Wine Gift Giving 101
Remember in A Christmas Story when Ralphie was forced to try on the pink bunny outfit from Aunt Clara?† Donít be Aunt Clara Ė unless youíre buying a gag gift.† Gifts that elicit awkward expressions of feigned enthusiasm and appreciation are gifts that probably required a lot more thought.† This is true for any kind of gift, and wine is no exception.
Make It Personal
If you know the recipientís favorite wine, youíre sitting pretty. ††If not, whatís their favorite food?† If they like to sink their teeth into a thick, juicy porterhouse, you canít go wrong with a rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, like the Red Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon Washington or the J Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon 7 Oaks Paso Rablos.† If youíre buying for a seafood fanatic who canít resist the lobster special, a crisp, fruity Chardonnay will bring out the flavor of the lobster.† If you need help, check out our wine pairing tool.
Did the gift recipient just get back from a dream vacation?† Track down a bottle from that city or country.† Choose wine thatís produced in the city where they grew up, got married or went to college.† Is this the recipientís first holiday as a parent or grandparent?† Celebrate with Champagne or sparkling wine. †Even if the recipient has had health issues, Pinot Noir is packed with antioxidants and there are plenty of wines for the health-conscious crowd.† One glass at a time, please!
Use Common Sense
If youíre buying for someone who enjoys a $90 bottle of Napa Valley Mondavi with dinner, you should stay away from the $8 bottles.† On the other hand, if youíre buying for someone who guzzles whatever domestic draft is cheapest with a bacon cheeseburger while seated at his reserved corner barstool, itís a safe bet that this person will be satisfied with a bottle priced in the single digits.† And thereís nothing wrong with that.† Any true wine lover will tell you that you donít have to spend a fortune for a great bottle of wine.
Still Stumped?† Go With A Gift Basket Made By The Experts
Some will say this is the easy way out.† Your response should be, ďWho cares?Ē† When you choose a gift basket created by people who know how to group different types of wine or pair the right wine with the right food, you canít make a wrong decision.† We have gift baskets designed for romance, celebrations, lovers of gourmet food and chocolate indulgence.† Some baskets highlight a particular brand, while others highlight a particular wine-making region.† Regardless of the gift you plan to give, whether itís a Mouton Bordeaux or a Red Ryder BB Gun, give it with love and raise a glass to family and friends.† After all, isnít that what the holidays are all about?