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Wine Travel: Five Wine Gifts From the Road, Flickr: Keith Burtis

Wine Stoppers (left)

So, what do you bring home from your vacations? Is it a souvenir for the kids, something memorable for yourself or gifts for friends and family? Whatever it is, you never know how you’re going to look at it when you’ve been home for a few days. Maybe it’s because I’ve been conditioned by years of living in small apartments in Boston and New York, but I’ve always favored wine – as a gift and for myself.

A great bottle of wine is remembered long after it has been consumed, and wine accoutrements are both useful and small – so you won’t wind up taking up plenty of space on your own or someone else’s shelf. This is giving at its finest – five wine gifts that will always elicit a smile:

A special bottle: especially if you’re traveling to a wine destination in Spain, Argentina, or Portugal, this is the best you can do. By virtue of its source, the wine will show how much thought you’ve put into it, and it likely will be hard to find at home. This is a sure thing.

Wine stopper: trying to get the cork back into the bottle is always such a drag. And, it looks simply hideous. A nice wine stopper, especially from one of the world’s top wine destinations, adds a bit of style to something as simple as closing up a bottle for future enjoyment.

Glasses: the glasses matter – I don’t care what anyone says. A great wine deserves an incredible glass, adding a touch of the aesthetic to an experience that simply calls out for it. Hand-crafted glasses by a local artisan are perfect, when you can find them. Just be sure to pack carefully!

Art: you might run into a local artist focusing on vineyard landscapes or local still-life scenes featuring a bottle on the table. Now, this is risky: giving the gift of art requires a keen eye, and the recipient will have to have similar taste. If you’re confident, however, go for it!

Travel: why focus on bringing something back? Take your loved ones on the vacation of a lifetime. Visit one of the world’s amazing wine destinations, and change the way you look at grapes forever.


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Photo: Keith Burtis

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