Wine Bags & Tags: Dressing Up a Basic Bottle

Wine Bags & Tags: Dressing Up a Basic Bottle

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Ronee Saroff
Nov 6, 2009

I'll admit that when it comes to hostess gifts, I lack a certain amount of creativity. I usually opt for the standard bottle of wine. But nothing says afterthought like a crumpled brown paper bag. Here are some chic alternatives that will make even a $7 bottle of Trader Joe's Merlot look like a million bucks.

Many of these ideas could be assembled at home with paper or fabric scraps, but the extra effort will go a long way toward making your host feel special. Here are a few more suggestions:

  1. Wrap the bottle in a beautiful tea towel secured with ribbon or twine.
  2. Attach your favorite recipe for coq au vin or beef bourguignon.
  3. Include an aromatic sachet of spices along with instructions for making mulled wine.
  4. Use floral wire to attach a seasonal bouquet of pine cones, hypericum berries, or bittersweet vine.
  5. Print gift tags with your own wine witticisms: Wanna share a Cab?
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