Great Gifts For Those Who Love Wine & Spirits
Most of our friends tend to have a particular taste of interest that defines them. For instance, it tends to be relatively easy to figure out the best gift to get the bookish friend who has been eyeing a particular novel or author recently. The sports fanatic is always easy to buy for too because they have their teams and almost anything seems to work to satisfy their love of their game. People with slightly more complex tastes such as wine and spirits tend to be a bit more difficult to buy for though. Yes, you could simply buy them a high quality drink of their type, but you can never be sure if it is going to be a kind that suits their tastes or if you’ll pick poorly due to some esoteric specialist reason. There are plenty of things you can get for such a person that don’t require you to put yourself in that sort of position though. Most great gifts will help them support enjoying their favorite drinks though.
Temperature tends to be highly important when it comes to enjoying drinks appropriately. Some spirits require room temperature, but many other need to be chilled to a degree to bring out their best flavors. This generally involves adding a little ice or otherwise chilling the drink. Ice is often as much of a bane as it is a boon to an aficionado of wine and spirits. After all, the drink may end up cooler, but it gets cut by the water introduced as the ice melts. Fortunately, there are plenty of options you can help someone bypass this problem with though. Whiskey stones and similar products provide porous rocks that can take and hold a chill for a drink without ever disrupting the drink with water. You can also find a myriad of specialty glasses meant to take and hold a chill for an extended period. This makes for perfect gifts for someone finicky about the temperature at which they take their spirits.
A Taste for Novelty
There are subscription box services for almost everything these days and wine and spirits are no exception. These services take many forms, but the goal is always to introduce subscribers to the beautiful, complex tastes available in wine and spirits that they might otherwise miss. A fairly basic form of this service tends to focus on providing one to two bottle of wine to a subscriber per month with an eye towards quality and particular tastes. You can look for more interesting options though. Some services actually offer monthly ingredient shipments and instructions on how to make particularly exotic and interesting cocktails that subscribers might not otherwise get to try. The key with one of these services is picking one to match the tastes and temperament of the person receiving the gift and deciding how many months of service you wish to provide the person with as a sample of the service.
Properly enjoying wine involves ensuring that you aerate it a little while before you actually drink it. The wine enthusiast in your life likely knows this and may or may not already have a gadget to do just this. If they don’t, you’ve got a lot of options for helping them to enjoy their favorite drink just that much more. You’re going to have to decide if you want to go traditional or ultramodern though. Traditionally speaking, wine is meant to be decanted. You pour it into the decanter forty-five minutes or an hour before you intend to drink it and then indulge later. A good decanter is not only a beautiful sidepiece for someone’s bar or wine cabinet, but it is also highly functional. The person you want to give a gift to might not be the most patient person in the world though and that’s where ultramodern options come in. Various gadgets exist that can help aerate the wine directly and let someone get to the business of enjoying the drink. Try to stick to upper end gadgets though as simple, lower end items seem to seldom aerate as well.
Finding the right gift for the wine and spirits enthusiasts in your lives is easier than you’d think. Subscription services, drink chillers, and even simple gadgets can help enhance their favorite drinks without wandering into the dangerous territory of presuming to know the best drink to get them. Think about how you see the person indulging and you should have an idea of the best kind of gift to get for them.