Extending toasts of wine enthusiasm through gifts of wine baskets has become a hot presentation idea. Offered as corporate gifts or for festival occasions, romantic getaways and family celebratory events, wine baskets herald all the excitement and anticipation ahead. They open up fresh perspectives and great conversation, and revitalize relationships. A good wine basket indicates originality, discernment and finesse. A subtle yet classic statement in itself, wine baskets enable family, friends, bosses or business contacts to connect at a rare, uncommon level. Of course, giving wine to a teetotaler or to one whose religion forbids wine consumption will spell disaster.
Wine gift baskets can suit any pocket and sensibility. The type of grape used dictates the name and popularity of a type of wine. Whatever the concentration or combination, wines from good grapes are distinct. It always pays to know a bit of viticulture (art of cultivating grapes) and oenology (art of wine making) to select the right choice for the right people. Wine color primarily comes from the contact with the skin of the grape. So you can even get white wine from red grapes, prepared without the skin. Dry, off-dry, sweet, semi-sweet, new, premium, vintage or mature, wine can broadly be presented as white wine gifts (Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Syrah, blends and other varieties), White Wine (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Gringo, blends and other combinations), Dessert Wine (Sherry, Ice-wine, Tokay, Muscat, Sauternes), Champagne varieties and rare wine from around the world.
Food and wine go together. Your innovative basket can include a bottle of wine and a ready-to-eat meal for instant gratification. The wine can be teamed with crackers, soups, salads or starters, pasta, pizza, fish/seafood, red meat or poultry, cheeses and desserts. Wines can also go well with spicy Asian food, quiche, eggs or vegetables.
A smart wine basket can have a personalized label and include the family too. A great way is to combine the custom-labeled wine with wine accessories like decanters or crystal wine glasses, corkscrews, wine totes, fine coffee table books on grapes and wineries, a whistle-stop wine trail invitation to your favorite vineyard or an exclusive wine club membership. Including gourmet items, fruits or chocolates will also encourage more rapture and self-indulgence. Don’t stop the wining, dining or giving. Your salubrious gestures touch the head and the heart. It sustains extra miles of goodwill and bonhomie. And better still, it upholds an ancient, magnificent tradition.