Holiday Wine Guide: How to Choose the Perfect Wine for Any Occasion
The holiday party season is upon us, yet wine buying can be daunting and confusing. To make your wine buying experience stress free, we have some recommendations that will help you navigate store shelves and confidently choose a wine for a special occasion. Best of all, our suggestions are under $20 and readily available at your local liquor stores!
The holiday season can be costly, but an enjoyable wine doesn’t have to be. Barefoot Pinot Grigio is the wine to open for any occasion! Whether you’re enjoying a bottle with food or sharing it with friends, this bright, fresh white wine brings the fun without breaking the bank.
If you’re heading to a holiday party and don’t know the host very well, it’s always best to bring a tested crowd-pleaser. Apothic Red is a smooth, easy-drinking California red blend that is sure to deliver. With ripe fruit flavours, a soft mouthfeel and an alluring look, the very popular Apothic Red will leave a lasting impression.
We all indulge during the holidays, especially when it comes to food. Wine and food pairing can be one of the most intimidating, yet rewarding experiences. Try a versatile, food-friendly Pinot Noir, such as Mirassou Pinot Noir when you’re unsure. The approachable, fruit-forward style pairs well with poultry, meat and vegetarian dishes.
As a general rule, lighter wines pair well with lighter foods. If you know what food is being served, it may be more suitable to choose an elegant white. Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc is the ideal accompaniment for a cocktail party where a variety of appetizers are offered. This wine has lively, citrus flavours and mouthwatering acidity, which provides freshness between bites and won’t overwhelm appetizers.
When in doubt, remember that a good wine is one that you enjoy, so keep it simple and do not hesitate to gift one of your personal favourites. For added convenience, pick up a case of a wine and a roll of ribbon. If you are in the need of a last minute gift, tie the ribbon around a bottle and you are ready for any festive party.