Wine 101: The Host(ess) Gift

As young professionals continue to navigate the world of business, entertaining and networking, a little wine know-how can come in handy. Even if you’re not an avid wine drinker, wine knowledge is a must in everything from dates and client dinners to hostess gifts and company team-building exercises. The experts at Apothic Wine have provided a few simple tips on what to do in the most common wine scenarios as part of our exclusive four-part series.

As young professionals continue to navigate the world of business, entertaining and networking, a little wine know-how can come in handy. Even if you’re not an avid wine drinker, wine knowledge is a must in everything from dates and client dinners to hostess gifts and company team-building exercises. The experts at Apothic Wine have provided a few simple tips on what to do in the most common wine scenarios as part of our exclusive four-part series. 

Last week, we outlined a common, often intimidating scenario for the young professional: being the designated wine selector while on a client dinner. Purchasing the perfect bottle of wine as a hostess gift can be equally as daunting a task. Especially when you are running to a dinner party with little time to spare, picking up a bottle of wine and a cute gift bag seems like a no-fail solution. Increasingly, wine showers have also become common among engaged young professionals, whereby party guests bring a bottle of wine or champagne to build the couple’s wine cellar. Some young professionals are just as picky with their wine as they are their restaurants. Here are some things to consider while browsing the aisles of your local liquor store, searching for that perfect bottle.  

The situation: You need to purchase wine as a gift, perhaps for your boss or as a hostess gift

If you happen to know the wine styles your hosts prefer, this is the ideal situation. Don’t try to deviate and, if you need a suggestion, ask an in-store product consultant to help you make the best choice within your budget.

If you don’t know your host’s varietal preferences, it’s best to stay neutral with a medium-body wine.

Notice the trends and be prepared to discuss them. Blends, like Apothic Red and Apothic White, are a hot trend right now. Blends provide intense and unique flavours that people are excited to try

Try to recall the types of foods that your hosts most enjoy. That can be a great way to select a winning bottle. You’ll make a completely different wine choice for a sushi lover than a fan of rare steak. 

How much do you spend? Go in with a budget in mind. You don’t have to spend much to find a great quality wine; they can be found for $15-$20. Apothic Red retails for approximately $16.

For hostess gifts, take into account the occasion. If you’re bringing wine to be served at the event, look for a crowd pleaser that pairs with a variety of foods or can be easily enjoyed and sipped on its own.

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