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Buying wedding gifts in the past had fewer challenges considering that the general concept was to help couples get off to a good start with household items. Today, many newlyweds have had a house together for years or are combining two households. This sometimes means that the couple already have two of everything they need.

This is one reason why bridal registry printouts don’t look as traditional as in the past. China, linens and towels are being replaced by requests for high-speed blenders, fondue sets or fancy stainless steel popcorn poppers. Not that a newlywed couple would not truly appreciate these additions to their household, but if you know the newlyweds are wine lovers, why not share your passion for wine in a unique and celebratory way?

Whether your budget is $15 or $150, there are many options available.

Some points to keep in mind:

For smaller budgets, consider one special bottle. If your budget allows, the pinnacle of gift sets could include bottles to be enjoyed on the first, fifth and 10th anniversaries. If you want to make the gift a bit more unique, add crystal wine glasses. Choose a reputable fine wine retailer for advice and direction. For a special touch, enclose a business card from the retailer so the recipients can contact the retailer with questions concerning the special bottle.


  • 2006 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma), California (about $16 retail)
  • 2008 Los Vascos Blend, Chile (about $15 retail)
  • 2006 Bell Rose, California (about $18 retail)
  • 2008 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon, California (about $15 retail)


  • NV Sofia Blanc de Blancs, California (about $22 retail)
  • NV Roederer Anderson Valley Brut, California (about $20 retail)
  • NV Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, California (about $45 retail)
  • For the fifth anniversary: 2003 Castello Banfi Summus, Italy (about $70 retail)
  • For the 10th anniversary: 2005 Ambullneo Big Paw Chardonnay, California (about $88 retail)