When magazines write about wines for holidays, it makes us over here at Drink Me beg the question: which holidays exactly? The crazy running around holidays? The endless papercuts from wrapping unshapely gifts holidays? The celebrate with work friends holidays? Or the sit at home and watch movies with the family holidays? Because they’re all very different, and so too are the wines that suit them. With the help of our friends at Vintage Point, we’ve compiled 10 holiday wines that actually cover all the aforementioned bases, and more.
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DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc 2016: Wrapping Presents
This wine’s crisp acidity followed with a core of fruit that extends into a lengthy finish is sure to keep you energized as you sort through all the paper, ribbon, bags, bows and more.
DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc 2016 (SRP $35)
Educated Guess Chardonnay 2016: Setting up Holiday Decorations
Running around the house, stringing up lights and other ornaments can feel like a workout. Sip on this refreshing glass of this Chardonnay as you admire your work. The crisp apple notes followed by creamy toast notes will bring back your holiday spirit.
Educated Guess Chardonnay 2016 (SRP $19.99)
Julia’s Dazzle Rose 2017: Holiday Baking
From cookies to pies and more, this versatile wine has flavors of strawberry and ripe melon for an array of pairings. Open while your wait for your treats to bake in the oven or even as you decorate those sugar cookies.
Julia’s Dazzle Rose 2017 (SRP $17.99)
Rabble Wine Company Rose 2017: Holiday Shopping
After scouring the mall for the perfect gifts, come home, put your feet up and pour a glass of this Rosé. A refreshing wine with notes of fresh strawberry peach and zest minerality.
Rabble Wine Company Rose 2017 (SRP $17.99)
Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay 2017: Watching Holiday Movies
Settle in on the couch with blankets, popcorn and a bottle of this Chardonnay. With notes of ripe apples followed by notes of toasted oak and vanilla, it’s a perfect pairing with the popcorn and all your favorite festive films.
Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay 2017 (SRP $19.99
Gary Farrell Pinot Noir 2016 Russian River Selection: A Bottle for the Boss
This Russian River Pinot Noir blend captures the richness, purity and elegance that are Gary Farrell Winery’s trademarks. A selection sure to impress any boss.
Gary Farrell Pinot Noir 2016 Russian River Selection (SRP $45)
Department 66 D-66 Grenache 2014: First Snow
Open this bottle to enjoy sitting next to the fireplace watching the snow fall. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, the vibrant cassis and mineral notes are sure to keep you warm.
Department 66 D-66 Grenache 2014 (SRP $40)
Tooth & Nail The Stand 2015 Petite Sirah Blend: Gift Exchange with Friends
Whether it’s a Yankee swap, a white elephant or secret Santa, this group of gift givers appreciate something different. Bring along a bottle of this Petite Sirah Blend with Syrah and a touch of Viognier for rich notes of fig and boysenberry jam.
Tooth & Nail The Stand 2015 Petite Sirah blend (SRP $25.99)
“Eg” by Educated Guess North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2016: Opening Holiday Presents with the Family
Take a sip while crossing your fingers that your mother-in-law loves the scarf you picked out. Giving gifts can feel like an Educated Guess, but this Cabernet is always a safe bet.
“Eg” by Educated Guess North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 ($19.99)
Panther Creek Pinot Noir Winemakers Cuvee 2016: Sledding or Après Ski
After hitting the slopes, relax with a glass this Pinot Noir. With black cherry notes and a hint of tobacco leaf, this wine will have you ready to gear-up for another day in the mountains.
Panther Creek Pinot Noir Winemakers Cuvee 2016 (SRP $24.99)