Buying wine for yourself is already hard enough. With the many choices presented to you, you will always have to worry if you are buying the right one. Even wine collectors would have a tough time buying wine for themselves. How much more if you are to buy a wine as a gift for somebody else? If buying wine for your own wherein you already know your tastes is hard, buying wine for a gift is harder. But then again, maybe not! There are a few tips that could come in handy when buying wine as a gift.
First and foremost, a person must take note of the preferences and taste of the person he wants to give the wine to. The standards of the wine you are going to buy must meet your own and as well as the receiver of that gift. This is because as you give wine as a gift, you demonstrate to that person you are giving it to, your standards. Also, your personal budget must be taken into account. When buying a wine, one need not buy very expensive ones because there are many quality wines out there that can easily ride a person’s budget. So with all that said, how is someone really going to go about buying a wine for gift purposes?
When going to a wine store, go to a store you know. Do not just enter any other wine store out of the blue except if you are certain with what exactly you are looking for. If you are not at all familiar with wines, then you better go to a store where you have a level of trust. If there are no stores like this near you, then go to store where they have wine tasting and such. After all, you would know if that wine is likable if you taste it.
To know your wine’s recipient and his or her tastes and preferences is really important. In fact, it is very very important. If you know what vintage, year, or maker is preferred, then that is really going to make your job a lot easier. However, if you do not know all these, you might get stucked because there are really a lot of choices out there, thousands of them! You must have even the slightest inkling about the wine receiver’s tastes, even if it is just what type of wine is preferred. Knowing of he or she likes red or white wine could considerably lower the number of options you could search through.
If you are really swamped as to what wine to buy, then do not hesitate to ask for help. First, if you cannot acquire the information regarding the receiver’s preferences directly, then by all means, ask third parties. You can approach another friend, someone who knows the receiver’s choice of wine, so you can find out for yourself. When it comes to buying the wine in a store, you could ask help from experts or from those who have an average knowledge about wine. You can ask sales clerks to help you out. This is where your trust in a store would come in. this way, you would not fall prey to sales clerks just wanting to make a sale and not catering to your needs. If you cannot turn to people in your immediate area, then you can turn to other sources such as guide books and online help. There are many printed materials out there and internet sources that would provide comprehensive aid for all those who are in need.
In a store where many choices are lined in front of you rack after rack, it would be a bad idea if you just stay and choose from one area. Maybe you would think it bothersome to go over all the display, there are just too many of them. this should not be done. You must take time to see all the lined up choices. This way, once you have chose, you can honestly say you have chosen the best among all that is there. Also, you are buying the wine as a gift and to giving a gift to someone should be done with care.
If you are a person who is not much concern with a budget or if you are concerned with a budget, then you should remember that price is not always equivalent to quality. Buying an expensive wine and saying it is good wine may not be always true. Same with saying that a cheap wine is low quality wine. This is because one can always find a wine that is inexpensive but very fine.
If all or some of these tips would be exercised, then buying wine as a gift would not be that hard. Just keep in mind always that when you give someone wine as a gift, you are satisfying that someone’s standard and also imparting your own.