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Welcome to the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© this Sunday morning.
Regardless of whether you have been naughty or nice, WineGuyMike has some great holiday wine gift advice. The very thought of shopping for the “right” wine or wine gift can be cause for great trepidation within the hearts of many. So Take a deep breath and remember-this is a great time of year to celebrate friendships, family, and to be thankful for the peace and abundance we enjoy.
The holiday season is nigh upon us and it is the time of year, and no matter what holiday we celebrate, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or Festivus we can be assured of one thing-exchanging gifts.
Before you go shopping I recommend making a list of the people you are going to buy wine gifts for. Ask yourself-what do they like? What color or style of wine do they drink, how much does that special person usually spend, do they serve wine in proper glasses, or do they use tumblers from their favorite fast food customer appreciation collection? You get the point a little thought prior to shopping will streamline your adventure.
Shopping for wine or wine related gifts, http://on.fb.me/uYQ1HN, should be a pleasurable and gratifying process, remember this can be fun shopping for the special people in your life. I was shopping a few days ago at Liquid Planet in Downtown Missoula and realized this is the type of wine and gift shopping experience I desire. Their retail manager, Heather, has done a beautiful job in merchandising the store, and in particular the wine section. This probably is like girls gone shoe shopping.
When picking out a gift, there are a multitude of great wine gift ideas. Let’s keep it simple starting with the wine; red wine on the simplest level is light, medium, or full bodied. Red wine will have aromas of red or black fruit; you may smell spice, earthiness, or even some tobacco, leather, or maybe a little bacon. That’s right bacon, many French winemakers would tell you that to have a sense of animal in their wines is a component of “Terroir,” or a sense of place. Does the special person you are shopping for prefer red wines that express more fruit or do they like wine with more tannin or grittiness?
White wines present very different tastes and scents than red wines. Aromas in white wines will vary, with scents of flowers, fruit, citrus, or beautiful tropical fruits being common. In your mouth a white wine may taste tart, express minerals like stone or slate, or it may even be somewhat sweet.
How about wine glasses? Many are unaware how important wine glasses are. The Riedel wine glass company has been around for three hundred years. Their glasses are a masterful combination, artfully blending form and function. Good wine glasses are designed to allow you to visually examine wine, focus the aroma of the wine correctly, and then deliver the wine on your palate in exactly the right spot.
Wine decanters are also a terrific gift to consider for a wine lover. Decanting is generally a process reserved explicitly for red wines. When a wine is poured into a traditional decanter the wine is thoroughly exposed to oxygen and helps to open the wine and settle the tannins. There are a multitude of differing decanters; some are even attached right to the bottle-certainly not traditional, but clever nonetheless.
Aerators are devices of decanting “in the moment.” This process has gained popularity and can be terrific for spontaneous gatherings or an option when headed to a casual restaurant or bar. I still prefer traditional decanting but if company arrives unexpectedly at your front door this holiday season, as it is apt to do, and you want to share a glass of wine the aerators are a great option.
Please visit Liquid Planet in Downtown Missoula if you live or visit here to see the comprehensive selection of wines and wine gifts they offer. You can also visit Liquid Planet online at www.LiquidPlanet.com. It truly is a holiday shopping experience. I wish you and your family a holiday season filled with good cheer, health, and abundance.