Looking for ways to put the “holiday” in your party this year without adding a load of stress? We can help dial down the work with suggestions for hosting a wine and small bites party that won’t break the bank. Small bites are an easy thing to ask your guests to bring, too. Before you know it, you’ll have delegated most of the cooking and will just have to figure out which wines to serve. With just a few of our Top Ten Wines plus our great holiday appetizer recipes, you’ll have festive options to make holiday entertaining on a budget a snap. It’s like having an extra set of hands to help with the preparations. (Though, you’re still going to be on your own to clean up afterwards – sorry we can’t help you with that!) Three essential wines will cover all of your party guests’ tastes: sparkling, red and white. Have a few of each of these on hand and the wine drinkers will be delighted.
For a holiday sparkler, we’re big fans of the Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut. It’s made from 100% Chardonnay. Soft and fresh, with a superb balance of yeast and effervescence, it’s your go-to budget party-starter. Plus, it’s versatile enough to serve with a wide range of appetizers and small bites or even dessert.
For a great sipping red, try Don & Sons Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. It’ll charm your party guests with flavors of currant and crabapples and fresh berries interwoven with zippy acidity. Plus, it’s a real bargain and goes great with just about any savory cheese you can think of.
To round out your wine offerings, try Benzinger Family Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a great conversation starter as it’s made using responsible farming practices. This white will elevate a plate of appetizers faster than you can say “under 15 dollars!” It’s bright and ripe with floral aromas and a subtle touch of grapefruit, guava and melon. Slightly herbal, it goes well with a wide variety of holiday flavors. Still need a bit more inspiration? Watch this video tasting of our Top Ten Holiday Wines. And make sure to pick up an extra bottle of your favorite so that long after your guests leave you can pour a glass or two, prop your feet up, and revel in this wonderful time of year. What’s your favorite budget wine to serve your holiday guests?