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International Wine Gifts : Expectations Vs Reality


A bottle of wine seems like a perfect gift to give to a wine lover. It seems to be the perfect choice to give on any occasion. But choosing the perfect bottle of wine can be a little overwhelming with so many varieties and labels. International wine gifting options are very much in trend lately.

 1. Failing to Prepare: We feel that buying any bottle of wine will do the trick, but every wine is different. Before gifting someone a bottle of Wine, do proper research on what wine is the best and how aged is it. Vintage guides for classic regions also tell you what is drinking now or what will make a great addition to someone’s cellar.

2. Brand Bias: Brand names are always very tempting to choose, but not when it comes to Wine. Not every branded wine will be great as per your taste. Find something more unique from a region with a similar climate using the same grapes. Pinot Noir from New Zealand is a great alternative to Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blends from Chile are a great new world take on Bordeaux.

3. Avoiding Advice: Asking too many people about which wine is the best can create a lot of confusion. Instead ask the shop owner which wine is the best and listen to their suggestion as they would know the best. They have full knowledge and would suggest the best wine that caters to your range.

4. Picking by Appearance: Looks can be deceptive especially in the case of wine. While a luxurious label can make an attractive gift, it doesn’t say anything about the wine behind it. Read the fine print as this will reveal the most about what to expect from the wine and the story of its production.

5. Not Making it Personal: Think about the person you’re buying for and choose a bottle to fit them. It could be a wine from their favorite holiday destination or somewhere they’re desperate to go, or perhaps from a winery whose name relates to them somehow. You could even include a card saying why you chose that particular wine.

6. Seeking Special Offers: Be on the lookout for special offers that wine shops offer. Supermarkets often steal your attention with bright bargain signs by the bottles they need to shake from the shelves but that doesn’t mean they’re the right wines for you. Don’t be distracted by discount tags and take your time to scour the shelves to find the perfect bottle for the right price.

7. Purchasing by Price: The nicest bottle within your budget might not necessarily be the most expensive one on the shelf. Production processes, bottling materials, taxes and demand all affect the cost of wine, so price does not directly correlate to quality. Lesser-known regions or varieties can offer great value for money.

8. Forgetting Food and Wine Pairing: Consider giving a bottle alongside something to pair with it, such as a wine that goes with their favorite meal or choose a classic pairing such as Sancerre and goats cheese or biscotti with a dessert wine like Vin Santo.

9. Snubbing Spirits: With so much innovation in spirits it seems a shame not to consider them as an alternative to wine. Not only can a spirit be shared among more people, it will also last longer so the receiver has a gift that keeps on giving. Gin is a hugely popular choice with a wide variety of classic and craft options available.

10. Being Blinded by Options: If the blinding variety of bottles is too much to take, opt for a drink’s accessory. From wine-cooling gadgets to educational books, there are plenty of alternatives to wine itself.

 Wine gift baskets with the best international wines are becoming the rage right now. With wines being available online, gifting wine is becoming easy. With same day delivery it is all the more convenient. So what are you waiting for, go gaga with a bottle of wine and give a gift so good that you become the talk of the town.