Dec 15 2009

Just Grapes Gift Guide: Part One

Photo by Larry and Renee

Photo by Larry and Renee

Holiday shopping got you down? Just can’t find the perfect gift for those people on your list? Just Grapes has the answer! We’re truly a one-stop shop for everyone on your shopping list (even the little ones–our never-expiring tasting cards will still be valid once they turn 21!). To make it even easier, we’ve put together a guide for all those hard-to-shop-for loved ones.

For your BFF Since Like, Grade School:

She’s seen you at your best, dolled up to the nines in your Christian Louboutin knock-offs, and at your worst, with your head in the toilet of some dive (and she even held your hair back). Show her how much you care with Bitch Bubbly. This sparkling Shiraz/Grenache blend is just fruity enough with its candied raspberry-cherry-ripe strawberryness. It’s saucy and sweet with just a little bit of an edge, just like your bestie.

For your Hipster Friend Who Really Likes Wes Anderson:

2008 Mod: A cheeky, technicolor Vespa label and a cool, crisp white on the inside? Sounds perfect! This Alsatian-esque Pinot Gris actually comes from Victoria, Australia. Light, crisp and nuanced, this lemony-limey white will have your hipster friend sweeping his bangs out of his face to get a whiff of that white-flowery nose; he won’t believe his beard! After a thank you in the form of a fist-pound, he’ll nestle this in his messenger bag, right next to his aviators and a cd of a band you’ve never heard of.

For The One:

The One needs no introduction; you just know The One. Same goes for The Wine. Robert Parker gave this 2004 Shiraz 99 points, which means to him, this is about as close to perfect as it gets. This Wine is so deeply complex with its smoky, woody, black-and-blueberry notes right off the bat–and that’s barely scratching the surface! The Wine continues with licorice, spice and chocolate, and a bunch of other notes my tiny mortal mind can barely comprehend. If infinite ecstasy had a flavor, it would taste like The Wine. Gift it wisely.

For the Friend-You-Wish-Were-More-Than-a-Friend:

The story usually goes something like this: boy meets girl, girl likes boy, boy likes girl, but they just stay friends. Why? Quit asking so many questions! Regardless, 2003 The Fight has enough game for both of you. Sure, there’s two sweaty dudes duking it out on label, but think of it as metaphor for yourself boxing your own insecurities…or something to that effect. Round and juicy, this incredible Shiraz has hints of earth and licorice, which also happens to be a recipe for love. Just make sure she opens this big Shiraz with you over dinner, and not with some other guy.

For the College Kid Who Just Turned 21:

He’s lean, he’s mean, he’s a beer-chugging machine. He’s also almost out of college, and someone needs to let him know that doing keg stands of Natty Light shirtless just doesn’t cut it in the real world. Do him a favor with the 2007 Sineann; a Cab so lush, so approachable, so bursting with blackberry jamminess that it just might blow his precious little mind. Full-bodied enough to make him feel like Big Man on Campus, yet silky and fruit-forward enough for a kid just dipping his toes into a good wine. You’re welcome, little guy.

For the Person You Just Really Want to Impress:

Sometimes, we just need a gift that will render the receiver utterly speechless. For this occasion especially, the  2005 Anamorphosis Shiraz was conceived. With perhaps the most epic packaging in Wine History, the mirrored Anamorphosis sits in the center of a poster by Hungarian artist Istvan Orosz, and a mystical image appears in the reflection (to me, it looks like either William Shakespeare or a mustachioed Jeremy Irons)!  Our second 99-pointer on the list (could it be Mr. Parker is getting a little loose with those double nines? Nah–it’s just that Just Grapes has got all the good stuff), this fruit behemoth can be enjoyed now, or put to bed for 20+ years.

That’s it for now! Check back soon when we tackle the people who are really hard to shop for, like Mom and Dad, Joined-at-the-Hip-Couple, and Wine-Geek-You’re-Afraid-to-Buy-Wine-For!

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