Holiday Gift Guide: Wine
A bottle of wine shouldn't be overlooked as a great gift idea, especially as a host gift for all of those upcoming holiday parties. And while knowing what the intended recipient enjoys is helpful, picking a crowd-pleaser can be just as appreciated.
Adam Nagel from Weiland's Gourmet Market's wine department has these suggestions, ranging across three different price increments and picked because they'll impress wine lovers and be accessible to amateurs.
Domaine Le Vieux Lavoir (2007)
Region: Cotes du Rhone, France
Flavors: Medium-bodied, with red berries and a slight spicy, earthy taste
Pairs well with: Light cheese appetizers; chicken, mushroom or pork dishes
Good as a gift for: Both novice and experienced wine drinkers
Adam Nagel's advice: "It's a nice, easy-drinking Cotes du Rhone blend. It's got just enough levels of complexity that someone who's into wine would enjoy, but it's not going to put off the novice drinker."
Nikolaihof gruner veltliner Hefeabzug (2007)
Region: Wachau, Austria
Flavors: Rich and citrusy, with a mineral-tasting finish and the body of a chardonnay
Pairs well with: Herbaceous dishes, salad, asparagus or artichoke dishes
Good as a gift for: Somewhat more experienced wine drinkers
Adam Nagel's advice: "I picked this one because I really like it. I would bring it to someone's party. Someone who enjoys wine a little more would probably get a little more kick out of this."
Region: Bierzo, Spain
Flavors: Juicy blueberry and light tannins from the mencia grape
Pairs well with: Lamb dishes or roasts
Good as a gift for: Both novice and more experienced wine drinkers
Adam Nagel's advice: "This is a really nice wine. It's full in the mouth without being overbearing. Something that you could just cocktail with, but it obviously works with food as well."