Gifts for the Wine Lover

Based on what Michael Kwas himself has on his list

Wondering what to give an aficionado?
Here is my personal wish list for the holidays.      

World Atlas of Wine, 7th Edition, by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson
Not only a great coffee table book, this is also one of the best wine primers. Get the latest edition to bring yourself up to date with the ever-changing world of wine. $40

Laguiole Corkscrew
This “waiters’ corkscrew” is impeccably balanced with a razor-sharp blade and a beautifully formed hardwood or horn body. $160–$300

Wine Club Membership
It’s fun to let the experts choose for you. Virtually all of Madison’s specialty wine shops have a wine club where a recipient receives a bottle of wine a month with tasting notes and pairing recommendations.
$50–$200, usually for six months 

Riedel Decanters
These gorgeous glass containers are the optimum way to let your wine breathe and open up, but they are also a fantastic showpiece at your special dinners. $50–$400

Coravin System
This miraculous device allows you to serve wine without pulling the cork. Why would anyone want to do this? The genius of the Coravin is that it also preserves wine in the bottle, so you can have a glass of wine now and the wine is left in pristine condition for later. It works by drawing wine through a very thin needle, which also adds a bit of argon gas inside the bottle, thereby preventing any oxygen from reaching the precious liquid. $300

Michael Kwas is wine director at L'Etoile restaurant. He writes this column monthly.

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