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Some people are infuriatingly difficult to buy gifts for, but wine lovers are easy. They will always be intrigued by a gift of wine chosen by a friend. Christmas is the perfect time to give them their favourite drink and the range of possibilities is huge.
Christmas is a time for giving and a little self-indulgence in food and drink. At Christmas it is not necessary to agonise over what particular gift to buy. It is the season to be merry and Christmas wine gifts are always welcome. It is not even necessary to spend time searching for that special bottle. So many specialist shops nowadays are on the internet offering ready-chosen gift ideas. Hampers are probably the easiest. No matter who you are buying for, there will be something on offer to suit all tastes. Christmas hampers now are not just about wine, they also have a selection of nuts, puddings, cheeses and snacks. You can’t go wrong and it is simplest just to shop by price.
Give What They Like
However, you might want to make a more personal gift and spend more time choosing so it is important to keep the personal tastes of the person you are giving to in mind. Don’t go out and buy your favourite. If they like sweet, sticky pink fizzy stuff, give them that, whether you like it or not. So make an effort to find out what they like before you splash out on an expensive bottle or three.
It can help if you know what they will be having for dinner on Christmas Day. If it is turkey you really cannot go wrong with a good Sauvignon Blanc. Turkey is normally quite bland, but no-one eats it on its own. It comes with stuffing, roast vegetables and sauces. However, if you want to get a red wine, pick something light like Beaujolais Nouveau or a Shiraz.
If they are having beef, a robust red is called for like a Cabernet Sauvignon. An Italian Barolo or an equally heavy red from South Africa would go down well. Reds would also duck, which is more gamey and fatty. However, if the duck has a fruit-based sauce it is better to decide on white wines such as Riesling or Sauterne. Keep in mind that it might be a good idea to give wines that go well with chocolate for a change. The lighter the chocolate the lighter the wine should be and vice-versa.
The wine lover you are buying for might be just as pleased with a gift that helps them enjoy the wine, rather than a bottle of the stuff. Christmas wine gifts could include a good coffee table book on wine which will keep them interested for hours. The number of gadgets that go with drinking wine is immense. A gadget to remove the air from an opened bottle of wine will be welcome, as would a wine thermometer which fits around the bottle like a belt.
Patrick di Matteo is an experienced food and wine writer. He has been writing on those subjects for websites and printed media for over 15 years. Patrick suggests if you are looking for fantastic Christmas wine gifts an internet search is a good first step.