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Winebits 259: Holiday gifts

Some suggestions from around the cyber-ether for wine-related holiday gifts:

? Less than $25: From the Reverse Wine Snob, who nicely mixes the practical — the always sensible Vacuvin gift set, which has shown up here in years past — with the silly. How about a life preserver for wine bottles?

? Less than $20: The legendary Sandy Silfven offers seven wines that provide quality and value, including a Tasca d ?Almerita nero d ?avola from Sicily, and we know how the Wine Curmudgeon feels about Sicilian wines. Best yet, she pairs the wines with holiday entrees.

? Not especially cheap at all: But anyone who ever watched the classic BBC comedy ?The Good Life ? will appreciate a Fortnum & Mason Christmas wine hamper. That ?s what Margo would have done, of course.

Holiday wine gift guide 2012

A few ideas for the wine drinkers on your list. Some general pointers:

? Don’t forget the wine gift-giving guidelines: “Don’t buy someone wine that you think they should like; buy them wine they will like.”

? The Champagne and sparkling wine glossary to make sense of cava and cremant and all the rest.

? Most gadgets never get used after the first couple of times. My rule of thumb: Is the gadget worth its price in quality $10 wine; that is, is a $40 gadget worth four bottles of wine?

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Holiday wine gift guide 2011 redux

Still stumped? Never fear. The Wine Curmudgeon has you covered:

? A wine club membership, which doesn’t have to be expensive and can offer the person on your list a chance to try wines they might not normally try. Wine club do’s and don’ts are here.

? Our annual holiday gift guide, which has links to several previous gift guides, as well as a link to the Wine Curmudgeon’s gift giving guidelines.

? The holiday wine category, which has links to all of the posts about holiday wine. And yes, it’s allowed to adapt a Thanksgiving wine for a Christmas or New Year’s gift.

? The expensive wine category, which has links to all of the posts and reviews about expensive wine. Because, frankly, if it’s an expensive wine that I liked, odds are that it would make a nice gift.

Winebits 206: Holiday gift guide

A sampling of what other wine types recommend:

? The Napa Valley Register: The Wine Curmudgeon was stunned by these suggestions — New York riesling from Dr. Frank and Todd Kliman's "The Wild Vine," about as regional as wine gifts get. Several other good ideas, including a mini-vertical or mini-horizontal from your favorite wine or region. The former is the same wine from a couple of different vintages; the latter is the same vintage from a couple of different producers.

? Northwest Wine: The advice focuses on the Pacific Northwest, but the approach makes sense no matter where you live. Chocolate wine, anyone?

? The Guardian: The English newspaper includes a reciple for mulled wine, making it worthwhile just for that. The point here is not whether the suggested wines are available (though some are), but, again, the approach to take. There is good advice on buying pricy gifts, as well as one of my my favorites, buying wine at the local convenience store.

Mother’s Day wine 2011

Want to buy Mom wine for Mother's Day? Or serve something she'll enjoy for brunch? The Wine Curmudgeon is ready, willing, and able. Keep in mind our wine gift-giving guidelines ("Don't buy someone wine that you think they should like; buy them what they will like"), as well as these suggestions:

? Naked Grape Pinot Grigio 2009 ($8, sample): Pleasant pinot grigio, which isn't easy to do for less than $10. This California white has more lemon fruit than Italian versions, and is missing the off-flavors that frequently crop up.

? Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage 2009 ($11, sample): All in all, a well made $11 red blend. It has California-style black fruit, but not overdone, plus better balanced tannins than one usually finds at this price. There is even oak for people who like that sort of thing.

? La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2009 ($20, sample): Some oak on the nose, but it's balanced by lots of green apple fruit and clean, lively acidity. Think of a California version of Chablis.

More about Mother's Day wine:
? Mother's Day wine 2010
? Mother's Day wine 2009
? Wine of the week: Casteller Brut Rose NV

Holiday 2010 gift guide redux

Still stumped? Never fear. The Wine Curmudgeon has you covered:

? Our annual holiday gift guide, which has links to several previous gift guides, as well as a link to the Wine Curmudgeon's gift giving guidelines.

? The holiday wine category, which has links to all of the posts about holiday wine. And yes, it's allowed to adapt a Thanksgiving wine for a Christmas or New Year's gift.

? The expensive wine category, which has links to all of the posts and reviews about expensive wine. Because, frankly, if it's an expensive wine that I liked, odds are that it would make a nice gift.