A Guide to Choosing Gifts for Wine Lovers

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How To Pick A Wine Gift

A Guide to Choosing Gifts for Wine Lovers

Do you ever find yourself aimlessly strolling down the aisles of a store, hoping that inspiration for the perfect gift will strike you – or jump off the shelf and land in your cart?

Customizable wine is a great gift for any occasion because it can be perfectly tailored to every wine-loving recipient. It is incredibly easy to shop, personalize, and ship, and you can do it all right from your couch, maybe while sipping your own glass of wine.

Unfortunately, not everyone is a sommelier, but don’t let that deter your mission to find the perfect wine gift!

Browse our range of customizable wine to find the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life!

How do I choose the right wine gift?

Choosing the right wine gift can seem like a daunting task at first, but it’s really simple. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do they prefer red wine, white wine or sparkling wine?
  • When they eat out, do they choose a wine to pair the flavour with the food they eat?
  • Have they spoken about a wine region they love or a region they want to visit?
  • Are they a fan of certain bottle shapes or label designs?
  • Do they like collecting awesome wine boxes and putting them on display?
  • Does your wine lover like to collect certain kinds of glassware?

Wine is a personal experience, so make sure to consider the above to really have a good idea of what will make the perfect gift. Personalized labels, glass etchings or gift baskets with delicious treats go a long way to make a wine gift become truly special.

Here are some tips for customizing wine for these different occasions.

Wine gifts for birthdays

Choose a wine that the birthday boy or girl loves, and then consider uploading his or her baby picture to use for the bottle label. Add a special birthday message too, and gift wrap it in a velvet bag. It will become a keepsake, treasured long after the wine is gone!

Wine gifts for anniversaries

Celebrate years of marital bliss with a bottle of champagne! Pick the perfect bottle and customise the label with a picture from the couple’s wedding day or an image that perfectly encapsulates their relationship. Choose a wine box and two champagne flutes to go with it, and you can be sure the couple will love it.

Corporate wine gifts

Too many corporations either give out bad gifts or neglect giving altogether. Wine is a timeless gift appreciated by everyone. Choose a bottle that is almost universally liked (maybe a rosé?), and put your corporation’s logo on the label and a note of thanks for your customer’s business. They will appreciate your gratitude.

So now you have some gift ideas for a wine lover, but do you still need more info on the wine you’re buying? Chances are you’ve found yourself asking one of these questions:

What is red wine?

Red wines are typically made with red or black grapes. The finished wine retains the deep red color of the grapes because it keeps its skin while it goes through the process of turning its natural sugars into alcohol. Because the red grapes have more sugars in them, this means that red wines usually have a higher alcohol content.

Red wines are also often aged in oak barrels, which gives it earthier notes of flavor and a more robust finish. The structure of red wines, which is a fancy way of describing how a wine feels in your mouth, tends to be heartier and fuller because of the tannins found in the grape skins. The wines often have secondary flavor notes of berries, which also add to the rich color.

The most popular kinds of red wine include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Shiraz.

Can’t tell your nose from your tannins? Brush up on your red wine facts here

What is white wine?

White wines are made with green grapes, and ranges in color from a pale yellow to much deeper shades. The sugars in the green grapes are turned into alcohol after the skins are removed, which is what keeps the color much lighter than a red. White wines usually have a lower alcohol content because they have less sugar in them, which means less alcohol.

White wines are typically aged in stainless steel vats, although sometimes they also use oak barrels like the reds. The stainless doesn’t give any additional flavor notes to the wine, whereas the wooden barrel often gives the wine an oakier taste. Most white wines are infused with flavors from lighter fruits like citrus or orchard fruits. The structure of white wines is generally much lighter with a more mineral taste.

The most popular kinds of white wine include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Grigio? More like Pinot Keeno! Learn more about white wine here

What is Champagne?

While they’re both made from grapes, Champagne and sparkling wine are very different. All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. They use different grapes, and they have a different process where the sugars are changed to alcohol.

Only specific grapes grown in the Champagne region of France are used to make Champagne. All other sparkling wines are made with grapes from other regions all over the world. Champagne also has other “rules” that it has to follow in order for it to qualify as official Champagne.

Among them are that it must be aged at least 15 months, and a little sugar liquid (liqueur d’expédition) must be added right before the bottle is corked to balance out the acidity and top off the bottle after the sediment is removed.

The most popular kinds of Champagne include Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, G.H. Mumm, and Dom Perignon.

Did you know the best way to open Champagne is with a sword? Here’s how you saber Champagne (BYO your own sword)

How to make a wine gift basket

A wine gift basket is an easy and elegant way to take your gift-giving up a huge notch with little extra effort on your part. Find a basket online or in a local store. Choose a bottle – or two! – of wine, and personalize the label.

Create a couple of custom wine glasses, etched with a message of your choice. Add a cutting board or coasters for an extra touch. When the items arrive, arrange them in your basket. You’ll have a unique gift that the wine lover in your life won’t forget!

How to pair wine with food

So now you have your wine and a basket, what food should you include? Pairing food with wine isn’t too tricky. Generally, reds pair better with food that has bigger and bolder flavor, and whites pair better with food that’s lighter and less intense in flavor. But pay attention to the nuances of flavor in each bottle to know with which of food it pairs best.

Here are some popular wines with foods that perfectly complement them.

Red wine food pairing

  • Merlot – Steak, roast beef, burgers
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – Braised beef short ribs, game meat, grilled steak
  • Pinot Noir – Peking duck, pork loin, roasted root vegetables
  • Malbec – Blue cheese, mushrooms, lamb chops
  • Shiraz – Lamb or eggplant (if light Shiraz), BBQ pork or Asian flavored food (if dark Shiraz)

Feast your eyes on some more delicious red wine pairings

White wine food pairing

Chow down on some more home cooked favourites paired with white wine 

Champagne food pairing

All Champagnes pair well with Oysters Rockefeller, poached eggs, smoked trout, and shellfish.

Customize your wine lover’s gift

No matter your budget and no matter the occasion, customizable wine is the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life. Don’t settle for less than a gift that can be personalized, enjoyed, and treasured for years to come. Start here and let us help you give an epic gift!

Kelly Black

Kelly Black is a professional writer from Pennsylvania. If she's not at her computer writing, you can find her hanging out with her family or sipping wine on her back deck.