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How to Buy Red Wine as a Gift

By: Kate Goodman

Posted on 28 February 2017

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We all know how collectable red wine is, which makes a top quality bottle of red wine a fantastic wine gift. Whether you're looking to buy a bottle built to age or something that can be enjoyed as soon as it's unwrapped, a well-chosen wine won't disappoint.

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Who among us hasn't struggled at some point with trying to find the perfect gift? I know I have. I spent years agonising over friends' birthdays, wedding presents, Mother's Day. Christmas shopping was an absolute headache until one day I had an epiphany. The answer was staring me in the face all along. Wine! Everyone loves a good bottle, and red wine gifts are a fabulous option for every occasion. Buying wine for someone else can be a bit of a daunting task, but trust me, it doesn't need to be. Here are a few suggestions for wines that will put a smile on everyone's face.

Classic Old World Wines to Look For

From Bella Italia, the Tuscan Sangiovese from Chianti or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano or the legendary wines of Barolo are crowd pleasers. They're equally delicious enjoyed with or without food. Rioja is incredibly popular amongst red drinkers and a Rioja Reserva or Rioja Gran Reserva will continue to develop more nuance as they age – a wonderful reward for the patient collector.

Of course, it is virtually impossible to go wrong with a stunning bottle of well-made claret. Between red Bordeaux's versatility with food and ageability for long term enjoyment, they make wonderful gifts for any red drinker. Bordeaux is an excellent choice if you're uncertain of someone's preferences. For the Cab drinker in your life, look to the Left Bank. If you're looking for something a little more plush, try a Right Bank Bordeaux. These wines are Merlot dominant, making them silky, plush delight to drink.

Do you have a jaded palate on your hands? Never fear. With less oft encountered varieties like the stellar Portuguese Touriga Nacional or luscious Italians like Negroamaro or Lagrein, you'll not only give a fantastic gift, but also be doing the recipient a massive favour.

New World Wines are Just as Nice
If your giftee is partial to New World wines, juicy Malbecs from Argentina, ethereal Pinot Noir from New Zealand, or a class Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon are all delicious. These are also great options for those of you wanting to buy wine that can skip the cellaring and be enjoyed in the here and now.

4 Easy to Remember Wine Buying Tips

  • It helps to have a sense of what your friend likes to drink. If you're unsure, buying a classic wine whether from the Old World or New World, by a well-established producer is always a safe bet.   
  • A high price tag doesn't always mean top quality. You can find great value at every price point.
  • Vintages vary. Consider doing a little background check on the regions you're interested in before swiping your credit card.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions when you're browsing!
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Red wine is the answer for all your gift giving needs. Armed with these helpful suggestions, you'll never find yourself trying to scrape by with a last minute gift again. After all, purchasing wine should never be a hassle, whether as a gift or for yourself.

Do you have any tips on how to buy a bottle of red wine as a gift? If so, please share!

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