Baby, it’s cold outside—time to open a bottle of wine! The holiday season gets everyone in the spirit to eat, drink, and be merry, so we put together a list of our top five reds for winter. Whatever your budget, you can be sure that these wines won’t disappoint. Cheers!
Joseph Phelps “Insiginia” 2011 | This wine is a show stopper. Cardamom, dried herbs, and tobacco entice the nose while dusty tannins and minty blackberry dance on the palate. Decant several hours before drinking to allow wine to reach its full splendor. $225
Vin de France Domaine des Nugues Sparkling Gamay | This bubbly, ruby red wine makes an instant impression with its gorgeous color and tart acidity. Plus the low alcohol content makes it perfect for starting off the evening. $22
Ojai Vineyard “John Sebastiano Vineyard” 2012 Grenache | With an approachable fruit-based palate, this 100% Grenache wine from Santa Barbara County is full of energy. Underneath notes of raspberry and ripe cherry are light flavors of peppery spice. $38
Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Crianza 2010 | As a Rioja Crianza wine, this bottle represents a great value without sacrificing quality. The wine is aged for a minimum of 2 years before it is released, giving it rounded tannins that pair perfectly with hors d’ouvres. $14
The Prisoner Wine Company “Prisoner” 2013 | Toasted oak and vanilla combine with jammy cherry notes to form a wine that is bold and bursting with flavor. This Zinfandel based blend begs to be paired with a roast beef or steak dinner. $40
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