If you don’t know what to get someone — it doesn’t matter if it’s a friend or a relative or a boss — wine is always a good choice. Not only is it something everyone can use, but it helps in social situations too. The question, then, is what wine do you get? Do you just go in and find the nicest label? Do you hunt for the most expensive Cabernet Sauvignon you can find? So many questions, so little time.
Even if you don’t know the difference between a Chardonnay and a Pinot Grigio, or where you might find Napa or Sonoma, it doesn’t matter. We’ve collected some options for you that span the gamut of flavors and locations. We’ve even included a couple accessories if you still can’t decide what to get the wine lover in your life.
Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2015 – $18
The flagship wine for the winery, this pinot noir is intensely fragrant and full of rich, ripe raspberry flavors. The body is significant and the finish is long in the mouth. Savory oak notes play on the tongue from start to finish and the tannins help frame the fruit flavors into an opulent wine.
Beaulieu Vineyards Georges De LaTour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – $145
This private reserve release from BV is a full-bodied expression of what a Napa Cabernet should be. Black currant, cherry, and cassis are balanced by cedar and mocha notes. Toasted oak and caramel from the French Oak barrels help to finish the flavor. The winery recommends this be aged for at least five years (though you can decant it if you decan’t wait. Yes, we went there.)
Serralunga d’Alba Barolo DOCG 2013 – $45
A clean-cut nose of vanilla, spices, and floral notes lead into a dry yet soft palate that features rose petal, cherry, and raspberry notes. On the end, you’ll also catch notes of tobacco and leather. This is a great wine for any Italian dishes you may be planning.
Viña San Pedro 1865 Carmenere 2015 – $17
A Chilean wine that is big and brawny, you’ll notice the spicy characteristics of the nose right away: green pepper and nutmeg followed by red fruit notes. Berry fruit and a certain earthiness come through on the palate and a good amount of acidity help this wine pair well across the board.
Newton Carneros Chardonnay 2014 – $100
A complex, alluring single vineyard Chardonnay from Newton that entreats with a chalky minerality underneath lemon, fresh fig, and brioche. The palate is a bright, intense mélange of grapefruit and vanilla. This Chardonnay can easily age for ten years.
Bonterra Viognier 2016 – $16
Fragrant from the get-go, you’ll find peaches and cream in this wine, balanced by fresh apricot and just a little bit of spice. This viognier is great for pairing with green vegetable dishes that have a little spice in them—such as garlic roasted brussel sprouts.
Loveblock Pinot Gris 2014 – $20
Using a mix of hillside and valley floor fruits, this wine gives off green tea and lime aromatics and a complex palate of citrus, melon, and pear. There is a lingering texture that helps to pair well with spicy Asian dishes, or just a second glass of wine.
McBride Sisters Sauvignon Blanc – $17
An aromatic wine that displays lime blossom, nectarine, and grapefruit on the nose. On the palate, more citrus flavors play with an abundance of tropical notes such as papaya and guava. A balanced amount of acidity make for an easy-drinking wine.
Woo Collective Decanter – $70
Made from tin, this decanter can be used to remove bitterness from cheaper wines. The spiral shape of the decanter helps maximize surface area, allowing more contact with the tin in a shorter time.
Boxxle Box Wine Dispenser – $99
Every wine can’t be a winner, but using this box wine dispenser, you can make them taste like it. All you have to do is fill the Boxxle with your box wine of choice and you’re ready to go. With a push of the button, you can easily dispense the wine without the unsightly box around.