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Last Minute Essential Wine Gift Suggestions

Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover 2 Ounce Spray Bottle
Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover 2 Ounce Spray Bottle price $6: Okay, if you're an experienced wine taster, then you must know about the amazing wine product made in Walla Walla, Wine Away. Of course it magically makes red wine stains disappear from clothing and carpet. But it's now available in a convenient, easy to carry 2 ounce bottle. Essential to take with you on your next Washington wine tasting expedition.

Riedel Ouverture Red Wine Glasses, Set of 4
Riedel Ouverture Red Wine Glasses, Set of 4 price $44: Everyone needs some decent, but not too expensive, wine glasses for enhancing the wine tasting experience. These are the glasses I tend to prefer, I use them at home. For me these Riedel glasses are balanced, work with either Red or White wine, attractive, focus the aroma of the wine, have just the proper shape for swirling and do seem to enhance the wine tasting experience. They are not too expensive, and in three years I've managed NOT to break them. Recommended.

Wine Enthusiast Pulltaps Professional Waiters Corkscrew - Black
Wine Enthusiast Pulltaps Professional Waiters Corkscrew - Black price $14: Of course a good corkscrew is the essential wine tool (not all bottles have a screw cap). While I've tried many different types of wine openers, my tested and true, go to opener is the classic hinged corkscrew. The hinge is key, it allows you to step up the cork gradually, virtually eliminating cork-related disasters. 1. cut foil with knife and remove to expose cork, 2. screw into cork and use the short step to ease the cork out a bit, 3. use the longer step to pull the cork out the rest of the way. Easy. Recommended!

Luigi Bormioli Esperienze Crystal-Glass 88-Ounce Decanter
Luigi Bormioli Esperienze Crystal-Glass 88-Ounce Decanter price $30: A crystal decanter is another essential item for the wine lover. This decanter is reasonably priced, has a lovely shape for aerating your red wine and should impress friends while enhancing your wine tasting experience.

Vinturi Deluxe - Wine Aerator with Tower Stand - Gift Boxed
Vinturi Deluxe - Wine Aerator with Tower Stand - Gift Boxed price $60: Yes of course I use a Vinturi to aerate my wine... But I don't own this model with a stand. If you want to enhance the taste of your wines, but don't want to unnecessarily stain your fingers with wine, then this Vinturi Tower is essentially what you need. Or what your wine friend needs. Using the Vinturi, the wine receives more air when pouring and the flavors are ehanced and frankly, it has made most of the wines I drink a more pleasurable experience, from sniff to swallow - this thing works (Powers Reserve Syrah comes to mind).  Recommended.

Patchi Dark Chocolate Variety Box - The Signature Collection
Patchi Dark Chocolate Variety Box - The Signature Collection price $39: Red Wine and Dark Chocolate, what could be better? And what could be better than Patchi dark chocolate. I became a huge fan of Patchi Chocolate last year when I lived in Abu Dhabi. My favorite Patchi store was the one down the street in Khalidiya - staff was always friendly and helpful. And the chocolate, always delectable, premium quality with flavors unlike any other chocolate. When we returned to the States, I went through Patchi withdrawls - no other chocolate satisfies my cravings like Patchi. Luckily, I found Patchi on - hurray. I have now purchased Patchi several times from Amazon and remain a happy, tastily satisifed customer.

This list is a bit more focused and is a list of items I own and use.


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