The holidays are a wonderful time to treat your friends and family to a great bottle of wine. Everyone enjoys a little Christmas cheer, right? But gifting wine can sometimes be a little intimidating. There a few points to consider this holiday season, or anytime for that matter, when buying wine for gifts.
Obviously it would be ideal to know the tastes of wine for the people you are buying for but if you're not in the know, don't worry. The first thing to consider is what you do know about the person. Now is not the time for experimentation or trying to introduce your friends to something completely obscure. However, if you have a personal favorite and you think your friends would enjoy it, by all means. That being said, if you are still a little unsure, a nice bottle of sparkling wine is always a festive and safe choice, as are classics like a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or a Cabernet Sauvignon.
If you are concerned about wine gifting breaking your budget, don't be. There are plenty of fantastic values like a Zinfandel/Cabernet or a German Muller-Thurgau. Also, going with the less expensive bottle allows for some creativity and expansion on your part such as including the wine in a gift basket with say, some beautiful wine glasses, a decanter or even a variety of cheeses. All of these things are thoughtful, easily accessible, affordable and most importantly, very much appreciated.
Finally, If you are the recipient of a nice bottle of wine don't feel obligated to open it that evening if it doesn't suit your menu. Alternately, to ensure that your host or hostess doesn't feel obliged to open your gift, simply wrap it in some charming wrapping paper so they feel comfortable saving it for later.
There are so many options where wine is concerned that giving wine doesn't have to be at all stressful, in fact it should be the exact opposite. If your friends enjoy wine, chances are they will be grateful for your thought. And after that thought, why not go ahead and enjoy a glass yourself.