While a bottle of wine makes a wonderful gift, there’s not a single bottle that fits every person or every occasion. The great news is that you can easily customize the vintage, region, and varietal of a bottle of wine to fit the occasion and individual. Whether you’re trying to find the perfect bottle of wine to say “thank you” or you’re looking for a hostess gift to bring to a dinner party, we’ve put together a wine gifting cheat sheet to help you out.
Although many people simply grab a bottle of red to bring to a dinner party, a delicious white wine can also be a great choice. Consider going with something a bit esoteric that will get everyone talking. You can go with a well-known grape, such as Chardonnay, but choose something from a lesser-known area.
If you’ve been invited to lunch, going with a bottle of sparkling wine is always a great choice. Another great option is something red and fizzy. A dry Lambrusco goes perfectly with various cured meats you’d eat at brunch, such as sausage and bacon.
Champagne is always a perfect choice if you’re giving it to your significant other or a special couple for their anniversary. However, consider going with something that adds a twist to this romantic choice, such as a rose Champagne. Not only does it taste wonderful, it looks beautiful as well.
If you are trying to find the perfect thank you gift for someone like a special coach or teacher, you’ll find that there are many quality sparkling wine choices in a reasonable price range. Sparkling wines from Italy, Tasmania, California, and Spain are all high-quality choices. The great thing – if they really enjoy it, it won’t make their wallet groan to purchase a bottle on their own in the future.
You may want to choose a bottle of wine that they can open when their child is 18 or 21. To get a bottle that will last for 18-21 years, consider going with a sweet wine. Some great choices include Muscat from Rutherglen, a vintage port, a Quarts de Chaume Chenin Blanc, or even an Auslese. All of these options can age for that amount of time, and if preferred, even longer.
It’s exciting to celebrate success after a milestone. Whether it was publishing a book, a big work promotion, or even running a marathon, choose something like a classic, age-worthy red wine from Napa or Bordeaux that celebrates the long journey.
Of course, while you’re finding the perfect wine to give as a gift, don’t forget to treat yourself to something special. You don’t have to wait for a special event to pull out an amazing bottle of wine and enjoy it – every day is a special day and worthy of celebrating with the perfect glass of wine.