Whether you're commemorating a holiday, celebrating a special occasion, or offering congratulations on a major life event, wine makes for an excellent gift. But what if your intended recipient is a wine connoisseur? How can you make sure to give them something they'll actually enjoy?
We can help with that. Straight from our own selection, here are some of the best wine gifts for any occasion—and at nearly any price point.
Best Wine Gifts Under $25
Ludovicus Tinto ($12.99)
Made in Spain's Terra Alta region, this 2014 vintage red combines notes of spiced plum and cherry compote fruits with mineral and peppery spice. Made primarily from the Grenache grape, this wine's silky texture and gentle tannic finish prove beyond any doubt that you don't need to spend out the nose for delicious wine.
Bastide Miraflors ($15.99)
This 2018 French Shiraz red might be one of the younger wines on our list, but don't let that fool you. It's as full-bodied and opulent as a wine many years its senior, with notes of black fruit, roasted herbs, violets, peppered meat, and—uniquely—bacon fat.
Best Wine Gifts for $25 - $100
Domaine des Meix Poron Savigny-Lès-Beaune Vieilles Vignes ($26.99)
Although wine aficionados might be leery of this wine's lower cost, it's every bit as savory as you'd expect, combining dark cherry fruit with the aroma of strawberry, cherry, and blackcurrant.
Renato Corino Barolo ($39.99)
A 2012 Nebbiolo vintage from the Piedmont region, this red wine contains notes of dried strawberry, mint, sweet cherry, and cinnamon backed by the earthy, distinctive flavor one can only achieve through French Oak.
Château Petit-Village Pomerol ($79.99)
This wonderfully-balanced Merlot-Cabernet Franc blend boasts a rich and generous flavor profile. It combines notes of black cherry, roasted fig, plum, and blackberry with hints of walnut and a smoky, floral aroma, aged to perfection.
Domaine du Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Reservée ($79.99)
This 2012 Grenache vintage perfectly blends alder, chestnut, and tobacco with a core of plum, blackberry, and cherry. Notes of wild herbs, smoked plum, and ground pepper perfectly tie everything together for a tannin-rich finish.
Best Wine Gifts for over $100
Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes ($99.99)
The first thing wine aficionados will likely notice about this vintage is its distinctive bouquet—sandalwood, dark berries, potpourri with a hint of smoky oak. Full-bodied and tannin-rich, this 2012 Grenache features a complex flavor profile with layers raspberry and boysenberry.
Rudius Savory Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($114.99)
Straight from California's legendary Napa Valley, this 2014 vintage is one of the most popular wines from the Howell Mountain AVA. Flavor notes include vanilla, chocolate, blackberry, dark plum, boysenberry, and black cherry giving way to hints of leather and fresh herbs.
Bevan Cellars EE (134.99)
This 2009 vintage is another from Napa Valley, featuring a soft, textured finish brimming with notes of flowers and spices. Better yet, because this is a higher-end Cabernet Franc, it's only gotten better with age.
Wine Gift Cards
Not sure which of the wines on this list to choose? Why not purchase a gift card instead? That way, the wine lover on your list will be able to pick up whichever brand and vintage suits their fancy—and they'll appreciate you all the more for it.