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What are you gifting the wine enthusiast in your life this year?

Consider a wine experience vs. a traditional gift

Are you overwhelmed with too much stuff? Consider giving an experience instead of “things” this year. Or give a small, related gift that will enhance an experience.


Wine Experiences

For wine enthusiasts, there are endless virtual opportunities now available to us to enjoy from the comfort of our homes — education, tastings, master classes, “experiences”, etc. Virtual experiences are connecting us to resources we may not have already been aware of and with people we can relate to. Start taking advantage of this for yourself, as well as for a unique gifting option.

In the last six months I have personally connected with thousands of wine enthusiasts through Corks & Boards Virtual Wine Experiences elevating their relationship with wine through education and tastings. Experiences have been delivered for a variety of occasions including friends separated by thousands of miles, neighborhood socials, corporate happy hours or holiday parties, employee appreciation day, fundraising events, and pure education.


The most popular themes this holiday season are:

Food & Wine Pairing

Breaking down the pairing principles and tasting experience


Sparkle in 2021

Sparkling wines from around the world and how to identify the difference


An all-time favorite experience — How to taste like a professional

Learn the technique of how to taste wines like a Somm and practice through constructing tasting notes.



Where can I find virtual wine events?

Eventbrite, online wine schools, the website of your favorite winery, or contact me directly for virtual wine experiences and education opportunities with Corks & Boards (email in bio below).





Wine Gifts

If you are a traditionalist, here are a list of my favorite wine gifts (big and small) that can be gifted alone or to elevate an experience.



Wine Folly

Lots of resources and gifts for wine enthusiasts including books, aroma wheels, tasting journals, maps, etc.





Antique wine glasses

Check out Oak Street Mill Antiques in Cornelius,  or Main St. Antiques & Design Gallery and Lake Norman Antique Mall in Mooresville.




Wine preservation systems

I recommend Coravin or Savino.


Wine decanters

One of my favorites for functionality is the Menu Winebreather Carafe.



Gourmet local food

Gourmet local food is always a great accompaniment to wine. Sun Raised Foods of Cornelius offers locally raised lamb charcuterie and boxes that include other locally sourced accompaniments like cheese, honey, jam, and crackers.




Wine is always a welcomed gift!

Order wines from your favorite winery and then share with the recipients your experience and memories from that winery. This will surely enhance their experience with the wines!




Or grab a gift card

To your favorite wine retailer, wine bar, restaurant, or for a future experience.



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Stephanie Roberts, WSET® Certified, is passionate about educating people about wine and all its complexities. She believes that through education comes enlightenment and approachability – elevating the wine and food experience. Stephanie offers unique and tailored wine experiences.

Wine education and topic-driven tastings are now available virtually and in-person for private groups. Choose to attend a scheduled class such as the 4-part Wine Education Series or customize a session to your specific interests. Corporate happy hours (virtual for now) are also available. Contact Stephanie directly through FB, IG or email ( or reserve your spot at a public event through FB (@Corks&Boards) or Eventbrite.




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