Gift-giving doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. If you want a classic gift that almost anyone will love, look no further than the wine aisle. From office gift exchanges to host gifts for any upcoming parties, a bottle of wine is the perfect way to leave a good impression. That said, everyone has their own opinions about wine. How do you find a gift that suits the tastes of your colleague, friend, or family member? Successfully navigate the wide world of wine by focusing on these best wine styles to give someone as a gift.
Think Middle of the Road
Some wines are more divisive than others. If you don’t know what your coworker, friend, or loved one likes, it’s best to choose a bottle that’s safe for most tastes. A dessert wine might be too sweet, while fortified wines like ports or sherries are more of an acquired taste. Similarly, experimental wines—though fun for the right person—definitely aren’t for everyone.
When it comes to gifting wine, it’s okay to play it safe. There are several well-liked, high-quality wines that will make any recipient happy.
Reds: Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon
Generally speaking, red wines have more tannins and, therefore, a stronger texture and structure than white wines. Because these tannins soften over time, many reds are best after aging for a few years. Red wines are a rich and classy choice for any occasion. You can rarely go wrong with a versatile Merlot or a good Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which are widely popular among red wine drinkers.
Whites: Riesling or Pinot Gris
White wine leans slightly on the sweeter side, making it a refreshing choice for any occasion. Lighter styles and tastes make white wines more accessible for many drinkers. Whether you’re pairing with a holiday meal or sipping a refreshing glass halfway through the night, white wine is always a popular choice.
When in doubt, stick to an ever-popular white wine like Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio. The elegant and complex style of the Pinot Gris family is always a crowd-pleaser. A dry or off-dry Riesling is also a safe choice. Riesling is a versatile and refreshing wine that’s popular everywhere. Just avoid anything overly sweet—unless you know your friend has a bit of a sweet tooth.
When you have no idea what your coworker, friend, or family member likes in a bottle, remember that sparkling wine is one of the best wine styles to give someone as a gift. Great for parties, celebrations, and any excuse to have a little fun, sparkling wine is a favorite even among people who don’t drink wine that often. The bright, crisp notes act as a delightful palate cleanser, which means sparkling wine goes well with any meal. You can’t possibly go wrong with a bottle of the bubbly.
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