A carefully chosen bottle of wine can be a perfect gift for any occasion.
It can also be a dependable last-minute purchase but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put some thought into your purchase.
With so many different varietals, across every price point imaginable, here are a few things to keep in mind when making a wine purchase as a gift:
Not sure what the budget should be? Keep in mind a gift is something you give to celebrate a friendship or occasion without expecting anything in return. As such, the budget should compliment the occasion as well as your budget.
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What type of wine do they tend to drink? What is their favourite food? You can make the gift of wine a thoughtful one by considering the recipient’s favourite food. Consider a heavier red like a Shiraz for your meat-eating friends and a lighter wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc for those who enjoy lighter meals such as fish and salad.
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If you are gifting for a significant birthday or a wedding make it a special one. Look at a champagne from one of the big champagne houses or a rare prestigious red.