FIVE MUST HAVE WINES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

We brought back the awesome Lauren Bessette to guest blog again for us this week! She is sharing 5 Wines for the Holidays and we couldn't be more excited to try them all. 

Lights have been hung, gift buying is in full swing, and party invites are stacking up. Folks, the holidays are officially upon us! And with the holidays, there comes wine. Whether your calendar is full with dinner parties, special events, or just cold winter evenings by the fire, I have rounded up 5 fun wines for any occasion.

Nero d’Avola: If you are like me, you may tend to approach the holiday season similar to a bear preparing for hibernation. Give me all the food. I love the rich and heavy meals that come with cooler weather. Nero d’Avola is a perfect wine to pair with meaty dishes, such as beef stew, roast, and juicy burgers. It has a bold body, similar to a Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah, with intense fruit notes ranging from prunes to black cherry.

(Poggia Anima ‘Asmodeus’ Nero d’Avola, Sicily, Italy)

Prosecco: When it comes to sparkling wine, Prosecco is my fave. I love how light and fruity they are. They are also typically much cheaper than that fancy stuff from France...lookin’ at you, Champagne. Notes of green apple and honeysuckle, with light, spritzy bubbles. Hosting a party? Pop a couple of bottles with hors d'oeuvres. Nothing gets a party started like a little bubbly.

(La Marca Prosecco, Italy)

Pinot Meunier: Looking for something unique to bring to the next holiday shindig? With over 10,000 grape varietal in the world, step out of your comfort zone and try something new! One of the three permitted grapes in traditional Champagne, I had never seen this grape rockin’ it solo, so I had to give it a go. If the possibility of purchasing a wine you may not like makes you a little nervous, go into the wine shop prepared with a handy-dandy wine app! For most of these convenient apps, you just scan the label and it will produce tasting notes, reviews, and rankings. 

(Teutonic Wine Company Pinot Meunier, Willamette Valley, Oregon)

Merlot: Ahhh, something familiar. Most have tried, or at least heard of, Merlot. It is often considered the underdog to Cabernet Sauvignon, but don’t let the rumors fool you. This grape makes some good wine. Pretty much anything but salad and spicy foods are complemented by Merlot’s red fruits and easy tannins. Pick up a bottle for your next dinner party!

(Sterling Vintners’’ Collection Merlot, Central Coast, California)

Verdicchio: White wine isn’t just for warm weather. Verdicchio is an Italian varietal known for its dry, zesty, and slightly bitter characteristics. An excellent mate for your favorite fish dish. Serve it nice and chilled to contrast that cozy fire you are curled up next to.

(Azienda Santa Barbara Verdicchio, Le Marche, Italy)

Lauren continues to share about her love of wine on her website www.LaurenBessette.com with weekly posts for “The Broke Sommelier’s Guide to Wine.”