Many people like to play the “what if” scenario, so it’s a good thing to do. What happens if you don’t chill the wine before presenting it to someone? Well, it depends on why you are bringing the wine over. If it is as a hostess gift, it doesn’t matter whether you chill it or not because you are giving it as a gift. The people are likely going to set the wine aside to be enjoyed by them at a later date. If you were to provide it chilled, it is as though you are asking for a portion of your gift and that is rude.
If you are going for dinner or for a party, you can chill the wine so that it is ready to be served. Not many people have instant wine chillers and various other wine props to cool the wine down. This means you want to be as prepared as possible. You don’t want people adding ice to the wine to make it drinkable because this is going to water the wine down and alter the flavor that you worked so hard to find.
If you want to go above and beyond with a bottle of wine, you can also get a wine pourer or aerator. A wine pourer can be used for red or white wine. It is designed to create a clean pour into the wine glass so that none of it dribbles down the side. An aerator is going to be used for red wine and simply adds air to break apart some of the flavors so that they can be enjoyed. It has a similar affect to swirling and can be something that you pour the wine into and then into the glass or that you attach directly to the bottle of wine.
You don’t have to feel overwhelmed bringing a bottle to a party or a get together. Probably the best tip I can give you is pick a wine that means something to you. Or reminds you of the person you are giving it to. If you can tell a story about the bottle or even the picture on the label your gift will be more memorable and isn’t that what we all want out of out gift.