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By Alison Chew
Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN
Birthday? Anniversary? Christmas? House-warming? Gifting, no matter the occasion, is one part art, one part science, and one part love. And for us, one part wine!
We love giving wine as a gift because it’s practical, tastes great, and there are so many different choices. Of course, there is red, white, rosé, and sparkling wine, but there is so much more out there. From wine advent calendars to individual servings of wine (hello wine in a can!), fancy wine to table wine, wine from California to wine from Spain…oh my! Your options are endless and we are here to help you find the perfect wine gift for everyone on your list.
We have painstakingly (not really!) researched, tested, and tasted wine throughout the year and bring you our ever-changing list of top wine gifts for any occasion.
These wine gifts are perfect to bring to parties as a hostess gift, to share with friends over a casual dinner, and would make a great White Elephant/Secret Santa gift. Best of all they are all highly rated and won’t break the bank.
With wine gifts, we say “the more the merrier”! All of the wine gifts under $50 include multiple bottles of wine so that you can stock up, give a trio to a special friend or family member, keep one for yourself, or spread the wine love.
Help friends and family countdown to Christmas with a 12-bottle Wine Advent Calendar filled with red, white, and rosé wine from California or they can countdown to the New Year with the Bubbly Box filled with 7 bottles of sparkling wine. Either way, they will thank you!
Friends and family and red-wine lovers will rejoice when they open up this limited-edition collection from the Martha Stewart Wine Co. featuring three hand-selected red blends from Bordeaux, France.
This selection includes the 90-point Gold Medal-winning 2016 Les Chartrons Bordeaux Rouge, the 2016 Château Baron Bellevue Côtes de Bourg Bordeaux, and a 2019 Marquis de Bacalon Bordeaux Rouge French red blend.
Give the gift of Italy through this pack of 3 Italian wines from Wine Awesomeness. The La Dolce Vita collection features a 2018 Calatroni Mon Carul “Fioravanti” Pinot Nero, a 2018 Poggio Anima “Asmodeus” Nero d’Avola, and a 2019 Franco Serra Piemonte Bianco. Salut!
“Rosé all day” is my motto! Rosé is not just for enjoying by the pool in summer, but all year long. With this special collection, you can give the gift of three excellent rosé wines from around the world.
The journey begins with the Path Rosé, a well-rounded rose from the San Joaquin Valley in California. Next, go to France with the Les Glaneuses and experience notes of strawberries, raspberries with a hint of vanilla. End your rose tour in Italy with a bottle of the Brotello Vino Rosato and flavors of tangerine and watermelon.
The wine gifts featured in the $100 and under category include 2-3 bottles of wine, one comes with chocolate, and there is a cocktail box for those who like to live on the wild side. All are unique and gifts you won’t find anywhere else.
Wonderful Wine brings clean, low-carb, low-sugar wine free of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides directly to your door.
Watch as your friends and family open up this beautiful Clean Wine Starter Pack featuring 1 of each Red, White, and Rosé wine that is not only better for them, but better for the environment. (Read our Wonderful Wine reviews for details)
What could be better than chocolate and wine? What about chocolate MADE from wine and then pairing it with actual wine? Yes, please!
This gift features 4 Vine to Bar dark chocolate bars (Dark Chocolate, Almonds with Pink Himalayan Salt, Chardonnay Smoked Salt & Cocoa Nibs, and Tart Cherry & Cocoa Nibs) made with Chardonnay Marc from the coastal vineyards of California and is paired perfectly with a La Crema Pinot Noir Rosé, a Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir, and a Murphy-Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel.
While this is not technically a wine gift, it will surely bring a smile to the Old Fashioned-lover in your life! This Old Fashioned Gift Box includes everything you need to make two delicious versions of an Old Fashioned – a classic Old Fashioned recipe and a Vanilla Rooibos Old Fashioned and serves 12.
Your gift recipient will receive a kit with 2 Old Fashioned recipes, one bottle of Rebel Yell bourbon (750 ml), demerara sugar cubes, Scrappy’s bitters, Portland Syrups Vanilla Rooibos Syrup, 2 wooden stirrers, Peak Extra Large ice cube tray, and orange crisp garnishes.
The Sterling Vineyards 2016 Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 96 points, is “the finest and most intense expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon…and the pinnacle of winemaking perfection”. Gift this celebration-worthy wine on any occasion as it is sure to please.
The 2017 Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of the most expressive barrels from select vineyards on the Stags Lead century-old estate. Each bottle exemplifies both the richness and elegance of the land. This 96 point wine will not disappoint.
The BV Vineyard 2016 Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 98 points, has been widely recognized as the benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon since its very first vintage in 1936. This full-bodied wine would make the perfect birthday or anniversary gift for that special someone.
Last, but not least, give the gift of the exclusive 2016 Screaming Eagle Napa Cabernet to the person who has everything.
This Cabernet from Napa Valley’s Oakville Appellation has been aged in 65% new French oak barrels for almost 2 years. Wine critics have called this vintage “stunning” and “magnificent”, with a perfect rating of 100 points.
This wine gift will be the highlight of any celebration!
This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
Rebecca Housh is a registered dietitian based in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rebecca is passionate about the idea of food as medicine in both preventative and therapeutic care. Her current professional interests lie in food security, food access, and nutrition for chronic disease.
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