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Whether it’s your in-laws, boss or very best friend from elementary school, we all have at least one person in our life who throws around fancy words like “peaty” or “leggy” and has definitely tasted the most expensive bottle on the menu. Luckily, if you're seeking gifts for wine lovers, we have 18 recommendations of stellar, unusual bottles that’ll knock their socks off.

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1. 2018 Aurelien Chatagnier Rhodaniennies Syrah, Rhone, France

If you’re looking to impress, you can’t go wrong with a medium-bodied red. This French syrah is slightly spicy on first sniff but opens up to a pretty, red fruit palate once you taste it.

Buy it ($25; $20)

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2. 2013 Quady North Cabernet Franc, Oregon

For your dad who insists on a “big red” (his words), this robust cabernet will do the trick. He’ll scoff when you tell him to drink it chilled, but the balanced palate of raspberry, cassis and pepper will convince him you were right.

Buy it ($40, $35)


3. 2017 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py, Morgon, France

This young French gamay is just *funky* enough to please your sister-in-law who insists she only drinks natural wine these days.

Buy it ($49)

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4. 2017 Ben Haines Roussanne, Victoria, Australia

For your one friend who beelines straight for the “natural wine” section of the menu, gift this practicing organic white. They’ll ooh and ahh at the notes of white flower, almond, apple and herbal tea.

Buy it ($30; $24)

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5. 2018 Monier Perreol St. Joseph Blanc Marsanne, Rhone, France

This organic and biodynamic French white will please your mom, who just wants something “cold and oaky.”

Buy it ($55; $45)

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6. 2018 Ruth Lewandowski Feints Co-Ferment, Mendocino, California

Trust us: It doesn’t matter who you give this gorgeous light red to; they’ll love you forever. Carbonic maceration keeps it fresh, light and unexpected. (Need more convincing? It’s our food editor’s favorite wine.)

Buy it ($25)

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7. 2017 Chateau Leoube Secret De Leoube Rosé, Provence, France

This provençal-style rosé is traditional yet mysterious, medium-bodied yet easy to drink. Give it to the wine lover who says they “aren’t really a rosé person.”

Buy it ($42; $35)

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8. 2017 Simon Bize Savigny Les Beaune Blanc, Burgundy, France

You know that one aunt who only drinks Chardonnay and scares you a little? She’ll swoon over this elegant, citrusy bottle.

Buy it ($60; $50)

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9. 2018 The Marigny by St. Reginald Parrish Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley, Oregon

St. Reginald Parrish’s Marigny wines are all about being unfussy, natural and high-quality, and this rosé is no exception. Basically, it’s ideal for your friend who documents every glass she drinks on Instagram.

Buy it ($25)

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10. 2017 Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse, South Africa

Keep a bottle of this fragrant, medium-bodied white blend on hand for any last-minute gift. It’s balanced, drinkable and pairs well with roast chicken—yum.

Buy it ($35)

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11. 2014 Coelho Winery 'paciencia' Estate Pinot Noir, Oregon

This medium-bodied red is heavy on the fruit with a little bit of earthiness to balance everything out—the definition of crowd-pleasing.

Buy it ($45; $40)

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12. 2017 Jauma Grenache ‘Genovese,’ Blewitt Springs, Australia

Fresh fruit flavors, lower alcohol and easy tannins? Yep, this natural Australian red is a real no-brainer. Buy it for pretty much anyone on your list.

Buy it ($50)

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13. 2017 Simon Bize Savigny Les Beaune Blanc Chardonnay, Burgundy, France

Everyone knows at least one person who poo-poos Chardonnay. Give them this surprisingly mineral-forward and citrusy bottle to change their mind. (Butter who?)

Buy it ($50)

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14. 2018 Giraud Chateauneuf Du Pape Blanc Les Gallimardes, Rhone, France

This floral, aromatic and, yes, kind of pricy organic white is just the thing to give that one person on your list who you’re really out to impress.

Buy it ($70)

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15. 2014 Molino Di Sant'antimo Brunello Di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

This bright, aromatic sangiovese is best served with a slight chill, to bring out the notes of strawberry and raspberry. It’s fruity enough to please a picky drinker, without being boring.

Buy it ($50; $40)

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16. 2018 Patrick Sullivan ‘Haggis’ Red Blend, Victoria, Australia

They’ll laugh at the name and then thank you after the first sip, because this natural rosé is unlike anything else out there. It’s actually a blend of red and white grapes, all fermented with some skin contact and bottled unfiltered. Give this one to your most adventurous friend.

Buy it ($39)

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17. 2018 Jauma ‘Danby’ Grenache, South Australia

No one will believe this light, slightly fizzy red hails from South Australia. It’s tart, refreshing, reminiscent of fresh cranberries and pairs like a dream with food—basically, all we want to drink.

Buy it ($33)

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18. 2017 Simon Bize Savigny Les Beaune Rouge Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France

With notes of ripe cherry, plum and raspberry (and a hint of earthiness), this pinot noir from Burgundy is complex enough to impress even the toughest of your wine critic friends. Tell them it’s certified biodynamic and they’ll swoon.

Buy it ($60; $50) 

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