Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, December 7 2017

Top 10 : Bottles for the Wine Lover

By: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
What the wine lover in your life really wants

There's no shortage of wine gifts out there.

But what do wine people actually want? I have a drawer full of useless stoppers, openers, aerators, glassware, thermometers, pens, cloths and other gimmicky paraphenalia. Yes, it's the thought that counts (thank you all!) But if you want to show that you really put a lot of thought into it, and them, here are a couple of useful suggestions.

As with wines, less is more. Small things make a big difference: a wine filter, to help when corks disintegrate; an Ah-So two-pronged wine opener to work older corks gently; a classic Pulltap corkscrew; a can of inert gas wine preserver (Anthony uses Private Preserve); a well-crafted wine glass (I use Zalto); detailed wine maps like the ones I collect from DeLong; useful reference books for their library, like the recently published Champange: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region by Peter Liem, The Dirty Guide to Wine by Alice Feiring, Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power by John Szabo, or I Taste Red: The Science of Tasting Wine, by Jamie Goode. 

And of course, the most coveted gift for any wine lover: wine. Some of these may be a bit harder to find, some may be a bit pricier, but all are delicious wines with a story behind, and longevity ahead. Here are our Top 10 bottles that we, or any wine geek, would welcome this holiday. 

Written By:
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi

Every week Treve Ring and Anthony Gismondi collaborate on our Top Ten list, released on Thursday morning, often with a timely theme. If you count carefully the list will more than likely exceed ten names but only because we believe if any wine is tied by a score that makes our list it should be included. We know many of you are wine savvy and can do your own sleuthing to locate our weekly picks but for those who asked: BCLS means it is sold in government retail stores; when we say private wine shops we mean it could be in any private wine shop or liquor retail store (LRS); winery direct means check with the winery online. If it’s not sold in BC we usually try and give you a suggested retail price. Prices change hourly in BC – the price we post is what we are given at publication.