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Winesipper: Holiday Wine Gifts

Cool but affordable corkscrews, hydroflask wine tumblers, climber's glass markers and something called a 'corkcicle canteen'


Got a wine lover on your gift list, but don't want to buy them a bottle? Think wine accessories, instead—and everyone needs a good corkscrew. Professionals swear by the versatile waiter's edition, but my favorite has always been the Screwpull Pocket Corkscrew. It has a knife to remove the foil, and its long, Teflon-coated screw lifts the cork straight out with a few simple rotations. Reversing the motion ejects the cork, and while hard plastic closures can cause problems, everything else works beautifully. You'll find one priced around $30.

When going to venues that don't allow glass, may I suggest the Corkcicle Canteen? This triple-insulated, stainless steel container is just the thing to keep your favorite white or rose chilled (for up to 25 hours). It doubles as a thermos as well, keeping beverages hot for 12 hours. You'll find it in a variety of colors for between $28 and $30. Or, pour your wine into a Hydroflask Wine Tumbler. The worry-free lip eliminates drips (think adult beverage sippy cup), while TempShield insulation keeps wine at the perfect temperature. The durable 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel construction won't retain or transfer flavors. At $30, it's a bit pricey, but worth it.

If you're drinking from stemware, it's easy to avoid the, "I'm sorry, I think you have my glass" moment at your holiday parties. There's a plethora of products to help avoid that confusion, but I'm partial to the Social Climbers Glass Marker, ($10): six different, upwardly mobile sloths that attach to glass stems and can help you quickly locate your drink in the jumbled jungle of any party.