Wine Guide: How to Give the Perfect Bottle

Tailoring a gift of wine to its recipient takes some thought, but whatever personality you’re dealing with, the end result is well worth it.

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For the Experimenter

This friend will try anything once—or twice—so you can push the boundaries a bit. An offbeat selection will be appreciated.

High: Environmental concerns tend to motivate the experimental set, and the Salcheto Vino Nobile de Montepulciano “Salco” 2007 ($75) comes from what claims to be the world’s first totally off-the-grid winery: Tuscany’s Salcheto. Green or not, the wine is delicious, with a racy acidity, ripe plum flavors and an herbal edge—a new way to experience Tuscan wine. It would be incredible with grilled lamb, mint sauce on the side.