With holiday entertaining kicking into high gear, it can quickly become a stressful and costly time of year. From Thanksgiving, to dinner parties, unexpected houseguests and even just a quiet night at home, the holiday season is filled with a wide variety of occasions that require food and wine.
To eliminate the “entertaining uncertainty” that comes with this time of year, stock up ahead of time so you’re never caught off guard. Yes, we know when you hear the phrase “stock up”, you immediately equate it with spending a lot of money; however, that doesn’t have to be the case. There are a lot of great wines out there that don’t cost a lot of money, but figuring out which ones those are can be tricky. After investing precious time searching the shelves, it’s no fun to pick out an inexpensive wine that is unfamiliar to you and get it home, only to discover that it isn’t your cup of tea.
To help streamline your shopping trip and make it more efficient, and affordable, we have selected 20 wines, all under $10, that are sure to pair perfectly with everything the season has in store for you. This selection of white, rosé and red wines are all wines that we believe in and would serve to guests in our own homes. We believe it is possible to get a great bottle of wine, without spending a fortune.
A great wine to serve to guests as they arrive at your house is the Casal Garcia Vinho Verde. It is crisp, refreshing and low in alcohol with citrus and tropical fruit elements to it. There is a slight effervescence present, which is one of the refreshing characteristics of Vinho Verde.
If you’re serving fresh oysters, but can’t decide on what wine to pair with them, try the 2016 Domaine de Pellehaut Blanc. A blend of Sauvignon, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Chardonnay, Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng, the zesty citrus notes, lemon, peach, elderflower and bright acidity scream for oysters.
If a hearty beef stew or roast is on your menu, be sure to pick up the 2013 Bliss Cabernet Sauvignon. With intense aromas of blackberry, notes of toasted pine nuts waft from the glass. This is a fruit driven wine, and it expresses raspberry jam and ripe cherries with mocha and subtle oak nuances. The finish is long and lingering, with a hint of cocoa.
For that quiet night at home, the 2014 Ravenswood Vintner’s Blend Zinfandel is an excellent bottle to have on hand. It is an easy-drinking wine with fruit-forward flavors of blackberry, raspberry and peppery spice notes. It has a silky-smooth texture with a nice tannin structure.
You never know when you will have to make a toast, so it’s a great idea to have some NV Dibon Cava on hand for just such an occasion. Light and fruity, fine bubbles deliver apricot, peach and brioche. This sparkler is very versatile, and would also work well with dessert or a cheese plate.
These are just a handful of the 20 wines that will give you more bang-for-your-buck this holiday season, without breaking the bank. Stop in today, our friendly and knowledgeable wine staff is ready and eager to help you make your holiday season the best it can be.