Wine is almost always a welcome gift at holiday time. Even if the giftee isn’t a partaker, he or she can always serve it to guests or — one suspects — regift it to someone who will appreciate it.
There are a couple of things to consider in giving wine. The first is price, and it’s not just about what you can afford. Give your boss a $5 wine and you might stall your career. Give her or him a too-expensive wine, and there may seem no reason to give you a raise in 2013. So choose appropriately.
Second, screw-cap wines are coming up in the world. Some of the finest sauvignon blancs from New Zealand come that way. Even Napa’s 2009 Cade Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon comes in a screw cap, in a $300 boxed set with a regular corked bottle.
Still, screw cap gift wines are probably best limited to recipients who will understand their value, and not think you a piker.
Here are some holiday wine gift suggestions in various price ranges.
Under $302011 Pali Wine Company “Alphabets” Pinot Noir, 2010 William Hill Estate Chardonnay, 2012 Quivira Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Yarden Kosher Chardonnay,
$30 to $492010 Laguna Chardonnay, 2009 Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel,
$50 and up2006 Murphy-Goode “Homefront Cuvee” Merlot, 2007 Dolce Late Harvest Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2009 Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon,