There are all kinds of guidelines pertaining to gift giving at weddings, anniversaries, and other special occasions, depending on the event, the couple, the location, etc. Some guests prefer to give money, others prefer to give gifts that will remind the couple of them. Whatever a gift giver may decide, wine is often a lovely, thoughtful, and enjoyable gift for either a wedding or anniversary.
Champagne is a wonderful gift for both weddings and anniversaries – in fact my sister and her husband received a bottle of 1996 Perrier-Jouet Fleur as part of a wedding gift from a dear friend last year. Fleur is in a gorgeous bottle, making a beautiful presentation, and the vintage Champagne is exquisite. Vintage Champagnes tend to be more expensive than non-vintage Champagnes; however, for an event as important as a wedding or anniversary, it may be more appropriate to spend a bit more and present the couple with such a special bottle. And what could be better for the couple to receive as a celebratory gift than a bottle of Champagne? Some excellent quality vintage Champagnes that are relatively easy to find in wine shops are Perrier-Jouet Fleur, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame, Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon, Louis Roederer Cristal, and Krug. Be prepared to spend upwards of $100 – vintage Champagnes are on the pricey side but make for a spectacular gift for the couple. If you prefer to go with a non-vintage Champagne, perhaps consider a gift of Champagne with toasting flutes.