There is always an occasion around the corner that calls for celebration. Birthdays, house warmings, bridal showers, graduations, and professional promotions mean presents! Here are a few tips on choosing the right wine, no matter the occasion.
Season should be the #1 reason.
Pay attention to the time of year. Lighter, fruity flavors for Summer and Spring.
Keep the recipient in mind.
Picture his/her taste and personality. Does s/he have a sweet tooth? Choose a dessert type wine. More conservative? Choose a sparkling or lighter red wine.
Don’t get distracted by the appealing label or bottle design.
Make a thoughtful decision based on the preceding advice. Labels do not always accurately speak to the quality and taste of what’s inside the bottle. Be sure to stick to mid-range prices and consult an expert.
Not on a budget? Buy more than one bottle.
If you do not have a set budget or you are buying bottles with friends, variety is best. Pick a few bottles and arrange them in a gift basket/box. This way, you will offer a wider range of flavors and s/he gets to pick their favorite (be sure to take a mental not for next time you plan on purchasing wine for him/her).