Whether you're planning your holiday dinner, looking for a gift, or just want to try something new, these wines curated for the holidays will be a perfect addition.
Iris Vineyards Pinot Noir
A prototypical Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from a small family producer, and at a very reasonable price. Medium-bodied, with nicely balanced elements of cranberry, singed alder leaf, rhubarb, cocoa nib, and raspberry.
Pair with grilled chicken or mushroom crostini
Lava Cap El Dorado Zinfandel
This zesty Zinfandel is full-bodied, rich, and packs a punch. Soft tannins accompany notes of black plum sauce, clove, mocha, blackberry, and vanilla.
Pair with classic barbecue or eggplant tagine
Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat
Priorat is one of the most highly regarded wine regions in Spain. This classic example is medium-full, fresh, and finely tannic. Notes of Lapin cherry, lavender pastille, Earl Grey tea, vanilla spice.
Pair with lentil soup or rib eye steak
Fall Line Winery Exhibition Red
A harmonious blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc makes this one of the best Bordeaux-style reds out of Washington State. Medium-bodied and framed by fine tannins, with notes of Bing cherry, kalamata, mineral, sage, and rose hip.
Pair with grilled steak or mushroom-stuffed bell peppers
Michel Lynch Graves Blanc Reserve
Combining both Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon from the French Graves region, this white blend has wide appeal. Succulent, with notes of white peach, vanilla wafer, lemon custard, and pear tart.
Pair with grilled salmon or asparagus in hollandaise
Diatom Santa Barbara Chardonnay
A crisp and clean Chardonnay from winemaker Greg Brewer. Medium-bodied and creamy, and fruit-forward, with notes of Meyer lemon, Opal apple, nectarine, and clover.
Pair with shellfish or lemon risotto
A prototypical Cava that's several notches above your entry-level version. Medium-bodied, clean, and bone-dry, with notes of lime leaf, white pepper, almond brioche, and lemon balm.
Pair with vegetable tempura or oysters
Caves Sao Joao Espumante Bruto Rose
It's not often you find a sparkling wine from Portugal. This dry rosé shines on its own, bringing with it a soft, silky texture. Notes of thimbleberry, thyme, calendula, mustard seed, and a hint of yeast.
Pair with spicy Asian cuisine
Domaine Tissot Cremant du Jura
This blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Poulsard, and Trousseau is the best sparkling wine we've tasted this year, easily rivaling genuine Champagne at half the cost. Dry, piquant, and generous with notes of raspberry, sourdough, Rainier cherry, fennel, almond, Honeycrisp apple, and mineral.
Pair with roasted ham or Caesar salad
Valdespino Pedro Ximenez Sherry El Candado
This scrumptious fortified dessert wine comes from the Spanish Jerez region. Rich yet soft on the palate, with notes of fig, French roast coffee, plum, toffee, pipe tobacco, and walnut.
Pour over vanilla ice cream or pair with blue cheese