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15 Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Wine Lovers

If there’s a wine lover or connoisseur on your gift list, birthday list, holiday list, or just because, the following 15 thoughtful gift ideas for wine lovers will help you find a gift that they will appreciate and use.

15 Thoughtful Gift Ideas For The Wine Lover

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Wine Decanter – Elegant hand blown lead-free crystal glass makes a unique statement piece as well as being a functional decanter. Slanted top makes for drip-free pouring. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate this thoughtful gift!

Copper Stainless Steel Double Walled Wine Bottle Cooler Holder – stylish and elegant, this double-walled cooler keeps your wine chilled as you entertain. No need to keep going back and forth to the fridge when you need to refill your (or your guests) glasses. Also comes in stainless steel if copper isn’t your thing.

Copper Stainless Steel Double Walled Wine Bottle Cooler Holder

 

12-Bottle Dark Espresso Bamboo Wine Rack – I’m in love with this wine rack! Made of bamboo, it’s a contemporary design that will look spectacular on your counter. Also comes in a lighter natural bamboo color if you prefer.

Stemless Wine Glasses with Classic Gold Dot – 4 piece set perfect for everyday use or to bring a festive touch to entertaining and parties.

Leather Single Bottle Wine Carrier Box – made of premium environmentally-friendly PU leather, this wine tote bag fits standard size wine bottles. Perfect to use when gifting a standard size bottle of wine without having to worry about using gift wrap. Totally re-usable; your recipient will love it. Comes in black and brown, too.

Rapid Beverage & Wine Chiller – For all those times you forgot to put the Chardonnay in to chill: d’oh! This amazing machine chills cans in 1 minute and wine bottles in 6 minutes! I need this! Comes in silver or white.

Rewined Blanc Candle Collection (Chenin Blanc) – This brand’s wine-scented candles made a great gift. They come in a variety of scents such as chenin blanc, zinfandel, pinot noir. Yummy!

Wine Flight Decanter Set – 4 Glasses (6oz) with Paddle, Chalkboard and Chalk – This set is excellent for sampling small quantities of a variety of different wine. It’s great for parties or as a gift. Makes an excellent addition for the wine lovers collection.

Gorgeous Marquis By Waterford Markham Wine Glasses – Set of 3 beautifully designed short stem wine glasses of premium crystal. Perfect for red or white. Everyone knows the Waterford name and will appreciate this sparkling set.

Moleskine Passion Journal For Wine – This beautiful Moleskine journal contains 6 theme-based sections for the wine lover to fill in – Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red, Fortified/Sweet, Spirits. Also contains tabbed sections to personalize and 10 blank pages in which to insert comments and notes. Adhesive labels included to further personalize thoughts on notes on wine. A truly thoughtful gift!

Best Rabbit Wine Opener Corkscrew With An Extra Corkscrew Worm/Spiral – In my opinion, this is the best wine opener that I’ve found. I’ve gone through a lot of them in my search for one that will work well with my small hands and carpal tunnel syndrome issues. I always come back to this “rabbit” opener. It’s sturdy and can handle the job. Plus, you get an extra spiral and a foil cutter packaged in a lovely gift/storage box. Hmm… I may need to upgrade mine just for the color: luxury golden!

Wine and Champagne Bottle Snap Thermometer – true wine connoisseurs will always want to serve wine at the appropriate temperature, and what better way to gauge that temp than with a thermometer made just for wine bottles. Easily snaps on to display temperature on the front of the thermometer. Reference chart included for varietals of wines and champagnes.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine – this book will delight the wine lover on your list! Hailed as “The best introductory book on wine to come along in years.” by The Washington Post.

Mikasa Cheers Set of 4 Glass Bottle Stoppers – a beautiful, sparkly gift! Each stopper etched with a different design. Makes a great house-warming gift, too.

Premium Aerating Pourer and Decanter Spout – aeration and tidy pouring all in one! Aerates instantly as you pour, drip-free. Hooray! No more wine stains from messy, drippy pouring! Elegant design with effortless cleaning.

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Stuffed Butternut Squash with Apple, Sausage and Portobello

This savory Stuffed Butternut Squash with Apple, Sausage and Portobello is a must-have dish for your Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday table.

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Apple, Sausage and Portobello

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During fall in the US, butternut squash is a stable in most grocery stores.  This stuffed butternut squash with apple, sausage and portobello is a fun way to prepare it. Here, you use the crater that’s left when you scoop out the seeds and “meat” as a vessel to stuff with a savory mix of spicy sausage and sage. The combination of sausage, meaty Portobello mushrooms, sweet apples and crunchy walnuts rounds out the flavor of this dish. You can use this as a hearty side dish or even a main meal.

The trick is to buy a large enough butternut that you have a deep enough vessel for all that delicious sausage and apple stuffing. Once you remove the seeds, just pop both sections of the butternut squash into the oven and bake until tender. Depending on the size of the squash, this could take about 45 minutes. While the squash is baking, prepare the sausage mixture and set aside. Once the squash is finished baking and the flesh is tender, just remove a bit more of the flesh to make a larger cavity for all that yummy meat mixture. Add the scooped flesh to the sausage mixture, stir to combine, and then fill the butternut sections with all that delicious goodness.

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Apple, Sausage and Portobello collage

Top it with a little grated Parmesan cheese and pop it back in the oven to bake for another 25 minutes. Again, you can use this as a main meal or a side dish. It makes a lovely presentation, so choose a large enough dish and/or platter(s) on which to serve. Enjoy!

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Apple, Sausage and Portobello

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Stuffed Butternut Squash with Apple, Sausage and Portobello
 
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Stuffed Butternut Squash with Apple, Sausage and Portobello
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 butternut squash, cut in half, seeds and pulp removed
2 T. olive oil
  • 1 lb. spicy Italian pork sausage
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ cup baby Portobello mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 T. fresh sage leaves, julienned
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into small chunks
2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 4 oz. chopped walnuts
  • 3 T. cold butter, cut into small chunks
  • 2 T. brown sugar (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish (optional) 
salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Spray two 13 x 9” glass baking dishes with non-stick cooking spray. Place butternut squash halves in glass dishes, cut side up. Brush exposed edges lightly with olive oil.

  3. Place both dishes in oven on middle rack at 375 degrees. Bake until soft enough to scoop out interior with a spoon, approximately 45 – 50 minutes. (Actual baking time will vary depending on individual oven temperature, size of squash and how ripe it is).

  4. While the squash are baking, add sausage to a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat. While the sausage is cooking, break it into small pieces with a spatula or wooden spoon.

  5. After sausage is mostly browned, add garlic, red onion and chopped mushrooms to the skillet and cook over medium heat for several minutes until the mushrooms are soft, stirring occasionally.

  6. Add fresh sage, chopped apples, and cinnamon to pan. Continue cooking over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until apples become soft, stirring occasionally.

  7. Remove from heat and if necessary, drain excess liquid from skillet. Stir in chopped walnuts and season mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

  8. When ready, remove squash from oven and allow to cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.

  9. Remove squash one at a time from hot glass baking dish and place on a cutting board. With a sharp knife, trace a ½” inch border around the perimeter of each squash. Scoop out all of the squash inside the border and reserve the cooked flesh in a large bowl. Be careful not to puncture the exterior of the squash skin during this process.

  10. When finished, return each empty squash shell to the baking dish.

  11. Cut the cooked squash that you just scooped out into bite-sized chunks and add it to sausage mixture. Gently fold mixture together until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

  12. Spoon sausage mixture into empty squash cavities and top each with chunks of butter, brown sugar (if desired) and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

  13. Place in 350-degree oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until filling is nicely browned. Remove from oven and top with additional Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley, if desired. Serve immediately while hot.

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This savory Stuffed Butternut Squash with Apple, Sausage and Portobello is a must-have dish for your Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday table.This savory Stuffed Butternut Squash with Apple, Sausage and Portobello is a must-have dish for your Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday table.

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Bacon Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

Bacon Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin makes a perfect holiday side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This zesty recipe combines Brussels sprouts with two cheeses, bacon, garlic, yummy cream and a topping of breadcrumbs, which can be gluten-free if you need it to be!

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For some reason, some people don’t care for Brussels Sprouts. I’m not one of them! I love them prepared just about any way. For years, my go to sprouts recipe was my Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Cheese, which is amazing, but I think this one may be my new favorite! I bet this recipe will make the haters change their minds about Brussels Sprouts! Test it out during the holidays and report back.

Bacon Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

It’s really easy to put this together. Trim and boil the Brussels Sprouts, drain them, rough chop them and add them to a buttered baking dish, like this one:

Season them with salt, pepper and garlic powder; add cream, crumbled bacon, the two cheeses, and top it with breadcrumbs. Use gluten-free breadcrumbs if you need to – I did. I just added a few slices of gluten-free bread to my Vitamix, hit the button, and instant breadcrumbs!

Bacon Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

Bake it, plate it, add remaining bacon crumbles for extra goodness and boom! Yumminess served!

Bacon Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

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Bacon Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin makes a perfect holiday side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the dish
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, outer leaves and stems removed
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs (use gluten-free, if you need to)
  • 6 slices bacon, fully cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder (or more to taste)
  • Himalayan Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F and butter a 2-quart baking dish.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Drain the Brussels sprouts well and let cool for a few minutes before attempting to chop.

  4. Once cooled, coarsely chop the Brussels Sprouts.

  5. Add the Brussels Sprouts to the prepared baking dish and toss with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Sprinkle in ¾ of the bacon crumbs (reserving the rest for garnish) and spread mixture out evenly in dish.

  6. Pour the cream on top, then sprinkle in this order: cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Dot the with the butter pieces.

  7. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake for approx. 10 more minutes or until top is golden brown.

  8. Add reserved crumbled bacon to top and serve.

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Bacon Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin makes a perfect holiday side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This zesty recipe combines Brussels sprouts with two cheeses, bacon, garlic, yummy cream and a topping of breadcrumbs, which can be gluten-free if you need it to be!Bacon Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin makes a perfect holiday side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This zesty recipe combines Brussels sprouts with two cheeses, bacon, garlic, yummy cream and a topping of breadcrumbs, which can be gluten-free if you need it to be!

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Chicken And Broccoli Alfredo

Easy, creamy, cheesy and gluten-free! This Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe will take only 30 minutes from stove to table for a quick weeknight dinner.

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I love pasta and I love cheese, but mostly I love a quick dinner that I can pull together with minimal effort, and this one is it. I use gluten-free fettuccini here, but I’ve also been known to use gluten-free rotini or penne. TIP: If you don’t need the gluten-free option, just replace that with your favorite fettuccini brand.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

I like to use fresh broccoli whenever possible, but I have used frozen broccoli florets and they work, too. I always use boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cook them myself because the yummy drippings and seasonings from the chicken get incorporated into the Alfredo sauce, adding to the yumminess.

Most of the work is done in my stainless steel skillet (all except the boiling/cooking of the pasta.) Do you have a workhouse stainless steel skillet? If not, may I suggest this one:

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

Give this recipe a try and add it to your easy weeknight dinner rotation!

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo - easy, creamy, cheesy and gluten-free pasta dinner ready in 30 minutes.
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1 package gluten-free fettuccine pasta, cooked according to package instructions
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • 2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ¾ cup ½ and ½ (or milk)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (I use gluten-free)
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. Before the pasta has reached al dente, and during the last 3 minutes of cooking, add broccoli florets (frozen or fresh) and finish cooking. Remove from heat and drain well. Set aside. (TIP: Try to cook the pasta during the last 10 minutes of making the Alfredo sauce so that the pasta will be fresh and not sitting and clumping together while you finish the sauce.)

  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet, cooking each side about 4 minutes or until center is cooked through. Remove from heat and cut into bite-size chunks.

  3. Return skillet to the burner and melt butter over medium heat. Add flour to skillet and whisk until lightly browned. Slowly whisk in chicken broth and ½ and ½, stirring constantly, until incorporated. Add garlic powder and pour in heavy cream, stirring constantly until slightly thickened.

  4. Add Parmesan cheese and stir until well combined. If mixture becomes too thick, just add a little more more ½ and ½, as needed.

  5. Finally, stir in the pasta, broccoli and chicken. Gently toss to combine; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  6. Serve immediately.

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Gluten-Free Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

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