Tis the season to be jollywithout bankrupting your entertainment budget!
With so much prep in the kitchen, the right wine can end up an afterthought. We’ll save you the headache of a bad decision with eight delicious wines that your guests will love.
Click through for some tips in choosing exceptional wines that won’t leave you with a hangover from overspendingwe leave it to you to manage your consumption.
Mary John Baumann, DWS Mary John is the founder of Nose in the Glass which seeks to educate consumers on the role of sense of smell in wine appreciation. Her goal is to help demystify wine and encourage consumers to trust their noses while exploring all that wine has to offer. Mary John was recently awarded the Diploma certificate from the UK based Wine and Spirits Education Trust. She is currently studying with the London based Institute of Masters of Wine for qualification as a Master of Wine, of which there are 278 worldwide.
Sparkling Wines and Champagne: Tis the time to sparkle! While Champagne is still very accessible, often at prices below $30 per bottle, other forms of less costly bubbly continue to gain the attention of savvy consumers around the globe. Keep clicking for a selection of classic Champagne and sparkling wines with exceptional quality at shockingly low prices.
Riondo Prosecco - Veneto, Italy-Awarded a 90 point score from Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, this is a crowd pleasing sparkler with beautiful, fresh light citrus fruit, floral notes, a persistent effervescence and clean, delicate finish.
Riondo Prosecco, $8.99, at Garnet Wines
Gruet Rose Brut NV, New Mexico USA - Dry style with notes of cherry, raspberry and strawberry. A great party wine with persistent mousse, good length and excellent quality.
Gruet Rose Brut, $14.95, at Astor Wines
Heidsieck Monopol Champagne Blue Top: Champagne, France - Unbelievable value. A Brut Champagne with great complexity and ripeness for under $25! Perfect as an aperitif or with cold seafood. Enjoy without guilt at $24.99.
Heidsieck Monopol Champagne Blue Top: Champagne, $24.99, at Garnet Wines
Unusually Festive White Wines: Holiday fare cries out for white wines that can stand up to complex dishes. At this time of year, white wines need to compete with often overpowering food combinations which dominate the holiday table...and overshadow the win.
Alfasi Chardonnay 2009, Chile - Supple, round and full bodied with notes of honey, tropical fruits, lemon and caramel. Oak aged and voluptuous. Great value: $8.99.
Alfasi Chardonnay, $8.99, at Astor Wines
Ze Bulle Zero Pointe Chenin Blanc 2009, Loire Valley, France - Lightly sparkling, honey colored white wine redolent of wild flowers, yellow plums and meyer lemons. A slight sparkle on palate works well as an aperitif or with poultry salads and aged cheese. Cider-like and slightly sweet, this wine will stand up to the Thanksgiving table. Great value, $12.95.
Ze Bulle Zero Pointe Chenin Blanc, $12.95, at Astor Wines
Crios Torrontes Susan Balbo2009, Argentina - Exotic, rich and deeply aromatic with floral, citrus, apple and honeysuckle notes and great length. Perfect with rich, saucy seafood and poultry dishes. Its a mere $14.99.
Torrontes "Crios," Susana Balbo, $14.99, at Astor Wines
Bold and Brilliant Red Wines: While spring and summer often demand uncomplicated easy to drink picnic wines, winter and the holidays in particular, demand assertive winter wines rich in extraction, tannins and body. Hearty meats, stews, roast game and turkey with all the fixings must have wine with sufficient structure and balance to harmonize with heavier, spicy foods. These selections promise to sing beautifully with even the most hearty winter dishes:
Boukenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2008, Stellenbosch, South Africa- Dont let the difficult to pronounce name put you off. This is a wine of exceptional quality from one of South Africas most respected wine estates. A blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier, this is a wine to stand up to the heartiest meal. Full bodied, masculine and amazingly easy to drink with great complexity.
Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap, $9.99, at Garnet Wines
Beaujolais Villages Tracot 2009 Domaine Jean-Paul Dubost, Burgundy, France 2009 is touted as the vintage of the century for Beaujolais and this wine is the perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner. 100% Gamay grapes display irresistible raspberry, cherry and ripe rich red fruit perfume. Another great value in LIMITED SUPPLY.
Beaujolais Villages Tracot, $14, at Moore Brothers