The holidays are a time to drink and be merry with loved ones. Put a few holiday wines at the top of your list, whether you’re shopping for a dinner party, putting together a wine gift basket, or buying bottles for family and friends. There’s something everyone will love. Keep reading to discover some of the best holiday wines to enjoy this season.
How to Choose Holiday Wines
Choosing wine to serve during the holidays comes with a lot of pressure. You want to pick something that pairs well with the food you’re serving and that every guest will like. But don’t stress. The process of selecting the best holiday wines is simpler than you might think.
The main thing to consider when shopping for wine online, in-store, or at your local winery is what you’re getting the wine for. Here are some occasions to consider buying holiday wine for.
- Serving with a meal
- Bringing to a party
- Enjoying at home with family
Keep reading to see our top recommendations for red, white, sparkling, and dessert wines—plus a few thoughtful gift ideas for the fellow wine lovers in your life.
The Best Red Wines for the Holidays
GFF Lodi Zinfandel
This California Zinfandel features bramble fruit flavors, like blackberry, coupled with peppery spice notes and smooth tannins. This particular bottle of red pairs well with dishes involving beef roast, anything wrapped in bacon, lamb, duck, sausages, and roasted vegetables.
Schroeder Estate Patagonia Malbec
Originating in Argentina, this Malbec has a distinct fruity palate, highlighting notes of dark cherry and blackberry. Its herbal undertone also adds a little twist. It pairs well with steak, duck, prime rib, ham, lamb, and lentil dishes. Whether you need a gift idea or the perfect wine pairing for a holiday party, this bottle fits the bill.
NightFall Pinot Noir
This medium-bodied, California Pinot Noir is known for its soft fruit flavors. Thanks to its versatility, it pairs well with many holiday favorites, including steak and pork.
Ultimate Holiday Cheer Gift Pack, Red
Not sure what red wine is best for your family’s holiday dinner? You don’t have to pick just one bottle of wine. Try a combination of six options: three Select wine bottles, two Premium wine bottles, and one Ultra wine bottle. Plus, you get a set of stemless wine glasses to serve it in! This wine gift basket is a great gift for a family member or friend who appreciates a nice glass of red.
The Best White Wines for the Holidays
This full-bodied Chardonnay from Romania boasts tropical fruit flavors like banana, papaya, and mango. If you’re cooking prime rib with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, this bottle of wine is the perfect pairing.
Split Rock Sauvignon Blanc
This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc features crisp citrus flavors and pairs beautifully with holiday dishes, including goat cheese, salads, white meats, herby dishes, crab and other seafood, and vegetables. It’s a popular choice to serve at parties, plus it makes a great gift for anyone on your list.
Ultimate Holiday Cheer Gift Pack, Mixed
Some friends and family members can be hard to shop for. Whether your loved one has a refined palate or is still figuring out what they like, give them the gift of wine. Mix and match six of our best-selling red, white, and sparkling wines to show your loved one how much you care. They’ll even get a set of stemless wine glasses.
The Best Sparkling Wines for the Holidays
European Christmas Sparkling Moscato
This Italian sparkling Moscato is fresh, sweet, and the right amount of bubbly. You’ll notice honey, floral, and white peach aromas with every sip. Enjoy it with pie, cookies, ice cream, or chocolate at your next holiday party to balance out the sweetness, or gift it to a close friend.
Prosecco is the drink of celebration. Since the holiday season is full of celebrations, there’s a good chance you’ll find a bottle or two at your next family get-together. This Italian Prosecco has a creamy palate and bright citrus notes, making it perfect to enjoy on its own or make bellinis for brunch. It pairs well with things like antipasto, stuffed mushrooms, and buttered popcorn.
The Best Dessert Wine for the Holidays
Sweet Sunset Chocolate Cuvée
Wine isn’t just for casual sipping or pairing with meals. It can also be a dessert. This chocolate Cuvee (add the accent_ has strong plum, red currant, and floral notes followed by undertones of vanilla and spice. Whether you need a gift idea, a party pleaser, or something to pair with holiday cookies, this California red is just what you need.
The Best Wine Gift for the Holidays
Wine Advent Calendar
An advent calendar is a fun way to count down the days leading up to Christmas. Enjoy a glass of wine every day for 24 days with our adults-only advent calendar. Discover new red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines to drink more of in the new year. It’s also a great holiday gift—for yourself or someone else. Get it now for 40% off in December! (Not available in North Carolina).
Get Your Holiday Wine Just in Time When You Order Now
No matter the occasion, we have the wine you need to enjoy this holiday season to the fullest. Browse our Cellar Collection to discover your new favorite red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines from around the world. Not sure what you want to try? Order our popular Mystery Wine to enjoy a combination of our best-selling reds and whites, hand-selected by one of our team members.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to get your bottles in time for the holidays. Order now for delivery or in-store pickup. Order online by December 15th for shipping by Christmas Eve!