You’re heading out to an engagement party or retirement dinner, but what bottle of wine should you bring the guest of honour? Does the event call for a robust red, or is it time to break out the bubbly? The bottle you give can say a lot. Here is a shopping guide that will ensure your gift is fit for the occasion, and will help them celebrate in style.
Whether you’re picking up a special treat for a friend’s 30th birthday or your grandmother’s 80th, the Oyster Bay Chardonnay is an excellent addition to any party. This Chardonnay captures true Marlborough character with its ripe fruit flavours and pronounced citrus aromas. The wine’s stonefruit flavour is balanced with subtle oak, and it finishes with a smooth, creamy texture. It’s a highly drinkable wine that pairs well with a rich vanilla cake.
Celebrate true love with the Fontan Bas Armagnac Brandy, produced by Vignobles Fontan. Distilled from wine, Armagnac is a specialty of France’s Gascony region and is often made in small batches. This variety from Fontan features spicy aromas of cinnamon that blend seamlessly with its pear and fig flavours. Pair this unique brandy with cold meats, caviar and even lemon desserts.
When impending nuptials are announced, it’s time to break open the bubbly. A classic choice, Veuve Clicquot Brut is one of the most famous sparkling wines in the world. This non-vintage Champagne is known for its balanced flavour and signature yellow label. Made from predominately Pinot Noir grapes, this wine pairs beautifully with Thai food, lobster and even potato chips.
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Impress your dinner guests with a bottle of Gabbiano Chianti Riserva, a ruby red wine with fruity notes and a sweet, spicy background. This highly rated wine pairs well with roasted red meats and can also serve as a companion to aged cheese.
Honour a lifetime of great work with the Chateauneuf du Pape Les Bartavelles, a flamboyant and complex red blend. Reminiscent of fruit pies, the wine also features a distinctive herbal flavour. This wine’s complexity makes it a great wine for drinking on its own as well as with full-flavoured dishes.
Are you searching for the perfect wine for your special day? Visit St. Regis Fine Wines to browse our full selection of red, white, and sparkling wines. We’ll help you find the right bottle to get the party started.