2006 Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah ($30)
2006 Carabella Oregon Chardonnay ($35)
2005 Stuhlmuller Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($41)
2006 Live Wire Cabernet Sauvignon ($25)
Here are couple of gifts that all wine lovers should appreciate:
To truly enjoy that special bottle, there is nothing more pleasurable than drinking your wine from crystal stemware. You can get truly excellent handmade, lead-free crystal stemware and crystal decanters at Masterpiece Crystal in Jane Lew. Visit masterpiececrystal.com and check out these works of art or call 800-624-3114 to order direct from the factory.
One of the neatest and newest wine-related gadgets is the Vinturi Wine Aerator. Having a working knowledge of fluid dynamics and the Bernoulli Principle may help you understand how this gizmo works, but thankfully you don't need a degree in quantum physics to use it. Pouring wine from the bottle through the Vinturi (which is essentially a small glass tube) into a glass supposedly has the same effect as aerating your wine in a decanter for an hour. I have one and I love it. You can find these online for under $40.
For more on wine appreciation, see the WineBoy blog at thegazz.com.