GIFTS FOR WINOS
(Just in time
for you to pass this to your significant other)
create a holiday list. This year is no exception.
However, since I believe I won’t see an increase in my taxes for the
next four years, I’m inspired to go to the high end. Thus, in this post-election euphoria, I’ll include a few
items that were recommended in Forbes’ FYI magazine.
The Rare Wine
Company (www.rarewineco.com) features
rare wine (and we’re not talking Boone’s Farm).
However, this year, they are also offering antique crystal decanters
beginning at $500 and going up. If
you’ve got the coin (and Wino John does), you can spring for one of these.
(Editor's note: Unfortunately, The Wife has access to my coin,
rendering me somewhat light in the coin department.)
(www.erobertparker.com) is a great
subscription gift for your wino buddy. All of Parker’s reviews, great links (like to winostuff.com),
and his tasting notes are available to the web subscriber.
Additionally, you can download his Parker in Your Palm ratings
software so that those of you with Palm Pilots can use Parker’s ratings to
impress that very important client (WB, take heed, it’s only $30 if you
subscribe to eRobertParker.com).
is a great site to visit for some decent wine buys and other items (just be
prepared for the followup emails that show up every now and then).
Forbes recommends the Twelve Bottle Wine Kaddy that they sell.
It’s a little pricey ($350), but it’s lightweight at 15 pounds, comes
with built-in wheels and a removable handle so it’s easy to transport that
magic 12 bottle assortment that you carry around to impress the boss (hmmm,
maybe I should write a career advisory book).
makes excellent wine glasses. They
pioneered the shaping of the glass for the varietal that you’re tasting (I
love those big ass Burgundy glasses). Anyway,
this year, they’re introducing the “O” series of glasses where they’ve
taken the radical step of eliminating the stem from the glass.
This way, you can sip your wine while your boss is sipping his Manhattan
or Dewars on the rocks (notice that career advisory piece slipping in here
again). Anyway, at $10 to $12.50
apiece, the “O” series is substantially cheaper than the stuff with stems.
You might even be able to fit these in your dishwasher.
although it’s not a wine-oriented gift, I thought that it might be a nice
gesture if my brother in law, Wino John, considered a techno gift for the Wino
Wally household this year. I strongly recommend the InFocus ScreenPlay 777.
This baby can project 15 feet wide and accommodates HDTV, DVD, Xbox, etc.
With a resolution of 1280 x 720 and 2,000 lumens, it’s the rage (and
it’s only $30,000). (Editor's note: See previous
comment regarding my current coin situation...)
working in a world where your place of business is “business casual” and
folks you sometimes work with are “business suits”, you have to have two
wardrobes. With two wardrobes, you
have to have casual shoes and dress shoes.
At the WW estate, the Lady of the Manor has the BIG closet in the MB.
So, I used to have my multiple shoes all over the place until, I bought
the Cedar Shoe Stacker from Frontgate (www.frontgate.com).
For $34 each, or a set of 3 for $89, you can stack four pairs of men’s
shoes to a level (supposedly, you can get five pairs of women’s shoes to a
level, but since someone we know has the bigger closet, she doesn’t need
As long as
we’re looking into closets, for the Wino or Winette who has everything, go to www.hangers.com.
Yes, that’s Hangers.com. I
thought a buddy of mine was joking when he said there was a website with that
name. I even thought it might be a
strip joint site and I’d get censored by the blockers at work.
Nope. Not the case. It is what it says. Hangers.com
sells wooden hangers in multiple finishes, colors, etc., and offers monogrammed
hangers (this would fit in nicely at the WJ estate where he recently moved his
wine collection out of his MB closet).
If you’re a
golfer as well as Wino or Winette, you probably know that Club Glove (www.clubglove.com)
makes the best travel bags for your clubs.
Now, they also make the Rolling Duffle II ($219) which is constructed
from the same material as the club travel bag and is just as durable.
It will hold enough duds for a weeklong trip.
If you’re a
sports nut and occasionally like to take pictures at those events, check out
Bushnell’s Instant Replay (www.bushnell.com
). The maker of high end binoculars
claims that this tech tool is the first binocular, digital camera, and
video-capturing device; all-in-one. It
comes with a 16MB compact flash card (you can buy upgrades at my favorite memory
place, www.pny.com) and retails for $599 (Frontgate
sells it for $429).
I could have
used this other item on my recent golf trip to Ireland.
Marketed by Frontgate’s Gentlemen’s Domain (www.gentlemensdomain.com),
it’s a Stormproof Lighter that produces a flame in rain and winds up to 200
mph (which means it might just work for that stogey on Lahinch in 50 mph wind
with driving rain moving horizontal). $55
is the asking price and it even includes an LED flashlight on the bottom.
you’re into espresso, you have to have the Magnifica by De’Longhi.
This is probably the finest non-professional model on the market.
It grinds your beans for the ultimate in freshness while allowing single
button controls to simplify the process. For
the location of your nearest dealer, go to www.delonghi-espresso.com.
If you don’t have a wife whose hobby is buying
baskets and handing them out like water to friends and family (Wino John’s
wife is DQ’d since she’s a professional at this basket game and solicited my
wife into the habit, something slightly worse than heroin), then you should
check out Wine Country Gift Baskets at www.winecountrygiftbaskets.com.
If you live in a state that allows the shipment of wine, great.
If you don’t, no need to worry, they have baskets with gourmet items
such as Godiva chocolates, Ghiradelli chocolates, Mauna Loa macadamia nuts, Tazo
teas, etc. If you’re looking to
impress someone, send them the V.I.P. At
$150, it’s impressive and does NOT include wine.
November 4, 2004