They like That? Gift This
Creating the perfect gift of wine is as easy as knowing what your loved one enjoys. Just start with their favourite bottle and keep with that theme by multiplying
that wine’s personality by one, or two … or three. Here’s an example. A friend of mine loves California Cabernet Sauvignon and is a big fan of Cupcake Cabernet
($16.99). By gifting that wine with a bottle of Robert Mondavi’s Private Selection Cabernet ($19.99) and Louis M. Martini’s Cabernet ($22.99), she’ll have a chance to taste different levels of her favourite place and grape.
What about the Beer Fan?
Start the perfect Brew Basket with a selection of local craft beer, then enhance it with some appropriate glassware. Adding a bottle opener or pocket beer guide will take your gift to the next level. Wrap it all in a small bucket or wooden crate (available at any craft store) and you’ve created a unique, personalized present. (The theme works for spirts as well).
Take a Shot
Though shooters (layered combinations of spirits and liqueurs) may seem like a relic of the 1980s, they’ve never been more popular. With the wide variety of mini (50 ml) bottles available at the NSLC, creating a shooter specific gift bag is a snap. Just Google “shooters” and include a bottle of each liquid component along with a printout of the recipe.
Buy the Book
The Internet may have stolen the thunder away from the classic table top wine guide, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some great giftable wine-themed hard copy reading out there.
Vertical by Rex Picket – The author of Sideways takes Miles and Jack on one more fictional road trip to find Pinot Noir perfection.
Wine & War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Donald & Petie Kladstrup – The fantastic stories of how French winemakers kept their bottles out of enemy hands during World War II.
The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace – This true tale stars a bottle of 1787 Château Lafite Rothschild and more twists and turns than a Sherlock Holmes mystery.
Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine by Maximillian Potter – The vines at Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti are the target in a story so crazy it could only be true.
The History of Wine in 100 Bottles: From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond by Oz Clarke – Oz drinks his way across time in this collection of intriguing essays.
Peter Rockwell is a Wine Category Manager at the NSLC. In each issue he will be serving up entertaining ideas and tips that are ‘freshly pressed.’