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The Best Type of Wine to Gift: A Quick Guide

Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier or a curious enthusiast, the quest for the best type of wine to gift may feel tricky. And, when you don’t know much about your recipient’s wine preferences, the quest may turn from tricky to downright treacherous! However, if you’re considering sending wine as a gift, you’re already on the path to success.

Wine gifts uncork a symphony of flavors as well as experiences! Making it the perfect gift for almost every single occasion. But, what is the best type of wine to gift? Is red considered more “classy” than white? Will the wine snobs in your life shun you for sending rosé as a gift? Read below as we provide a beginner-friendly guide to wine types. And, we explore the art of gifting wine to your loved ones with the help of Drinkable Gifts

red and white wine in wine glasses the best type of wine to gift

Wine Pairing: A Guide for Beginners

Why is Wine Pairing Important

An art form that takes not place in the eye of the beholder, but amongst the palette of discernment. Despite its scientific connotations, wine pairing is great to be revered as an art form that transforms across palettes. A sip of wine traverses across the taste buds, highlighting various tasting parts. Wine is a great tool used for talking with friends, tasting, and information for future use. An experience that truly lights all parts of the mind, body, and soul. Yes, wine pairing is an art form. But, luckily, there’s always room for a splash, one that even Jackson Polluck himself couldn’t compare to. Read on my dear friends to find out more about this luxurious drink of the gods.

Bottles of white and red wine on a wooden shelf in a private winery cabinet room interior

Mulled Wine: A History

The divine creation of mulled wine is a prime example of the phrase ‘waste not, want not’. For even the most ancient of civilizations knew that wine was too good a drink to squander. And, for those who prefer a little booze in their winter beverage, historical wine makers certainly had you in mind when they vinified this delightful drink. 

But, of course, there is more to this wine-making story than connoisseurs wanting to please the likes of, well, us. And, although the history of mulled wine is pretty much another ‘the Romans copied the Greeks copied the Romans’ – extravaganza, the tale is still worth telling. Read below and find out more about history of mulled wine, why it makes grandad a little more jolly at Christmas dinner, and how you can make your own this holiday season.

History of Mulled Wine: glass being poured with red wine

I Do! Wedding Toasts From Around the World

Pierce Brosnan once said (sang) “Here’s to us, one more toast, and then we’ll pay the bill.” If Mamma Mia wasn’t the world’s favorite musical comfort movie, it would surely be in the running for giving fans the most Pinterest-perfect wedding scene. Set in the picturesque country of Greece, I had to take the opportunity to bring up a musical that I’ve watched countless times. Why? Well, wedding toasts, my dear reader, have origins in ancient Greek culture, among many other cultures, of course. But, we’ll delve into that in a minute. 

Whether we prepare our written sentiments weeks ahead of time, or feel a sudden urge of spontaneity thanks to liquid courage; making a toast is an intrinsic part of any celebration. And, our loved ones being unified in holy matrimony is no exception. But, where did this tradition come from? After doing a little research, I’m happy to say that I have an idea. Read below and get ready to be enlightened on the origins of wedding toasts and how different people raise their glasses across the globe.

Bottles of champagne dressed as a groom and bride.

Which Glass Do I Use? A Handy Guide for the Beginner Bartender

Bartenders, barkeepers, barmaids, or mixologists; the terms you use to refer to the instant best friend that serves us liquid gold when visiting our favorite spots! I can attest to the joy that is watching them work their magic. Much like watching Da Vinci bring The Monalisa to life (Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little there!), the careful tossing and spinning of intricately designed cocktail shakers are not the only appealing display of art when visiting a bar!

There is so much to look at, including the ecstasy that seems to glue bartenders and bar enthusiasts together, the fascinating tools used to prepare the liquid gold, and the array of glasses displayed that leaves the average customer curious. What are these, why do they have so many sizes of the same kind – and why do I not have them in my kitchen?

Which Glass Do I Use? Animated drawings of liquor, wine, and beer glasses - a visual aid deciding which glass to use