Wine Challenge

By | July 30, 2007

I’ve been asked to spend £100 (c. US$200) on wine as a wedding gift. I don’t know the couple and the buyer doesn’t know wine, which doesn’t give me much to go on!

I could get two cases of Blossom Hill – one white, one red, but it lacks romance. I could just buy one bottle of Penfolds Grange and save on wrapping paper. My temptation is to opt for a half case of good wine. I know my buyer will consider anything new world to be slightly suspect as a gift.

France divides nicely for half cases, and the happy couple are likely to recognise the wines when they see them, so here’s my initial idea:

Champagne – recognisable Grand Marque, whatever happens to be on special offer! c £20
Alsace – Gewurztraminer, maybe a Grand Cru c£15
Loire – Sancerre c£10

Bordeaux – A tricky one to get value, probably a 2000 St Emilion Grand Cru c£20
Burgundy – Maybe a 2005 Savigny Premier Cru c£17
Rhone – Chateauneuf du Pape c £18

It’s a nice selection, and can be drunk over a few years, but it leaves out Rioja and Barolo and the whole of Germany, oh and the rest of the world. So much wine, so little cash!

Do you have any suggestions? How would you spend £100 (or your local equivalent)?

One thought on “Wine Challenge

  1. Edward

    Always tricky buying wine as a gift. What about sticky wines? Sauternes, Aussie Muscat and Port.

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