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First, my apologies if this post is off-topic; I looked for an FAQ or forum rules but didn't see any. If it is, let me know and I'll ask elsewhere.

 

Now my question: My niece is in law school but her real dream is to become a sommelier. She's taken classes since she was an undergraduate (when she has had time) and seems to have a talent for it; already my family of foodies relies on her excellent recommendations.

 

My question for the professionals is, what would be a good gift for an aspiring sommelier? I'm happy to spend $100 or more on the right thing. I'm imagining some sort of professional tool, though I've considered a nice decanter or corkscrews I've seen advertised that are beautifully designed, monogrammed, etc. Glasses are a possibility but a full set of good wine glasses (of the various shapes and sizes) seems a bit costly, though maybe glasses for two are a possibility. They also might be cumbersome for a student on the move.

 

Many thanks in advance!

 

UOTS (Uncle of the Sommelier)

post #2 of 8

Perhaps something on the order of: http://www.decanters.com/acatalog/Sommeliers__Tasting_Cup_or_Tastevin.html?

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post #3 of 8

what about a gift card towards more lessons?  aren't they spend on a college student budget?

I did a quick Google Search and those can cost $750 USD,

not sure where you and/or niece are, but that's some ...

wine for thought  :lol:

post #4 of 8

Chateau Laguiole Grand Cru wooden barrel sommelier

Wooden barrel handle who smells like wine !

  • corkscrew and 5-spiral tempered steel worm
  • Foil cutter
  • Bottle opener
  • guilloched spring
  • delivered with a leather case

OPTION: wooden gift box with vitrine

http://www.laguiole-attitude.com/en/384-1304-large_default/chateau-laguiole-grand-cru-wooden-barrel-sommelier-.jpg

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post #5 of 8

How about something classy like this.

Best and I'm a foodie.   I know very little but the little that I know I want to know very well.

 

-T

Brot und Wein
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Best and I'm a foodie.   I know very little but the little that I know I want to know very well.

 

-T

Brot und Wein
(1 photos)
 
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post #6 of 8
Riedel-glasses and decanters are a safe bet.

Opener for brittle corks:

Some of the smaller nez du vin sets maybe.
post #7 of 8
I would strongly suggest getting her a gift subscription to Robert Parker's newsletter at eRobertParker.com. It is the most comprehensive guide and the wine & industry standard. As somone who's hosted multiple wine dinners for Robert, I assure you that he is unquestionably the most revered wine authority in the USA if not the world. Merry Christmas:p
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