15 Fun and Useful Gifts for Wine Lovers

15 Fun and Useful Gifts for Wine Lovers. There are so many fun and useful gifts for wine lovers that it is hard to choose just one. But with products this awesome, why limit yourself?



There are so many fun and useful gifts for wine lovers that it is hard to choose just one. If you or someone you love is in a deep, committed relationship with vino, you really must check out these awesome products!

15 Fun and Useful Gifts for Wine Lovers

Our love affair with wine has been going on for thousands of years. The Old Testament tells us that Noah planted vineyards. And in 1867, in the area around Speyer, Germany, the oldest bottle of wine was discovered – a bottle dating back to 325 A.D. It is hard to imagine what the history of humanity might look like without the influence of wine and other intoxicating beverages.

No matter how great life might be, it is always a little better with wine. Wine is earthy, natural, and comes in a multitude of delicious varieties. Certain types of wine are designed to be paired with certain types of food, enriching the flavor of both the food and the wine. And there is something inherently “classy” about wine, making it a welcome hostess gift for every occasion.

Red wine is even known for being good for you. Consumed in moderation, wine may lower your cholesterol, balance your blood sugar, maintain healthy gut bacteria, and keep your heart healthy. There is even indication that the resveratrol found in red wine has the ability to fight cancer! I do my very best to consume a glass of red wine every day. Clearly, I care about my health.

With so many positive reasons to imbibe, why not pour yourself a lovely glass of wine while you explore this list of fun and useful gifts for wine lovers?



Pouring wine from a bottle into a decanter may improve the flavor and aromas of red wine by increasing the amount of oxygen in the wine. This gorgeous hand-blown crystal glass carafe is the perfect decanter to use for your fine wines, especially when serving to guests. Even inexpensive wines will be improved when you pour them from this!

Note: not all wine, even red, need to be decanted.



Every adventure that involves food should also include a little wine. But sometimes, taking a glass wine bottle on your adventure is problematic. Not only are glass bottles heavy, they can break. That is why you need this flexible and unbreakable wine bottle. Carry your favorite vino with you on your next camping trip or picnic without fear of painful accidents. Win-win!



I still have not decided if this wine bottle brainteaser puzzle is completely wonderful, or slightly cruel. But we all know that if the wine is good, it is worth working for, right?



For the true wine lover, sometimes enjoying aroma and flavor is not enough. Sometimes you need to color about it too. If so, this wine coloring book for adults is just the thing to help you celebrate wine in your own special way! (Protip: Consuming too much wine while coloring may make it challenging to stay within the lines.)



People love their rules, especially when it comes to drinking! But for every rule, there is an exception, and this 12.75 oz wine glass perfectly illustrates that with the statement, “It’s Not Drinking Alone if the Dog is Home”. No wonder dogs are our best friends!



It is always nice to have some wine stoppers on hand for those times when you just cannot finish all the wine in the bottle. These humorous wine stoppers will help keep your wine fresh and tasty while making you smile.



These wonderful cotton socks let everyone know where you stand when it comes to wine. (But only when you’re sitting, with your feet up.) Keep your feet warm until your toes tingle with the spirited goodness of your favorite vino. These socks will remind everyone to keep your wine glass full!



These slipper socks just look so cuddly and comfortable. The cute appliques perfectly express your love for wine. In fact, they express it so well that it would be almost a sacrilege to wear them without a nice glass of vino in hand. If you gift them to someone, be sure and pair them with a nice bottle of wine!



Wine and cheese go together like . . . well . . . wine and cheese. But pairing them perfectly requires knowledge, experience, and a bit of instinct. Or, you can just read Tasting Wine and Cheese and let Adam Centamore teach you enough to impress your friends at your next wine and cheese bash. Never had a wine and cheese tasting party? Then it is about time you did!



If the wine lover in your life is also a cat lover, this wine bottle holder is a gret gift. This cute and cuddly tabby loves his wine as much as you do and he is sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who sees him. Just make sure you include a bottle of wine with your kitty gift so he is not left empty er, pawed.



This floating steel link chain wine bottle holder is simply brilliant. It is the perfect combination of unique and fun, making it a great choice for a counter top wine holder in any decor. (Bonus – the more wine consumed, the more amusing peoples’ responses may be!)



The only thing better than getting together with friends to share a bottle of wine is playing a game about wine while you drink it! This fun party game will have you all laughing as you enjoy some hilarious wordplay with your friends. And wine. Let’s not forget the wine.



The perfect compliment to any romantic picnic is a nice bottle of wine you can share with your beloved. This wonderful wine tTote bag picnic set will make your romantic picnic goals that much more within your reach. Not only does it safely carry your bottle of wine, but you also have everything you need, including wine glasses, to serve it up in style. You know you need this in your life!



This personalized wine name art is an amazing and unique gift for the wine lover in your life. Each picture cleverly denotes the individual letters in their name (or any other word you choose.) This beautiful gift will look wonderful on any wall for years to come.



Unless you are a wine expert, you need this book. Full of interesting facts about different types of wine and so much more, you will learn so much about your favorite beverage that your vino-loving friends will smile in admiration of your mad wine knowledge.

With so many lovely wine gifts to choose from, you just can’t go wrong!

What is your favorite type of wine? Please share your recommendations!

Sources:

Winepros
Prevention Magazine


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How To Stock A Home Bar

How To Stock A Home Bar


How To Stock A Home Bar

Whether you’re hosting a few friends for dinner or planning the perfect party, a well stocked bar is essential to many people for entertaining. This list of adult libations is a great place to start when stocking your home bar as the liquors listed are used in many cocktail recipes, as well as many being classic sipping spirits. We recently had to set-up a bar at our Florida condo, and this is the list of liquors we chose to complete our home bar set-up:

• American Whiskey (Jim Beam Jack Daniels)
• Brandy
• Gin
• Rum (light, dark and spiced)
• Scotch
• Tequila
• Triple Sec
• Vermouth (dry and sweet)
• Vodka
• Whiskey (blended, rye, Irish)

When Hubby and I went down to Florida, we wanted to set up a home bar there. At our house in New York State we have an extensive collection of spirits as shown in this 72 bottles of liquor post! Our collection has since grown, but I was able to take stock and determine what spirits were necessary to make a decent bar.

As you can tell by many of my cocktail recipes, we like Rum and Whiskey. My mother and father like gin. Those were easy to include on a list. Hubby enjoys brandy (cognac) and scotch, so those five were simple. Vodka, triple sec (you’d be surprised how many cocktails call for orange liqueur!) and tequila were also pretty obvious. About the only other liquors that we used to make drinks regularly were bourbon and vermouth.

Now, Hubby and I have an extensive liquor cabinet up north. Down south we have stuck with the basics plus a few like the anisette, various brandies (blackberry and honey), and a variety of rums (because I like rum!!)

We have a spiced rum, 151, and a plain ordinary rum. Because they all taste different and have varying degrees of alcohol (that 151 can be set on fire!) and some are used to sip alone and some for mixed drinks, we have a variety of rums in our home bar. If you are not a rum drinker and only want to purchase one rum, make it a plain ordinary clear rum.

Different whiskeys also have different tastes, alcohol content, complexities, and er, smoothness. Some are mixed… a blended like Canadian Club is a good whiskey to have in a drink. Others, like an Irish whiskey may be sipped neat or on the rocks. If you only purchase one whiskey, I would choose a blended whiskey.

I love Tequila bottles. I’d go into a liquor store and pick and choose based purely on the bottle, and to heck with the tequila itself (I’d pick Mezcal anyway if I were honest). Instead of making a suggestion myself, I’d advise you to head over to the FAQ at Tequila.net for an in-depth analysis of tequila!

Hubby recommends a blended Scotch like Johnny Walker red to start as it is a decent quality blend for the money.

If you are looking for the whys and wherefores of what type of vermouth you may need, and what cocktails you would use vermouth in (besides a Manhattan, Rob Roy or Martini that is), I’d encourage you to check out Vermouth 101 for a lot of great information. I neglect Vermouth on Ann’s Entitled Life, but really need to get into the spirit of making more cocktails featuring this great aperitif wine.

While there is always something to add to the old liquor cabinet (remember we have a lot of different liquors in ours) this list of basic bar spirit essentials.

BTW, these were some of the titles Hubby came up with for this post: Raising The Bar (which I actually liked!), Step Up To The Bar, How To Raise The Bar and Home Bar Starter Kit

After those er, suggestions, he mercifully stopped.

Don’t forget the Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics guide. It lists everything from glassware to cocktail making paraphernalia to non-alcoholic mixers to make your home bar complete!


As always, drink responsibly and please don’t drink and drive.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics

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Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics. Everything you need (besides the liquor!) to set up or complete your home bar.





Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics

Everything you need (besides the liquor!) to set up or complete your home bar.

Setting up a bar at home or just looking for frequently used bar accessories used in making cocktail recipes? Bar accessories can be fun, playful or just utilitarian in nature. Some items are used frequently, some are more for party or large gathering use. A bar set up can make a great shower or wedding gift, or maybe you just need to fill in a few blanks? Here are my recommendations for setting up a home bar. Except for the fruit, all these items are shelf stable and do not need to be kept cold (and that is why I didn’t include eggs or ice).

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Cocktail Shaker – when you need your cocktails shaken, not stirred. A cocktail shaker makes for perfect combination of ingredients, and no drips.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Bar Rags – (or bar mops, basically kitchen dish towels) Lint free so you don’t leave flecks on your clean glasses

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Bar Spoon– used to stir a drink.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Blender– a necessity for mixing up icy drinks such as a Piña Colada or a Daiquiri.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Bottle Opener – pretty self-explanatory, necessary for opening bottles of beer or pop.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Citrus Squeezer – the difference between a good drink and a great drink can be as simple as freshly squeezed juice. I use mine all the time with lemons and limes.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Cocktail Glasses – there are many, many bar glasses you can purchase in all price ranges from a dollar for a plastic cocktail glass, to thousands for a collection of Waterford crystal. If you are just starting out building you bar, this party pack has the basics (I use it to photograph some of the drink recipes on Ann’s Entitled Life) or perhaps this entertainment pack better suits your needs?

Here’s a list of basic bar glasses, and their uses:

• Champagne Flute: Champagne
• Collins Glass: large mixed drinks
• Irish Coffee Mug: hot alcoholic beverages
• Hurricane: mixed drinks such as the hurricane, ruby relaxer, daiquiri and more!
• Margarita Glass: margaritas
• Martini (cocktail) Glass: martini, Manhattans, metropolitan, margaritas, grasshoppers, gimlets and more
• Old Fashioned (tumbler): mixed drinks
• Pilsner Glass: beer
• Shot Glass: shots of alcohol
• Snifter: brandy, cognac
•Wine Glass: red and white wine glasses used for wine

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Cocktail Muddler – you muddle stuff… basically you use a muddler to squish fruits, leaves (like mint or basil), sugars in a cocktail. My Raspberry Mint Julep Recipe has muddled raspberries and mint.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Cocktail Napkins – cocktail napkins soak up the glass sweat from melting ice so you avoid water rings on the bar or table, and they are fun!

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Jigger – measure exact quantities with a cocktail jigger. Cocktails call for 1/2 or 1 oz increments for a single drink. A jigger – specifically a double jigger – one side is 1/2 ounce, the other side is 1 ounce – is the easiest way to get uniform half and full ounce portions.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Ice Bucket – I only use my ice bucket for parties, but it is a definite necessity (with ice tongs) then!

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Knife – you’ll need it to cut your fruit (and a cutting board would not be remiss – put that last part in for Hubby. He had heart failure when I cut directly on the counter.)

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Olive Picks (stainless steel, plastic, wood, disposable) – great for placing olives, onions, maraschino cherries on a stick in a drink. When you look for the plastic ones, they are often labeled swords or picks.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Pitcher – for making more than one drink! I use mine to mix up some Tropical Rum Punch, Sidecars and more. A stirrer is a must.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Recipe Book – I love this book! If you have Amazon Prime you can download it for free. I felt it was worth the $2.99, and it is part of my eBook collection!

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Strainer – to strain your drinks from the cocktail shaker to glass.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Swizzle Sticks (plastic, glass, disposable) I have a giant collection to finish off a tall, stirred cocktail.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Wine Opener – Hubby bought me an electric wine opener, and I must admit I seldom use it. I prefer the old corkscrew.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Bitters – a shelf stable cocktail flavoring that basically will last f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Citrus Fruit – lemons, limes, oranges, not just for garnish but for the juice to mix the drinks

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Cream of Coconut – used in a lot of tropical drinks such as the Blue Hawaiian and Piña Colada.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Decorator Sugar – used in rimming a cocktail glass.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Gernadine – used in Bahama Mama, the Pink Lady and Pink Shimmy, as well as many other cocktails.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Ginger Beer – basically a fermented beverage used as a mixer, it is usually non-alcoholic (less than 0.5%) these days, although there is a brand or two out there that does contain alcohol. There is a difference in taste, and I prefer the non-alcoholic type.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Maraschino Cherries – used for garnish, and the juice is used in many cocktails.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Margarita Salt – used in rimming a cocktail glass.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Olives – another garnish, although the juice is also used to make a dirty martini.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Pop – ginger ale, cola, 7-up – used as a mixer in many cocktails

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Seltzer Water – a cocktail mixer

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Simple Syrup (or sometimes rock syrup) which is sugar water. Frequently used as the wet for rimming, or as an ingredient to sweeten the drink.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Tonic Water

Those are my Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics To Setup a Home Bar Essentials. What else do you consider a Non-Alcoholic Bar Basic?


As always, drink responsibly and please don’t drink and drive.

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