Shopping for that perfect bottle of Gift Wine…

https://i1.wp.com/us.cdn3.123rf.com/168nwm/sandralise/sandralise1011/sandralise101100068/8337621-christmas-theme-with-santa-holding-magical-lights-in-hands.jpgIt is a season of hope and light at this time of the year. We (here in the United States) have concluded a bloody political season and are beginning to move on with thoughts of happy children and visions of sugar plums in our head. I’ve seen a shift from people seeking the perfect $10 bottle of wine as a hostess gift to wanting something really special for their best friends and family members.

While I pride myself in our selection of great wines, I still want to make certain you get a value for your dollar. Most of our shelf space remains under $35 per bottle of great wine. When you’re selecting a wine for a gift, I want to make a few suggestions that will help you help your wine merchant assist you in the process:

1)    Sweet wines have sugar in them and are “sticky sweet”, Dry-Fruit driven wines have a lot of fruity flavors, but are clean and fresh feeling in the mouth, and Dry-Spicy wines tend to have more oak and tannic characteristics and often are better for food pairing than as a sipping wine.

2)    Does the recipient of the gift Drink more Red, or White Wine?

3)    Do they usually drink the wine with food, or simply with a good glass?

4)    What dollar value do you want to stay beneath in your purchase per bottle?

5)    Do they have a sense of adventure, or like to stay inside the comfort zones they have established?

With those 5 simple questions, we small wine merchants can reach out and grab a couple of bottle for you to select from with a pretty good ratio of success in pleasing you and the person you’re giving that special bottle of wine to!


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