Some spir­ited, civ­i­lized gift ideas

Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life -

“Wine is the most civ­i­lized thing in the world.” — Ernest Hem­ing­way

I know some peo­ple con­sider the gift of wine or spir­its an easy out, but, hey, we all need easy outs at this time of year and a nice bot­tle of some­thing good rarely goes un­ap­pre­ci­ated. For the wine lover, there are myr­iad wine gad­gets out there, but many of them are the vinif­er­ous equiv­a­lent to the Flow­bee. If you are of a cer­tain age you may re­call this de­vice; it at­taches to your vac­uum and you use it to cut your own hair (and you can still buy them!). Call me old-school, but a good corkscrew and a de­canter are the only ac­ces­sories you re­ally need for wine — and maybe some de­cent glass­ware — and these prob­a­bly won’t end up in the re-gift­ing closet.

Here are a few op­tions for the im­bibers in your life.

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