It can be a tricky task finding the right gift for a wine lover. What is their favorite bottle? How do you find a stellar choice at a decent price? Do they have room to store yet another bottle? Well, here are two new wine-focused products that are more innovative than a typical bottle and make the perfect gift for that vino-loving pal of yours (they would also make fab hostess gifts).
Nip and Nibble: Cookies & Corks
Don’t be afraid of a few crumbs—they might prevent your wine-and-cheese party from going flat. Featuring 15 cookies infused with sweet and savory ingredients like rosemary, espresso, sage, lemon and sea salt, each box of Cookies & Corks ($8) is designed to pair with red, white or sparkling wines. (For example, the ginger-molasses cookies are designed to complement chardonnay while apricot-sage work well with the acidity of pinot grigio.) Best of all, the cookies are delish and the Cookies & Corks Web site provides fun and helpful wine-pairing tips. https://cookiesandcorks.com.
Birds of a Feather: The Flock Box from Blackbird Vineyards
If you have a fear of commitment, The Flock Box ($48) is for you. The genius collection from Napa Valley-based Blackbird Vineyards features four mini bottles of the famed vineyard’s merlot and cabernet franc blends. And just how do we know these bottles are so tasty? Well, for starters, the one and only Oprah is a fan. www.blackbirdvineyards.com.