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8 Great Accessories & Other Gifts for Wine Lovers

Following on from our recent wine and vineyard gifts suggestions, here are some other ideas you might not have thought of for the wine lover or vineyard explorer in your life…

Who doesn’t love elegant glasses? These Opale glasses are designed in Reims and come in a box of 6. The usual price is £28 for a set of 6 from Wine Gift Centre, or use code FIZZFLUTE at the checkout to get a £5 discount until the end of 2017, making them just £23.

Layers of clothing and particularly the right outer layer are essential to enjoyment of visiting and helping out in vineyards. I’m very taken with this Wax Cotton Cape from Celtic & Co, £185

It;s made in the UK with 100% waxed cotton waterproof outer fabric, two pockets, storm flap collar, popper fastening, hood, and split sides. Who says you can’t look smart as well as practical?

As I visit more wineries and vineyards my desire to learn more has grown. WSET approved Wine Educator Deborah.Zbinden of Wine Confidence is based near Epsom and offers gift vouchers towards her training courses and tasting events. If that area is not convenient for you, check out the WSET Directory.

Cheese and Wine make a such a great pairing and some of the best comes from the fabulous Fine Cheese Company. I recently had lunch at The Fine Cheese Co in Bath, which was great fun as well as being delicious; there’s a lot more than just cheese on the menu, by the way – the cakes are to die for.

If you’re not near Bath or The Fine Cheese Co in Belgravia, their online selection is excellent. I think Cheese Aristocracy at £33 would make a fabulous gift and I’ll have The Fireside Supper Box (£23) please.

I’ve talked about books before and will certainly do so again, but just to mention one here. The book I’ve recommended more than any other this year is Paul Olding’s The Urban Vineyard (£9.99 for signed copy direct from the author). My only complaint about the book is that the title undersells itself. It covers a huge amount of what you need to know when planting any vineyard, just on a smaller scale. It might look like a reference book, but it’s so readable and well-written that I think it would make a great present for anyone looking to take their wine interests to the next level.

We were recently asked to try the Avina Champagne Stopper (currently £12.99 on Amazon). I opened a bottle of English sparkling and had a glass, then put the stopper in and laid the bottle down in the fridge.

Two days later, not a drip had spilled, there was a satisfying noise as it opened and the drink had a good level of fizz remaining. It’s a good-looking gadget too, so definitely an excellent stocking filler.

How about something completely different? Experiences at vineyards are a big trend that we are definitely going to be seeing more of. Some of the more unusual are the courses run by Rural Antics at Hanwell Wine Estate in Leicestershire. There’s The Art of Growing Grapes for Wine (£55) on 10th February and Mindful Photography on 28th April (£85), to name just two. Look out for the drawing workshops for children as well.

While we’re all about giving people the information to get themselves out to vineyards, we totally understand that it might be nice to have a guiding hand the first time, not to mention someone else to do the driving! We recently checked out the Surrey Hills Tour from Grape and Grain Tours, who also run a Hampshire Tour. Each visits a winery, a distillery and a brewery and costs £99 for a full day tour including lunch at a gastropub.

So there we are, a whole range of great ideas and all available to buy online. You’re welcome!