The Hippo


Jul 23, 2019








Potable presents
Plus accessories and other gifts for wine lovers


Wine experiences
As a wine lover, I always enjoy learning about wine and that includes where it is from and where it is made. If you know that someone or a couple on your list enjoys visiting wineries and wine tastings, a winery gift certificate is a great gift. You can even peruse Groupon on Living Social for these kinds of gifts, which often include not only a wine tasting, but a tour or wine glasses as well.  
Some wineries and wine shops, like LaBelle Winery in Amherst and Portsmouth and WineNot Boutique in Nashua, offer wine classes or cooking classes. You could purchase a gift certificate so the recipient can attend a class of his or her choice at a later date. 
Wine clubs are another option for a spouse or significant other (and then you can enjoy the wine too!). Many New Hampshire wineries, including Hermit Woods Winery in Meredith, Appolo Vineyards in Derry, Fulchino Vineyard in Hollis and Sap House Meadery in Center Ossipee, now have wine clubs. 
If you still want to gift a bottle of wine, make it an extra special bottle of wine. Maybe there is a favorite winery that has a reserve wine or special limited-quantity wine.  There may also be a winery the person visited on a special trip, honeymoon or anniversary. Finding a bottle of wine from that winery under the tree would bring back memories and show him or her how much you care (check VinoShipper for United States options). 
Food and wine pairings
Food and wine go together naturally, so consider getting the wine lover on your list some accompaniments for their favorite vino. This could include cheese, crackers, chocolates, bread, olive oil or vinegar. I was recently at LaBelle Winery in Amherst and enjoyed perusing the store and Winemaker’s Kitchen items like cooking oils, dips, wine jellies and more. I have found that many tasting rooms contain unique and fun gifts that pair well with a bottle of local wine. Some even feature items from local artists or craftsmen. 
You could easily assemble your own gift basket, or enlist the help of others like Angela’s Pasta and Cheese in Manchester or Caring Gifts in Concord. Other food-and-wine themed gifts include wine books (The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Janice Robinson is a good one), cookbooks, or a subscription to Food & Wine Magazine. 
Wine accessories
There are so many wine accessory options, depending on what the wine lover on your list likes. Stoppers, wine charms, wine openers, wine glasses, decanters and chillers are just a few. Whether the person mainly drinks red or white wine can help determine your choices. Would a wine fridge to chill their wine at the perfect, consistent temperature be helpful? Does this person often host get-togethers? Wine charms, a set of nice wine glasses and a wine tray could be great gifts. Always see this person struggling to get wine open? Get him or her a nice automatic wine opener and relieve some stress! 
If all else fails
If you get stuck and aren’t sure what to get, turn to your local wine shop or a New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet for help. Store employees can make recommendations based on the answers to a few questions: What is your budget? Do you know if the person typically drinks red or white wine? Do you know if he or she likes drier wine, sweeter wine, etc.? And overall, just remember it is the thought that counts. If the person is a wine and horse lover, simply purchasing a bottle with a horse on the label shows that you put some thought into the gift. 

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