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Reading another post on the worst wine related gift I have seen got me wondering: What's the worst wine gift anyone has given/received? I'm talking accesories, not juice here.

Gift received is easy: The Chateau (last name) Pepper Grinder from Wine Enthusiast. I feel truly blessed that this is my personal worst when I consider what garbage is out there.

More embarrasing (but still easy) is the worst one I have given: A wine opener that works by inserting a needle through the cork and forcing it out by pumping air into the bottle Frown. My poor In-laws (to be) received a lot of wine related gifts from me in College (when the only vintage that mattered to me was a born-on date). Thinking back, I have no idea how they ever let me marry their beautful daughter!

To make up for the opener, I'm thinking giving them a special bottle of Sauternes this Christmas!
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Originally posted by Gambit:
I once received a wine glass (I think it was ordered from skymall) that holds the entire contents of a 750ml bottle.

I used it once to put flowers in.

cheers,

I got one of those as a gag gift and I keep it full of very special corks. And I'll admit that I gave it as a gift to someone who drinks a lot of really crappy wine so he would not have to get up an refill his glass as often.
In 1986 I got a gift from the parents of my girlfriend - a bottle of "Garlic Wine" from a "chateau" along the highway to Monterey Bay.

It has a sort of Bacchus figure on the label.

I'm still friends with them, and I keep telling them I'm "aging it" properly. It is still remarkably pristine looking, too!

I'm going to have to open it one day when they visit - I can only hope that when I let them taste it first, they declare it terrible and let me off the hook.

Best gift: My first "rabbit" style corkscrew.
Wine bottle jackets like these, and a bottle stopper which was just a cork with a piece of decorative plastic (molded as a grape cluster) glued on the top of the cork. If you actually used it and shoved the bottle stopper into a bottle, the only way to remove it is to rip the glued on plastic off and use a corkscrew to remove the cork. So the only time this thing may be used is if you use it improperly! Big Grin
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Kykkos Holy Wine from Cyprus. I know it is the thought that counts but if you are in Cyprus and see some wine made by monks please don't think of me.


Seriously, now next time we are in Cyprus looking at some wine made by monks how can we NOT think of you???

The worst wine related accessory I have seen (fortunately nor received as a gift, or worse, given) was this thing that you wear around your neck like a necklace (which has grapes on it) and there is a plastic thing in the middle which you can wrap around the stem of your glass, so you can essentially wear your glass of wine whilst carrying a plate of food. Oy.
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Originally posted by WEc:
Wine bottle jackets like these, and a bottle stopper which was just a cork with a piece of decorative plastic (molded as a grape cluster) glued on the top of the cork. If you actually used it and shoved the bottle stopper into a bottle, the only way to remove it is to rip the glued on plastic off and use a corkscrew to remove the cork. So the only time this thing may be used is if you use it improperly! Big Grin


I also received some wine jackets as a gift. They were more like fancy little tuxes.

Not so strangely, I have been given several unusable decorative stoppers too. Do people think re-stoppered wine is to be kept on display?

Then there is the fly fishing tie. Oh wait, that's not wine.
Worst gifts received:

1) Those wine charms to put around your glass. Can't stand them.

2) Magnum of Yellow Tail Shiraz. It is in the cellar and I have no idea what to do with it. I can't possibly re-gift it, and definately won't serve it at any party I host. Why a magnum? It's doubly painful.

Best gift:

When my wife agreed that we should spend 4 days in Bordeaux during their Wine Festival and a full day touring Chateaux and the country side.
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Originally posted by VinoMiko:
Worst gifts received:
2) Magnum of Yellow Tail Shiraz.


Hey hey! The YTs and YTRs have been raking in 88+ from HS. Check out the buying guide in the most recent issue. Eek


I had a good laugh earlier this summer. I stopped by my parents place who really like wine but don't know too much about it. My dad said, "Hey we opened this bottle earlier but something isn't right. Maybe you can tell me what is wrong with the wine." So I went into the kitchen with him and he showed me the bottle. I laughed out loud and said, "The problem is that it's a Yellow Tail Cab/Sav". He kind of looked at me with a wierd look until it sank in and said I don't like this stuff and proceeded to pour it out.

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