If holiday shopping or entertaining has got you stressed, then never fear, this comprehensive wine guide will get you through those trouble spots. To learn more about any of the wines just click on the name and it will take you to my wine review. There are only a few that I haven’t written about yet, but believe me they pass inspection.
Reds Under $25
- Hess Select Cabernet ($16.99)
- Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet – Move over Apothic and Menage A Trois because this wine is taking your place. It’s time to drink like the wine snob you’ve become. ($13.99)l
- Conundrum – Don’t let the twist top fool you, the makers of Caymus bring you this red for less than half the cost of their Cab and the taste is strikingly similar. ($25)
- Educated Guess Cabernet – The thought put into making this wine is evident with the perfect balance of flavors, tannins and smooth finish. ($22.99)
- Earthquake Zinfandel ($23.99)
- Saldo ($24.99)
- Tomero Malbec ($12.99)
- Gravel Bar Alluvial Red Blend ($16.99)
Whites Under $25
Sparkling Wines Under $25
- Rotari Sparkling Rose ($11.99)
- Chandon Brut Classic – Besides the gorgeous labels designed by various famous artists, this drinks like a much more expensive bottle of Champagne. ($14.99)
- Pop Champagne Miniature Bottle ($19.99)
Reds For Discerning Palates
- Prisoner Red BlendPrisoner Red Blend ($30)
- Miner Petite Sirah ($70)
- Caymus Cabernet – The smoothest Cab I’ve tried as of yet. It’s not punch you in the face flavorful, but it’s always consistent and my husband’s favorite. ($64.99)
- Palermo ($37.99)
- Chimney Rock Cabernet ($35.99)
- Inkblot Cabernet Franc ($35)
Whites For Discerning Palates
- L Chardonnay ($60)
- Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay – A cloudy glass of this wine will take you back to the days when unfiltered Chards were all the rage…even if you weren’t old enough to drink then. 😉 ($42.99)
- Rombauer Chardonnay ($30)
- Far Niente ($70)
Champagne & Sparkling Wines Worth Celebrating
- Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label – Full of tropical fruit flavors and the perfect effervescence. Cheers! ($42.99)
- Pommery Brut Royal – Peach, apple and a hint of butterscotch. Yum! ($29.99)
Bigger Is Better (“That’s what she said.”)
- If you want to really leave a lasting impression, pick up a Magnum (equivalent to 2 bottles of wine), a Double Magnum (equivalent to 4 standard bottles) or an Jeroboam (equivalent to 6 standard bottles). As a gift, these wines store beautifully and for much longer than a standard wine bottle and makes a festive addition to any host’s dinner party. Imagine setting that bad boy on the table and watching everyone’s reaction.
After compiling this list, it’s pretty apparent that reds are the favorite around here as well as the Napa region. The goal for 2017 is to branch out with lighter reds, more whites and dipping my toes into the granddaddy of all wine regions-France.
What will you be drinking this December and what are your wine goals for 2017?
Have a very Merry Holiday Season!
Cheers my dears!