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"Winerd: The Wine Game that Crushes Grape Fears."
Whether the wine enthusiast in your life wants a teachable gift or one that flows from a bottle, we've got you covered with these five perfect presents for the wine lover in your life. JC Cellars 2009 Rockpile Vineyard 'Haley' Syrah: The Oakland winery is synonymous with iconic California syrah, and this current release is a prime example. Lush with blueberry flavors, chocolate aromas and a velvety finish, the wine is balanced and memorable. ($60; www.jccellars.com) "Winerd: The Wine Game that Crushes Grape Fears": This board game combines trivia and tasting in a way that takes the intimidation factor and guesswork out of most wine-tasting parties. With more than 285 questions and a colorful board with fictitious wine labels from around the world, it is suitable for novice and nerd alike. ($35; www.chroniclebooks.com/winerd.html) "The Drops of God: New World": In the fourth installment of Tadashi Agi's best-selling graphic novel about a wine competition between two brothers vying for their late father's estate, Shizuku and Issei travel outside of Europe to the Napa Valley and Australia in search of a wine "created from man's toil and sense of purpose." ($8.49; www.amazon.com) Wine Straws: Love red wine but hate the stains on your teeth? Wine Straws deliver wine to the back of the palate just like sipping from a glass but leave spills and stains to a minimum. Lipstick stays in place, too. (12 for $7.99; www.winestraws.com) Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee: The year's award-winning, breakout sparkling wine has notes of green apple, kiwi and peach with a crisp finish perfect for crab and lobster dishes. Enjoy it into the new year. ($10.99; www.barefootwine.com)