Wine is fine, but if you have a wine lover on your holiday gift list and you're not that familiar with what they like, you may not want to go through the hassle of trying to find the perfect bottle. You could give them a wine shop gift card but if you're looking for something a bit more personal, here are a few suggestions:
What to Drink with What You Eat, $35
First up, a favorite go-to wine reference book. People are always asking for suggestions about a wine to go with their dinner and for only $35, What to Drink with What You Eat, by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, will make them instant experts. The book provides insightful suggestions even for difficult foods, like artichokes and asparagus. There's a thoughtful and entertaining introduction—you can reference by food with wine or by wine with food—and pairing menus from some of America's top chefs. Get more info at karenandandrew.com.
The Corkcicle Canteen, $20-$33
The next item made Oprah's Favorite Things list. The Corkcicle Canteen is a triple insulated, stainless steel container that will keep your favorite white or rose chilled for up to 25 hours. It also doubles as a thermos, keeping beverages hot for 12 hours. It runs $20-$33 on corkcicle.com.
Idaho Wine, From Bud to Taste Bud DVD, $16.99
Last up, a DVD of a Sun Valley Film Festival Official Selection. Directed by Drew Allen, Idaho Wine, From Bud to Taste Bud, is billed as a 69-minute tour of Idaho wine country and has received good reviews. Idaho Wine retails for $16.99 ($24.99 on Blu-ray) and is available at idahowinedocumentary.com. Happy holidays!