Wine-Lover’s Luxury Gift Guide
If you have an especially good wine lover on your holiday shopping list this year, here are some luxurious wine-themed gifts to present to the discriminating wine lover this holiday season. Why not spoil them or yourself with a little bit of luxury? Cheers and Happy Holidays!
Agassi Venetian Wine Tumblers These whimsical colorful hand blown Venetian wine glasses, a.k.a. gotos, come in a set of six and are designed by Italian artist Massimo Lunardo. The tumblers feature undulating shapes and confetti swirls making each glass unique and the set one of a kind. These are available at online at www.uncommongoods.com Price: $330 for a set of six.
Cristofle Silver K+T Collection 2-Bottle Wine Cooler Made for two champagne bottles or one magnum. Born out of a collaboration of chef Thomas Keller and architect Adam Tihany for the venerable French house of Cristofle. Stands 8.5 inches and silver-plated. Price: $1,700. Contact www.fxdougherty.com or www.cristofle.com; 800-834-3797.
Surcouf Steamer Trunk Bar This croc-embossed leather steamer trunk will be the center of attention in any room. It is sure to impress your wine lover. It is made with a rosewood finish on the wood, bone drawer pulls and brass hardware. The bar features noble, sustainably sourced materials by Starbay. Available online through www.onekingslane.com Price $3,199.
William Yoeward Lead Crystal Engraved “Camila” Wine and Champagne Glasses Coveted crystal of William Yeoward marries English and Irish crystal tradition, modern sensibility and an antique aesthetic. The small intricate floral pattern with the vertical cuts in its “Camilla” stemware makes it one of the house’s most popular. Sizes to gift include goblets, large wine glasses and champagne flutes. Made in England. Prices for the “Camila” design start at approximately $260. Available at A Mano, 1677 Wisconsin Ave., NW -- 202-298-7200. Also at Neiman Marcus stores. Visit www.neimanmarcus.com for specific store information.
Grape Crate-Curated Wine Subscription Service D.C. native Alex Clifford, and a rotating panel of D.C. wine experts, meticulously taste and select a case (12 bottles) of wine. It is then packaged beautifully and delivered to your home. Crates are seasonal and currently include the Grape Crate, Christmas Dinner Crate and New Year’s Eve Crate. Orders for December crates mentioned close Dec. 17, 2012. If you miss them, sign up for their email list and you’ll be right in line to enjoy 2013’s offerings. Kosher Crate and the Easter Brunch Crate are planned for 2013. www.grapecrate.com Price $200 per crate.
Screaming Eagle’s Cabernet Sauvignon, 1992 (Napa Valley, California) This wine is a powerhouse among Cabernet. This vintage is unfined, unfiltered and aged in 60-percent new oak. It was originally sold only via a mailing list. Lush dark fruit flavors like dark plumbs and cassis mingle with chocolate flavors. The 1992 vintage is cult-worthy. If the price tag is a little steep at $7,000 per bottle, just about any vintage of Screaming Eagle will delight a Cab drinker. Available at www.wine.com
A “Singular” French Burgundy One bottle of 2008 Domaine de La Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti. This French burgundy (Pinot Noir) comes from a producer and appellation that are among the very best in the world. Vintages of Romanee-Conti are renowned. The 2008 is no exception. Note the Oriental spice, raspberry, and rose petal aromas as well as a long finish. Coveted and sought after, a bottle of the 2008 can be yours for approximately $3,099.00 or $38,000.00 a case (if you can find one). Try: www.thegourmetgrape.com
Remember That One Time At Wine Camp? Send your wine lover to a wine camp like Sonoma Grape Camp, Sept. 23 through 25, 2013. According to its website, “You’ll spend three blissful days picking grapes and blending your own wine with your very own hands” in Sonoma, Calif. Master winemakers will teach participants. Tours and dinning in a Michelin Star restaurant round out your stay. Contact Sonoma Grape Camp at 707-522-5864 to reserve. For more information, visit www.sonomagrapecamp.com Price: $2,000 per person.