Gifts for the beer or wine lover on your list

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 - 12:00 am

You know the type: She/he already has a 1,000-bottle wine cellar, 65 corkscrews, a dozen too-cute wine posters (“Wine a little; you'll feel better”) and subscriptions to wine mags from seven continents. So what do you get him/her for Christmas?

I have struggled mightily to put together a list of wine gifts so unusual she/he probably doesn’t have them after all. You’re welcome.

Keep in mind I have not tried these products, so it’s buyer beware.

•  “Duck Dynasty” wines: Down for all things ducky? You can gift your reality-show-loving friends with a three-pack of “Duck Dynasty” wines. The bearded, rollicking Robertson family teams up with California’s Trinchero Family Estates winery – the folks who brought us white zinfandel – to make a red, a rose and a white. They’re under $10 each at Walmart.

•  Paper wine bottle? That’s right. A standard-shape, round wine bottle of recycled cardboard whose makers say it can hold wine, even stand up to three hours in an ice bucket. They say it will save the planet by weighing 70 percent less than glass for shipping purposes. PaperBoy makes a $14 Mendocino Chardonnay and a $15 red blend from Paso Robles. Order them at info@paperboywines.com.

•  Sonic Foamer: Bummed when the head on your beer dissipates after the first few sips, leaving it, and you, flat? Sulk no more. Set your glass of beer on a Sonic Foamer, a small plastic platform that sends ultrasonic waves up through the beer, reconstituting the head. It’s $39.99 at www.sonicfoamer.com.

•  Wine sentinel: Heading out of town and afraid your underage son or daughter might raid your wine cellar or liquor cabinet? Simply install an Elertus Wine Protection System. If the kid opens the door, the system will alert you nationwide via your iPhone, iPad or Android. . It’s $199 at www.elertus.com/wine.

•  Reindeer games: If you’re a bit bah, humbug about the holidays, you can buy the Blitzen Gift Set – a reindeer-antler-shaped bottle stopper and a bar towel with a drawing of Santa’s “Blitzen” with eyes Xed out, looking a bit blitzed him(her?)self. The set is $23, at www.CorkPops.com.

• Davy Jones’ wine locker: Wine connoisseurs are very picky about the conditions under which their prized bottles mature. So Mira Winery of Napa Valley has aged a few bottles of its 2009 cabernet sauvignon 60 feet under the surface of Charleston Harbor, S.C., for three months – at ocean temperatures and pressure, in total darkness. The bottles are up now and on sale. You can buy a bottle of the ocean-aged wine, called Aquaoir, and another bottle of the same wine aged on land, for $500. It’s at www.aquaoir.com.

•  Cool shades: Too sexy for your shirt? Maybe, but are you sexy enough for these sunglasses made of used wine barrels from the Robert Mondavi Private Selection (the frames are wood, not the lenses)? The idea is you should wear them at night while sipping the wines. They’re $120 at www.woodzee.com.

• Beer! Now!! You gotta have a beer right now, but all your bottles are warm? Just open one, pop in a Corkcicle Chillsner – an open tube that’s been chilled in your freezer – and you can start sipping cold beer through it immediately. A set of two is $29.95 at www.corkcicle.com.

Read more articles by Fred Tasker



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