How do You Pick a Great Gift Wine? 5 Tips for Festive Sips

Want to give someone a bottle of wine this year?

On Global Television’s Morning Show, we chat about quick tips on how to choose a great gift wine this holiday.

Wine Gifts Global Dec 2015

Wine is a great gift because:

–    one size fits all
–    doubles are fine
–    it’s easy to re-giftchristmas gift bag wine B

Also:

– it’s easy to return for cash without a receipt

– wine doesn’t have to be cared for and it should never be watered

– it’s consumable so it doesn’t create clutter adding to more stuff in your home

How to decide which wine to give?

– match the wine to the person’s taste, if you know it

– match the wine to the person’s heritage i.e. Italian amarone

– match the wine to the dinner if you’re a guest

– choose a vintage that celebrates an anniversary for the couple, when they met, a birthday etc

– create a bottle gift set: one to drink now, one to drink next Christmas and one to drink 5 years from now

– create a book and bottle gift set

Otherwise: match the wine to the personality, just for fun!

You can get all my wine reviews of great gift wines (including those for yourself) showing the stock for each bottle at your closest liquor stores.

You can also watch our team members recommending gift wines on CTV’s Morning Show and Rogers Daytime Television.

 

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Here are the Gift Wines that We Featured on Global:

Financial Planner

You appreciate how her conservative investments protected your portfolio during the recession. And now that the economy is recovering, you can give her a blue-chip wine this year; a brand that has been long established and well-known for delivering consistently good quality in the bottle at the price point.

Robert Mondavi Winery Private Selection Chardonnay 2014 Robert Mondavi
Central Coast, California

Full-bodied, luscious and rich with layers of butterscotch goodness. The bonus? This wine comes with its own mini Ugly Christmas Sweater. Pair this wine with roast turkey dinner and cashing in your Google stock. Price:

 

 

 

Personal Trainer

No, a muscular, robust red wine would not be cliché, especially not after all that ab work she’s done with you. However, the wine can’t simply be lots of fruit up front, it also has to have inner core strength and balance, as well as the ability to hold together in the glass. Since she’s all about go-local with fresh produce, give her a homegrown wine as well. You can also give this wine to your Pilates instructor, yoga master or Tai Chi coach.

Meiomi Wines Pinot Noir 2014
California, United StatesMeiomi

Clean, crisp and refreshing with lovely aromas and flavours of green apple and white peach. Amazingly great price for this quality. Very versatile with local produce as well as fresh seafood and thanking your trainer for being the queen of fitness gurus.

 

 

 

Hairdresser

Now here’s a person who has a great sense of humour (she laughs at your jokes when you’re in the chair), but she also takes styling your mop seriously. Give her a wine that’s versatile, clean and fuss-free like your coif, but also has a label with a sense of fun and modern style.

Castelgiocondo Frescobaldi Brunello Di Montalcino 2010
Tuscany, ItalyCastelgiocondo Marchesi De' Frescobaldi

A big black bruiser of a wine loaded with dark fruit, savoury bacon, dark spices and mint aromas. Full-bodied and smooth. Vibrant and full of personality, just like your hairdresser, even when her arms are going numb. Shiraz food pairings: beef prosciuttos, black bean soup, blue cheese, pepper steak. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Best Beef Wine  Price: $54.95 Score: 95/100

 

 

Financial Planner

You appreciate how her conservative investments protected your portfolio during the recession. And now that the economy is recovering, you can give her a blue-chip wine this year; a brand that has been long established and well-known for delivering consistently good quality in the bottle at the price point.

Robert Mondavi Winery Private Selection Chardonnay 2014 Robert Mondavi
Central Coast, California

Full-bodied, luscious and rich with layers of butterscotch goodness. The bonus? This wine comes with its own mini Ugly Christmas Sweater. Pair this wine with roast turkey dinner and cashing in your Google stock. Price:

 

 

 

The Boss

Choose this wine carefully: tasteful, but not showy; unusual, but not wacky. You want to give your boss a wine that says you’ve thought about the choice carefully, but not obsessively. Go with a premium sparkling wine that doesn’t have the price tag of Champagne, but does have the taste.

Villa Maria Private Bin Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Villa Maria 2015
Marlborough, New Zealand

An astronomically great value compared to Champagne. Toasty and refreshing and crisp. Great aperitif or try it with oysters or mussels. An absolutely stunning bottle that makes this a gorgeous gift wine. Why not?

 

 

Domaine De Bila-HautTeacher

Domaine De Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem M. Chapoutier 2012
Côtes De Roussillon-Villages, Midi A.C., France

 

 

 

 

 

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2013
Lodi, California, United States  Ravenswood Zin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Agent

He’s traveled the world and has planned terrific vacations for you. You’ve always discussed your latest wine finds with him. He’s become intrigued by your recent interest in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. He’s been to the country, of course, but hasn’t tried many of the wines yet.

Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc Wine Review
Marlborough, New Zealand

Monkey Bay wines take their name from a small bay on the coast of Marlborough in the South Island. A legendary monkey was once believed to inhabit this secluded spot. (Your travel agent loves tidbits like this.) The wine has vibrant, zesty aromas of lime, chives, grass, lemongrass and green apples. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Pair with: grilled swordfish, turkey burgers and planning a trip to New Zealand.

 

We also discussed this festive topic on CBC Ontario Morning in the audio clip below.

Click on the arrow above to listen to the clip above.

You can also listen to our discussion about holiday gift wines on CBC Metro Morning.

Posted with permission of CBC.

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