By D. Halet
Wine is an excellent gift to be offered on any occasion: whether for an intimate reception to the celebration of important events. There are several different related wine gift ideas that you can offer. Any person receiving a wine bottle will always be charmed by the gift.
Below are a few wine gift ideas:
Gift Basket with Wine Jelly
If you plan to offer a Christmas gift basket to a fine gourmet, wine jellies are a good idea. Wine jellies (made with red, rose or white wine) are used to create succulent sauces or simply putted on bread like jam. Wine jellies also enhance the taste of a fruit pie.
Here is an example of a Christmas gourmet basket:
A bottle of Sauterne or sweet Bergerac, foie gras (fat liver), wine jellies, flavored oil, balsamic vinegar, a recipe book...
Several enterprises offer the opportunity to acquire personalized champagne or wine bottles. You can also personalize the bottle by yourself: name of your friend or parent, birth date, your Christmas wishes...
This kind of corkscrews do not damage the wine stopper which has sometimes the same or more value than the wine and the bottle. Corks can sometimes be very hard to remove, so a professional corkscrew will leave the stopper intact.
Some corkscrew have an optional engraved monogram and manufacturers create professional corkscrew decorated for Christmas.
Crystal is delicate and is an excellent way to enhance the Christmas wine you offer to drink. Crystal glasses also add a touch of luxury to your table.
There are several crystal factories such as Val Saint Lambert (Belgium), Murano (Italy), Baccarat (France)...; which are expensive but there are also less expensive crystal glasses available on the market. They are cheaper because they do not meat the crystal criteria but are as beautiful as the real crystal glasses.
If your Christmas gift budget is very large, offer a set of 30 crystal glasses including: 6 red wine glasses, 6 white wine glasses, 6 water glasses, 6 champagne glasses and 6 port glasses.
If your budget is limited, do not hesitate to offer a set of two wine tasting glasses.
The term "crystal" is protected in Europe and in many other countries since many years. To be called "crystal", the glass must meet some rigorous criteria in percentages and rates.
When you offer this kind of gift, ensure you that these standards are met, and you will always be sure to offer a gift of great value.
What does mean decanting? Wine decanting means transferring the content of a wine bottle into another recipient before serving in order to reveal the wine's aromas. A decanter also emphasizes the wine's colours. This is an excellent Christmas gift for a wine lover.
By doing a research on the Internet, you will find thousands of gift ideas related to wine that can be offered for Christmas. If your Christmas gifts budget is restricted, you can also offer a simple wine bottle in a nice gift pack.
I'm a gourmet and wine amateur; this is the reason why I write about my favorite wines, particularly those that are tasteful but non expensive. I also like to discover and share my favorite original and creative gift ideas for wine lovers.
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