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Wine Bottle Gift BoxThe official Christmas shopping rush has started — a dreaded experience for some, a joy for others. Knowing your recipient enjoys or appreciates wine makes your gift list effortless to complete.

Satisfying an oenophile isn’t limited to just bottles; there are books, stemware and accessories available.

Some values, some splurges, these are a few of my favorite things.


  • 2008 Cline Cellars Zinfandel, California (about $10 retail)
  • 2007 Honig Sauvignon Blanc, California (about $18 retail)
  • 2007 Anne Amie “A” Pinot Noir, Oregon (about $30 retail)
  • 2007 Liberty School Syrah, California (about $18 retail)
  • 2007 Candor Zinfandel, California (about $26 retail)
  • 2007 Bell Winery Big Guy Red, California (about $26 retail)



  • Wine Across America, A Photographic Road Trip by Charles O’Rear ($35, Wineviews Publishing)
  • Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine by George M. Taber, ($26, Scribner)
  • How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine by Jancis Robinson, ($26, Simon Schuster)