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12 days of christmas
Posted on December 13, 2019 by in Libation Library, Wine

The holiday season is a time for parties, gatherings, and celebrations with friends and loved ones. So, whether you’re trimming the tree, cooking your Christmas feast, or escaping the usual family chatter, a good bottle of wine should always accompany your festivities.

Are you hosting this year’s Christmas party or are you just a guest? Either way, making sure the wine supply is fully stocked will make you the hit of the party. From the perfect pairing with the Christmas ham to the bottle of red that always “does the trick,” our 12 wines of Christmas are as perfect as a partridge in a pear tree.   

 

White

Perfect for your Christmas hams and any holiday fowl, White Wine is always a popular choice at Christmas. It’s easy enough to drink for the cousin who turned 21 over the summer and for the aunt who only drinks on special occasions, but it can also be flavorful enough to entertain the refined palate of any wine lover. Here are some recommendations to bring to your table this winter.

  • Sutter Home Moscato – Moscato is a classic dessert wine that works as a fantastic pre- or post-dinner beverage. A sweet profile of lychee, peach, and melon make the drink a refreshing compliment to all the sweets and light appetizers of the holiday.
  • Attems Pinot Grigio – Light, crisp, and versatile, Pinot Grigio is a favorite for many. The subtly fruity taste works very well with your Christmas dishes whether it be poultry, rabbit, or lamb. The Attems Pinot Grigio is the perfect choice for guests who are dedicated, white wine drinkers.  
  • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc – A light chalky flavor but with highlights of citrus, figs, and passionfruit, this unique twist on the classic Sauvignon Blanc will surprise guests and delight their taste buds. Serve this wine after the dinner while everyone socializes and unwinds.

 

Red

Thanks to its versatility, Red Wines pair exceptionally well with most meals traditionally served during the holidays including prime rib, lamb, and vegetarian recipes. Because Red Wine tends to not be as sugary or sweet as White Wine, it also makes a great drink for cocktail hour or when you’re casually hanging out with friends and family. From the Cabernet Sauvignon to the Merlot, any bottle of red is welcome during the holidays. 

  • Etude Pinot Noir –  Highly aromatic with notes of raspberry, cherry, cinnamon, and vanilla, this Pinot Noir fits in with the in-season flavors of the holidays. The Etude Pinot Noir has a unique background and creation, making it a great talking point with your guests or a unique gift to impress your future in-laws.
  • Charles Smith Wines The Velvet Devil Merlot – Flavors of dark fruits play with the notes of cedar and tobacco as you sip this velvety Merlot. This wine works well with popular holiday meals, but it can also be enjoyed on its own. Word of warning, the name might turn some people off, so save it for those who are on the naughty list.
  • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon – Cabernet Sauvignon is classic red wine, perfect for the occasional wine fan and for the main course of the Christmas meal. If you find yourself with too many options and wanting a drink that will fit everyone’s tastes, this Red Wine is your answer.

 

Sparkling Wine and Champagne

Nothing says celebration quite like Sparkling Wine and Champagne. Whether for Christmas Day mimosas or for your holiday party with friends, champagne and sparkling wine are great options for a light and refreshing holiday drink.

  • Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut – This excellent Champagne is a favorite during parties and group events. The bright bubbly taste is paired with hints of smoke, pastry cream, and lemon curd. This is a great drink to pair with dessert or with appetizers.
  • Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs – Whether used to make a fireside setting relaxing or to celebrate a Christmas proposal, the Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs offers a fuller version of the traditional champagne. Trading white grapes for red, this Brut, provides a unique twist that matches the themes and colors of the season.
  • Stella Rosa Imperiale Black Lux – If you really want to impress guests and treat them to something delicious and new, the Stella Rosa Imperiale Black Lux is a great selection. This drink can be enjoyed during dinner, but it really shines on its own before or after the meal. This sparkling wine provides a sweet companion to a holiday appetizer such a charcuterie board.

Rose

When you can’t decide between serving Red or White this Christmas the perfect in-between arrives in the form of Rose. While traditionally viewed as a summer drink, Rose has recently become more popular as a year-round option. Rose’s versatile flavors pair well with any traditional and non-traditional Christmas meals and can be enjoyed by even the pickiest guest. 

  • Gerard Bertrand Cote Des Roses – Imagine a traditional rose but with notes of candy and you’ve got the Gerard Bertrand Cote Des Roses. This Rose provides a full and aromatic presence to your wine rotation. The ornate design of the bottle makes it stand out from the others and will surely catch your guests’ attention. 
  • Dusk to Dawn Rose of Pinot Noir – Like any good rose, Dusk to Dawn Rose of Pinot Noir is dry, yet fruity. The beautiful artwork sets it apart making it a great addition to your wine Christmas tree and its versatile flavor palate will complement your seafood or turkey dishes.
  • Chateau De La Begude Rose – This strawberry-centric Rose features a dry finish, perfect for your holiday meal or celebration. Whether enjoyed with friends, family, or by yourself this Rose is a great reminder of the warmer seasons and an escape from the biting winter winds.

 

So, there you have it, the 12 wines of Christmas. While we can’t provide the lords-a-leaping or ladies-dancing, our convenient locations and delivery services make it easy for you to find the perfect holiday wine for your gathering. Wine is also a great gift to bring when you’re spending the holidays with family or friends. Nothing impresses quite like a good bottle of wine and the proper pronunciation of Sauvignon – it’s sow·vuhn·yown.

As with all things this season, it’s always the thought that counts. Taking time to show appreciation for those closest to you is always a heartfelt gesture regardless of your wine selection.