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While I enjoy wine and even review it periodically here on Two Kids and a Coupon, when it comes to wine knowledge, I have to admit, I’m pretty much a novice. I can of course tell my reds from my whites (who couldn’t, huh, LOL!) and know enough to order off a menu in a restaurant or bar, that’s about the extent of my knowledge. When it comes to picking a great bottle of wine for myself, or for someone else, I usually don’t have a clue where to begin.
So if you’re a wine novice like me, how do you pick out the perfect wine gift for the holidays for someone who does actually know about wine without looking like a complete and total idiot? Here are some tips!
Ask an Expert
Most larger grocery stores, wine stores or liquor stores will have a knowledgeable staff member who can help make recommendations. Ask them for suggestion for what to purchase.
Bring Back a Local Wine
Traveling somewhere new and unique, consider bringing your friend or loved one a bottle of local wine to try from your trip. Just remember travel restrictions on liquids if you’re flying home from your trip.
Expensive Doesn’t Always Mean Better
Just because a bottle of wine has a high price tag, doesn’t necesarily mean it’s the best choice. There are lots of great budget wines that are affordable and that make a great gift. Ask the staff at your local wine or liquor store for recommendations.
Give a Club
If you’re not sure what type of wine that a friend or loved one enjoys, gifting them a wine club membership can be a great way to allow them to get high quality wines that they enjoy, without being stressed that you’re picking the wrong one. Experts pick selections for the members based on their individual tastes and it’s a great way for them to discover new wines they might not know about or never have had the opportunity to try.
What are your tips for giving wine for the holidays?
invino, the flagship property of Good Company Wines and the original private sale site for wine, has just announced the launch of inclub, a new state-of-the-art wine club that uses algorithm-based selections to help tailor shipments to individual tastes. The service unique high quality wines while still getting great values online. Members can choose the amount of wine, quality, and frequency and it’s quick and easy to modify those preferences on short notice. The Palate Guarantee™ helps ensure members will like the wines they receive.
“We developed hundreds of meta-data points to create palate settings for each member,” says invino and inclub co-founder and CEO Tony Westfall. “This is the first and only 100% customized club that has a Palate Guarantee™. It’s the wine club for the modern enthusiast: personalized and effortless.”
“If one month you want special-occasion Napa Cabs and the next month you want everyday sparkling selections, you only need to take a few seconds to modify your selection, and our algorithm will do the rest,” says Westfall. “Our satisfaction guarantee encourages adventure. Wine discovery should be without risk.”
The mission of inclub is to bring unprecedented wine discovery and value in the form of an innovative wine club. invino and inclub partner with hundreds of labels around the world, from up and coming wines to well-known brands. Wines are sourced by a panel of experts, and offered to members at great pricing. “This is what bespoke looks like,” says co-founder and CBO Danielle Westfall. “You can set your preferences to enjoy Champagne at summer weddings, Pinot Noir in the fall, and French wines for holiday entertaining. It’s made to meet your needs.”