If you've not sure what to bring to a housewarming party, wine is always a great option. Wine is a wonderful ice breaker and socially acceptable pretty much anywhere. You can give wine to a man or woman, or a couple, and it will be appropriate and appreciated.
Before picking that housewarming wine, know your host. Even non-wine drinkers may appreciate a bottle of vino for entertainment purposes. Go with a taste that fits your hosts lifestyle. You may already know they prefer sweet wines or enjoy a white wine with cheese. If you're not sure, talk to someone at the local winery about a neutral housewarming gift wine. If in a rush, go with a Pinot Noir.
Most likely you'll hand the wine to your host as you walk into the new home. But sometimes hosts will be extremely busy managing the party. Instead of having to set the bottle in the open, put the housewarming wine in a nice gift bag with a handwritten note or card congratulating your hosts.
Package It with Another Gift
A nice platter of cheeses or assorted meats are excellent complements to a nice vino. Find out what your hosts enjoy doing. A good book to read or music to listen to while pouring a glass makes the wine a gift offered with forethought. There are also options for gift baskets that come with a bottle.
Make It Cozy
If the housewarming is in the fall or winter, roll the bottle up in a nice, warm scarf. Carefully tie both ends so that it looks nice and the bottle's safe. Add a nice ribbon or ornament and the gift becomes truly special.
Bring the Accessories
The idea of a housewarming gift wine grows in sentimental value if you include an accessory. Think a pair of wine glasses or a bottle stopper. Wine gift sets can include everything a drinker may need, including glasses and napkins. Grab some unique coasters made specifically for wine. You don't need to spend a lot of money. A classy monogrammed stopper can run you $20 or less.
A Few Last Words
Bringing a housewarming wine to the party isn't like bringing a bottle to a dinner party. In the latter case, it's understood the wine will be opened and enjoyed on the spot. Housewarming gifts are intended for the hosts and that includes any beverages. Don't let your hosts feel obligated to begin pouring, even if other guests are asking. Urge your hosts to save the bottle for later, for even after the party, when it's time to relax after their long day. If they insist, go ahead and let them open it.
And don't forget to remove the price tag. Whether you've bought a 1979 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Fine de Bourgogne or a 2010 Lindeman’s Bin 90 Moscato, letting others know what you spent is tacky.