Five Gift Ideas to Help Ease the Stress of Holiday Shopping

Posted November 27, 2016

Stacy Brody


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Like so many of you, I have started the hectic holiday shopping process. Man, is it hard to find the right gifts for everyone?!? Knowing how stressful it can be, I wanted to offer a few ideas to help get you out of the gift-giving rut and kick start your holiday wine shopping. 


1. For the white wine lover…. but you don’t know if they are a Chardonnay fan or not.

Working with customers over the years, I’ve noticed how divisive Chardonnay can be! So many people either love it or hate it. If you’re not quite sure about the person you’re buying for, but you know they like white wine, try the Foxglove Chardonnay. It’s not oaky or buttery. It is full and flavorful, a refreshing Chardonnay that will please classic Cali Chardonnay lovers and Pinot Grigio fans alike.


2. For the friend that always has a bottle of wine you’ve never heard of… bring something they've never tried!

The 95-point Bobal from Bodegas Ponce is a delicious, dense Spanish red. Any experimental wine drinker would love to cozy up with this red during the cold winter months. Bobal is a Spanish red that's not uncommon but remains obscure, an insider grape favored by wine writers and wine geeks. Bobal wines are dense, with notes reminiscent of chocolate-covered blackberries. The vines behind Bodegas Ponce P.F. Manchuela were planted in the early 1900s. In this wine, Bobal achieves an intensity and concentration unique to old vine selections.


3. For the wine collector who has everything… get something they can enjoy right now with any of their dinner guests!

The 2012 Peyredon Lagravette is a delicious Bordeaux that is drinking well right now. It’s an outstanding value the serious collector will love while they wait for their 2010 Bordeauxs to mature.


4. For newlyweds celebrating their first holiday season as a married couple… buy a bottle of bubbly.

Nothing says celebration quite like Champagne. Founded in 1827, Mumm is one of the classic houses of Champagne. 


5.  For your friend with a sweet tooth… you can’t go wrong with Moscato.

Fruity and floral, with just the right amount of sweetness, the 90-point Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato is almost cloudlike. Nivole means clouds in Piedmontese. For an awesome gift, present this wine with a platter of fresh fruits and creamy cheeses or white chocolate


I hope this list helps you get started on your holiday shopping and provides some ideas for what to get friends and family this year. 


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Foxglove Chardonnay

89 Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Item: 89445

750 mL

Retail: $15.99

$11.99 per btl

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Mumm Privilege Brut

91 Wine Library

Item: 91118

750 mL

Retail: $49.99

$39.98 per btl

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Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato

90 Wine Enthusiast

Item: 92572

375 mL

Retail: $14.98

$9.99 per btl

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Chateau Peyredon Lagravette

90 Gary Vaynerchuk - Wine Lib...

Item: 96869

750 mL

Retail: $27.99

$15.99 per btl

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Bodegas Ponce P.F. Manchuela

95 James Suckling - Jamessuck...

Item: 97500

750 mL

Retail: $28.00

$19.96 per btl