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Green Picks: Holiday Wines

Give the gift of green wine! We’ve got sip-worthy wines (for under $15) made with organic grapes from vineyards using responsible farming practices.

Looking for a last minute gift idea? Green wines are a perfect choice for host or hostess gifts as well as stocking stuffers (depending on the stocking, of course!). This year I’ve been gifting wines that have been made using responsible farming practices, are Fair Trade, or have been made with organically grown grapes. So along with using solar lights to decorate my house and wrapping presents with my paper bag collection, this is my way of going green this holiday season.Here are a few worth checking out.

BENZIGER FAMILY Sauvignon BlancMade Using Responsible Farming PracticesElevate a plate of sweet, briny oysters or any of your favorite seafood dishes with this bright White, ripe with floral aromas and a subtle touch of grapefruit, guava and melon. Its herbal fig quality is ideal paired with Robusto cheese, too.

PACIFIC RIM RieslingMade Using Responsible Farming Practices. Made with Organically Grown GrapesFeast with this gently ripe, jasmine-scented White at a festive holiday meal, or snuggle up and pass around a bottle with friends. Lean and off-dry, the refreshing, crisp acidity is also a natural with spicy Asian foods or Cremont cheese from Vermont.

EARTHSTONE Sonoma County MerlotMade Using Responsible Farming PracticesLend holiday spirit with this soft plum and blueberry beauty, touched with notes of dried herbs, macerated fruit and white pepper. Plush tannins are a match for Truffle Tremor cheese, or enjoy with everything from salmon or tuna to lasagna.

TARIMA MonastrellMade With Organically Grown GrapesThis inky, dense Monastrell offers the dark complexity of cedar, baking spices, licorice and mulberry. Pair with barbeque, smoked meats, or hand-selected Oregon Blue cheese.

INNOVAC!ÓN Malbec-TempranilloMade Using Responsible Farming PracticesBring home holiday cheer with this ripe and juicy, modern blend of New World and Old World grapes. Spice and cocoa notes fill a 1L bottle, a tremendous value for drinking at cocktail hour and beyond with favorites like Spanish Manchego cheese.

CANTORA Carmenere Cabernet SauvignonFair TradeDress up your holiday meals when you pour this ripe, spicy blend of two of Chile's most delicious wine grapes. The perfect soil and climate yields a medium-bodied Red with dark fruit and mint on the nose. Ideal for hamburgers or spaghetti, and a hit with traditionally produced Stilton cheese.Want to pick up a few bottles? See our list of stores that sell wine.Are you a virtual swirler? Be sure to follow @WFMWineGuys on Twitter.What are some of your favorite “green” wines?

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