As an anniversary gift, a romantic gesture, for a friend in need, or as a sign of caring to a family member, the best wines to buy as a gift vary from the inexpensive to the most luxurious.
Buying wine depends on the occasion, but there are some popular wines that people just love receiving as a gift. The next time you want to give a nifty box of wine to a friend or family member, there are 18 best wines to buy as a gift:
1. Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is a red wine encompassing notes of cedar and berries. For wine lovers wanting something medium, dry, and delicious, this is one of the best wines to buy as a gift that nearly everybody will like.
2. Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
Last year was the 250th anniversary of Madam Clicquot’s acclaimed methods of making rosé in champagne. Among the vintages released in celebration was a white and a rosé. The fine, delicate red wines are smooth and everything you’d expect.
3. Champagne Bollinger
Bollinger is a luxury champagne of choice for many and is a favourite particularly among the British. There are some absolutely lovely varieties out there. The rich honey and lemon swirling around in a golden taste is ideal for anyone enjoying a crème brulee-esque flavor.
4. Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigios characteristics vary depending on region and wine-making style they are created in. Some are medium or full-bodied, rich or spicy, some age well and others do not. If you’re not experienced in Pinot Grigio, this might not be your best bet.
5. AIX Rose Magnum
This is an award-winning premium rosé produced in Aix-en-Provence. Smooth and crisp, this is a perfect rosé for any lover of this type of wine. Unlocking the flavors inside, there’s fresh red and orange fruits which await the tongue.
6. Cabernet Sauvignon
A Cabernet Sauvignon like the Kin & Country variety is a reliable taste you can go to. Dark chocolate, bacon, and blackberry are some of the flavors combined together for this one-of-a-kind Cabernet Sauvignon.
7. Champagne Ayala le Blancs de Blancs
Ayala is a champagne made with less sugar than traditional champagnes and is one of the most highly sought after by heath enthusiasts. Produced only in small quantities during exceptional harvests, Blancs de Blancs are perfect accompaniment to some smoked salmon.
8. Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is crisp, dry, and refreshing. When chilled, this pairs extremely well with fish and cheeses. It is also one of the few wines experts recommend as a pairing with sushi. The Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc provides some tropical fruit flavors and fresh herbs in its bottle.
9. Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
Galpin Peak Pinot Noir is made from a South African vineyard in the acclaimed wine region of Walker Bay. Overseen by award-winning winemaker Peter Finlayson, this is an aromatic red filled with truffle and fruit.
Chardonnay vary in taste with warmer climates producing honey-esque, tropical fruit flavor profiles and colder climates being more lean, crisp, and with a high acidity. The Kendall-Jackson Vintner brand promises a mix of honey, butter, and tropical fruits in a medium bodied wine. Throughout the past couple years, Kendall-Jackson Vintner has been the top selling Chardonnay in the United States.
11. Art Series, Leeuwin Estate
Every bottle from the Leeuwin Estate comes not only with the expected age-worthy wine contained in the bottle but also is decorated in a bottle with paintings commissioned from some of Australia’s best contemporary artists. Wine and art lovers both are bound to appreciate the touch.
12. Sparkling white wine
The Finke’s Sparkling White Blend is an interesting mix of apple, lemon, and honeysuckle. When it comes to a sparkling white wine, this is one variety that works great as a gift if you’re buying for someone who likes something light and dry.
13. Chateau Meyney
Chateau Meyney blends together a rich and full-bodied taste complete with permeations of liquorice, blackberry, and charcoal. This is a unique option in the list of the best wines to buy as a gift.
The flavor profile of Syrah wine is influenced by the climate, although most tend to be medium to full-bodied. Blackberry, mint, and black pepper are common among those produced in moderate climates whereas hot climates tend to produce a Syrah sharing fruit and spice with faint hints of anise and licorice.
15. Ca’del Bosco, Cuvee Prestige
Ca’del Bosco is a vibrant franciacorta wine with an aromatic profile drawing from spicy spearmint and fresh oregano leaf mixed with some heavier tones pulling from honeydew melon and blanched almonds.
The Debts and Lessons Riesling is medium, sweet, and earthy, and makes for a great wine anniversary gift. Opening up a fresh bottle, the lemon, green apple, and honeysuckle will immediately hit you and from there, it only gets better!
17. The Palm Rose
This is a tope rosé brand, an elegant Provence rosé from the Chateau d’Esclan. Opening up one of these beautiful bottles, subtle fruit flavours and a crisp finish occupy the Palm Rose.
18. Dom Perignon Vintage
The Dom Perignon Vintage 2008 is the last vintage overseen by acclaimed chef de cave Richard Geoffroy who has since retired. As a gift for a loved one, this is the perfect wine to buy and hold onto for the most special of occasions. There won’t be anything quite like it for a long time to come – maybe not ever.