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'Tis the Season - A Wine for Every Time

By Our Wine Guys, December 5, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Our Wine Guys
Wondering what to give the boss for the holidays? Looking for an easy hostess gift that doesn’t require finding a parking space at the mall? Don’t know what to give that family member who has everything? In all cases, we wholeheartedly recommend the Top Ten holiday wines! Maybe that’s not surprising since we are the Wine Guys but honestly, shopping and gift-giving can be greatly simplified with a fabulous bottle of wine, a colorful ribbon and a cheerful holiday spirit! We’ve been getting raves about this year’s Top Ten wine selection and you may have noticed our Tweet & Taste event generated close to 700 tweets about our top-notch wines at easy-to-swallow prices. So maybe it’s time to share the love with your friends, family and colleagues who might just prefer an amazing wine over, say….a new striped tie or another cinnamon-scented candle. And, of course, these Top Ten wines have been perfectly tuned to a variety of holiday occasions whether they end up under the tree, become the favored wine at holiday parties or the centerpiece at your celebratory dinners. The truth is, there’s a wine for every time this holiday season. Hosting a small gathering with light nibbles? Try our fresh French sparkler for your choice of bubbles. A tremendous value for under $15 bottle, when the cork pops on the De Chanceney Crémant de Loire, the party begins! Another bright white that’s perfect with appetizers or lighter meals is Chalone Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. Its tropical fruit, melon and spice make a memorable wine choice for gobbling up oysters or serving with a Savory Fig and Goat Cheese Tart with Arugula. Invited to a friend’s house for dinner on a chilly winter night? There’s nothing that will be more welcomed than a soul-warming, Old World red like the Dievole Dievolino Sangiovese di Toscana. With a hint of juniper and fruity cherry and plum notes, the Dievolino makes a grand entrance. This ruby red pairs perfectly with prime rib or winter stews and is a bargain at under $15. And if Italian flavors are on the menu such as any marinara, Spaghetti Bolognese or osso bucco, you’ve got a match that will make a Tuscan weep with joy. Whether you’re readying for the big holiday meal or you’re preparing an intimate dinner party for friends, the Top Ten wines are sure to have the right wine style for your meal be it meat-centric or lighter fare. For a robust entrée such as Roasted Beef Tenderloin, venison, lamb, chorizo or any grilled meat, the very Spanish Paso a Paso Tempranillo, grown with organic grapes, inspires all that’s good about the holidays. Imported to the U.S. by legendary Jorge Ordonez, an importer dedicated to bringing the best of Spanish wine to America, this dark and sultry red features berry, plum, sage and toffee notes. For under $12, you get a whole lot of holiday cheer for your dollar. Going a little lighter this holiday season? There’s no better way to enjoy shrimp and shellfish than with Simonnet Febvre Saint-Bris, which hails from Maison Simonnet Febvre in Chablis, France, a traditional winery that has made amazing wines since 1840. Fresh, aromatic and citrusy with notes of exotic fruits and herbs, the Saint-Bris sings holidays when paired with shrimp dip, any type of shellfish or Easy Shrimp and Grits. And for those drop-in guests, you’ll never be caught by surprise with a bottle or two of Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuissé and a luscious round of Hervé Mons Camembert. This green-gold French chardonnay never meets a stranger as the white fruits and light buttery notes are disarmingly seductive and welcoming to all. The family-owned winery has had lots of practice at creating hospitable wines since the Latour’s have been making wines since the 17th century. So what about those perfect gifts for the boss, the hostess and, well, everyone else? We’ve got just the right idea…..ten of them, to be exact. Cheers!