Gifting a bottle of wine is a simple gesture, yet goes a long way with people. Because who doesn’t love wine?! Based on the year we’ve all had, it’s safe to say a lot of booze will be gifted this holiday season. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few simple rules to go by and you’ll never disappoint a friend, colleague or host again. Matter of fact you’ll wow them!

1. Consider your audience 

Are you attending a dinner party? Then maybe consider pairing the wine to the food if you know the menu.  A casual evening with friends? Bring your favourite bottle you want to share with your close circle.  Celebrating a special occasion? Add a little sparkle with a traditional bubbly. Knowing the occasion and audience will help you narrow down the price point and wine style. 

2. Gift a wine you’ve tried before and love

Don’t shop blindly. It’s always safer to go with a bottle you’ve tried before or even better have a story to share about (e.g. this is the bottle that made me fall in love with Pinot Noir). And save gifting obscure wine for your cork dork friends. It’s safest to gift a known varietal like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay. And if you’re stuck don’t hesitate to ask the store clerk.

3. Stay away from gifting dessert wines

Unless of course you were asked to bring one. These used to be the go to gift because they tend to be pricier and more rare, but a lot of people don’t enjoy overly sweet wines, or they don’t know how or when to serve them. These bottles end up collecting dust on a shelf or being the go to re-gift. 

4. Magnums 

Not only impressive but a perfect bottle for a dinner party of six to eight. Magnums look like massive bottles but in reality, they are just 1.5L and often a better deal than buying two separate bottles. Plus, they’ll make you the star of the night! 

5. You can’t go wrong gifting a bottle of Sparkling

We suggest it has a cork and is made in a traditional method. If you don’t want to splurge on French Champagne, look for a bottle of Spanish Cava. Often just as good and a 1/3 of the price. A little bubbly goes a long way and a host will appreciate you adding extra sparkle to their evening. 

6. Add the personal touch

Always include a note with the wine and at least put a bow on it. Gift wrapping shows that you put thought and effort into the gift and didn’t pop into the liquor store on your way over. And even if you did, snag a card and bag at the till.