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The 12 Best Christmas Holiday Wines for Your Holiday Dinner

Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners aren’t complete without a few bottles of good wine. Save the boxed stuff for a weeknight takeout dinner — the holidays are for celebrating, and this year is no different. Before uncorking a bottle, you have an important decision to make: What wine should you bring to Christmas dinner? Do you go with a nice, crisp white wine or a bigger, bolder red wine? Bubbles? Either way, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list for the best wines to take to a Christmas dinner.

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White Wines

Avaline Grenache Blanc

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Founded by Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power, Avaline prides itself in being vegan friendly, using organic grapes, containing less than one gram of sugar, being gluten-free, non-GMO, and free of extras. Avaline’s Grenache Blanc is the rare, pale counterpart to Grenache Noir. Grenache Blanc is a light, expressive grape that offers up sunny notes of lemon zest, apricots, peaches, and fresh blossoms.

1865 Single Vineyard Chardonnay

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Made by Viña San Pedro from grapes harvested in the Elqui Valley in Chile, this Chardonnay is anything but what you would expect from a California Chardonnay. You’ll not find those buttery notes; instead, your palate will be gifted with flavors and aromas of honey, papaya, and citrus. There’s a good bit of minerality and acidity, creating a full and lively wine.

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc

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Made by one of the premier winemakers in South Africa, this Sauvignon Blanc from Mulderbosch is a fresh and vibrant take on the wine. Lightly chalky, you’ll get plenty of lime and other citrus notes playing with figs, passionfruit, and more bright flavors. The structure of the wine is strong, allowing for a long and lingering finish.

Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

A bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot Gris.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley Vineyards primarily produces reds, but this Pinot Gris is an example of a winery doing a great job producing a varietal outside its comfort zone. Peach and honeysuckle are the primary flavors in this bottle, with melon and citrus playing backup. You’ll find some more orchard fruits on the palate before the clean, crisp finish.

Red Wines

Kenwood Six Ridges Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

A bottle of Kenwood Six Ridges Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Alexander Valley lies in the northeast of Sonoma County where mountains shelter the vines from the Pacific Ocean’s cooling influence. This warm climate is ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon wines of intense flavor and silky tannins, and the excellent drainage of the rich, gravelly soils provides unique depth and character to the wines. This wine has aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry joined by notes of rich cherry pie filling, dried herb, and white pepper spiciness. This wine pairs perfectly with roasted beef tenderloin, black and blue steak salad, and sautéed chicken with wild rice.

Terranoble Carmenere Andes

Terrnoble Wine.

Terranoble Carmenere Andes wine is made with grapes from the Los Lingues vineyard at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Colchagua Valley. It is a fresh and refreshing wine with intense aromas of red fruits, slight herbaceous notes, and red paprika. It is recommended to drink with beef skirt steak served with mushroom risotto.

Lasorda Cabernet Sauvignon

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Like baseball, but know nothing about wine? Go for this one. Founded by Tommy Lasorda, Lasorda Family Wines are meant to be representations of his spirit and love of baseball. You’ll find loads of currant, raspberry, and dark chocolate on the nose of this Cabernet Sauvignon, with many of those flavors following through into the palate and mixing with oak and boysenberry.

Sattler Zweigelt

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With Zweigelt, Austria’s most-planted red, there’s a lot to love. Best perhaps is that it’s a bonafide crowd-pleaser of a wine, with intoxicating cherry notes and an unctuous makeup. This one will please all palates, from those just getting into wine to seasoned veterans looking for something a little different. This relatively small European wine nation has always done pretty big things.

Sparkling Wines

Vera Wang Party Prosecco

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Designer Vera Wang has ventured into the world of sparkling wines with her Party prosecco. Party is 100% Glera harvested in the province of Vicenza in the Veneto region of northern Italy. The palate has citrus notes and fresh acidity with appealing aromas of apple and stone fruit. The finish is soft and fruity. Party can be enjoyed well-chilled as an aperitif, paired with charcuterie, Parmesan cheese, salty snacks, fresh seafood dishes — especially sushi, fried chicken, pasta dishes with robust sauces, or spicy Chinese takeout. If brunch is more your style, mix Vera Wang Prosecco with peach juice for the perfect Bellini that’s sure to keep the party going!

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

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Mumm Napa Brut Prestige features bright citrus, red apple, stone fruit, and creamy vanilla aromas, with hints of toast, honey, and gingerbread spice. Its vibrant flavors are balanced by fine acidity and a rich, lingering finish. This versatile and balanced sparkling wine is perfect for hors d’oeuvres, light seafood, poultry, and vegetarian dishes.

Cinzano Prosecco

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Cinzano Prosecco is made with a blend of Glera, Pinot Bianco, and Chardonnay grapes from the Veneto region of Italy. A bright, aromatic dry sparkling wine, Cinzano Prosecco features fruit flavors of strawberry and cherry dancing around a core of crisp acidity and finishing on a slightly sweet note. Its versatility makes it perfect for everyday enjoyment this holiday season — whether on its own or in cocktails like the Aperol Spritz. While Cinzano Prosecco pairs with a variety of main dishes like seafood and white meats, it makes a great compliment to any cheese and charcuterie board.

Nomadica Sparkling White

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Don’t let the can fool you! Nomadica’s cans are lighter than glass bottles, reducing emissions from shipping by up to 80%. All of Nomadica’s wines are sourced from vineyards with responsible farming practices and winemakers who engage in low intervention winemaking with no chemical manipulation. Their wines are vegan, low sulfur, and fermented dry. This sparkling white blends Chardonnay with a touch of Muscat to evoke lively notes of citrus, hints of nectarine, and a whisper of melon.

The profile finishes with a touch of something saline. Nomadica’s sparkling white pairs well with sushi, ceviche, grilled fish, shishito peppers, caesar salad, herby vinaigrette, and Caprese. It also pairs well with stuffing and pumpkin pie. Fun fact: Nomadica partners with artists from around the world, carefully selecting artwork that evokes the tasting notes and origin story of the particular varietal.

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