A bottle of wine is one of the easiest (and best) gifts you can bring to a holiday meal. It shows that you care enough to want to bring them something and, more than likely, you’ll be able to open it up at some point during the night and knock back a glass or two.
Below, we’ve collected four reds and four whites that we think would be great bottles to bring to dinner. From a bold, age-able Spanish Tempranillo to a light, crisp California Sauvignon Blanc, we’ve got a little something for everybody.
Mud House Pinot Noir 2015 – $18
Hailing from a region of New Zealand known for its Pinot Noirs (the Central Otago region), this versatile wine shows off all the best characteristics of the area at an approachable price. Raspberry and cherry mingle with dried herbs and a little earthiness in a light to medium-bodied wine.
Viña Zaco – $17
A Tempranillo from Bodegas Bilbaínas, this wine is known for being a modern and distinctive take on riojas. Fruity aromas of berries play against licorice, leading into a body that showcases more red fruit flavors with an underpinning of oak notes. Thanks to the structure of the wine, Viña Zaco is a great one to age if you don’t plan on opening it immediately.
Lucente 2015 – $30
A blend of Merlot and Sangiovese, this is known as the estate’s “second wine” (after a release named Luce). It has a rich nose of herbs and chocolate and a palate that is full of deep, dark flavors; plum and blackberry play off drier flavors such as espresso. Smooth tannins and a nice minerality also contribute to the velvety body.
Left Coast Cellars Latitude 45 Pinot Noir 2015 – $38
Made in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, this 100-percent Pinot Noir is heavy on the cherry and raspberry flavors that are enhanced by hints of cocoa and a bright pop of pepper on the end. Made on the 45th Parallel (halfway between the equator and the North Pole), the grapes come from one of the premier blocks that Left Coast Cellars owns.
Maxville Sauvignon Blanc – $26
A Napa-made Sauvignon Blanc, this estate-grown wine features almond and lemon aromas up front, followed by lemon cream, guava, and pear flavors through the palate. A crisp clean finish greets you at the end of each sip.
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 – $20
Made at the oldest commercial winery in Henderson County, North Carolina, this Chardonnay is aged in stainless steel and has a lovely aroma that combines apples and pineapples, which lead into a bright body that brings citrus and pear to the forefront.
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio – $19
A delicate white, this Pinot Grigio is clean and dry, and exhibits a variety of both fruity (such as apple and pear) and floral notes. Hints of quince lead into a sharp and tangy palate and finish. With medium acidity, this Pinot Grigio is well-balanced.
Tom Gore Sauvignon Blanc – $13
If we had a Napa, we needed a Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc as well. A Double Gold Medal winner at the 2017 New York International Wine Competition, Tom Gore Sauvignon Blanc is a bright wine that gives off lime, tangerine, and lemon notes through the nose and palate before finishing crisply with a nice little dose of minerality