Selecting the perfect wine gift can be troublesome and the choicesoverwhelming. Read a list of helpful considerations when selecting premiumwine for your loved ones, close friends, or colleagues this holiday season.

  1. Champagne is not a sure thing.
  2. Provide an "owners' manual".
  3. It is best to work backwards.
  4. Consider the "gender thing".
  5. Critics' scores are not always important considerations.
  6. Wine of the month clubs should be easy for recipient.
  7. Be careful with "brand recognition" even if it is likely to impress the recipient.
  8. Among American wines, stick with Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot from California; Pinot Noir from Oregon; and Cabernet and Cabernet Blends/Meritages from Washington.
  9. Protect gift shipments from Mother Nature by using next-day or second-day options.
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