Need a suggestion for boss's XMas gift
I'm looking for a suggestion for a good red for my boss this year. Looking to spend around 30-40.
Hmm...how about Italian...how about a Barbaresco? You can get a 2001 "Serra Boella" Paitin for about 30-40 bucks depending on where you shop. It's a nice, soft, versatile wine.
Hope your boss is getting his/her employees something too! :)
What does s/he like? Is your boss an avid wine drinker? What type of food does s/he like best?
You probably won't be able to find it, but depending on how hard you are willing to work at it, try to get some Schild Shiraz Barossa 2004. Maybe easier to get would be the 2003 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor. If s/he likes French wines, try to get the 2003 Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape or the 2003 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau. Both are excellent. All of these wines were made in fairly large quantity so they should be available (except the Schild which was snapped up as soon as it appeared) if you look for them.
If s/he is not really a wine nut, you could try to get a couple of bottles of the 2003 Chateau Ste. Michelle-Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica. It costs about $20 and is very appealing to both the casual wine drinker and the wine nut. Or get one bottle of the Eroica and a bottle of the 2003 Rosenblum Zinfandel Paso Robles Richard Sauret Vineyards. That way you can give a red and a white for under $40 and both are very good. You could also look at some other wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle. Their wines are in the $20 range and very good.
If you're spending between $30-$40 on your boss, he/she must be special. I wouldn't even get my boss a bottle of two-buck chuck.
How about something from Sapphire Hill in Russian River Valley? I am a big fan of their Zins.
If you can find some of Owen Roe's Sharecropper Pinot Noir (Oregon) it would make a great gift. It's not expensive but serves like a pinot 3 times the price. For $40 you could just about get 2 bottles of it which would be twice as good.
As far as zins, the Peterson Dry Creek, Rosenblum Rockpile or Carla's or maybe any of the Ridge zins.
I would agree with the Ridge zin---especially the Ponzo (in fact, I had it last night).
Also, for reds Pinots from the Russian River valley are always a good bet. The Olivet Lane Pinot from there is a steal at about $25