The gift giver may also consider a non-sparkling wine as a gift, and the possibilities are endless, as there are so many extraordinary wines from which to choose, from all parts of the world. Some of the best known (and excellent quality) red wines are produced in the Bordeaux region of France, and Bordeaux wines range from fairly inexpensive to very expensive, so the choice depends on what the gift giver is planning to spend. Again, if this is a wedding or special anniversary, it is probably appropriate to present the couple with a good quality bottle, which may cost a bit of money. Other regions of France that produce some prestigious red wines include Burgundy and Rhone. If the gift giver feels the couple may prefer an Italian wine, reds from Piedmont and Tuscany would make for lovely gifts. And as for American wines, the gift giver should look to Napa and Sonoma reds.
If the gift giver is particularly concerned with choosing a wine of excellent quality, he or she should inquire at the wine shop as to which are the best vintages from the particular regions from which the gift giver is choosing. The gift giver should also consider that the couple may wish to store the special bottle for a later date, perhaps for a five or ten year anniversary or even later. To ensure that the wine will be as enjoyable as possible when an aged bottle is finally opened, the gift giver should inquire at the wine shop which wines possess the best aging quality. Not all wines are intended for aging, and this is especially important when investing in such an important bottle.