It’s that time! The upcoming invitation-intense month is right around the corner and while wine is the perfect gift to give, it can be difficult to match the appropriate bottle to a particular personality. Whether the gift is for a boss, hostess, wine novice, or foodie, this article, courtesy of Cooking Light magazine, provides inexpensive options that are sure to take the stress out of any holiday gift-giving woes.

“A little matchmaking elevates a bottle from nice gesture to a very thoughtful gift indeed – and you might even get to drink a glass…” Cooking Light, December 2009.

For your boss

Aim to impress but be realistic. You could spring for a $100+ luxury wine, but your boss is better equipped to splurge anyway. Instead, choose bottles that show you did your homework. A couple are costly, but good values. 2006 Hess Collection Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon($18). 2007 Achaval Ferrer Malbec Mendoza($55). 2006 Chateau Talbot($60).

For a foodie

For people who will go to the ends of the earth just to taste a fabled food, opt for a cutting edge wine. 2008 Castell Castell Silvaner Franken Germany($16). 2003 Alois Lageder Lagrein Lindberg Vineyard ($25). Pierre Peters Cuvée de Reserve Blanc de Blancs Non-vintage Champagne ($50).


For a wine novice

Wine can be intimidating to a beginner, but a lush Aussie shiraz is easy to get to know (and love). With bold flavors up front, they’re not subtle. But they’re not simplistic or one dimensional either. 2007 Rosemont Diamond Label Grenache Shiraz ($10). 2007 Jim Barry Lodge Hill ($20). 2008 Two Hands Angels Share Shiraz ($25).

For a wine connoissuer

Each of these picks comes from a name wine lovers will appreciate and from a stellar year for winemaking in Tuscany. 2006 Monte Antico Tuscano ($10). 2006 Félsina Chianti Classico ($22). 2006 Talenti Rosso di Montalcino ($30).



For a host or hostess

These interesting wines from around the world can be enjoyed anytime – noon or night. Lively and refreshing, they make good conversation starters, too. 2008 Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($12). 2006 Raventós Reserva Rosé Cava ($23). 2007 William Fèvre Chablis Montée de Tonnerre ($35).

For a kosher friend

Although gifts are not widely exchanged at Hanukkah, a bottle of wine is a welcome addition to any celebration. 2007 Golan Heights Chardonnay Galilee Yarden ($17). Goose Bay Pinot Noir Malborough New Zeland ($21). 2007 Covenant Red C ($42).


For a tree hugger

These selections are made by houses that use environmentally sound methods. And they taste great, too. 2007 Bonterra Viognier Mendocino/Lake Counties California ($13). 2006 Domaine Drouhin Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Oregon ($45). 2006 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Papa La Bernardine ($50).