When giving wine as a gift, or popping a cork at a holiday get-together, you don't want anything average. You want a wine that turns heads. Here are three such suggestions -- one that is fabulous and affordable, another that's healthy and hip, and finally, one to choose when only the best will do.
Prosecco and Cartizze Prosecco
D.O.C.G. Prosecco, Italy's top sparkling wine, is deliciously quaffable and sells for around $15 a bottle â€“ the perfect pour for parties. Easy on the budget and fun to drink, these food-friendly sparklers can go beyond cocktails â€“ they're also delightful dinner accompaniments to soups, seafood, and poultry. But there's more â€“ in the $20-$30 range is a jewel of a Prosecco from the tiny Cartizze region north of Venice. Crafted by just a handful of winemakers, this true Prosecco "cru" is characterized by the use of a single grape variety, and elegantly perfumed with flavors of apricots and peaches, with hints of orange flower and rose. In a nutshell, Cartizzes are the Cartiers of the Prosecco world â€“ an impressive, but still very affordable choice for a gift basket or hostess gift.
Cool, Green Wine Gifts
Mendocino, California, has racked up green credentials unsurpassed by any other wine region in the world, leading the way in the sustainable, organic, Biodynamic and fish-friendly farming movements, and they did so long before those became trends. Pick a sumptuous cool climate Anderson Valley Pinot, bracing Alsatian-style white, or a vibrant Coro red â€“ a gift from "America's Greenest Wine Region" is the forward-thinking choice, honoring a unique combination of inspirations that are good for people and good for Earth.
When Only Napa Cab Will Do
Charles Krug is Napa Valley's first winery, and the Peter Mondavi Family Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon has been crafted for three generations. Made only in years when conditions are perfect, this evocative cabernet embodies the Peter Mondavi Family's dedication to premium quality, and has been described as a "beautiful, alluring wine...marked by elegance." Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine to give when nothing less will do.