How to gift a bottle of wine
A wine can be the perfect gift but you have to be careful about your selection. Before we discuss what options you have in gifting a wine, there are a few things that you need to consider. For example, what kind of wine do your friends enjoy? If you have some idea about what they like, go for that. Secondly, think about what the occasion is. If you are taking it as a housewarming or celebration gift and you will have the opportunity to talk about the wine, pick a wine that is rare or unusual. But don’t give them something that is too unusual that even you haven’t tasted it before. Tried and tested is usually the best way to go with wine gifting. Finally, keep the presentation simple. Don’t go overboard with a gift box or that might heat the bottle. A ribbon is simple and classy.
Best wine to gift
Now that we have discussed how you can gift a bottle of wine, let’s discuss what you can gift. There are several options available. A good wine doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. You can get inexpensive and wonderful wine. We will give a few suggestions.
Ametzoi, Txakolina 2013
This one is from Getaria in Spain. It is the class Basque drink with light, subtle taste with a little spritz. It is the perfect wine to pair with cold mussels and shrimps. You can get it in under $20.
Wolf Blass Sparkling Wine Gold Label 2011
This one is made from the grapes of Adelaide Hills in South Australia and its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are a perfect wine gift. It is a dry wine with the scent green apple and lemon zest. It is a great choice for dinners.
Clotilde Davenne, Crémant du Bourgogne
Crémant sparkling wine has a great taste and comes at an even better price in less than $25. It comes from a winemaker in Burgundy and is made in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2012
If you looking for a well-balanced and fresh taste, this Cave Spring Chardonnay from Beamsville Bench in Ontario, Canada is a good choice. It has deep but light flavors of fresh peach and green apple. It will be great with a lunch of salmon.
Ca' deiZago, Prosecco DOC Col Fondo 2013
There has been a rise of mass produced, cheap Prosecco but this one is made from hand-harvested grapes in Valdobbiadene, Italy where this traditional method of producing wine is still common. With amazing flavor and less than $25 price, it makes for a thoughtful and inexpensive gift.
Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz 2011
This is another wine that is great for dinner parties. It is made in Barossa Valley, Australia and has a rich taste and scent of black raspberries, blackberries and black plum. It is concentrated so gift this one who prefers stronger flavors.
Patrick Piuze, Chablis Terroir de Courgis 2013
Piuze is known for its wines in Chablis, France and this wine is no different. It is crisp, with a subtle flavor which offers the taste of green apple and lemon. You can get it in under $30.