It’s a tradition spanning decades, the gesture created to leave a good impression, a token of appreciation for hosting a gathering, an act of camaraderie, respect even reverence; it’s the ‘gift wine.’ Of all the frequently asked questions I receive, the most recurring is, “I’m finally meeting the parents, what wine should I get?” There are many factors that should influence your pick. Do they prefer white or red? What season is it? Often I find it’s generally good to acknowledge family heritage. If, for instance, the parents come from an Italian background, they might attach special importance to Italian wine. Another factor is the appearance of the bottle. No matter how expensive or delicious it might be, not everyone is a connoisseur, and may judge the wine by its bottle, and thus, your gift-giving. It’s important for a gift wine to look respectable. Another variable is the varietal. What grape do they prefer? This may be difficult to ascertain prior to meeting the parents, so I like to err on the side of Cabernet Sauvignon; an immensely popular variety that is generally very palatable for many different tastes. However, the most important factor is how much money you are willing to spend. Here are a few classy Cabernets in a variety of price ranges that are sure to impress.