Wine gift guide
For your special someone
When giving wine to your significant other, take the time to think about what story you want your gift to tell. Maybe it’s a vintage from the year you met, a grape from your favourite travel destination or a winery that’s meaningful to both of you. A bottle of champagne, Merlot or Chardonnay always makes for a romantic evening enjoyed by an open fire.
Angela's Picks: Taittinger Brut Réserve Champagne, $54; Toasted Head Chardonnay, $18.
For your Boss
Wine is a great gift for your boss because it can be personal – but not too personal. Find out what your boss likes to drink: A little thought goes a long way (you just never know when a promotion might pop up). A Port, Sauterne, Chardonnay or full-bodied red always makes a good impression.
Angela's picks: Calvet Reserve Red, $15; Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port, $18.
For your in-laws
If you’re thinking about what to buy your in-laws, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of wine. Tie in their interests with a bottle from a celebrity winery (Wayne Gretzky for the hockey-crazed father-in-law; Mike Weir for your brother-in-law who loves to golf; Francis Ford Coppola for a movie-obsessed mom). If all else fails, try an Italian wine or an icewine, which makes a generous statement and a memorable gift.
Angela's picks: Inniskillin Vidal Icewine, $50; Masi Costasera Amarone Classico, $40.
For your host
Know someone who loves to entertain? Choose a unique and exciting varietal that will please a crowd and taste great. Grüner Veltliner, Viognier and Torrontés pair well with appetizers and green salads. Carmenère, Beaujolais, Baco Noir, Amarone or Zinfandel are delicious for dinner parties.
Angela's picks: Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc, $13; Louis Jadot Combe Aux Jacques Beaujolais-Villages, $35.