Wine Gift Ideas for Any Occasion

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Fewer gift options are as diverse and simple as a bottle of wine. No matter the occasion, a bottle of wine will easily win any recipient over. It doesn’t matter if your loved one prefers sweet or dry, red or white, there is surely a bottle of wine that will fit your gifting needs. You might be thinking you can get away with buying a full case of the same bottle to give out for all occasions throughout the year, right? You’ve found your favorite bottle, so why not share the goodness with friends and family for a celebration?

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While a bottle of wine always makes a pleasing gift, there isn’t a ‘one bottle fits all’ answer. As with all other gifts, the bottle of wine you choose to help a loved one celebrate a special occasion should be researched to make sure you’re gifting a bottle that will have the biggest impact based on the event. This may make it seem like your gift-giving duties just became much more complicated, especially with hundreds of varietals to choose from, but luckily we’ve put together this helpful guide to make wine shopping easier and help you find the perfect bottle to gift for your next event.

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Why Wine Makes the Perfect Gift

At first thought, it may seem that giving wine is overdone since it’s usually a popular go-to gift for many people across the world; but the opposite is true, thanks to many factors. Besides the obvious reasons that make each bottle of wine unique, like different varietals, countries of origin, and the wineries that produce them, there are additional key factors that help make gifting a bottle of wine an obvious choice for anyone stuck in gift-giving limbo.

  1. There’s a bottle that can be enjoyed by everyone.
    You’ll have no trouble finding an option that can be enjoyed by even the pickiest of friends and family. No matter what their taste preferences are, there’s surely a bottle out there that will make their day. It may require a little more research on your end, but a local winery or quick online search will help you locate the perfect bottle. There are even bottles of non-alcoholic wines, which go through a dealcoholization process to make them safe for those who may want to pass on alcohol.
  2. It gets any party started.
    Sometimes flying solo to an event can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know many of the other guests. Bringing a bottle of wine that can be opened and enjoyed right away can help act as a great conversation starter.
  3. It’s always a classy gift.
    Nothing is worse than giving a gift that’s out of style. Wine has been a favorite drink for thousands of years and continues to grow in popularity year after year. You don’t even have to splurge and buy the most expensive bottle on the shelves to wow recipients, as some of the best wine bottles are very reasonably priced.
  4. It’s easily gifted with or without wrapping.
    While we definitely recommend taking the time to wrap or package your bottle of wine before gifting, if you’re short on time or supplies, wine can easily be gifted as-is. At the very least, a thoughtful handwritten note should be included with the bottle to make the gift extra special.
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Wedding Wine Gift Ideas

One of the best occasions to gift a bottle of wine is a wedding, and attention should be paid to make sure you’re finding the best wine possible for the newlyweds to enjoy. A high-quality bottle of wine will help the newlywed couple celebrate the next big chapter in their lives on their wedding night, honeymoon, or a later anniversary where they can share a toast to the life they have built together, and their wonderful friends or family who gifted them the bottle. Chances are, this bottle will be shared exclusively by the happy couple, so be sure to have an idea of their wine preferences and go with a bottle you know they’ll enjoy, rather than what may be your favorite.

Include a short handwritten note explaining why you chose that specific bottle for the couple. Maybe it’s the type they shared on their first date together or the label reminded you of them — anything to make the gift extra special.

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label

Champagne is one of the most popular ways to celebrate weddings, and nothing will please the happy couple more than a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet sauvignons are robust and rich with dark fruit characteristics. Pairing deliciously with dishes featuring red meats, strong cheeses, and mushrooms, the fruit-forward cab is a great gift for the newly wedded couple who enjoys a decadent meal.

Dom Perignon Champagne Gift Basket

Send a whole champagne gift basket that has everything needed to make a wedding night or anniversary extra special. This basket is filled with delectable treats and a bottle of 2009 Dom Perignon Champagne.

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Holiday Wine Gift Ideas

Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, and more; each holiday comes with its own variation of parties celebrated with family and friends. Because we all know you should never show up to a party empty-handed, a bottle of wine will always serve as the perfect gift to show your appreciation to the host or hostess. Best of all, when arriving at a holiday party with a bottle in tow, there’s a very strong chance you’ll get to enjoy the bottle with other guests. It’s best to go with wines that are all-around crowd-pleasers and moderately priced bottles; don’t be afraid to consider magnums, as these will be able to provide more wine to be shared.

Grigich Hills Estate Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a simple crowd-pleaser that can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter how much of a wine connoisseur they consider themselves to be. This chardonnay is a great gift idea for Christmas, as it pairs especially well with the cheese appetizers often found at holiday parties.

Coppola Merlot

Red wines can often be looked at as being an acquired taste, but simple reds, like this merlot, can be smooth and easy to enjoy by anyone. Reds also pair well with hearty dishes that might be served up at a holiday potluck.

Happy Holiday Flavors & Wine Gift Set

Help make any party this holiday season a hit with this gift set filled with award-winning Hickory Farms flavors, and a festive bottle of Bell and Bough California Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Birthday Wine Gift Ideas

Celebrating another trip around the sun always calls for a great bottle of wine or Champagne. Take your loved ones’ taste preferences into consideration when searching for a bottle and aim for one in the mid-price range. Don’t be afraid to try something a little different from what you normally buy to toast the birthday girl or guy. Select a wine with a unique label or from a lesser-known winery as a fun way to mix up the celebration.

Mumm Napa Cuvée

Sparkling wines like this Cuvée are light, refreshing, and often have fruity notes, making them great for toasting a birthday. This wine can easily be used to make fun birthday cocktails, or served up with hors d’oeuvres.

Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir

Pinot noir is one of the more popular red wines, as it’s generally light-bodied and features a smooth finish. This bottle features flavors of cherry cola and Ceylon black tea, making it a unique, but palatable bottle.

Happy Birthday Deluxe Sip & Snack Gift Basket

Make any birthday celebration a huge success by gifting this wine and snack gift basket that has everything you need to help kick off a birthday bash. This basket features two bottles of wine from Generosity Cellars: California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which pair nicely with the included sweet and savory snacks.

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Anniversary and Milestone Wine Gift Ideas

Know someone who just reached a milestone or work anniversary? Toast to their achievement with a high-quality wine gift! When congratulating a couple on an anniversary, it’s worthwhile to invest in high-end wine or Champagne. If you’re celebrating a professional milestone like a work anniversary, retirement, or promotion, opt for a classic, aged bottle of red wine.

Coppola Sofia Rosé & Truffles Gift Set

Perfect for a happy couple to celebrate an anniversary, this bottle of rosé is perfectly paired with a package of Le Grand Truffles.

Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Red wines typically age better than white wines, and this bottle of cabernet sauvignon offers cranberry flavors complemented by raspberry and finishes with silky tannins, cedar, and bramble flavors.

With the information in this guide, you’ve got everything you need to find the perfect bottle of wine to gift, no matter the occasion. Many of the bottles mentioned in this guide and more can be found on the Hickory Farms website as single bottles or packaged into holiday wine gift baskets, which are ready to ship directly to your friends or family.

 

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