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Monday, December 15, 2008

What kind of wine to buy as a gift?

You may be in the situation where you're buying a bottle of wine as a gift. As a wine retailer I get asked this question on a daily basis, "What kind of wine should I get my boss?". The answer is pretty easy to narrow down. First ask yourself if you think this person drinks wine on a daily basis or is a serious wine enthusiast. If the answer is yes, then I would go with Cabernet or Pinot Noir. Most real wine drinkers like dry wines and can appreciate the bold and exalting characteristics of Cabernet or the soft and subtle nuances of Pinot Noir.

 If your answer to that question is no and the person you are buying for is a mere wine novice, then you might consider something with a little residual sugar. Those who rarely drink wine and don't have a developed taste for it, almost always enjoy something with a bit of sweetness. Riesling is a great example of a white and Zinfandel could be an honest play in this situation. 

When choosing a wine as a gift for someone remember that as long as it doesn't appear to be a cheap selection from Trader Joe's or the local gas station, then your probably going to have a very happy recipient! Wine is such a fantastic gift because the person receiving it knows you want them to enjoy themselves and the finer things in life!
vinod said...

i have heard wine can be drunk to get a shiny face and skin. is it true. if yes what type of wine should be taken for that??

Average Goddess said...

This wine enthusiast is also a huge fan of red zin and ancient vine anything, but as you pointed out, you'd better be sure you've got a regular on your hands, or that intense grapey goodness could sadly wind up down the drain. EEP!

jason said...

My shopping list consists of $5 Franc Merlot for everyone! I ranked it #2 in my top 10 list of favorite Trader Joe's Wine. Enjoy!

Cheers,
Jason

Jill said...

I love Trader Joe's wine, too. I wouldn't buy Two-Buck Chuck as a gift, but I'd certainly choose one at a higher price point.

bacchus said...

Trader Joe's definitely has some interesting wines, mostly private label jazz that can be exceptional value. But they also have a load of down right shlub wines!

 
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