You can’t escape it. It’s that time of year when everything – TV, social media, your e-mail, and even supermarket offers – revolves around the day devoted to lovers. Even this post is about Valentine’s Day.
Although at first it might seem like it’s a holiday that has its fair share of critics, recent data point to the exact opposite: Valentine’s Day is being celebrated more and more and becoming more widespread around the world. Its success is largely thanks to Millennials, with a study by Vente-privee showing that 52% of lovebirds in this age group will give their partner a gift on February 14th.
Still need an idea for yours? Here’s a tip: Foodie gifts are in fashion. Gift cards, flowers, perfume, and jewelry are all old news, now being replaced by experiences like enjoying a special dinner, activities with chocolate, or sharing a bottle of good wine with that special someone. In that spirit, here are some ideas for gifts with a focus on wine.
1. The right temperature
The right temperature for drinking wine isn’t just something random; in fact, serving a bottle of wine too hot or too cold will change its flavor. For example, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll already know that it’s a myth that red wine should be drunk at room temperature.
In reality, the right temperature for each wine depends on the wine itself, but how can you know whether it’s at this temperature? That’s where our first suggestion for special Valentine’s Day gifts for wine lovers comes in: The Snap Thermometer, a simple, practical thermometer that fits on the bottle and tells you the exact temperature of the wine in a matter of seconds. Yep, it’s that quick and you don’t even have to open the bottle.
2. Recognizing aromas
If you’ve ever participated in a wine tasting, you’ll know that your sense of smell is particularly important and also that it’s not easy to know how to recognize the aromas and essences that make up a wine. If you have a hard time distinguishing whether that red has hints of licorice, cherry, or a smoky note, don’t worry: You can train your sense of smell with wine aroma kits.
It’s one of the most charming wine-related gifts, including up to 12 vials containing different aromas to help you become an expert taster.
3. Animal wine holders
Wine racks aren’t what they used to be, and we mean that in a good way: In recent years, their style has been brought up to date and their designs have evolved, even turning into decorative pieces that become focal points in homes. So, if you’re looking for a gift for a wine lover who’s also an animal lover, then we have the ideal suggestion: Cartonlab’s animal-shaped wine holders.
The best part? They’re made from cardboard and produced using 100% environmentally friendly materials.
4. Wine tourism experiences
If the person you want to surprise with a wine gift on Valentine’s Day prefers something that includes an activity, a wine tourism getaway might be the best pick for them.
With Jean Leon’s wine experiences, you can do everything from tasting wines to making your own or enjoying the beautiful landscape while biking through the vineyards. Round off your plan with a cheese pairing and you’ll have something different to enjoy with your partner this Valentine’s Day.
5. Favorite wine
No matter what, when it comes to getting the right gift for wine lovers, you’ll never go wrong if you opt for a box of high-quality wines that you’ll be able to enjoy on a special evening.