A wine gift guide for all your Wine-y friends.
I'm not a wine expert. I'm just a person who says, "Yes, please" when someone asks if I would like a glass, attend a wine tasting, or am interested in signing up for a wine of the month subscription.
If you are like Hubs and enjoy watching me enjoy wine, but has no interest in wine themselves, then you might not know how to gift your wine-y friends this season.
If you are thinking about making a purchase for the wine-lover in your life, here are a few suggestions.
A decanter. Because even box-wine looks classy as hell in a nice glass decanter.
A set of glasses. Places like TJ Maxx and HomeGoods have reasonably-priced glasses that look classy and elegant for all homes. Just avoid the novelty ones. I sat next to a woman at a white elephant party who opened a huge wine glass that had “Badass and Bougie” etched on it and she immediately handed it to me. Not everyone has the same sense of humor.
Wooden cheese board. Because nothing goes with wine better than cheese and crackers. Might as well have a lovely platform for both.
Mini bottles or samplers. This time of year, many stores and companies are offering promotions where they have smaller bottles of different varieties in festive packages. You can get reds, whites, and sparkling.
Tell them you want them to teach you about wine. Because nothing makes a wine nerd happier than being able to talk about wine with another person.
If I were heading to a party this season and wanted to pick up a bottle for the host or hostess, here are some of my favorites which I would happily gift to others.
Seven Moons Wine. It’s an affordable California blend with a cool bottle that’s incredibly drinkable. On the side of the cork are these little platitudes like one would find on Dove Treasures wrappers. It’s super mom-core and I love it. I have purchased it at Kroger and Walgreens. Sometimes I see it at Target.
Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Rosé. It was a little effervescent, delightfully sweet, and incredibly smooth. It also has a pretty label for your more girly, girl friends.
OPP or Other People’s Pinot Noir. This is from the Washington state region from a winery called Maison Noir. I like so many of their varieties – Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and In Sheep’s Clothing. When I see these at my local shop or Whole Foods, they go right in my basket.
Charles and Charles Cabernet Blend. I once saw this on sale at World Market and purchased every bottle they had. This is another Washington red blend born from a collab between the Bieler Family Estates and the Trinchero Winery. Not to be confused with Charles Shaw wine at Trader Joe’s – also known as 2 Buck Chuck.
French Blue Bordeaux Crémant de Bordeaux, Brut. This one is sparkling and sweet, it’s perfect for toasting in the new year. It’s affordable and I like it better than more expensive champagne varieties.
19 Crimes Cali Gold Sparkling – with Snoop on the label. This is a yummy sparkling wine that is perfect for that friend who you know is both a little classy and a little tacky.
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