Christmas is the time of the year when people simply don’t mind splurging on a bottle of good quality wine. New wines have entered the market and as always the overall quality-to-price ratio is high. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are most sought after wines but other wines too have gained attention. Listed below are wines that can be bought for gifting or for serving your guests this holiday season.
$30 and less
Flora Springs 2014 Merlot, an intense wine with a hearty flavor that can be served with anything delicious is priced at $30. So is the 2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Estate Block 10 Chardonnay that has pear notes. 2013 Lucente , a dry Italian Merlot-Sangiovese is priced at $29.
$40 and less
2012 Fontanafredda Barolo, Chablis Premier Cru,2014 Domaine Weinbach Riesling, and 2013 J Pinot Noir are priced at $40. While, the 2013 Frank Family Zinfandel and 2013 Frank Family Petite Sirah are priced at $37 and $35 respectively.
$50 and less
2012 Gallo Cabernet Sauvignon is a nice dry blend of smoke and raspberry is priced at 50. So is the delicious spicy cedar notes with a touch of raspberry and tons of tannins, 2012 Cadaretta Cabernet Sauvignon.
$70 and less
Some of the wines that are priced below $70 include the following
2015 Flora Springs Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc
2012 Willamette Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir
2013 Holiday Kisses Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Rutherford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Acumen Cabernet Sauvignon
The above-mentioned wines are mostly priced between $50 and $60. The 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Endeavour Cabernet Sauvignon that blends well with meat sauce is priced at $70.
The others wines that are expensive and fall in the price range between $80 and $150 this holiday season include
2013 Le Serre Nuove Dell’ Ornellaia
2010 Baron de Chirel Rioja Reserva
2013 Justin Isosceles
2008 Vina Casa Silva Altura
2012 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon
Now you have the list of the best wines for this holiday season, try out a few that you feel is pocket friendly and give us your feedback.
A Thanksgiving feast is not complete without a platter of sliced meat of turkey, cheese and a glass of wine. There are many excellent and delicious white and red wines that are available at affordable rates. Many quality wines are under $15.
2008 Erath Pinot Gris
This red wine is originally from Burgundy. Now it’s adopted in all the regions that harvest Pinot family of grapes. In the US this variety of grapes is grown in Oregon and California. This wine is from Oregon and has a lively flavor of ripe banana, peach blossom and pear. Its an affordable wine priced at $13.
2009 Charles Smith ‘Kung Fu Girl’ Riesling
Its made using the Riesling variety of grapes that is a light-skinned, and aromatic, belonging to German. In the US, this variety of grapes is grown in the Columbia Valley. Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling is refreshing and light, with a flavor of apricot and lychee. This wine is priced at $13.
Gruet Brut Champenoise NV
Its a dry New Mexican sparkler. This sparkling wine has fine bubbles with a slight pucker of green apple. Gruet Brut Champenoise NV is priced at $15.
2008 Pertinace Barbera d’Alba
The dark-skinned Barbera wine grape is used to make several wines include Pertinance. This is affordably priced wine at $15.
2008 Heartland Stickleback Red
This red wine is spicy, juicy and fragrant. It has a rich purple color. An amazing choice for Thanksgiving. This is an affordable wine priced at $12.
2008 Planeta La Segreta Sicily IGT
This wine has a flavor of dark berries, cloves and plums. Its priced at $14.
2006 Montevina Zinfandel
Serve your guest with one of the juiciest wines from one of America’s great grapes. This wine is priced at $11.
2009 Matua Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir
It has everything you want in a Pinot Noir. Smoky floral aroma, with Bing cherry notes. This Pinot Noir is an affordable wine priced at $14.
Spooky decoration, music, games, and ghoulish food are part of Halloween. However, ghoulish bash also marks the need for serving creepy beverages. Halloween is actually for kids. Over the past few decades, the trends have changed and today, adults are also very much the part of the ghoulish bash. This could be reason that the famed wineries have gone an extra mile to introduce Halloween Wines to add an extra spirit to your celebrations.
Three Spooky Must-have Halloween Wines
Velvet Devil Merlot
This wine is prepared using Merlot grapes from Washington State. Its called the velvet devil for its reddish velvet and smooth in texture. It has a flavor of chocolate covered cherries, cedar, sweet spices and plum. Pair the Halloween main course with this wine. Sinister Hand from Owen Roe Wines, Sinister Hand wine has the flavors of both raspberry and currant. The fragrance of this wine is a combination of blueberries, blackberries, cocoa and cranberry. The label on the bottle is an amputated hand, so a must-have wine for the ghoulish party.
Vampire Pinot Noir
Introduced by Vampire Vineyards is a perfect drink for Halloween bashes. Its a mild red wine that has aromas of berries and other wild fruits. This is usually preferred by the young crowd as it’s a perfect blood red wine for vampire theme party.
Its known as the wine to die for. This Zinfandel wine from Armida Winery, California. To raise its spooky quotient, the bottle has a red skull with crossbones symbol engraved on it. This wine tickles your palatte with overtones of sweet oak, coffee, caramel, black plum, blackberry, peppercorns, vanilla, and black cherries.
If you are planning a Halloween treat or want to carry a bottle of wine for the party, there are many scary wines such as Phobia from Black Widow Winery, Afraid of Dark from Moon Curser Vineyards and so on.
Now you want to scare only your guests with spooky wines and not your pocket. So choose a good wine within your budget. Happy Halloween!