea for any wine lifestyle.

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Gold Medal Wine Club gift box

Give an Affordable Wine Club Gift

Don’t just give a bottle of wine for the holidays, gift a complete wine experience with a wine club membership.

Our Gold Wine Club specializes in hard-to-find wines from California’s finest boutique wineries. As our most popular wine membership, gifting the Gold Wine Club is easy. Gift memberships can be fully customized to fit your needs. You can select the number and frequency of shipments suitable for any budget. Popular membership options are ongoing until cancelled, 3, 6, and 12 months. Shipments can be scheduled monthly, every other month, or even quarterly.

This inexpensive wine of the month club gift starts at $34.58 for a12-month Gold Wine Club membership. A single club shipment starts at the very affordable rate of $42.95.

Thinking about a red wine lover? Or maybe a special someone who only drinks whites? As with all of our wines, the Gold Wine Club offers you the ability to select what style of wine you send, whether red, white, or a mix of both. Our Gold Wine Club will have your wine lover thinking of you whenever they open one of our hand-selected club bottles.

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Still Looking for Inspiration?

Affordable wine gifts have a place at every table and in every cellar, elevating your wine enthusiast’s experience. Tasting parties. Wine dinners. Game night. The social nature of wine welcomes all to participate regardless of what your budget might be. Meaningful and thoughtful wine gifts don’t need to break the bank, and if you really want to wow a wine drinker, Gold Medal Wine Club offers the highest quality wines for value perfect to celebrate any special occasion.

We invite you to head over to our wine store for more ideas on popular wine-themed gifts today.