Wine & Spirits
Dec 18, 2012

Wine gift guide

By: Angela Aiello

Wine gift guide Author: Style At Home

Wine & Spirits
Dec 18, 2012

Wine gift guide

By: Angela Aiello

Wine expert Angela Aiello is the founder of the iYellow Wine Club, which hosts regular events, classes and tours where members can build wine confidence and appreciation through discovery. Giving wine as a gift may seem cliché, but we beg to differ. It’s the thought that counts: Consider the recipient’s personality, lifestyle, travel interests and food preferences when selecting the perfect bottle. These no-fail ideas will get you started.

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.
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