Last Minute Wine Gifts

I know, “wine me, dine me” doesn’t talk about wine much.

I’m planning on changing that.

I tend to be someone who obsessively reads about something (cocktails, food, whatever)– so a few books have been a lot of fun to read while I’m exploring the difference between a Cabernet and a Zinfandel.

Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course (Kevin Zraly’s Complete Wine Course) is fantastic.  You learn about appellations, regions, pairings, everything.  It’s really well laid out and has lots of tips from Zraly, who opened Windows on the World restaurant at One World Trade Center.  There is also an excellent use of QR codes– you use your QR scanner on your phone and an audio recording plays.  Super cool.

The One Minute Wine Master: Discover 10 Wines You’ll Like in 60 Seconds or Less asks you a few questions (Do you like citrus? How do you take your coffee?) and comes up with wine suggestions for you based on your taste.  Even cooler?  There’s a wine club that uses this method to create a list of wines for you– Club W (profiled here in Michelle Lentz’s excellent Low Key Wine Club overview).

Wine clubs are a great way to try out wine– or to give a gift of wine to someone who likes wine.  Locally, Piazza Discepoli, The Wine Merchant and Microwines do wine clubs.

What’s your favorite wine to give as a gift?  How did you learn about wine?

 

*Note, book links are Amazon affiliate links.  I don’t make much on WMDM, but every bit counts– and I have to disclose that so the FTC doesn’t hunt me down.

  • Kathy Farro

    Verdicchio – an Italian white wine. I am pretty sure I learned of it at one of the Friday after-work wine-tastings at the Wine Merchant (pretty sure every really great wine I’ve found locally is at that thing… those people really know how to pick em!). Everyone I have ever given that wine to loves it, and I do, too.

    And a little different, I always have Mirassou Cabernet. It is inexpensive but most importantly, I don’t know why, but it is like the perfect red wine for people who don’t like red wine. I don’t know enough about wine at all to know why, but people who say they don’t drink red wine have consistently enjoyed that one and had seconds (or thirds).