The Best Wines to Gift for the Holidays
Wines Made for Gifting
Sure Thing to Love
Delille Cellars D2
Voted #30 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2022, it's hard to go wrong with this crowd-pleasing red blend from Washington State.
Grapes: 60% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Region: Columbia Valley, WA, USA
About: Cold soaked 24-36 hours, fermented for 12-14 days on skin, and aged 18 months in 100% French oak (55% new)
Tastes like: Mocha, milk chocolate, cassis, dried cranberry, cedar
Craveable: Steak, Blue cheese burgers, Grilled mushrooms
Wow: Wine Spectator, Top 100 Wines of 2022; 91pts Wine Enthusiast
Turnbull Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
To some, Napa Valley is unbeatable and in Napa, Cabernet is King. A robust red with polish and class, perfect for the boss or others you really want to impress.
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Oakville AVA, Napa Valley, CA
About: Only 48 barrels produced, 14.5% abv.
Tastes like: "Lifted and fresh red berries sweep upward with buoyancy, bringing forth darker layers of crème de cassis, camphor, and black cherries—all wonderfully nestled in a sublime and subtle French Oak infusion.
Craveable: Ribeye steak, rich meat or mushroom ragu, grilled sausage
Wow: 95pts Wine Enthusiast
Old World Charm
I Custodi 'Pistus' Etna Rosso
Active volcanoes don't seem like the best place to grow grapes, but the effort is certainly worth it with modern day Etna Rosso wines. Made with indigenous grapes trained on gnarly bush vines on the northern slopes of Mount Etna's black volcanic soils, these wines exude a sense of place like no other, and make a unique gift they will savor.
Grapes: 80% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio
Region: Mount Etna, Sicily
About: Stainless steel fermentation and maturation gives freshness to this otherwise well structured wine. With the "coolness" of the molten hot extreme growing area and interesting native grapes, it's no wonder volcanic wines are all the rage!
Tastes like: bing cherry, stewed strawberry, potting soil, black tea, stone, silky tannins
Craveable: rosemary lamb chops, spaghetti and meatballs, stuffed mushrooms
Jean-Marc Brocard Vau de Vey 1er Cru Chablis
Although Chardonnay is grown just about everywhere, it's arguably at it's best in Burgundy. This Chablis is no exception, with a light winemaker's touch to let the premier cru vineyard fruit shine.
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Vau de Vey, Chablis, France
About: This Premier Cru bottling comes from a highly esteemed vineyard in Chablis, France. Although not buttery itself, it would make the perfect pairing for rich, creamy, buttery fare.
Tastes like: Lemon curd · Flint · Star fruit · Lemon zest
Craveable: Lobster or crab with butter, Scallops with Beurre blanc, Alfredo, Simple roast chicken, Cheese puffs, Creamy risotto, Escargot, Butter chicken
Wow: 94pts Wine Enthusiast
NV Drappier Champagne Brut Carte D’Or
Absolutely nothing screams celebration quite like bubbles! And when it comes to gifting, sometimes Prosecco just won't do. Grab the real thing from Champagne, France. Elegant effervescence, crisp acidity and toasty notes leave nothing left to do but celebrate!
Grapes: 80% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, 5% Meunier
Region: Champagne, France
About: Only the juices from first pressing are used, no filtering and minimal sulphur. 5% of the wines are matured in barrels for 1 year to enrich the cuvée. Dosage: 7 g/l.
Tastes like: yellow apple · white peach · quince · pastry dough · jasmine · hazelnuts
Craveable: Seafood, chicken, tofu, eggs, Asian dishes
Accolades: 91pts James Suckling
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