Throughout the history of humankind, wine has been a popular drink that has been produced for thousands of years. Associated with religious practices, as part of different rituals and ceremonies, or just out of pure pleasure, wine was always a popular beverage through various stages of our existence.
Today, the technology and recent discoveries in the industry are allowing us to enjoy wine in many different ways, and, although so much time has passed, it is still the most popular alcoholic beverage, as we still turn to wine when we celebrate something, as part of religious ceremonies or just for the pleasure and self-nurturing rituals that we like to enjoy alone, or with our friends and family members. Not to mention that many different types of wines go with specific types of foods, so if you think that picking a bottle of wine is an easy job these days, think again.
Moreover, nowadays, we have lots of accessories for wine lovers that can make a big difference in the way they serve and enjoy this alcoholic beverage. So, if you have such a wine lover in your family or friends circle and you want to give them something they would appreciate genuinely, the best gifts that you could buy would undoubtedly be those wine accessories that would take the wine tasting experience to the next level, while also impressing the guests.
Accessories come in many shapes, forms, and sizes, but if you’re looking for diversity, as well as functionality, we recommend looking into wine gift sets. This kind of gift usually consists of a box with various tools and gadgets for multiple purposes. That way, you can make sure that some of them, if not all, would be put to some good use. Also, some of them can be personalized with a monogram or a name tag, so this would make a great gift to give on a special occasion.
So, now that we hopefully piqued your interest, where should you begin?
Whether you appreciate classic, manual accessories like a decanter or a fancy wooden corkscrew, or you’re thinking of trying out an electric opener or other electric gadgets; there is one for every desire and pocket. Here are some elements that you should look for before buying a wine gift set:
What kind of wine does the person drink? This is a valid question because red wines need different tools, temperatures, and attention versus white wines. For example, almost all red wines taste better when they are decanted, while white wines don’t really need this process unless we’re talking about an old vintage wine that leaves a lot of sediment as it ages. In this case, the oxygen opens up the aromas and flavors of the wine, whether it is red or white, and aerates it so you can smell the aromas, taste the flavors, and have the best experience.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to deliver a great-looking and functional gift (unless you want to, of course). Most wine gift sets are affordable; however, there are some new and cool electric gadgets out there that might interest you, as they can make the experience faster and more efficient. In this article, we compiled a list of the most exciting and diverse wine gift sets that you can find, while also taking into account the various price tags.
Appearance is essential when it comes to gifts, but the design also has to do with functionality, for example, the way that a wine opener is designed and its form factor could determine its usability, lifespan, and accessibility. Other than that, the way you choose your wine gift set is subjective and up to you to decide whether or not you like it.
Now, let’s look at some of the most popular choices when it comes to wine gift sets.
The star of this list, Ivation Wine Gift Set is a great gift idea. Yes, it is on a pricier side, but this is an all-in-one gift set that looks great and has everything you need to enhance the flavors in your wine and preserve it for a longer period.
This wine set is made out of stainless steel, so it looks and feels premium. In the box, you will find an electric corkscrew extractor, an electric vacuum pump, a blue LED charging base, an aerator, two stoppers and a foil cutter.
The electric corkscrew is a fast and easy way to open the wine bottle. This one is very easy to use – just touch a button and watch it work. A single charge can last up to 30 bottle openings and after you’re done with it, you can simply place it into the charging station that also holds all accessories. This makes opening bottles so much easier and stylish.
If you need to reseal a bottle, but you don’t want to lose the flavor, then the electric vacuum pump is a great way to extract the oxygen from your bottle, so now, the wine can stay fresher for longer. Sure, you can achieve the same results with a manual pump, but this one is just faster, looks really elegant and is more efficient, as it requires minimal effort. You also have a ring around the stopper that allows you to set the date, so you always know the last time it was resealed.
A foil cutter is a tool that any connoisseur should have. It is an essential tool if you want to go from newbie to pro in a second, as it perfectly cuts the top foil without tearing it or leaving any residue.
It doesn’t come with a decanter, but it contains an aerator which does the same thing: it wakes up the aromas as the oxygen comes in and it separates any sediments so that you can have a clear, aromatic experience.
We like this wine gift set and advise you to look into it, as it is a great option for wine lovers and even for those who are new to the world of wine. It looks great on display while being functional, fast and efficient.
What’s to like:
Fancy, elegant and minimalist design
- All-in-one station
- Electric tools for a faster and easier experience
- Good quality materials
What’s not to like:
- A bit pricy
If you’re on the hunt for an all-in-one package, the Cooko Wine Set is another excellent choice for any wine lover. This is a classic, manual set, but it comes with nine pieces that would cover everything, from wine opening to aerating, serving, and storing.
It comes with a heavy-duty rabbit level corkscrew that makes opening wine bottles an easy job once you get the hang of it because if you’ve never used this system, it could take a minute to adjust.
The box is made out of classy wood that looks and feels premium and stylish so that it would be perfect as a gift for a friend or a family member. Inside the box, every tool has its place, and they are all made of zinc alloy with bronze-plated grips or Teflon coated.
Also, you will find a pourer, which comes in handy if you want to prevent spilling, an aerator to wake up all the flavors, and many more tools that are worth mentioning. One of these tools, however, is truly made for a connoisseur: the thermometer. If you have a wine enthusiast amongst your friends’ group, they should know that temperature is one of the most important factors when it comes to taste. So, if you really want to impress them, make sure that your gift set includes a thermometer.
The package includes two extra screws, a foil cutter, and a wine bottle stopper. The stopper is exquisite and sturdy and fits into any wine bottle.
Maybe the tool that we wanted to see inside this package would have been the vacuum pump, at least a manual one, but the thermometer is a great addition and, given the price point versus what you get, this gift set is a great deal overall. So, if you’re looking for a classic, manual set, take a look at this one.
What’s to like:
- Stylish, elegant wooden packaging
- Nine different wine tools
- Reasonable price point
- Include a thermometer
What’s not to like:
- The corkscrew is not so easy to use
- Doesn’t feature a vacuum pump
If you don’t want an all-in-one set, you just need the essentials, but wouldn’t mind adding a bit of a fancy vibe in the mix; then another good option is the Crenova 4-in-1 Electronic Wine Opener. This is precisely what the title says: a wine opener. As a bonus, you also get a vacuum stopper, an aerator/pourer, and a foil cutter. So, as we said, the essentials.
The electric opener is very stylish, featuring a velvety matte black material. It claims to open any bottle in just seven seconds due to the powerful motor. It is also straightforward to use: just press the UP and DOWN button, and that’s it. It has a lithium-ion integrated battery that lasts a long time, as the manufacturer says that it can open up to 70 bottles on one charge. As a design element, when the corkscrew is in, it shows blue light, and when it pulls it out, it shows a red light.
The package doesn’t include a charging station, but you are provided with a USB cable so you can charge it anywhere. It is portable, and you can choose to take it with you or just enjoy it at home.
The price point is good, it is not expensive, nor cheap, but just in the middle. People are delighted with the quality of these products, especially the bottle opener, while the aerator allows a smooth pour, and the foil cutter is just a great addition to this gift set.
The wine stopper also has a vacuum pump, so it is a 2-in-1 product that works very well, and it’s also a must-have for wine lovers and connoisseurs.
All in all, you can’t go wrong with this wine gift set, and, objectively, we couldn’t find anything wrong or missing other than a fancier box, as this one is just for storage purposes. Maybe if it came in an elegant wooden box that you could’ve also personalize, it would have been perfect, but, even so, if you want to stick with the basics while still adding the ease of use and some quality materials, this is the gift set to look into.
What’s to like:
- Stylish gift set
- Electric tool for easy opening
- Excellent quality materials, great design
- Good price point
What’s not to like:
- No charging station included
- No fancy gift box
If you’re looking to spend less, but still expect a good quality electrical product, the Uncle Viner G105 is one of the most popular products out there. This is a 3-in-1 product, meaning that in the box, you will find the electric wine opener, a wine stopper/vacuum pump, a foil cutter, and an aerator along with four AA batteries and a charger.
First, the wine opener is electric, so, again, it is easier to use than a manual corkscrew. It looks exquisite, yet sturdy with a silver finish. It claims to open up to 80 bottles, taking only seven seconds for each one, but this could be a hit or miss. Users are mostly pleased with the quality and performance, but some say that it discharges very quickly. This happens due to the NiMh batteries that need longer times to charge and they also discharge quicker than Li-Ion batteries, but for its price, nobody would mind keeping it plugged in for a more extended period. The only way to know for sure is to try it out yourself. Either way, this budget-friendly wine gift set brings the wine essentials; it looks and feels qualitative and comes in handy for any wine enthusiast.
The foil cutter is precise, and the vacuum pump is also a stopper, so a handy tool for keeping the wine’s freshness and flavor intact. An aerator is a useful tool as well if you don’t already own a decanter, but even if you do, this is a faster and easier way to enjoy your wine, as it also acts like a pourer.
It doesn’t come with one of those fancy wooden boxes, but this box looks good, and it is suitable for storage purposes. Users said they were pleased with the purchase, and frankly, there are many reasons to like this gift set. It has the essential tools for any occasion; it is small and portable so that you can take it with you at parties, dinners, picnics, and more, and the price point is excellent, making this product affordable — all in all, a right gift choice.
What’s to like:
- Electric essential kit for wine lovers
- Good quality products
- The very good price point
- Stylish design
What’s not to like:
- No charging station
- Long charging time due to the included NiMH batteries
If you appreciate manual tools more than anything and you’re also on a budget, we found a great alternative to electric wine tools. Kato 5-Piece Wine Bottle Tools Gift Set is a stylish box without actually being a box. It is shaped like a wine bottle, and it looks fantastic. It comes in two colors: a glossy red and a matte black finish, and both colors look outstanding. We loved this option, especially for the exquisite shape, but also because, for being a low-budget product, it features five tools that are good in quality and essential for any wine lover out there. The wine bottle design of the box can also be functional: you can fit it in the wine wrack, together with all your other wine bottles, so you will always know where it is. However, keep in mind that the wine bottle case is made out of plastic, so don’t be disappointed when it arrives. Some users said that they expected aluminum materials for the case, but even so, for this price, we think it is a great design choice and a good option overall.
In the box, you will find a wine stopper that also looks cool and feels nice, a foil cutter, an aerator/pourer, a drip ring, and a corkscrew. The corkscrew is a classical bartender/waiter kind of tool, but even though it doesn’t have much to offer, it feels sturdy, and it is an essential wine tool – one that anyone has in their homes.
The drip ring is an excellent addition to any kit, as it can be used for more than one bottle and spares you from all the mess, especially the one that red wine usually makes if it spills. The wine pourer has a stopper as well but can be used for one bottle at a time. Also, the pourer is not made out of fancy glass, but given its price point, this is not really a problem.
If you like the design, the form factor, the price point, and the fact that it features five wine tools in one neat package, we say you should definitely look into it. This is an affordable yet fancy option if you don’t want to break the bank, but still expect great design and reasonably good quality.
What’s to like:
- Neat design, functional – fits in with other wine bottles
- Essential kit for wine enthusiasts
- Low price point
- Two color options
What’s not to like:
- Corkscrew is hard to use
- Plastic case
In the hope that now you know more about wine and most wine accessories, let us answer a few possible questions that you may still have after reading this article:
What is decanting/decanters?
Decanting is a process by which the sediments found in wine (especially red wine or older types of wine) are separated from the liquid so that you can have a clear wine in the glass. Sediments can consist of many elements, including little pieces of grape skin, seeds, or tannin debris. Nowadays, most wines won’t leave much residue, but there are still some that do. Decanting also implies aerating the wine, a process that allows oxygen into the container (decanter), and, especially in younger wines, it wakes up the flavors and aromas and makes them more mellow and rounded.
What should a good wine gift set include?
Most wine gift sets include essential tools like a wine opener, a foil cutter, a stopper, and maybe an aerator. The number of devices doesn’t determine if it is a great gift set or not, and you can choose the one that you think would get the most use for the recipient.
What’s the best wine opener?
Some people prefer an electric wine opener due to the ease of use and fast process; others prefer the classic, manual ones because they like to feel the cork and the pleasure of taking it out themselves. It is a matter of preference. The excellent quality electric wine openers are easy and fast to use, but be mindful of what you buy, as some cheaper openers can be gimmicky, meaning they can easily break or have charging problems.
When do I need to use a vacuum pump?
A vacuum pump is excellent if you have leftover wine in the bottle, but you want to prolong its life and ensure its continuous freshness. If you have some wine left in the bottle, use a vacuum pump to pump out the oxygen inside, seal it, and put it in the fridge. This process can preserve wine for more extended periods, so it can stay fresh for several days until you open it again.