Holiday parties are now in full swing—do you have a hostess gift?
Whether you’ve accepted an invitation to dinner with your in-laws, a holiday party at your co-workers home or celebrating New Year’s Eve at your friends, a bottle of wine is the perfect hostess gift to show your gratitude. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a bottle of wine to take as a gift that won’t leave the recipient wondering if you just grabbed a bottle off your wine rack on the way out the door:
Anything with bubbles says celebration! You don’t have to spend a fortune to give a great bottle of Champagne; Launois Grand Cru Cuvee Reservee is a richly flavored Champagne made from 100% Chardonnay. Pop the cork and let the celebration begin!
For the Foodie: These days it seems like everyone is into cooking at home or eating fresh and local when they go out. If you’re attending a dinner at some ones’ home select a wine that’s versatile in its food pairings. Syncline Pinot Noir 2008 from Columbia Gorge WA has a bright finish and is sure to accompany many rich foods. Only 275 cases are produced so it will also be a unique wine to share with your host.
The Big Red Wine Lover: 2007 Laird Family Jillian’s Blend from Napa is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Another smaller production wine with only 825 cases made this Napa blend is sure to be a hit shared among friends on a cold night.
Remember to Accessorize: We hear it all the time but keep it in mind when picking your wine! Add some cheese or crackers, appropriate wine accessories such as a bottle of Champagne in an ice bucket beautifully wrapped or a big red wine with an aerator. Finally, don’t forget the beer lover in your life! Craft Beers are hot these days, so don’t be afraid to give beer this year.
For more helpful suggestions at all price points and for any occasion, stop into your independent, locally owned and operated wine shop.
The Winnetka Wine Shop
Every wine and beer is hand selected, taste tested and ready for you, and your host, to enjoy every sip. We also carry a large selection of wine accessories and gourmet foods.
See you soon at 726 Elm Street, mention this and get 10% off one bottle of wine or beer!