Wine wrapped up

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When it comes to last-minute gifts you can’t go too far wrong with a bot­tle of wine. But that doesn’t make it any eas­ier when you’re stand­ing in­de­ci­sively in the wine aisle try­ing to fig­ure out what to pick. To give you a hand, here are our top tips:

KNOW YOUR RE­CIP­I­ENT

Find out if they are a red or white drinker, and also es­tab­lish how pas­sion­ate your re­cip­i­ent is about wine – if they only drink re­serves at $75, and your bud­get doesn’t stretch to that, then you might want to re­think the pressie (and check out our ed­i­ble gifts on page 62).

TAKE YOUR TIME

The grab and dash might give you more time to drink those ex­tra bot­tles you stocked up on for your­self, but a lit­tle thought goes a long way.

DO YOUR RE­SEARCH

The beauty of a smart­phone means you can check tast­ing notes and re­views while you’re stand­ing in the wine aisle.

AVOID THE UBIQUITOUS BOT­TLES

If you know a cer­tain sauvi­gnon blanc has been on spe­cial at $10.99 for the past three weeks, the chances are your gif­tee does too – which takes some of the shine off the gift.

IF IN DOUBT, GO FOR THE QUIRKY

Cre­at­ing a talk­ing point will make a com­mon gift far more mem­o­rable. You can do this with the con­tents – per­haps First Knight Manuka Honey Wine; or go off­beat with the pack­ag­ing and name – Squeal­ing Pig wines fea­ture the This Lit­tle Piggy rhyme on the la­bel. We’re not sure if Cat’s Pee on a Goose­bury Bush by Cooper’s Creek is a step too far…

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