Just as you need more than food to enjoy a meal, there are wine accessories that make wonderful gifts and make drinking wine more pleasurable. Wines come in many varieties with different characteristics that are best enjoyed with the proper glassware. A set of these essentials is a good place to start your quest for the perfect gift.
To enjoy wine to its fullest extent, the shape of the glass plays a very important role; helping to aerate and concentrate the aroma of the wine. The wine glass you choose should have an adequate stem length for proper handling. Although it is quite common for wine to be served in a wine tumbler or to see people hold the bowl of a wine glass, they forget that wine needs to “breathe” and the heat of the hand can affect the taste of the wine.
Many people shy away from purchasing wine glass stemware because they have concerns about breakage. Today there are many manufacturers who are using technology and titanium instead of lead to design wine glasses that are stronger than crystal making them incredibly break resistant with a stem that actually works better to aerate the wine.
Here are a few glassware wine accessory gift shopping tips:
o Red wines such as Cabernet, Merlot and Bordeaux, are best served in glasses are designed with wide, generous bowls to allow you to enjoy their bold bouquet.
o White wines such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio are best served in glasses are distinguished by their narrower bowl.
o Champagne wine glasses are also called “flutes” denoting their graceful, slender design.
Another gift that is an essential wine accessory is the wine opener. If you think all corkscrew are basically the same, you are in for a surprise. Beyond the corkscrew you have seen used in fine restaurants, there are pump style corkscrews that are ideal for the person who unique items. This corkscrew works without any twisting or tugging. You simply insert the needle into the cork, push the button, and the cork is removed instantly without any effort. Most of these corkscrews are designed to t work on any type of bottle, including those with “flange-tops.” Corking/uncorking machines that come with their own stand or can be table mounted are also very popular.
You may be familiar with wine decanters, many people think they are used as decorative ways to hold wine. While wine decanters make lovely dining table centerpieces, this wine accessory gift actually serves a more important purpose: decanting improves the taste of wine by removing the sediment that naturally occurs in wine, particularly the red variety and it also helps to aerate the wine.
Where and how is the best way to store wine? Most people enjoy their wine chilled and wine coolers make a wonderful gift for the lover of white or sparkling wines. This wine accessory gift makes it convenient to have a well stocked supply of all their favorites. Wine coolers come in all sizes from one that is small enough for the kitchen or large enough to hold 100 bottles of wine and serve as a refrigerated wine cellar. These are just a few wine accessory gifts that are available today for the wine enthusiast that are sure to please them.