Wine wrapped up
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…