Holiday Gift Guide: Wine

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

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

Cost: $10

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

Cost: $20

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."

Petalos (2007)

Region: Bierzo, Spain

Cost: $28

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."