Wine makes a great present, but why stop there? Wine baskets are especially timely around the holidays, when everyone is entertaining. The options are limitless, so get creative!
Many new couples are also wine novices, so consider a romance basket in holiday red. Start with a variety of rose wines. Add red-stemmed wine glasses, a pocket-size wine guide, a wine diary for recording notes, a nifty foil cutter and lever corkscrew, and some pretty glass wine stoppers.
For the gourmand on the go
Line a picnic basket with a wine-themed picnic blanket or oversize tea towel. Then fill with assorted fruits, cheeses, biscotti, a travel-size corkscrew, an insulated wine bag, freezer packs for chilled wine and, of course, a great bottle of wine.
For that VIP
Get personal and have something in the basket monogrammed, such as sleek marble coasters, a wine bucket or sturdy wine glasses. Even wine labels can be customized.
A wine bucket makes a great gift "basket." Add an unusual or sought-after bottle of wine along with accessories such as a wine funnel, vacuum stoppers, and wine charms for identifying your glass in a crowd. For those who relish bubblies, a Champagne bucket can be used the same way. Carefully arrange four Champagne stems (placed on bubble wrap and disguised with silvery tissue) and then add a super-seal Champagne stopper and a guidebook on choosing and serving Champagne.
For the connoisseur
Instead of a wicker basket, true cellar dwellers will enjoy a big rustic wine crate stuffed with a few rare Bordeaux or Cabernet Sauvignon vintages for cellaring. Tuck in a nifty gadget, like a digital hygrometer to monitor the cellar's humidity or an electronic wine thermometer that displays the temperature of wine in the bottle. Make room for a wine dossier or album—essential for saving wine labels and making tasting and cellar notes.
For party-hearty types
Jump-start a celebration by assembling a cheese-and-wine-pairing basket. Include a variety of cheeses, cheese markers to identify the varieties, a cheese spreader, a mini cheese board, water crackers, wine pourers to prevent drips, fun wine napkins, and a small selection of wines from California, France, and Spain.