The holiday season is upon us- meaning the tasty cookies and treats are abundant/increasingly hard to resist. Some of us host holiday parties; some of us are frequent attendees.
Whether the host/hostess or the fortunate guest, wine is likely top of mind. If hosting, the goal is always to find dynamite wines that won’t “break the bank” to share with your guests. If gifting, the goal is similar: finding a classy, tasty bottle to put in a lovely gift bag as a host/hostess gift.
Accordingly, here are 5 great wines under $25 that are perfect to serve at a holiday party- and give as gifts. If you’re feeling generous, a great hosting and gift idea is to serve or give a gift of “wines from around the world”- where your guests can sample wines from around the world at your party, and/or you can send your lucky gift recipient “around the world with wine” this holiday season.
Cannonball winemaker Dennis Hill does it again: a California chardonnay with bright fruit flavors (Golden delicious apple, Meyer lemon, and nectarines) coupled with creaminess and racy acidity- all for less than $15. Ideal for entertaining or gifting.
It is hard to believe that a California Cabernet could be this good and less than $15, but Cannonball really delivers. Dark cherry, dark chocolate, and even hazelnut notes leading to a juicy, easy-drinking red wine with a lovely finish.
Decoy Vineyard’s parent company, Duckhorn Vineyards, is arguably one of the country’s most iconic Napa Valley merlot producers. Their second label, Decoy, makes a Sonoma County merlot that makes its parent proud: luscious, velvety, and $25, Decoy is everything a great California merlot should be.
Kingston Family Vineyards is a boutique winery in Chile’s Casablanca Valley that makes absolutely delicious, handcrafted wines. Light gold in color, with briney-ness and limestone notes reminiscent of a French Sancerre, this is a world-class, small-production wine (only 400 cases made!) that nonetheless will not break the bank. www.kingstonvineyards.com