The gift of wine always goes down well with people. With a knowledgeable friend, a demanding customer or even a kind neighbour... Wine is something that really cheers people up. But when it comes to actually buying one, it can be hard to know which one to choose. If you’re keen to get it right, we recommend thinking about three things before you buy: who it’s for, how much you want to spend and when it will be opened. Answering these three questions when it comes to buying wine as a gift will be a big help.
Who is the wine for?
Buying wine for an amateur who enjoys drinking wine with friends is not the same as buying wine for a connoisseur whose hobby is wine. You can give your amateur a fruity, pleasant, easy to drink wine in a case of three bottles to open whenever they want, whereas your connoisseur might enjoy the surprise of a limited production bottle, presented in an elegant box and oozing exclusivity.
You should bear in mind what type of wine your recipient prefers. If they like white, red or even bubbles, the options are endless. And there are always wineries whose name and reputation go before them and draw people in. You can’t go wrong with these. Of course, you should always remember that a picture is worth a thousand words, and a well presented wine in a box or case will give a very good first impression.
How much do you want to spend?
Knowing how much you want to spend is just as important as knowing the tastes of your recipient. Although the most expensive is not always the best, the truth is that the more money you want to spend, the more options you will have to choose from. Especially if you’re looking to put a smile on the face of your knowledgeable friend, because if you can track down a wine that is difficult to find, with a unique history and characteristics, you can be sure that you will have a friend for life. However, as we’ve already said, to enjoy a good wine you don't need to spend a lot of money. Fortunately the world of wine is full of wonderful bottles that mean you can always find something to suit your friend’s tastes and your pocket.
What is the wine you’re giving for?
Finally, when it comes to giving wine as a gift, you have to think about whether it’s to open straight away or for your recipient to enjoy on a special occasion. The answer to this question is fairly straightforward. If it will be opened straight away, this is likely to be as part of a celebration with many guests, so choose a case with three or more wines so that everyone at the party can enjoy it. If possible, this wine shouldn’t be too complex, but it should be fruity and easy to drink. And if the case also comes with glasses, even better. You can never have too many! On the other hand, if it’s a gift for a special occasion, a complex wine with character and the capacity to age is ideal. You can give your friend a wine that you know they will enjoy, and they can be thinking about when they would like to open it.
Now that we have explained the things you need to think about when buying wine as a gift, all that’s left for you to do is choose. At Decántalo, we have made it easy for you with our filters by price, production area, denomination of origin and even winery. All you have to do is select the options you want to look at and in one click you will see all the options to choose from.