Holiday Puzzle…What Wine to Give?

Holiday Puzzle…What Wine to Give?

During this time of year, there are plenty of holiday gift choices.  Certainly, a bottle (or two or three) of wine is entirely appropriate for our wine-loving friends and Direct Cellars members.  But the question is, of course, what kind of wine to buy for whom.  Here are some of my thoughts and suggestions.

First, consider whether the person you’re gifting is an experienced enthusiast or new to the wonderful world of wine.  For newbies, a wine with bold flavors and aromas that are easy to identify and appreciate would be the best choice.  A big red like our Squeeze Winery Syrah Mendoza or Lazy Lab Cabernet Sauvignon would be appropriate.  These wines have lush flavors, and most people can give them a sniff and identify and understand the aroma and flavor profile very quickly. So consider a Cabernet, Zinfandel, or Syrah.  Also think about a Sauvignon Blanc, because that varietal offers very up-front and easily identifiable characteristics like grape fruit, pineapple and citrus.

If your friend or family member is a bit more advanced, and is already sampling widely (a pursuit I heartily endorse) you’ll be safe in choosing a wine that offers subtler pleasures.  The Lazy Lab Chardonnay is a good choice, because it’s not quite as “obvious” as some other varietals.  If you’re buying a bottle for me, I’d like the Bruna Zweigelt, because of its relatively “sophisticated” aroma and flavor profile.

One more idea.  As Billy Joel once crooned, “A bottle of red.  A bottle of white.”  Consider gifting one (or more) of each, and think about the best-loved and most popular varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  They are always sure to please.

This holiday season, sample widely, enjoy your Direct Cellars wines, and share them with all your friends and loved ones.

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