When you love wine people tend to think that you have all of the accessories that go with it. Fancy wine bottle openers, decanters, and chillers. But in reality I tend to buy wine but never treat myself to these little extras. And really wine accessories go a long way in making your drinking a little more fun and fancy. Whether it’s having the right glass for the right variety of wine or having an opener that doesn’t leave you needing your husband to fetch the cork out of the bottle, these accessories make a huge difference. Especially at the time of year when you want everything to appear fancy, festive and, well, put together. Or for any occasion where you are out to impress.
When the New York Times Store offered me the chance to review their line of personalized gifts, I was excited to see that they offer a variety of personalized wine themed products, everything from wine and champagne buckets to personalized wine barrels. All items that any wine lover on your holiday list would love.
I received the personalized Wine and Champagne Bucket to review. A wine bucket is a great way to ensure that the wine you are serving stays chilled throughout your holiday event, and I have to admit that up until now I haven’t had one. I usually tend to keep the wine in the fridge or out on the counter where it can get hot over time… and no one likes warm wine. With the Wine bucket I can keep a bottle cold and easily accessible to guests (and have another bottle in the fridge waiting for when that one is empty). This makes it easier for guests to help themselves without having to go into the fridge. It also makes it so that I can serve wine and other cocktails in a room other than my kitchen, that way I can finish up any last-minute party preparations without people looking for drinks.
Not only does the wine bucket serve a purpose it also looks great. The wine bucket came personalized with a design I pre-selected, which says “Hunter Winery Est. 2006”. My husband loved this personalized touch, which says a lot because he’s fairly particular and always notices the smallest details. And after showing him the wine bucket I sort of wish I had saved it as a Christmas present since he liked it so much. I know that at our next party he will be pulling this out to chill all our wine.
I love how the personalizing makes this gift go from functional to fun. I’ve never had someone not love a gift that was personalized, usually because that means that you put extra thought into finding just the right item to put their name on.
New York Times Store personalized wine gifts also come with a fun, front page from when prohibition was repealed.