The Best Wine Gifts Year Round. Wine in some form goes with pretty much everything and nearly everyone can put a bottle to good use. In addition to wine, consider also gifting your favorite folks with a few tools and toys to make wine easier to serve and enjoy.
Consider treating your loved one to a nice Malbec from Argentina on Valentine’s Day. This red, milder and a bit earlier than the more intense cabernet is very nice with chocolate and pairs well with cheese, crackers and other yummy treats. To make it really special, add a pretty piece of jewelry and a gift card for tango lessons.
Treat mom to a pretty gift basket loaded with a few spa treats, such as a sleeping mask and her favorite lotion. To finish up her special day, consider looking at some wine gift ideas such as a bottle of cold, sparkling cuvee or a bottle of pinot noir. Take her out to lunch, let her take a nap, and then watch a movie together while you toast her with a sip of crisp, bubbly white wine. Save the pinot for date night.
Happy 4th of July!
Celebrate the red, white and blue with a bottle of sparkling white, such as a Lady Edythe Reserve Brut from California. To add this to a gift basket for the 4th of July, include red, white and blue cool towels; just get them wet, wrap them around your neck and shoulders, and let them wick away the heat. Four stemless wine glasses and a bottle opener would also be a useful treat.
Labor Day means barbecue and grilled foods. Consider a gift of Aspen Creek Dry Rose from Colorado to treat your guests or to give to your host. This fruit-forward wine has an astringent finish and would be ideal with everything from hot dogs to pasta salad to barbecued ribs. Pack it into a gift basket with a wine tote, some crunchy wheat crackers and a tub of your favorite hummus or cheese dip.
Thanksgiving and Christmas
Winter holidays call for wines with a bit more depth. Experts recommend that you pair chardonnay with turkey. For this most American holiday, consider a cool chardonnay from Knapp in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. You can also find a nice, clean chardonnay from Washington State or from Minnesota.
For those who prefer a red, consider a pinot noir from the Russian River Valley of California. Firm flavor without too much tartness or dryness is a nice treat with fowl, from turkey to goose. Finally, if you’re checking out wines from regions that are known for winter, order some ice wines to enjoy for dessert on Christmas Eve. Such a treat!
Getting together and sharing a beverage is a treat many of us have missed. The suggestions above can make your holiday celebrations a bit more fun. Of course, birthdays and anniversaries can happen on any day of the year, so be ready to share a bottle and a few wine tools any day of the year!