My friend brought my son on a ski trip for a week. She tells me I don't owe money. I want to buy a really nice bottle of chardonnay (oaky) for her and a Cabernet for her husband. Suggestions? They love wine but I don't drink it so I need some help....thanks!!
Simi and Franciscan are two Chardonnay that I enjoy and think are well regarded.
As for oaky? Not sure, but certainly not fruity. I just know I'd feel very confident giving them as a gift.
What is your budget? I have given a bottle of the Caymus Napa Valley cab in a similar situation (fairly safe choice for those who enjoy domestic cabs).
My favorite Chardonnay and Cab are Far Niente, and they make an impressive gift. However, they are not cheap.
What do you mean by "really nice?" What's your price point? and where are you located? Some wines are more available in one place than another. That info would help us help you.
I'm a big fan of the Burgundian style of Chardonnay, and there are a number of California winemakers who are emulating that style. They exist in a variety of price points, but none are "cheap." Same for good Cabernet Sauvignons.