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Gift Guide

6 Sommelier-Recommended Gifts for Wine Lovers

December 13, 2021

Written By Coravin

Who better to recommend gifts for the wine lovers and enthusiasts on your list than a bunch of restaurant and wine professionals? We asked sommeliers, a few Napa Valley residents, the Wine MVP, and wine educators to tell us which Coravin system and must-have accessories they’re buying for folks on their list this holiday season. 

Best gift ideas for wine lovers from wine professionals

1. Coravin Timeless Three+

We kick things off with Joyce Lin, Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) certified sommelier and Founder of JoYiSi Sip with Joyce. “I have been using the Coravin system since 2014 and it is the perfect tool for all food and wine pairings that I do in both the professional and home settings,” Lin shared. “This is a wonderful gift idea for someone who works in the wine industry or someone who regularly enjoys wine.”

If she had to choose a system for the first-time Coravin user, it would be the Coravin Timeless Three+ wine preservation system. This bundle includes a Timeless Three wine preservation system, two standard screw caps, an aerator, two argon capsules, and a needle cleaning tool. “I just used Timeless Three a few days ago while attending a virtual Riesling master class held by Trink Magazine. We tasted three Ökonomierat Rebholz Riesling during the class and, with the Coravin system on hand, I tasted the wines without opening the bottles. I don't have to worry the wine would lose its charm after weeks and I can always revisit the wine whenever I want. That’s the beauty of the Coravin system and I love it.”

Chelsie Petras, founder of Chel Loves Wine, agrees. "Coravin Timeless Three+ is a staple in my home and should be in every wine lovers! This model is durable, effective and won’t break the bank. It’s a fantastic gift to give to someone special."

2. Coravin Pivot

Next up, Pivot gets some love from Sara Biondi, blogger and founder of the Instagram account, @Bordeaux.Blonde. “The Coravin system that I highly recommend to my friends and family who want to open a nice bottle of wine but aren't planning to consume the whole bottle is the Pivot wine preservation system,” Biondi tells Coravin. “This system is perfect for those who want to still enjoy a glass of high-quality wine but want to preserve their wine for up to four weeks. I love that you can also store the ‘open’ bottle in one of the NewAir wine fridges also found in the Coravin marketplace to keep the wine at the correct temperature.”

Isis Daniel, the sommelier and wine content creator behind The Millennial Somm, is another fan of Pivot. "I am in love with my Coravin Pivot. As an avid wine drinking and wine professional, I open so many wines throughout the week. My Coravin Pivot allows me to open the favorite wines and save them for later.”

3. Pivot+

Pivot+ gets some love too from our friend Will Blackmon, Super Bowl Champion and Wine Enthusiast 40 under 40 Tastemaker. "I am a big fan of the Coravin Pivot+ wine preservation system. It does the two things I love when it comes to devices, 1. It is very effective, 2. It’s extremely easy to use.” Blackmon, also the founder of The Wine MVP, explains, “You simply open a bottle of wine, pop in the Pivot stopper in, then you are good to enjoy that one bottle for a month versus only a week."

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4. Coravin Timeless Six

“The Coravin Timeless Six is the best gift for the ultimate wine lover in your life. This is hands-down, my most-used wine accessory,” shares Raquel Royers, WSET3, CSW, CSS, and Wine Blogger at Watch Me Sip. “I've given several friends and family members this system and they've all become believers. Honestly, not sure how I would survive without it.”

Also on Royers’ list of gifts for wine lovers are the Gabriel Glass wine glass set and decanter. “I personally own these glasses and love how delicate, beautiful and versatile they are – truly a universal wine glass.”

5. Coravin Sparkling™ 

“If you or anyone you know loves bubbly, Coravin Sparkling™ sparkling wine preservation system now exists in our world and it's a must-have,” says Jaclyn Misch, wine educator, freelance writer and social media content creator. “My husband and I usually save Champagne for special occasions because we feel guilty if we don't finish the bottle, but this new system seriously changes the game and opens up a whole new door for casual bubbly drinking. Genius!”

In addition to Coravin Sparkling, Misch recommends the VinGlacé Wine Chiller. “This is one of those wine accessories that I've used over and over again. If you're taking wine to a party, on a boat, to a picnic, or even just to your living room, this wine chiller keeps your bottle at the perfect temp without the fuss of an ice bucket.”

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6. Wine from the Coravin Wine Shop

Misch also called out the Coravin Wine Shop as a great place to find gift ideas for wine lovers. “I'm all about the 2018 Weinbach Pinot Gris Cuvee Laurence. This wine has it going on – pure fruit flavor, creamy and rich but with structure and backbone. I visited this winery in 2019 and the Faller family does it right. The wine is certified organic and biodynamic, hand-harvested, native yeast fermented in old oak barrels. Such a beautiful expression of Alsace in this bottle!”

For more gift ideas for wine lovers and enthusiasts, view our 2021 gift guide, recommendations from Amanda McCrossin of @sommvivant, and a roundup of gifts for wine geeks.