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Putting Together a Wine Gift Basket

As long as the person you are giving a gift to is not an alcoholic the gift of wine is usually appreciated at any time of year. The wine gift basket is a very traditional gift and it is appropriate to give to both friends or business associates. It is also suited to many different holidays including Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, weddings and birthdays.


A wine gift box works particularly well as a client or corporate gift. This is because if you have a couple of glasses or even a couple of bottles in the basket several people can share in the joy.  Some gift places also allow you to choose your own labels for the wine bottles so the elixir is dedicated specifically to them.


The typical contents of a traditional wine gift basket are bottles of wine (either red or white or both), crackers, cheese, pate, caviar, chocolates, cheese, cookies and wine glasses. Sometimes the wine gift basket can also include a corkscrew or items such as cheese slicers or decorative wine stoppers.


If you know that the person you are giving the wine gift basket to is an elitist about the wine they drink then you should be careful about what wines you give to them. If the person receiving the gift is also a gourmet foodie then it is also about the food that you select to go with it.  For instance, chocolate is more complimentary to red wines than white wines.  White chocolate goes best with sparkling white wines.  Fresh fruit also goes better with white wine.


For a different sort of twist on the idea of the wine gift basket try giving gourmet wine such as Ice Wine or Port and add unusual crackers or cookies. Ice wine also goes very good with dark chocolates and chocolate cakes.


Although it is not exactly wine, the gift basket that contains champagne fits into the wine gift basket category. Champagne goes great with truffle spread and crackers, caviar, pate, strawberries, raspberries and chocolate. It is one of the nicest gifts you can give anyone to celebrate an occasion such as the announcement of an engagement, a promotion or birth of a baby. It is also simply the most perfect thing to bring to any party whether it be a barbecue or a formal occasion. All you need to fancy it up is to simply tie a ribbon around the bottle’s neck or present it in a box or basket.