A perfect gift
Wine is a perfect gift whatever the occasion. Personal, respectful, celebratory – it’s always a great choice whether to be shared together then and there or stored away for another day.
A thank you gift
Maybe someone has done you a favor. What better way to thank them than to present a thoughtfully chosen bottle? A classic Bordeaux would tell the recipient they deserve only the best: try a Margaux wine – considered the most elegant of the region, you cannot go wrong. The medium-bodied 2006 Château Rauzan-Ségla with its sandalwood scent and berry notes mixed with sage and cedar is a nice choice, as would be a Chateau Giscours.
A birthday gift
A great gift for a birthday is a wine from the year someone was born. This can get expensive – especially the older the recipient is! But it can be done if you look carefully.
For “milestone” birthdays a special bottle of champagne like a Taittinger Cuvée Prestige Brut works a treat. A serious quality sparkling wine will also be meaningful, such as a Mirabelle Brut Rosé from Napa’s Schramsberg Vineyards.
The gift that gives back
Arriving as a guest to a meal with a bottle is standard practice and carries with it the hope that whatever you bring will end up in your glass, too.
A thoughtfully picked red or white will be equally appreciated, but a star bottle could be a Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir or head back to Margaux for a Chateau Siran, a fruit- and balsamic-infused wine that is made up of the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot grapes.
Wine experts Millesima name its 2015 vintage “scrumptious” and the best of the producer’s recent output.
Gift for a teacher or colleague
When giving a gift to someone who is not a close friend, when you do not know their tastes, wine is a great option. It’s not too personal and it’s always welcome! It can be offered to others, if it’s not the recipient’s preference, after all. But it’s important to pick out a wine that looks like it has been thought about, even if the cost is not high.
A Provence rosé like a Chateau Sainte Marguerite would be a popular crowd-pleaser, for example.
Festive gifts for the holidays
Wine by the case or a gift set is an outstanding present for a holiday occasion when the family is gathered. It will last into the year to come and the giver will always be remembered.
Millesima’s three-bottle Italy Classic Wine is a lovely curation from three of the top wine regions in the country: Mocali from Tuscany, Latium Morini from Veneto, and Fratelli Revello from Piedmont. Going down the gift set route gives the recipient a chance to discover something new and maybe find new favorites.
Wine merchants Millesima are based in Bordeaux with a New York boutique. The family company has curated a wide range of red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines. All of those described in this article can be found on its website.