Suggestions regarding giving wine to an executive

My husband and I would like to give a nice bottle of wine to an executive at his firm, but we not savvy on finer details of wine and wine selections. I don't know the executive's tastes either. Is there a nice bottle of wine for around $75-100 that would be a nice gift, crossing most wine palates?

Thank you in advance.
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Originally posted by SM74:
Not all wine drinkers like champagne. If you know he enjoys wine it doesn't automatically follow that he will enjoy a premium champagne.


The question was what to buy for someone whose palate the OP is unfamiliar with which might appeal to most palates.

I'd love to hear your suggestion on this.

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by SM74:
Not all wine drinkers like champagne. If you know he enjoys wine it doesn't automatically follow that he will enjoy a premium champagne.


The question was what to buy for someone whose palate the OP is unfamiliar with which might appeal to most palates.

I'd love to hear your suggestion on this.

PH


moscato di asti ;-)

tho at 75-100$

mmmm might be tougher

with manager's, i tend to give spirits instead though.

can't go wrong with some scotch and the bottle lasts alot longer, so they'd remember you a little longer since the bottle sticks around for a few drinking sessions
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Originally posted by g-man:


with manager's, i tend to give spirits instead though.

can't go wrong with some scotch and the bottle lasts alot longer, so they'd remember you a little longer since the bottle sticks around for a few drinking sessions


Interesting idea; it has merit.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by SM74:
Not all wine drinkers like champagne. If you know he enjoys wine it doesn't automatically follow that he will enjoy a premium champagne.


The question was what to buy for someone whose palate the OP is unfamiliar with which might appeal to most palates.

I'd love to hear your suggestion on this.

PH


No, that wasn't the question. She inquired about wine, not Champagne. They mentioned the word wine five times in their post. You must have missed it.

If I knew absolutely nothing about the person other than the fact they "like" wine, I'd find them some type of lower-end classified growth. People have their preferences for white/red, California, France, Italy, etc., but I think it would be rare for anyone to be disappointed with such a thing if given as a gift.
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Originally posted by SM74:
She inquired about wine, not Champagne. They mentioned the word wine five times in their post. You must have missed it.


Damn, I was under the impression that the fizzy stuff made from grapes in Champagne was actually wine. I can't believe I've been so wrong all these years!
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Originally posted by SM74:

No, that wasn't the question. She inquired about wine, not Champagne. They mentioned the word wine five times in their post. You must have missed it.



Wow. Just, wow...

From Webster:

Wine: an alcoholic drink made from the juice of grapes.

Pretty basic definition. What did I miss here?

PH
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Originally posted by SM74:
... I'd find them some type of lower-end classified growth.


And as far as a choice that might cross "most" palates, I would disagree with this completely.

1) Bordeaux does not appeal to many palates.

2) Any classified growth is likely to need time to show well anyway. The OP doesn't even know the recipient's palate. How could she know if the exec has appropriate storage to lay down a Bdx for years?

PH
I think Champagne is a very good choice as a gift, because

1. even people who don't know much about wine recognize that Champagne is a pricey and sophisticated beverage (as Board-O wrote, it's "sure to impress")

2. if the exec knows wine, he will immediately recognize and appreciate the gesture

3. if the exec doesn't like Champagne, he will have an excellent re-gift item; in fact, he could pass it on to one his superiors, or alternatively he could open it for a group of his friends and then he would only have to choke down a small glass of the vile stuff Smile

I don't think there's another wine that has the sort of universal cache that Champagne does. Without knowing the person's personal preferences, I think it's the ideal selection, as others have stated above.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
I don't think there's another wine that has the sort of universal cache that Champagne does. Without knowing the person's personal preferences, I think it's the ideal selection, as others have stated above.

Agree completely
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
I don't think there's another wine that has the sort of universal cache that Champagne does. Without knowing the person's personal preferences, I think it's the ideal selection, as others have stated above.

Agree completely


I agree, as long as we are talking Champagne here, not sparkling wine.
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Originally posted by billhike:
quote:
Originally posted by SM74:
She inquired about wine, not Champagne. They mentioned the word wine five times in their post. You must have missed it.


Damn, I was under the impression that the fizzy stuff made from grapes in Champagne was actually wine. I can't believe I've been so wrong all these years!


yes,

yes you are.

mistaken, very veyr mistaken.

wait, they use grapes in champagne?
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by billhike:
quote:
Originally posted by SM74:
She inquired about wine, not Champagne. They mentioned the word wine five times in their post. You must have missed it.


Damn, I was under the impression that the fizzy stuff made from grapes in Champagne was actually wine. I can't believe I've been so wrong all these years!




yes,

yes you are.

mistaken, very veyr mistaken.

wait, they use grapes in champagne?



No, silly, they use grapes to make WINE!

They use only bubbles to make Champagne.

I thought everybody knew that.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by billhike:
quote:
Originally posted by SM74:
She inquired about wine, not Champagne. They mentioned the word wine five times in their post. You must have missed it.


Damn, I was under the impression that the fizzy stuff made from grapes in Champagne was actually wine. I can't believe I've been so wrong all these years!




yes,

yes you are.

mistaken, very veyr mistaken.

wait, they use grapes in champagne?



No, silly, they use grapes to make WINE!

They use only bubbles to make Champagne.

I thought everybody knew that.


i did, billhike there apparently didn't get the memo.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
quote:
Originally posted by SM74:
... I'd find them some type of lower-end classified growth.


And as far as a choice that might cross "most" palates, I would disagree with this completely.

1) Bordeaux does not appeal to many palates.

PH


I'm going to have to completely agree with that! My wife HATES Bordeaux and I am only starting to warm up to a few select styles after experimenting with many. But, you know me . . . I'm a little slow! We'll have to re-visit this predicament in 10 years
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
I think Champagne is a very good choice as a gift, because

1. even people who don't know much about wine recognize that Champagne is a pricey and sophisticated beverage (as Board-O wrote, it's "sure to impress")

2. if the exec knows wine, he will immediately recognize and appreciate the gesture

3. if the exec doesn't like Champagne, he will have an excellent re-gift item; in fact, he could pass it on to one his superiors, or alternatively he could open it for a group of his friends and then he would only have to choke down a small glass of the vile stuff Smile

I don't think there's another wine that has the sort of universal cache that Champagne does. Without knowing the person's personal preferences, I think it's the ideal selection, as others have stated above.


+3 . . . and this is from someone that is just shy of completely naïve to Champagne. This seems to be a bottle that everyone will immediately appreciate whether they like it or not. . . perhaps why Veuve Clicquot seems to be such a common corporate gift. Wife and I just closed on a fairly significant real-estate transaction ~1 month ago . . . gift from our realtor and friend . . . bottle of Veuve. Not I think this champagne is solidly ok and wouldn't turn it down. More importantly, we both could immediately appreciate the sentiment
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Originally posted by Parcival:
Veuve Clicquot

Some years back when I was interfacing often with collegues in France, they would always bring a bottle of this as a business gift. Always appreciated the gesture and enjoyed it for the graciousness in which it was given.
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by SM74:
She inquired about wine, not Champagne. They mentioned the word wine five times in their post. You must have missed it.


Damn, I was under the impression that the fizzy stuff made from grapes in Champagne was actually wine. I can't believe I've been so wrong all these years!


Someone with 3 posts in the Learn Wine section asking about which "wine" to purchase is obviously not concerned about the physical make-up of the substance. She is using the term as 99% of the population uses it.
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Originally posted by AmsterdamNL:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
If that's the criterion, give Pouilly Fuisse


I actually laughed outloud here.


Server at an offline kept calling it Polly Fweesee despite my repeating it loudly correctly.

The Pur Sang was delicious though.

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