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The Wine Guy, Eddie McDougall: Wine gifts for him or for her

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Time Out Hong Kong

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and many of Hong Kong’s love birds will be wining and dining that special someone in attempt to make a lasting impression. Whether it’s your first date or you’re celebrating with your longstanding life partner, the gesture of gifting can help fuel a lasting twinkle in the eye.

I know that buying gifts is challenging, as we’re always all trying to find something impossibly unique, thoughtful and, most importantly, meaningful. To help those who know their Valentine has a deep love of wine, here’re a few recommendations that should be guaranteed winners.

Coravin Wine System
A serious gift (starting from $3,080) for the wine aficionado that loves to indulge in a few rare and fine wines at home. This contraption allows the drinker a chance to literally tap their favourite vintage, extract a glass while the bottle remains sealed and preserve the wine until you want another glass. An amazing system that uses argon gas to push the wine out via a special needle that’s inserted through the cork. Never waste a wine again. 

Wine Education
If you’re looking for something you can enjoy together, that gives you a good reason to taste more wine and is educational, this is a great option. Through The Flying Winemaker, there’s a wide selection of tasting events and courses hosted in an industrial-chic wine lab. The best one for beginners is the express crash course which arms couples with all the basics in terms of tasting while helping them develop a fancy vocab of wine descriptors. Courses start from $350 per person.

Wine Chocolates
I recently tasted some delicious chocolates produced by a Melbourne artisanal chocolatier called Cuvée. Their chocolates are to die for and were created with the dream of crafting a premium selection that pairs well with wine and spirits. The range, starting from $70, includes the full spectrum of chocolate styles and the aptly named Bianco, Grand Cru, Noir and Soleo. Each product comes with some useful information on wine pairings.

Rosé Champagne
Forget the flowers and being another cliché trying to wow that special person. This year, try something more delicious and shareable – champagne made rosé style. This is the next big thing in the wine world and I guarantee you, if your loved one is into wine, they are definitely going to appreciate this. Rosé bubbles are pricier (starting from $350) and harder to come by but they definitely show a touch of class when the pink nectar’s fizzing in the glass. 

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