Did you know the average Nestie spends $10.50 on a bottle of wine? Find out how you can pick the perfect bottle as a couple for all of your cork-popping occasions.
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Birthday: Celebrate with a bottle from the year they were born. Or at least make it one of their favorites. Here’s a tip for remembering: Snap a photo with your phone when you have a bottle you both enjoy.
Anniversary: Return to a wine that you served at your wedding. Or buy a wine from the year you were married and put it in the cellar. Break it out five years from now.
Promotion: This calls for something bold and powerful. We vote for a high end red. Try a wine with status like a Barolo, Grand Cru Burgundy or Rioja Gran Reserva. Have two bottles ready to break-out ‘cause this is a big occasion.
Dinner Date at Home: The plans call for a cozy night in. You still need to rely on the right bottle. Now’s the time to try something different. Go fruity with Rioja Crianza or dry with Hermann Wiemer Dry Riesling.
EUROPEAN LABELS EXPLAINED
European winemakers label bottles by region, not grapes. Here's a cheat sheet to the most famous red wine producers.
Region: Bordeaux, France
Grapes: A blend of red grapes including Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Region: Burgundy, France
Grape: Pinot Noir (White Burgundies are made of Chardonnay)
Region: Beaujolais, France
Region: Chianti, Italy
Region: Rioja, Spain Grape: Tempranillo