Tips on Giving Wine as a Gift

Life is definitely a box of chocolates- you never know what you’re gonna get.  Of all the surprises life hurls at us nearly every day, the one I’m not particularly too keen on are those last minute occasions you get invited to.  I simply hate that I have to come up with the perfect gift to give when I’m pressed for time.

But there is a versatile gift which you can pretty much give anybody on any occasion: wines.  Before you head off for the winery though, here are a few things to remember when giving wines as gifts:

Assess the recipient.  Try to figure out what you know about the person you’re giving the wine to.  Does he or she have a particular fondness for full-bodied wine, or is he more inclined towards the sparkly and bubbly types?

Don’t go with the crowd.  Avoid the mass produced brands on sale, as this will only make you look cheap.  It’ll be evidence of how much thought you put into the gift.  You can always ask for suggestions from the people who work at the wine store.

Go sparkling.  If you’re totally clueless and are bashful to ask, you can always go with a certified crowd-pleaser: sparkling wine.

So, the next time you suddenly get invited to a house-warming party or a bachelorette party, you’ll know better what to give without having to pull your hair out from all the pressure.  And remember, when you give that bottle of wine, there’s one thing that goes well with it- a sincere smile.

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  1. Such great ideas.
    I’m not much of a wine person myself, not sure how that happened because my mother is like the biggest wine person ever! I mean seriously. She even carries a cork screw in her purse because you never know when you need one, or so she says :)

  2. Perfect! just what i need for the holiday shopping list. I really don’t know what to give our European friends except wine – because crystals are way too expensive =)

    Will keep these in mind

  3. Thanks for the tips, I usually just grab whatever when it comes to wine. XD

  4. Wine is really a good alternative for a gift and it would be good to know the preference of the recipient on the type of wine they prefer.

  5. Have to agree with the sparkling wine. It’s the safest, best bet. :)

  6. These are nice tips. I’m not a wine drinker so I’m clueless when it comes to these things.

  7. LOL at Erin (the first commenter)! Thanks for the tip, Pepper, you never know when it will come in handy!

  8. Thanks for the tips! I don’t drink wine, so I’m never really sure what the etiquette is for bringing wine to a party, this definitely helps.

  9. I’m not a wine person also but recently bought a few bottles at a fair for giving away this Xmas. I think it’s a great idea as most people like drinking wine.

  10. for wines, unlike most of the folks, Rustan’s is the last place i want to look for. for rare and high premium wines, i usually go for Bacchus. but for an ordinary day or any day that does not call for a special moment, i’d go for wines at Santis, Terry’s Selection, and perhaps Ralphs.

    but don’t get Bacchus fool you with their intimidating interior and exterior. they also offer value-for-money wines such as Argento, J Bouchon, Kuri and Beelgara, all for less than Php400 per bottle. and they really taste damn good.

  11. Great gift tip! I will hold on to this one!

    Stopping by from voiceBoks!

  12. My very favorite of all gifts!! Great advice.

  13. Love wine especially the bubbly kind! Great post thanks!

  14. Interesting article! It is timely, I am getting alot of wines as gift!

    My friend gave away bottles of wine during her wedding, and had it customized. Really nice.

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