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8 Great, Affordable Wine Gifts

Posted: 12/15/10 11:10 AM ET

Looking for that perfect gift for your wine lover? Well, it can be a frustrating and exhausting search. The obvious answer is to buy a bottle of wine. But that may not always be a viable option, so why not help outfit your wine lover with the best accoutrements? The great thing is that the best doesn't necessarily mean the most expensive and sometimes the tried and true tools are better than the newest invention!

For every type of wine lover there is a suitable gift. Whether it's as simple as a great corkscrew or a new wine journal, or something more involved (and if you want to take a look at the biggest and best wine gifts, check out last week's article, Great Gifts for Wine Lovers: From wine reviews to personalized Bordeaux tours), there is something for everyone in today's top wine gift countdown!

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There are three styles of corkscrews worth recommending, though I generally use my trusty waiter's friend. That's the standard corkscrew, though in my case it comes with dual levers, which makes extracting the cork easier, and an extra long, grooved screw for extra traction.

I also use an Ah-So two-pronged cork remover for tender old corks that might crumble when a corkscrew is used and a lever-style opener for when I've got a lot of bottles to open. But that waiter's friend is my go-to opener, and and this one -- the Trudeau Double Lever Corkscrew -- is only $9.95.
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