“Can you recommend a good bottle of wine?” Is the classic question we ask when it comes to finding a wine to give as a gift. But, is that all? Taking advantage of the fact that Friendship Day is celebrated this coming July 30, here we tell you the best secrets for choosing the most suitable wine for a friend.
Know your friend well
When we decide to give a friend a wine, it is because we know that he or she enjoys drinking a good glass of wine. But knowing more about their culinary preferences is an excellent pointer to narrow down the countless possibilities. For example, if they are vegetarians, a vegan wine like Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc is a card to play it safe. But if they are carnivores, you can opt for different reds. Or if they have a sweet palate and are desserts or chocolates lovers, Concha y Toro Late Harvest can be a great gift to accompany those moments. Is your friend a bottle collector? Carmín de Peumo should be in their cellar.
Spend according to the occasion
All recommendations ultimately come down to budget. The important thing is to stay away from the cheaper options! But don’t spend all your salary on a bottle either. Choose a price range that you are comfortable with. There are many premium wines such as Marques de Casa Concha, well-aged or jewels at affordable prices. Also consider the occasion, for example, if it is a birthday meal or a wedding, sparkling wine is always an excellent gift to celebrate.
Do not be guided only by pretty labels
Although aesthetics is important, especially for those who like design and art, there are times when appearances are deceiving. In addition to the design and colours of the label, take care to read the history of the back label. You may find valuable information there related to the history of the person you are going to give it to, such as the vintage or its place of origin. Also, do not underestimate the classic labels, such as Marques de Casa Concha Heritage, since they can surprise you. A wine with a unique name that has special meaning to your friend is also a good idea.
Consider the time of year
Another important factor to consider is the season of the year. In the middle of winter, your friend will probably enjoy a robust red wine like Terrunyo Carmenere more than a white variety that should be served chilled, which is better for summer. While, in spring, rosé wines are usually very welcome.
Look for wines with personality
And finally, after so much thinking about the most suitable wine, you do not want your gift to go unnoticed. To avoid this, prefer wines that have personality. They can be Limited Editions such as varieties from terroirs such as Amelia Chardonnay from the Limarí Valley or a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley such as Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon.