It’s the most wonderful time of the year — a time to give the gift of wine! For any wine lover, a bottle of her favorite vino, a sought-after or hard-to-find vintage, or a wine she hasn’t yet tasted is always a welcomed gift. If you are shopping for a wine traveler — someone who combines her wanderlust with a love of wine, I have the perfect gift guide for you. So, stop by your local winery or wine shop to pick up a special bottle and pair it with one of these gifts for wine travelers this holiday season!
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Gifts For Traveling With Wine
For the traveler who often visits wine regions, a VinGardeValise® wine suitcase would be the ultimate gift. Highly rated by Forbes, Condé Nast Traveler, and Wine Spectator, this hard-shell suitcase provides space for clothing and personal items while also protecting wine bottles with removable foam inserts. VinGardeValise® also offers wine glass inserts, magnum bottle inserts, a do-it-yourself insert that protect bottles of spirits and specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and wine chiller sheets to customize your wine luggage.
Top Pick: VinGardeValise® Grande (Version 05), $349, transports up to 12 wine bottles with removable foam inserts, 360° wheels, a TSA-compliant lock, and a lost luggage locator. This model measures 17.5 x 13.5 x 27 inches.
Protective Wine Sleeves
If investing in a VinGardeValise® for your wine traveler doesn’t fit your gift-giving budget, protective wine sleeves are an affordable option to protect individual wine bottles when traveling. Not only do they prevent wine bottles from breaking or leaking during travel, they are also reusable.
Top Pick: Wine Wings (4 pack), $21.95, have triple seal protection to prevent leaks into luggage.
I love my artisan-crafted Kámen Road wine tote that accompanied me while wine tasting in the Finger Lakes wine country. A wine tote is the perfect companion for an afternoon of visiting wineries, where you might purchase a couple bottles to bring home. Insulated wine totes also work wonderfully for taking chilled wine bottles to dinner parties, picnics, beach days, and bring-your-own-wine restaurants. Many wine totes hold two bottles, but some hold up to six!
Top Pick: OPUX insulated 2-bottle wine carrier, $19.99, comes with an adjustable strap and a three-layer insulation system in a variety of colors and patterns.
Ok, yes, you may think of these as water bottles or thermoses, but these canteens are also fabulous for bringing wine along on your travel adventures. Want to take a hike, go to the beach, or go on a boat ride with a bottle of wine that will stay chilled and be easy to open? Pour it into a Corkcicle Canteen! The 25-oz. canteen holds nearly a full bottle of wine, and the 60-oz. is perfect for taking sangria to the beach!
Top Pick: The 25-oz. Corkcicle Canteen, $32.95, is made of triple-insulated stainless steel that keeps wine cool for 25 hours (or mulled wine hot for 12 hours) with a leak-proof cap and anti-slip silicone bottom.
Books To Give Wine Travelers
Books About Wine Tasting
Does the wine traveler in your life fancy herself a wine connoisseur? Whether she’s a wine-loving newbie or practically a sommelier, help to beef up her wine knowledge with a book all about her beloved beverage!
Top Pick: Wine Folly: Magnum Edition, $18.19, is the perfect guide to expand wine knowledge with 100 grapes and wines color-coded by style, detailed maps of top and up-and-coming wine regions, food-and-wine pairing suggestions, and more.
Books About Wine Regions
Inspire wine-filled wanderlust with a book about wine regions around the world! Last Christmas, I received Lonely Planet’s Wine Trails: 52 Perfect Weekends in Wine Country, and it was my favorite gift. I spent a good portion of Christmas Day flipping throw its glossy pages, dreaming of future trips to top wine regions around the globe. Now, Lonely Planet also offers Wine Trails – USA & Canada and Wine Trails – Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately, Wine Trails of Europe is not due out until June 2020, but it is available to pre-order now.
Top Pick: Wine Trails: 52 Perfect Weekends in Wine County, $23.16, introduces readers to hidden gems in top wine regions such as Napa Valley, Tuscany, and Burgundy while also highlighting off-the-beaten-path wine regions in the countries of Greece and Georgia.
Wine Tasting Journals
A tasting journal is a place for the wine traveler to organize her thoughts on the color, aroma, taste, and other notes when doing a tasting. Some wine tasting journals even provide an outline to follow.
Top Pick: Wine Folly Wine Tasting Journal, $25, helps wine drinkers develop their palate by taking tasting notes using a four-step method used by professional wine critics and sommeliers.
Wine-Themed Adult Coloring Books
When traveling on a long-haul flight to a wine region overseas, coloring helps to pass the time and may reduce anxiety in nervous fliers. So, why not give your wine lover a wine-themed coloring book? Don’t forget the markers or colored pencils!
Top Pick: Wine Country Coloring Book, $7.99, features 25 hand-drawn illustrations of beautiful wine-country landscapes ranging from simple to intricate designs to accommodate artists of all skill levels.
Travel Experiences To Give Wine Lovers
Is the wine lover in your life planning to visit a wine region next year? Then a lovely and unique gift is to book her a wine-travel experience to enjoy during the trip! Here are a few ideas wine travelers will love …
Napa Valley Wine Train
One of the most unique activities in Northern California’s wine country is the Napa Valley Wine Train. Aboard the wine train, your wine lover will travel past the lush countryside of Napa Valley as she is transported back in time to train travel’s golden age in the early 1900s. Options to give as a gift include the gourmet lunch train to St. Helena, the Napa Valley Wine Train with a legacy winery full-day tour, or the Vista Dome lunch car with exceptional views during a three-hour train ride.
Champagne House Tours
For many sparkling wine lovers, visiting the Champagne houses in northeast France would be a bucket-list trip. If the wine traveler in your life is headed to the Champagne wine region, consider booking her a tour to visit Moët et Chandon or Veuve Cliquot.
Tuscany Wine Tours
Another region many wine lovers visit is Tuscany for its Chianti, Brunello, Rosso, and Super Tuscan wines. Many tours depart from Florence or Siena, so you’ll want to know where your wine traveler is staying before giving this gift. Some of my favorite tours include this full-day, private tour of the Brunello di Montalcino region and this private Tuscan-wine-lover’s tour for up to three people to see firsthand where Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano are made.
Wine Clubs For Wine Travelers
When wine travelers aren’t visiting wine regions around the world, a wine club membership is the gift that keeps on giving. As you shop for a wine club membership for the wine lover in your life, be sure to look into the different subscriptions and gift card options. You’ll want to find the best fit for your wine drinker’s lifestyle as well as your budget. Below are some of my favorite wine club options for globetrotting wine lovers!
International Wine Club
Gold Medal Wine Club’s International Wine Club, $75 per quarterly shipment, delivers rare, imported, and ultra-premium wines from family-owned estates around the world to your wine lover’s door. Each shipment includes three bottles — two reds and one white or rosé. I love that you can select the number of shipments you’d like to gift. Also, if you give a full year’s worth, which is four shipments, you’ll get 5% off your order. That’s a whole case of hard-to-find boutique wines for $285!
90+ Point Wine Club
Cellars Wine Club’s 90+ Point Wine Club, starting at $79, ships two bottles of wines that have received 90 or more points from trusted wine scales such as Wine Spectator or Robert Parker. What I love about this wine club — in addition to the quality of wines — are your options for customization. Ongoing shipments are an option, but for a gift you may prefer to set the number of shipments. Cellars Wine Club offers two to 12 shipments, which can be set to monthly, every other month, or quarterly deliveries. You can also select your starting month and a preference for red, white, or a combination of bottles. Selections come from the Old World and New, bringing exceptional wines from around the globe to your wine lover’s home.
California Wine Club’s Premier Series
A budget-friendly option, California Wine Club’s Premier Series, starting at $40.45, is the perfect gift for wine lovers who enjoy discovering handcrafted wines from small California wineries. Deliveries for the holidays can be set for December or January, and you can select from one to 12 months worth of deliveries. Each shipment includes two bottles, and you’ll also be able to select a preference for one red and one white, reds (two of the same), two reds (different), whites (two of the same), or two whites (different).
Stocking Stuffers And Small (In Size) Gifts For Wine Travelers
Wine-Themed Luggage Tags
Having unique luggage tags helps to spot your suitcases at the airport’s baggage claim, so give your wine-loving traveler a set of these luggage tags that list wine varietals from around the world, $8.99.
Red Wine Aerator
If your wine traveler likes to drink wine at home too, an aerator is a great gift. I use my Vinturi red wine aerator, $21.99, whenever I open a red wine that I want to pour right away.
Gift Cards To Fund Wine Travel
Gift cards are always easy to slide into holiday greeting cards or stockings — or even for virtually sending a gift. For wine travelers, you can help fund their wine-fueled adventures with gift cards for airlines, booking services, and/or vacation rentals.
TSA-Compliant Wine Opener
In general, corkscrews are ideally-sized stocking stuffers for wine drinkers. However, most wine keys won’t make it past airport security because of the foil cutter. However, this TSA-compliant wine opener might. Amazon users have noted that this wine opener still gets flagged for further inspection by TSA agents, and some commented that it was prohibited from international flights. At only $10.49, it’s worth trying this wine opener for domestic wine travel within the United States!
Does the wine traveler in your life have a trip to a wine region planned for next year? A travel guidebook for that destination is a practical gift she’ll definitely put to use while planning and traveling. Some popular wine destinations for which you’ll find guidebooks include Northern California (Napa and Sonoma), Portland & the Willamette Valley (pre-order for February 2020), Tuscany, France, and Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Wine Bottle Stoppers
As someone who often opens a bottle to have a glass of wine with dinner, I’ve come to love my Rabbit wine bottle stoppers, $10.90. For wine travelers, give a wine stopper with a travel theme, such as this gemstone globe wine stopper, $19.95, or jet bottle stopper, $9.99.
InBooze Cocktail Infusion Kit
If the wine traveler in your life has enjoyed Sangria in Spain or a mulled wine during the holidays in the UK, stock up on InBooze Cocktail Infusion Kits for her stocking. For wine drinkers, I recommend the spiced white sangria, spiced red sangria, or seasonal mulling spice kits that can be infused with a bottle of wine. However, InBooze also offers an array of cocktail infusion kits using dehydrated herbs, fruits, and veggies that you simply add to your favorite booze for easy-to-make cocktails at home! InBooze kits retail for $15 per kit, but they occasionally go on sale!
With any of these unique gift ideas for wine travelers paired with a bottle of wine, you are sure to please the wine lover in your life. Just don’t forget to wrap it! To help you out with that, here are links to holiday wine gift bags, wine-themed tissue paper, holiday wrapping paper, gift-wrapping tape, and even Christmas wine toppers.
Which of these gifts would you give the wine traveler in your life?
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