First, you replace your grandparents mismatched, hand-me-down, 3 oz. wine glasses with some nice Riedel stems—perhaps the standard Bordeaux glasses, but the collection will expand if you have a wedding registry. Maybe you start filling a big glass jug with old corks—art evolution—then you buy your first overpriced decanter, obscurely shaped, highly breakable, and nearly impossible to clean.
You receive a few Vinturi wine aerators for Christmas, and/or various other filtration devices, amass more wine books than you could ever read, and start growing your stack of Wine Spectator magazines but all the while fighting conformity.
Of course, you are purchasing and drinking wine, refining your palate, amazed by how fast it changes. At this point, your reality has become so warped you start giving nerdy and/or very expensive gifts that you will probably be the only one who appreciates, because not every person’s day is consumed with thinking about wine. But you can try to change that. Here are 5 of those items:
1. USB Cork
2. Knuckle Duster Corkscrew $12.99
3. Sommelier Corkscrew and Leather Case by Mulholland Brothers $50
4. Wine bottle thermometer $10
5. Vintage Waxed Canvas Two Bottle Wine Carrier by Mulholland Brothers $285