Post # 1
I am putting together a wine poem basket for my friend for her bridal shower. I was wondering if anyone had an suggestions as to what types of wines I should get for each milestone. I really would appreicate any help as I dont know too much about wines. I am not looking for something that is going to cost me a fortune because I need to buy 11 bottles to correlate with the 11 poems. These are the milestones that I need to find corresponding wines to go with:
- First Fight
- First Valentines Day
- First Dinner Party
- First Christmas Eve
- First Thanksgiving
- First New Year’s Eve
- First Anniversary
- First Baby (Thinking about doing sparkling cider since she wont be able to drink)
- 10 Year Anniversary
- 25 Year Anniversay
Any other decorations or presentations about a way to give this give will be very helpful as well. Thank you all in advance for your help.
Post # 3
I’m not an expert but I’ll say for the few I think would match:
Wedding- some type of champagne/something bubbly
First Valentines Day- Chocolate Wine
First Baby- Love your idea of cider since she’lll be unable to drink
First Christmas- maybe a nice red wine with mulling spices so they can make mulled wine? It’s heavenly and so festive
New Years- I’d pick something with bubbles again lol
If you want to PM me I can give you specific brands since I’m around your area.
Post # 4
I am also planning to do a wine basket for my sister’s bridal shower as well. I agree with the previous suggestions. The finger lakes region in NY makes some good wines (cheap too! $6-10/bottle). Chocolate Lab is a great SWEET chocolate wine(made in NY). Bully Hill (Ravat 21 has a pineapple on the front- might be good for the first dinner party since pineapple means welcome?), Hazlitt (makes Red Cat wine- called the Hot Tub wine- maybe for first fight or there’s a Smart Ass (something like that) which would be funny) . Asti is a really good champagne (I believe it’s pretty cheap too!). For Christmas a warm wine would be a good idea…something like a alcoholic mulled cider (you can find them now in wine stores). Also, just ask when you go to buy them, especially if you go to a large wine store that carries lots of wines (esp for the 5 & 25 anniversaries!)
Are you making your own poems since I see you have more options than the common wine baskets you see on the internet? Would love to see them if you’d be willing to share. [email protected]
Best of Luck!
Post # 5
There is also a “Just Married” wine made by a winery in CA, but I dont know if you can find it on the East Coast!
Post # 6
What type of wine do they drink most often? Red or white? I generally drink red and very rarely drink white and would prefer a basket of different types of (mostly) reds to try. I say pick labels that match the holidays if you are having trouble deciding!
- Wedding – champagne!
- First Fight – wine with a calming or relaxing theme
- First Valentines Day – a dessert friendly wine like a gewurztraminer or ice wine
- First Dinner Party – something great with food like a cab or shiraz
- First Christmas Eve – anything, but if you have a favourite wine this would be a good opportunity to share it
- First Thanksgiving – a wine that could go well with turky like a pinot gris or grigio
- First New Year’s Eve – champagne, baby!
- First Anniversary – something love themed. a heart on the label maybe?
- First Baby (Thinking about doing sparkling cider since she wont be able to drink) – sparkling cider is a very cute idea! maybe attach a soother with the tag
- 10 Year Anniversary – inexpensive wines do not tend to last very long. look up wine aging for reference. i would suggest a french bordeaux.
- 25 Year Anniversay – in this case perhaps a high quality port.
Storage may be an issue with the 10-25 year wines. They should be kept in a cool dark area or they are likely to go off. Also it would be cute in this case to try to buy a wine produced the year of their wedding so that at the time they open it, it will be a 10 or 25 year vintage 🙂
Post # 7
@Shelbie314: Post photos when you’re done! I love wine baskets.
@KL444: Did you end up finishing your basket? Would love to see photos!