‘Tis the season for great company – and good wine. It’s time for office parties and guilt inducing binge eating between now and new years. Whether it’s a party that you’re hosting, a dinner that you’re attending, or just a cozy chat by the fireplace with friends – there’s something here for everyone. So enjoy the time with loved ones and get ready to impress with these wallet-friendly suggestions. Happy holidays!
Tiff’s Holiday Wine Picks 2016
It is refreshing and fruity with a brightness that is well balanced. It’s got a touch of sweetness making it easy to enjoy alone or with some great holiday party appetizers.
cheaper price here!
This wine is great with spicy food, or roast duck. Super aromatic, so think lychee, pineapple, honey, and ginger. Yea, I know pronouncing this thing is tough but trust drinking it is super easy and you won’t be disappointed. I’ve given you a few dry and sweet options below. Phonetics: Geh-VIRTZ-trah-MEE-ner (say that three times fast!)
Hello Argentina! This tricky little grape smells sweet (highly aromatic) but is actually dry. It’s great with Mexican, Peruvian, Asian, and Indian food. Because I love this grape so much, I had to give you options for the dessert style of this grape which is absolutely heavenly chilled cold.
Ok, this one’s a bit of a splurge but well worth it. When a when is labeled Sancerre it’s likely a Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley of France. Think white flowers, green peppers, and green apples on a crisp autumn day. Layers of flavor and perfect with goat cheese or rosemary chicken.
Merry and Mighty
All I can say is c-l-a-s-s-y! Not your typical California Chardonnay. It’s light on the oak and heavy on the spice and tropical flavors. Great with pasta and seafood. Careful, after a glass or two – at 14% alcohol you’ll need to leave the car keys with Aunt May.
This Chilean Merlot is yummy and powerful! Think plums and black cherry juice on the palate. Merlot’s great for folks who aren’t ready for the tannic big boys like Cabernet Sauvignon but love a red with some personality. Works well with flavorful chicken or lightly spiced red meats.
A beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon found north of Napa and Sonoma counties. This bottle exudes flavors of dried figs, plums and blackberries.
Bells and Bubbly
This classic champagne is a splurge but worth every penny. Direct from Champagne, France this brut offers a crisp mouth feel with smooth floral aromas. It’s made with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier – making it a luxury experience considering every grape imparts its own character into the final blend. Cheers!
What a great sparkling wine out of Carneros and at a delicious price point for such a dynamic blend of fruit. It’s from California so there’s definitely more a fruit influence with an abundance of bubbles.
If you didn’t know these two wines before, now you do! Your holiday party guests will thank you.
Last but not least, I had to share my latest fortified wine obsession. At this price point, your party will remain on budget.
Portugal is home to world-class fortified wines. This port is exclusively produced in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. Your palate will be delighted with flavors of chocolate and berries. It packs a punch of course but makes for a festive night cap. My Dad loves when I sneak him a glass after family dinners… sorry Mom!