GIFTS FOR FATHERíS DAY (OR ANY OTHER OCCASION)
for that difficult gift for a wannabe wino?
Although many of the wine catalogs have featured their sales as
Fatherís Day specials, these items selected are good for any Winoís
collection. Order all 12 and treat
that special Wino to your own version of the 12 days of Christmas.
Iíve perused several catalogs: The
Wine Enthusiast (WE) (www.wineenthusiast.com)
(1-800-356-8466), Wine & All That Jazz (WJ) (www.winejazz.com)
(1-800-610-7731), and International Wine Accessories (IWA) (www.iwawine.com)
(1-800-527-4072). Sale prices are
effective through June 11, June 13, and June 30, respectively.
The best price for the gift item that Iíve recommended will have the
initials of the catalog after it.
your Wino is buying more than one bottle of wine, heíll need a place to store
it. I have several recommendations:
1) 6-bottle Stainless Steel Wine Rack (WJ)
This is a clever device designed to sit on a counter top or the floor.
Only holds 6-bottles which could be a problem if youíre trying to
become a Wino.
2) Compact Pine Cellar Cubes (WE) #1128
One cube will hold approximately two cases (less if you have some of the bigger
diameter wine bottles). Multiple cubes can be stacked and lined up next to each other
for more storage.
3) 54 Bottle Mini Cellar (WE) #2315001
You can pay as much as $1200 for a glass door, climate controlled storage
container for this many bottles, but The Wine Enthusiast has introduced its Lord
Winston model (stand-alone) for this excellent introductory price scheduled to
increase by $100.
Now that your
Wino has a decent place to store the wine, heíll need something to open the
bottles. I have a couple of
4) Screwpull Foil Cutter (WE) #3195
Everyone needs a good foil cutter. Forget
about cutting the foil or relying on your strong fingernails.
This baby gets the job done quickly and neatly.
5) Original Screwpull Tabletop Corkscrew (WE) #3110
This model is fairly fool proof and will last a lot longer than the version you
can buy in your local liquor store (eliminate stores that cater to the wine
6) Estate Opener (WE) #3146
This baby is the classic opener used in restaurants and bars since 1890.
There are fancier versions in pewter and nickel, but youíre going to
spend a little more money. Make
sure you get the updated version that handles the newer, flanged bottles. Iíve given these as house-warming gifts to friends of mine
who are impossible to buy for and these have been warmly received.
Guaranteed to open (and recork) a bottle of wine faster than anything
good Wino will need something to keep the wine chilled while serving.
with Guy Buffet painting (IWA) IB176-002 $10.95
There are others with a higher price tag, but this
one cools the wine quickly and has a famous image (ďThe Charge of the Flower
Bottle BrigadeĒ) on the side. Chills
from room temp to sipping perfection in 5 minutes.
13 gallon Copper Party Tub (WE) #1234
Iíve seen these items everywhere including Target for less money.
However, theyíre smaller. This
one will hold a bunch of wine bottles and a decent quantity of beer and soda
(for those non-Winoís). In the
non-summer months, you can use it as a planter (or to store your corks in, if
youíre Wino Bob).
wine, opening wine, cooling wine; what else do you recommend for the average
Wino, Wino Wally? Itís obvious,
isnít it! Glassware!
If you want something cheap, go to Chez Target.
Other than that, get Riedel Vinum Stemware.
The Sommelier Riedel is available for someone with an extremely large
budget (just remember who gave you yours, Wino John!).
The Vinum doesnít have the percentage lead crystal, but offers the same
tasting shape as the Riedel. Currently,
the best prices I found were:
Vinum Stemware (2 glasses)
Bordeaux/Cabernet/Merlot (IWA) WG20-002/2
Vinum Stemware (4 glasses)
throwing a buffet-style dinner party, you know how difficult it is for guests to
eat and hold a wine glass at the same time.
Often, a glass will be placed on the floor or carpet and guess what your
odds are of knocking it over? Well,
I found something that reduces that risk:
Plate Clips (Set of four) (WJ) #70-100
These marvelous chrome-plated clips attach to the plate and hold a standard wine
or Champagne stem. Nice invention. Order
two or more for $17.95 each.
you didnít finish the bottle of wine (unlike any of the three Winoís writing
for this website) and would like to save the remainder for consumption a few
days later, thereís the one and only:
Winesaver (WE) #3125
This device is simply the most affordable way to preserve opened bottles.
Pump out the air inside your bottle and create a vacuum using the special
pump and stoppers. Buy two and cut
the price to $12.95 each.
Winos, if thereís something on this list that interests you, print it out and
hand it to that special person (who may buy it). If you donít think theyíre interested, buy it yourself
while the sales prices are in effect. Good