Wine Gift Ideas For Wine Lovers

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of wine. I share wine recipes, have a Wine 101 section on my blog for wine newbies, review wines and wine related products, and still occasionally post to Have Wine Will Drink’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. So I thought it’d be fun to share some wine gift ideas for the wine lovers in your life!

Wine Gift Ideas For Wine Lovers

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Wine Cork Shadow Box

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Not only do I love the idea of saving corks in a shadow box, but I also love what this one says!

Vinebox Subscription

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Vinebox is a cool subscription service that will send you 3 to 6 “glasses” of wine each month. It’s an expensive and fun way to try out new wines without being disappointed by buying an entire bottle of wine you might not even like. Each flight (the fancy way of saying a selection of wines…usually 3 to 8 glasses) also comes with pairing suggestions and technical information so you can learn more about each wine.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Wine Awesomeness has a subscription service, or you can send a one-time gift.

Electric Wine Bottle Opener

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Under 20 bucks, and a must have! An electric wine bottle opener makes opening a bottle of wine a quick and easy task.

Wine Carafe

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Now you can get some gorgeous wine carafes (sometimes called decanters), but I like this one because it’s a wine carafe that can preserve your wine for up to a week!

A Wine Chiller

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Is there anything worse than drinking wine at the wrong temperature? Nope, there’s not. That’s why I love this Corkcicle Chiller. It has a unique freezing gel that maintains chilled whites and cools down room temp reds. But it does so much more than chill! It has a built-in aerator (you can find out why it’s important to aerate wine here), an easy pour spout, and a flip cap that allows for complete seal. If you don’t have one, get one now!

Wine for Dummies

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Yep, I’ve read Wine for Dummies. And if you’re a wine lover interested in understanding wine and wanting to be able to carry on a conversation about it, you should too.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

And if your wine lover likes to color, don’t miss out on the Wine Lover’s Coloring Book. Might as well color something you love, right?!

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Wine Glasses

Wine glasses galore! If you know a wine lover, they probably also love wine glasses and have lots of them. Here are some favorites…

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Spill resistant wine glasses? Yes please! Between kids running around and me just being plain clumsy, it’s inevitable that a glass would get spilled. These wine glasses are not only virtually impossible to spill, but they look super cool too.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Everybody should own these unbreakable wine glasses! TheseTaZa shatterproof wine glasses can get knocked off the counter and just bounce without shattering. So you may still have a mess, but it’ll be a lot easier to clean up than glass!

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

I would also add these Because Kids wine glasses to my list. Because kids are the reason most moms drink wine in the first place. The only thing that would make me love these glasses more is if they were also un-spillable or non-breakable.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

If your wine lover really loves wine, why not get a wine glass that can hold the entire bottle! It’s a fun gift for anybody that likes wine.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

How about a wine glass that counts calories? I have given this glass to several friends, and it’s always a hit.

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Another fun wine glass? How about a white trash wine glass that you can make yourself!

So there you have it! Wine Gift ideas for wine lovers. There are so many more fun wine gifts out there. What are some of your favorites?

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Visiting So Cal? Visit Temecula Valley!

If you are planning on visiting Southern California, plan to visit Temecula Valley. There's so much to do and see for the whole family! And don't miss wine country while you're there!

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited by Visit Temecula Valley to attend the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival with several other local bloggers. It was a BLAST to say the least! We ate and shopped during the day, and were lucky enough to attend a private dinner at Wilson Creek Winery before heading to the Festival.

I’ve lived about an hour from Temecula for my entire life, and I had no idea of how much there is to do there (other than go to wine country!) Old Town Temecula is full of shops and restaurants and would be fun for the whole family.

What To Do When You Visit Temecula Valley

We visited several locations, and I can’t wait to spend another day there with the family. If you visit Temecula Valley, make sure to stop by these locations:

Temecula Lavender Company – It smells undescribably good in there. It was relaxing just walking into the little shop.

Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants – Spices. Teas. Samples. I could’ve spent all day in there sniffing (literally!) around.

Temecula Olive Oil Company – My favorite shop that we visited! You can sample a ton of different olive oils and vinegars. I bought several different oils, and can’t wait to go back.

Old Town Sweet Shop – Like an old fashioned candy shop! Make sure to try their Jalapeno Chocolate Fudge and Chocolate Covered Bacon!

Old Town Rootbeer Company – The kids would love this place! All kinds of different rootbeers from around the world. I’m not a huge fan of rootbeer, but the rootbeer they make (it’s an old family recipe) is definitely worth trying!

Crush & Brew – AMAZING food and drinks! One of my new favorite places.

I can’t wait to visit Temecula Valley again, especially downtown. I think it would be a fun way to spend a day out. And very soon I’ll be taking the kids to Temecula’s Children Museum, AKA PennyPickle’s Workshop. It’s hands on and intreactive and I know they would all enjoy it.

And after an afternoon full of fun, we headed out for wine tasting before going to the Balloon & Wine Festival.

If you are planning on visiting Southern California, plan to visit Temecula Valley. There's so much to do and see for the whole family! And don't miss wine country while you're there!

We visited Lorimar Winery for some wine tasting before heading over to Wilson Creek Winery for a tour and dinner.

If you are planning on visiting Southern California, plan to visit Temecula Valley. There's so much to do and see for the whole family! And don't miss wine country while you're there!

Wilson Creek is one of my favorite wineries, and if you ever have a lazy Sunday afternoon to spend there, it’s family friendly. There’s live music and more. And their food is delicious. Side Note: Try my Amaretto Mimosa recipe with Wilson Creek’s Almond Champagne. YUM!

And finally, we headed out to the Balloon & Wine Festival which everybody in So Cal or visiting should check out. It is so much fun! The last time I went was with the kids. This was a different experience because it was with friends. We danced, laughed, drank wine, and wished we had more room in our bellies to try all the food that is there, too. My friend Tonya describes the festival in detail and so I’ll send you over to read her thoughts on the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival.

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Thanks again to Visit Temecula Valley for inviting us to experience your incredible town!

Traveling Vineyard: Love Wine? Don’t Miss This Opportunity!

Disclaimer: I received no compensation or gifts for sharing this post about Traveling Vineyard. I think it’s an amazing opportunity for stay at home moms – and wine lovers in general – and wanted to share it with you!

If you are a stay at home mom or a wine lover who wants to make some extra money, Traveling Vineyard is a fun way to do it! Share your wine knowledge and introduce others to new wines. What a fun job!

I know that I’m extremely lucky to be able to work from home and that I love what I do. Being a stay at home mom, you can sometimes feel like you aren’t contributing financially, even though your job is a 24/7 job that never ends. So when my blogging friend and fellow wine lover Kirby reached out to me and told me about Traveling Vineyard, I was excited to learn more about it. And when I did, I was excited to be able to share the opportunity with you too! If you are a stay at home mom or wine lover, you won’t want to miss this guest post. I haven’t had a guest post in forever, but thought Kirby’s story was definitely worth sharing. Enjoy!

The Traveling Vineyard:

The Mommy Balancing Act

Being a mom is hard work. There’s no clocking in and out, and it doesn’t matter if you have one child or more kids than fingers – chances are, you’re exhausted.

In order to maintain your sanity, you must have some semblance of balance, and every website out there wants to tell you how to get it: five ways to be a better mother, three things parents of geniuses do every morning, how green tea will raise your kid’s IQ by 50 points.

Let’s be honest, though. Life isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal, and motherhood most certainly doesn’t have an instruction book. Every woman has to find her own path to her own sense of balance. We can learn a lot from each other as we search for our paths.

Kirby Maragulia, happily married mother-of-two, found her version of balance. But, as with most things worth doing, it took facing her fears and some major life decisions to get there.

If you are a stay at home mom or a wine lover who wants to make some extra money, Traveling Vineyard is a fun way to do it! Share your wine knowledge and introduce others to new wines. What a fun job!

She had a decent corporate career when she and her husband decided to start their family (easier said then done). When, after two years, Kirby finally became pregnant, she found her priorities had changed. “It was something I never thought was going to happen. When I had my daughter, all I wanted to do was stay home with her.”

So she did.

Kirby has never regretted that decision, but the need for some kind of balance became urgent after her second child, AJ, was born. Kirby was in serious need of some “me time” but was also starting to feel the pressure of being a single-income family. She was already trying to wear both the “full-time mommy” hat and her “full-time Kirby” hat. Adding a “gainfully employed” hat on top of it seemed impossible.

But Kirby took a deep breath and plunged in, unwilling to allow fear of the unknown to keep her in the status quo. And in the end, Kirby achieved her balance by managing to combine two of the hats. She found both a career and a chance to do something for herself when she started working from home as a Wine Guide for Traveling Vineyard, a direct wine seller.

She still got to be a mommy by day while becoming a successful Guide for in-home wine tastings by night. Not only did she have the satisfaction of contributing to the family budget, she was also having a lot of fun in the process.

Despite the elegance of the solution, this was a big change, and it took some getting used to. Kirby was still splitting her time between her kids, her husband, and her professional growth. Even working from home, “it was hard at first to try to find that balance, especially because kids need you all the time.”

Still, one of the advantages of being her own boss was the flexibility to set her schedule on her own terms and according to her own needs. Kirby soon discovered the balance she needed just started to creep in.

She still feels the guilt that she’s not doing enough, especially when she tries to get work done when her son is asking her to play. “As a mom, it’s always in your head. Am I doing enough? Am I teaching them enough? I shouldn’t guilt myself, but I think it’s just something that we do.”

Now, though, she’s thankful that she can witness major milestones she may have missed if her kids were in daycare. When her daughter first crawled, Kirby was there. When her son said his first word, she was there. “I have not missed a single moment of my kids’ lives and that is the best part.”

This is not to say that working from home is a universal solution for juggling the many needs a mom has to fulfill. It isn’t for everyone. But there is still wisdom to be found in Kirby’s example. No matter your path, Kirby recommends that you “do whatever you can to find the balance.” Push aside your fear, decide you won’t regret your decisions, and it’ll make finding your own balance that much easier.

If you are a stay at home mom or a wine lover who wants to make some extra money, Traveling Vineyard is a fun way to do it! Share your wine knowledge and introduce others to new wines. What a fun job!

Kirby’s story was written by Amanda Russell for Traveling Vineyard. I’m seriously considering becoming a Wine Guide so that I can introduce new wines and share wine knowledge with family and friends. Not to mention it would be a fun way to earn some extra money!

What about you? Would you be interested in becoming a wine guide for Traveling Vineyard? Make sure to visit their website (don’t miss their wine pairings!) and follow Traveling Vineyard on Facebook. It may not be the right time for you now, but you never know what the future may bring!

How Many Calories In Wine? Don’t Worry – Caloric Cuvée Has You Covered!

Disclosure: Thanks to Caloric Cuvée for sending me a calorie-counting wine glass to help me see how many calories in wine I’m drinking! All opinions expressed are my own.

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Since starting my diet and exercise plans back in March, the amount of wine I drink has decreased significantly, but my love for it has not. I rarely drink it during the week anymore, but when I do, I’m counting calories and trying to figure out how many calories in wine there are. I pull out my measuring cup, and sadly drink it out of a plastic wine glass (because kids love to knock over my expensive, preferred wine glasses.) And then I received a Caloric Cuvée wine glass and my wine drinking evenings are much more cheerful!

How Many Calories in Wine?

How many calories in wine? I don’t know off the top of my head, and now I don’t have to Google it every time I want a glass of wine. The Caloric Cuvée wine glasses do it for me.

how_many_calories_in_wineNow left to my own heavy hand, the glass of wine I’d pour would tend to be probably twice as many calories as I should. But with my Caloric Cuvée wine glass, I get to decide just how much (or how little!) I’m willing to indulge.

I love that you can clearly see how many calories per pour you are getting. And yes, there have been a couple of times that I may or may not have poured all the way up to the Who Cares line.

I think I am also less likely to pour myself a second glass once I see just how many calories I’m ingesting. For those of us watching what we are eating and drinking, this glass is a huge help!

This glass is also a great conversation starter – hold it at a party and I guarantee every woman there will want one! But the glass pictured here isn’t the only one available at Caloric Cuvée…there are many a variety of styles to choose from. Whether you want a glass with a stem, stemless, or even a beer stein, there’s a variety of glasses available when you shop Caloric Cuvée.

Maybe you aren’t counting calories, but you are Weight Watcher points…they’ve got a glass for that too! Got more than one kid driving you crazy? Pour a glass of wine based on the number of kids you’ve got. I’m telling you, Caloric Cuvée has a wine glass for every wine lover you know!

Head over and check out all of the Caloric Cuvée wine glasses. They’re fun, helpful, and make a great gift. And if you like  these glasses as much as I do, you can also follow Caloric Cuvée on Facebook. Help us spread the word if you are a fan!

Looking for some great wines to put in your new glass? I reviewed three affordable red wines that I recommend you try for yourself!

But I bet you want to WIN a Caloric Cuvee wine glass, right?! The awesome ladies are willing to let me give away one to one lucky reader! Good luck!
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What Is A Wine Aerator?

what_is_a_wine_aerator Here’s a question that I hear asked a lot about one particular wine accessory: what is a wine aerator?

What is a Wine Aerator? 

It sounds like it might be some expensive, hard-to-use accessory, but it’s really not. A wine aerator helps mix air into the wine as it flows through or over the device, increasing the wine’s exposure to oxygen and causing aeration. Wine which has been allowed to breathe tastes better….and that is what a wine aerator accomplishes very quickly.

Traditionally, wine decanters have been used to aerate wine. However, decanting wine is time consuming, cumbersome, and inconvenient.

I’ll be honest and admit that I had never used a wine aerator until I was contacted by Vinturi to try out one of theirs aerators. If I was drinking an inexpensive bottle of wine I didn’t even bother letting it breath. For a “good” bottle of wine, I’d bust out the decanter I got for our wedding and use that.

The problem with decanting is you still should let it sit for a bit before drinking it. Wine aerators get rid of the waiting. They offer an alternative to swirling, traditional decanting, and waiting for wine to breathe.

Wine needs to breathe because as it breathes, it opens up and releases its intended aromas and flavors. The Vinturi Red Wine Aerator delivers perfect aeration literally in the time it takes to pour a glass.

vinturi_wine_aerator I tried out the red wine aerator on Thanksgiving. You simply hold it over a wine glass or decanter and pour wine in from the bottle. You’ll notice in immediate difference in the taste of the wine…I did a taste test.

First I poured a sip from the bottle directly into the glass and sipped it. Then I poured another sip through the aerator and tasted it from the glass again. The flavors were enhanced and there was a definite smoother finish! I was impressed!

I was so skeptical that the aerator would make that big of a difference, and was pleasantly surprised to find out it made more than just a difference – it made for a better bottle of wine.

I’ve covered a few other basic wine questions like:
What Are Tannins?
How Long Does An Open Bottle Of Wine Stay Good For?
What Does Corked Wine Mean?

You’ll find lots more about wine, including recipes (Champagne jello shots, anyone?), wine reviews, and fun wine products (like a wine glass that tells you how many calories your drinking) here.

Love wine? Follow my Happy Hour board on Pinterest where you’ll find lots of recipes, information, and fun stuff about wine and more!

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Do you have any questions about wine you’d like to have answered? Leave a comment below and I’ll answer it on an upcoming Wino Wednesday!

Disclaimer: I received a wine aerator to help facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.