It's the most wonderful time of the year … to celebrate the Holiday season and the coming New Year with those closest to you. From informal cocktail and dessert parties to sit down formal dinners, to buying the perfect hostess gift, we have 12 great recommendations that are all affordable, impressive, but absolutely delicious wines that everyone will enjoy. We wish you all a joyful Holiday Season and Happy New Year. Cheers to good health, happiness, and amazing food and wine!
Sparkling Wine ~ A fantastic host or hostess gift and versatile wine for cocktail and dessert parties because it pairs with just about anything and is an affordable yet impressive bottle of bubbly.
Our Pick: Schramsberg Vineyards Mirabelle Brut $ 18.99
Fume Blanc ~ Just another name for Sauvignon Blanc, this crisp and refreshing wine has an intestinal fruit that makes your mouth water. Pair this chilled with your first course, favorite seafood dish or anything spicy.
Our Pick: Ferrari-Carano 2009 Fume Blanc $ 11.99
Pinot Gris ~ Our pick from Oregon's mostly planted varietal, this Pinot Gris is "bright and silky, delivering a lively mouthful of pear, apple, melon, and floral flavors that persists nicely …" Wine Spectator 90 points. Pairs great with all the flavors of the holiday season, like turkey, ham, or potato gratin.
Our Pick: Torii Mor 2009 Pinot Gris $ 12.98
Chardonnay ~ What a great value for this 92 pointer by Robert Parker. "The 2008 Chardonnay Estate has much more orange blossom and tropical fruit, with a hint of honeyed citrus, more color, and a slightly more caramelized style to it, but with less mineral than the Verna's. And although there is a touch of spice, there is virtually no evidence of any oak. " Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate. Pair this with rich fish dishes like salmon and oven roasted chicken.
Our Pick: Melville 2008 Chardonnay "Estate" Santa Rita Hills $ 19.95
Rose ~ A great WOW factor in the glass and vibrant on the palette. This dry rose has both spice and fruit, with hints of sage and watermelon on the nose, and flavors of juicy strawberries and red cherries finished with good acidity. A delicious way to start your cocktail party or the perfect bottle for a friend or fellow wine lover.
Our Pick: Tablas Creek 2008 Rose $ 21.99
Pinot Noir ~ A versatile wine for holiday fare, this Pinot Noir is full of ripe red cherries and rhubarb with a little herbal tea essence, nice acid, overall very well balanced. A side note, Pinot Noir is one of the toughest varietals to grow, so it's worth it to pay a little more for this varietal for better quality. Pair this with roast duck breast, pork tenderloin or the French dish, Coque a Vin. This is an impressive gift idea for any wine lover.
Our Pick: Adelaida 2007 HMR Pinot Noir $ 26.95
Grenache ~ What an amazing value for this 91 …