Mumbai food: How to pick the best wine to gift at Christmas parties

Updated: Dec 23, 2016, 11:02 IST | The Guide Team |

You're invited for a Christmas lunch but can't think of the ideal wine to gift? Who better than wine expert Sonal Holland to help you wow your hosts with the best pick?

If you're headed to a house party

Whilst gifting a bottle of sparkling wine is traditional and one can never go wrong with that, these days, I find people are turning to red wines in a big way. Turning up at a house party with a bottle of Chianti Classico or an Australian Shiraz means you have ensured a fan following by the end of the evening.

You're planning a girls' night out
For a bubbly night out with the girls, pick a few bottles of Italy's best-selling sparkler — Prosecco. It's light, fruity, floral taste sure has the girls asking for more. In whites, Pinot Grigio seems to be all the rage with the ladies. And what's more, it pairs perfectly well with a wide variety of dishes, both European and Indian. If opting for reds, the women love their Malbecs from Argentina, totally and utterly.

Sonal Holland

There's a bachelor bash to host
A bottle of Spanish Rioja red with its smooth velvety tannins and bold fruit flavours ensures everyone's palates are being gratified. For those who prefer elegance and finesse over power and concentration, a fine bottle of red Burgundy made from the Pinot Noir grape variety might be a good pick.

You've been invited to a house-warming party
Champagne is the tried and tested choice with some opting for a bottle of Prosecco wrapped in a fancy gold foil. However, those looking to make a smart impression on the host, may even opt for a bottle of wine from the upcoming exciting regions of Austria, Portugal, Greece or even Lebanon. It is sure to be a conversation starter.

There's an annual Christmas or New Year meal to attend
Christmas and New Year means loads of food mostly served as a buffet, so choose a wine that will pair with a wide variety of foods. I would opt for a Marlbourough Sauvignon Blanc or a Chardonnay in whites and a Californian or a Chilean Merlot in reds.

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