CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Depending on your budget, the sky is virtually the limit when it comes to finding a wine to give that special person. Today, I provide a list of some of my favorite cabernet sauvignons from the exceptional 2007 vintage. (Note to my friends: Please feel free to pass this along to my wife.)
First, here are some wine-related gift ideas, including a stocking stuffer or two, for the wine-stained person in your life.
I've noted it before, but the absolute best wine reference book is the "World Atlas of Wine" by Hugh Johnson. It is a compendium of everything you need to know about wine, including information on specific grapes, wines and regions, as well as label descriptions, and the culture and history of wine. Check for it at your local bookshop or online.
Wine buying clubs
Joining a wine buying club is a unique way to explore a variety of wines from around the world with the convenience of regular door-to-door shipping or shopping. There are clubs geared for a variety of wine lovers from beginners to collectors. Talk to your wine retailer about offerings they may have or go to: www.cawineclub.com/wine-of-the-month-club-links to find the best club and price for you.
Finding a place to store your special wine is always a challenge. One pretty neat option is the Wine Enthusiast Six-Bottle Touchscreen Wine Refrigerator. This adjustable, temperature-controlled wine refrigerator is a great gift for those who don't have a lot of storage space, but want a reliable place to keep their special bottles. Check it out at www.wineenthusiast.com.