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Gifting wine is a no-brainer—until it’s time to select a bottle from the shelf. Do you go with an attractive label? An impressive price tag? Natalie Berejan, wine supervisor at Whole Foods Market in Mount Pleasant, suggests thinking about the recipient’s tastes. “If your friend is serving spicy food, for example, you might try an opposite pairing—a sweeter wine to balance the heat. Or choose a bottle from a region known for fiery fare.” Still unsure? “Go with bubbles!” Read on for three of Berejan’s no-fail gift ideas.

Alongside the farm-to-table movement, there’s been a rise in grower Champagnes, made in the eponymous region of France by the same farmer who grew the grapes. To find the real deal, Grassroots Wine Wholesalers’ Harry Root advises looking for the “RM” code (short for Récoltant Manipulant, or “farmer-made”) on the label

Six creative ways to blend your bubbly