A Holiday Wish List From the Booze Pros

Local luminaries of the wine, beer, and spirits worlds share gift ideas sure to please the imbiber in your life.

Beer folks will flip for a Kebo bottle opener. Photograph courtesy Rush3 product design studio

Shopping for booze nerds can be tricky—they tend to be rather particular about their books, bottles, and gadgets. So to take the guesswork out of gift offerings for the wine, beer, and craft cocktail lovers on your list, we consulted pros like Kathryn Bangs, sommelier at Komi and Little Serow, and the Passenger’s Derek Brown.

Turns out they’re full of ideas.

“A Vespa made out of chocolate would make a delicious Italian Christmas present!” says Francesco Amodeo, the beverage director and general manager of Bibiana. And Sebastian Zutant, wine director at Proof, has this simple wish: “A wine cellar that covers my whole basement, with a Jacuzzi (and wine) in it. Not sure how we would still keep the wine cold. Santa can figure that out.”

For eight slightly more realistic gift ideas, click through our slideshow. Then get shopping; the holidays are (gulp) almost here.