When putting together a wine gift basket, there are several things to consider. First, if you are presenting the basket to the host of a dinner party, consider purchasing wines that will be good for the party. Include a bottle of red wine, white wine, and a bottle of dessert wine, such as an ice wine or port wine. Another good idea is to include local wineries in your basket if you are shipping your basket out of state. Hosts will enjoy sampling wines from the hometown of the giver. You might also consider making a theme basket, such as Italian wines, French wines, California wines or even Texas wines.
Part of putting your wine gift basket together involves choosing your display. Consider using something other than a wicker basket for your presentation. Small metal tubs can be used in the summer time to create your basket, and the host can use your bucket to chill the wine for outside parties or picnics. Wooden buckets and small crates can also be used to make creative presentations.
You may also want to consider including some accessories, such as wine glass charms, which identify an individual's wine glass, stemware or a unique bottle opener. Crackers, cheese and chocolate all make great additions as well.
Carefully thought out wine gourmet gift baskets can make a great gift for hosts, business acquaintances or family members. Planning your gift basket ahead of time will ensure that your gift will be remembered for a long time.