Holiday Top 10 Wines

Tables loaded with festive foods. Friends, family and loved ones reunited. No time pairs with wine quite like the holidays! From delicious Reds and Whites to a very special Champagne, here are our best picks for the most wonderful time of the year.


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Pizzolato

Pinot Grigio

Made with organically grown grapes

The winemaker sourced organically grown grapes from Italian family farms to bring about this wonderful pinot grigio—so good, we bought every case!

Hard peach and stone fruit aromas greet you in this organically grown Italian White. Enticing minerality. Vibrant acidity and brightness in this perfect party bringalong.

Oro del Tempo Piave Vecchio cheese, delicate seafoods, shellfish, lemon vinaigrette, citrus fruit salad

Recipe: Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Green Onion Dipping Sauce

Globerati

Sauvignon Blanc

Coolness is key in the creation of this wine—harvesting in the cool early hours; cold-settling over a 12-hour period; refrigerated fermentation—all to foster freshness in the bottle.

Lemon and grapefruit aromas at first pour, then a touch of honeysuckle. Inviting mineral notes balance crisp green apple flavors in this bright, fresh Chilean White.

Mitica Campo de Montalban cheese, Manhattan clam chowder, traditional shrimp cocktail, mussels, sliced pears

Recipe: Grapefruit and Beet Salad

Louis Latour

Duet Chardonnay-Viognier

Late harvesting of the chardonnay accentuates warmth and depth. Early harvesting of the viognier preserves acidity. Together, a harmonious "duet" for the holidays.

A French blend showcasing a round, fruity softness. Slight earthy notes and the hint of smoke add nice complexity. Easy drinking. A food-loving wine!

Hervé Mons Camembert, crispy roast turkey, yams, cranberry sauce, everything Thanksgiving!

Recipe: Roast Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Gravy

Sea Pines

Russian River Chardonnay

Not beholden to any vineyard or varietal, the two winemakers focus solely on the best available California grapes—they often make a different wine each year.

Subtle aromas belie big flavors of green apple, lemon and vanilla bean. A pleasant richness hints at the use of just the right amount of oak. Balanced and mouthfilling.

Cypress Grove Midnight Moon cheese, poached turbot, Cornish hens, chowders, lobster bisque, cream sauces

Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Gaston Chiquet

Champagne

A trending phenomenon in the world of bubbly – a Grower Champagne. This means that the same people who tend the vineyards and grow the grapes also make the Champagne.

A Champagne lover’s Champagne! Rose gold in color. Persistent foamy bubbles. Delicate peach and golden delicious apple notes lead to a lovely lengthy finish. Makes an exceptional holiday gift.

Hervé Mons St. Nuage cheese, oysters, brunch, croissants, caramelized sugar—everything in the world goes with this Champagne!

Recipe: Raw Oysters with Sweet Pear Mignonette

Coppola

Sonoma County Pinot Noir

Shortly after wrapping his masterpiece Apocalypse Now, director Francis Ford Coppola bought a property in Sonoma off of Highway 101—his wines are made there.

Classic see-through ruby red. A forward fruity tartness of dried cherry and strawberry. Subtle floral jasmine notes. Silky, elegant mouthfeel.

Cypress Grove Midnight Moon cheese, turkey, lamb chops, crispy roast duck, sour cherry glaze

Recipe: Sour Cherry Glazed Ham

Bodegas Belgrano

Malbec

The distinctive soil at the foot of the Andes imparts flavors found nowhere ‭else on Earth—a key reason for Argentina's success as the top producer of this varietal.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Classic easy-drinking roundness. Aromas of warm spices. Stewed blueberry flavors mingle nicely with woodsy hints of smoke. A textbook Argentine malbec.

Hennings Cranberry Orange Cheddar, roast duck, pepperoni pizza, spaghetti with sweet and sour meatballs

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Marinara with Italian Sausage and Garlic Bread

Leyenda del Castillo

Rioja

This wine’s tempranillo grape has a 2,000 year history in Spain, but it wasn’t until the late 800s when local monks adopted it, that it became a national treasure.

Mineral, earthy aromas in this deep garnet Spanish Red. Bright, sunny fruit flavors, ripe cherries—not your father’s Rioja! A lingering, well-balanced finish.

Mitica Mahon cheese, grilled meats, pork chops, eggplant marinara, charred steaks

Recipe: Beef Skewers with Romesco Sauce

Bubo

Cabernet Sauvignon

Bubo is the Latin word for “owl,” reflecting new momentum at this winery and others in the age-old practice of using these fascinating birds to manage pests naturally.

Surprisingly fruity, pleasant and approachable. A touch of green pepper aroma. Blackberries and ripe plums accentuate juiciness. Easy drinking! Give it a 10-minute chill.

Ashley Chase Estate Seaside Cheddar, chili, cranberry turkey sandwiches, veggie lasagna, cassoulet, beef enchiladas

Recipe: Tempeh Bell Pepper Chili

H&G

Priorat

Locals call the black volcanic soil of Priorat llicorella. Roots dig deep to the slate base for water and nutrients, drawing unique qualities up to the grapes above.

Earthy, herbaceous aromas in this brick red wine. Refined minerality, complex dark fruit flavors. The terroir of Priorat, Spain proudly shows in the glass.

Guilloteau Fromager d’Affinois, barbecue, hearty veggie stews, Brunswick stew, grilled ribeye

Recipe: Roasted Beef Brisket with Carrots and Tomatoes

Charles and Charles

Merlot

Washington-based rock star winemakers Charles Smith and Charles Bieler got together with our Global Wine Buyer to create this tasty merlot just for us!

Attractive baked biscuit aromas in this inky, hearty Red. Black and blue fruits come forward and then recede into a rich, elegant, full-bodied finish.

Cabot Clothbound Cheddar aged at the Cellars of Jasper Hill, steak and Guinness pie, twice baked potatoes, shepherd’s pie, buttery pastry crusts

Recipe: Home-Style Meatloaf

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