I could start this blog by saying something along the lines of “this holiday season wont look like the rest” blah blah blah but why tell you something you already know? Yes, this season wont look like the rest but lets make the most of it! I know many of us are working overtime to make this year special; decorating the house early, baking cookies, making mulled wine, watching Elf and the most strenuous of all, buying gifts for others.

Gifting is often a point of stress for many no matter what year it is. Why not make it easy on yourself and fun for the receiver? For all the wine lovers in your life, you can never go wrong with gifting them a bottle of wine.

In my opinion, there are only two routes to go when picking out a wine for a friend or family member. You could go for a classic tried and true choice that you already know they love or you could buy them a bottle of something you know they would never buy themselves. I’ve listed out some amazing options to make this as easy as possible for you and have included some quick and easy stocking stuffers. Most of these suggestions can be found on Drizly, Total Wines and Amazon.

The Classic Go-To’s You Know They Already Love:

Prosecco

Prosecco is the most loyal, never let you down, always there for you when you need a spritz wine. Everyone needs to have a bottle of Prosecco on hand for seriously any occasion. Tuesday movie night? Prosecco. Anniversary? Prosecco. Tough day at work? Prosecco. Saturday brunch? Prosecco. It truly is the perfect gift.

La Marca, Mionetto, Borrasca, Luna D’Or

Italian Red Wines

I said it once and I’ll say it again, I love Italian wine. It is a favorite in my family and I know anyone would be more than pleased with a bottle of Chianti Classico or Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. This option can be easy on the wallet for everyone on a budget this year.

Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Tesoro Della Regina Chianti Classico Riserva, Montresor Valpolicella

California Gold

Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel are all favorites from Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Not only was California hit with the coronavirus in 2020 but on top of that it was hit with devastating and destructive wild fires. Sometimes people think that if a vineyard or winery is still standing then it is left unaffected. This is always the hope but the reality is smoke from the wild fires can tarnish an entire harvest worth of grapes. I’m guessing many wineries will not have a 2020 vintage due to this. Shopping directly can help support these wineries, many of which are family owned and operated.

Brown Estate, Staglin Family Vineyard, Swanson Vineyards, Meadowcroft Wines

The Bottles They Wont Buy Themselves:

Top shelf Champagne

The holiday’s are every reason to pop some expensive bubbly but also, New Years is just around the corner! It’s not often that people splurge on the good stuff for themselves so gifting your loved one some premium sparkling wine is so generous and they can save it for a special occasion! I received a bottle of Veuve last year for Christmas and it was one of my favorite gifts!

Dom Perignon 2010, Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut, Veuve Clicquote Yellow Label Brut, Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut

Wine from a new wine region!

Oh their favorite wine region is Bordeaux, Napa Valley or Tuscany? What a surprise… probably anyone could have guessed that. How about you treat your loved one with a wine from a not-so-famous region? Barossa Valley, Australia produces AMAZING Shiraz. Martinborough, New Zealand has a huge reputation for premium Pinot Noir. Have they ever tried Pinotage from South Africa? Gifting wine is the perfect opportunity to get them out of their comfort zone and into more of what the world of wine has to offer!

Spier 21 Gables Pinotage, Daryl Rex Groom Shiraz, Palliser Estate Pinot Noir

Easy Stocking Stuffer Ideas:

  1. A 187ml Bottle of Bubbles!
  2. Red Wine Lip Wipes
  3. Sparkling Wine Corks
  4. Seasoning for mulled wine – like cinnamon sticks & star anise
  5. Wine Key
  6. Aerator
  7. Festive Wine Glass Charms
  8. Wine Glass Polishing Cloth
  9. Gift cards to your local wine bars or shops
  10. Cheese or Chocolate – This one may be funny but they just pair so well with wine!!

Cheers & Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Wine & Stocking Stuffers