Looking for that perfect wine bottle for Christmas? No better way to enjoy that succulent turkey at a Christmas dinner than with the perfect glass of wine - right?
Perhaps you also want to gift a fine bottle of Christmas wine to your wine lover friends!
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- Masseto Toscana IGT 2015
- Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru 2016
- Schrader Cellars 'Old Sparky' Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
- Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain 2016
- Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru 2009
- Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado 2009
- Domaine Prieure Roch Bourgogne 'Roses' Rose 2017
- Sine Qua Non 'And An Eight Track' Rose 2013
- Dom Perignon P3 Plenitude Brut 1990
- Louis Roederer Cristal 'Gold Medalion' Orfevres Limited Edition Brut Millesime 2002
- Ultramarine Sparkling Rose 2014
- Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 2017
- Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2005
- Royal Tokaji Essencia 2007
- Other Festive Christmas Wine Ideas
- Tips for buying Christmas Wines
- How to Serve and Store Your Holiday Wines
- Buy the Best Wines for Christmas (and All Year Round) with Vinovest
Finding a great wine to serve at Christmas or as the perfect gift for a Christmas wine basket could be overwhelming.
We have it sorted for you! Read on to get a clear picture of what the different wine styles can offer and the best wines you can buy this season.
Red Wine for a Dash of Boldness
You can’t go wrong with red wine at Christmas.
Nothing like a light, delicate Pinot Noir red wine that goes well with almost anything (even fish). Or pick a soft, agreeable Merlot instead. A bold Cabernet Sauvignon is also easy to balance if you’re serving red meats like beef or venison.
Can you drink red wine with turkey?
Yes. It’s the ultimate traditional Christmas wine to complement a savory plate of roast turkey, gravy, and potatoes.
Here are some fine reds to add warmth to your dinner table:
1. Masseto Toscana IGT 2015, Tuscany (Italy)
This famous Super Tuscan Merlot wine is ripe with blackcurrant, cherry, blackberry, graphite, spice, and pomegranate on the nose. Dense with dark fruits, it’s explosive and full on the palate with a very long finish.
Average price for Masseto Toscana IGT 2015: $800+
Also check out some of the best Italian red wines you should have in your wine cellar.
2. Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru 2016, Côte de Nuits (France)
From one of Burgundy’s oldest domaines comes this wonderfully structured, layered and concentrated Pinot Noir. On the nose, there’s a youthful, opulent black fruit aroma with hints of strawberry, licorice, red flowers and roasted coffee bean. Fine tannin, with a perfect amount of acidity and minerality characterizes the palate.
Average price for Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru 2016: $3100+
3. Schrader Cellars 'Old Sparky' Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley (USA)
Velvet tannins, cassis, dark cherry, and spice are the hallmarks of this Napa Valley Cabernet, with plenty of fruit concentration and a firm structure. Schrader Cellars focuses on premium Cabernet Sauvignon, of which the ‘Old Sparky’ label is the most famous. The vintage year is in Roman Numerals on the wine label.
Average price for Schrader Cellars 'Old Sparky' Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: $700+
White Wine for a Touch of Sophistication
Need something to match that seafood appetizer?
Look no further than a bottle of white wine. It’s easy to drink, even for those unfamiliar with the world of wine.
Check out these elegant white wine recommendations to sip from your crystal stemware:
4. Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain 2016, Alsace Grand Cru (France)
This flinty Pinot Gris comes from the hillsides of French Alsace. Lovely in yellow, it’s imbued with the aroma of mirabelle plum, beeswax, gooseberry, and white flowers. Flavorful and rich, there’s a lively acidity and a stony minerality, ending with a long finish.
Average price for Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain 2016: $90+
5. Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru 2009, Cote de Beaune (France)
This DRC from Le Montrachet is easily one of the most sought-after and collectible white wines. It’s a wonderfully nuanced Chardonnay with a nose of ripe pineapple, menthol, honey, vanilla, and caramel. Great texture and brisk acidity characterize it, with notes of acacia blossom, wild herbs, and soil.
Average price for Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru 2009, Cote de Beaune: $8700+
6. Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Oakville (USA)
Fresh herbal aromas and notes of lychee, spearmint, and passion fruit mark this wine. The same aroma characterizes the palate with some tropical fruit flavors and smoke, ash, and wet rock. A round mouthfeel and soft acidity gives this Sauvignon Blanc a delightful freshness and sharpness.
Average price for Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc 2015: $6400+
Drink Pink with Rose Wines
Roses have this ‘summer drink’ reputation, but that’s not always true. They’re great all year round!
If you have trouble deciding whether to serve a white or red wine or unsure which would make a fine wine gift, a good quality rose is your answer.
Rose wine is incredibly versatile and can pair with turkey or poultry, vegetables, seafood, or steak. It makes an attractive centerpiece for your dinner table with its delicate pink hue, or can brighten up your Christmas wine gift basket too!
Here are some lovely pinks to please your palate:
7. R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado 2009, Rioja DOCa (Spain)
This Rioja Red Blend rose (a mix of Tempranillo, Garnacho and Viura) has a fresh nose dominated by herbal notes. An intense, acidic, and concentrated palate comes with red fruit flavors, fresh herbal notes, spices, and plenty of minerality towards the long finish.
Average price for R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado 2009: $100+
8. Domaine Prieure Roch Bourgogne 'Roses' Rose 2017, Burgundy (France)
The 2017 Bourgogne Rose is an exciting Pinot Noir rose. Vibrant and pure, with aroma notes of lovely raspberry fruit. The palate is fresh, silky, fine, complex with balance and a long, juicy finish. This is a fine rose to match with salads and green vegetables.
Average price for Domaine Prieuré Roch Bourgogne 'Roses' Rose 2017: $100+
9. Sine Qua Non 'And An Eight Track' Rose 2013, Ventura County (USA)
Sine Qua Non is noted for their quirky wine names and for rarely making the same wine more than once. The ‘And An Eight Track’ is a lightly-styled rare rose blend (Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah), with the refreshing flavor of raspberry, strawberry and some deep red cherry notes.
Average price for Sine Qua Non 'And An Eight Track' Rose 2013: $300+
Add Some Fizz with Vivacious Sparklers
Sparkling wine is a crowd-pleaser with its cheerful effervescence and wide range of tastes from brut to doux. It’s the perfect addition to add some sparkle to your Christmas party. Or tuck them below the Christmas tree as a sumptuous Christmas gift.
Have roast goose on the menu?
Get ready to pull the cork off a fine bottle of Champagne to make a perfect pairing for that juicy meat. You can also match your bubbly with seafood appetizers or turn it into a sweet companion for dessert.
Check out these delicious sparkling wine ideas to brighten your holiday party:
10. Dom Perignon P3 Plenitude Brut 1990, Champagne (France)
Opulence and ripeness characterize the nose of this brut Champagne from celebrated producer Moet & Chandon. A rich and dense palate of golden fruit provides an energetic freshness to this brilliant sparkler. Make this an elegant pairing for seafood appetizers on a Christmas evening.
Average price for Dom Perignon P3 Plenitude Brut 1990: $2700+
Explore all about Dom Perignon Champagne in this detailed guide.
11. Louis Roederer Cristal 'Gold Medalion' Orfevres Limited Edition Brut Millesime 2002, Champagne (France)
This limited edition Cristal Champagne is dressed in a light, protective, 24 karat gold latticework by Phillipe di Meo. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend offers the aroma of ripe and elegant fruit, white chocolate, wet chalk, vanilla, pepper, and a hint of truffle. An intense, concentrated, and rich mouth offers a ripe and mineral complexity.
Average price for Louis Roederer Cristal 'Gold Medalion' Orfevres Limited Edition Brut Millesime 2002: $3500+
12. Ultramarine Sparkling Rose 2014, California (USA)
The Ultramarine Pinot Noir rose is pale in color but not timid in flavor. Expect to find the brisk freshness of red fruits from strawberry to cherry, with tart cranberry. A hint of spice and white pepper notes round out the intense and long finish.
Average price for Ultramarine Sparkling Rose 2014: $200+
Dessert Wine for Your Sweet Tooth
Who doesn’t love a good dessert wine to end dinner?
Think of delicate Sauternes or saccharine Tokaji Aszu to counter the bitterness of a dark chocolate treat. Or perhaps a traditional fortified wine like Port or sherry to settle into an evening with family by the Christmas tree.
Whatever your preference, dessert wines truly shine during the holiday season. They’re an excellent complement to that cinnamon-laden Christmas pudding or a decadent fruit dessert.
Experience some intense sweetness with these dessert wines:
13. Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 2017 (Portugal)
This elegant Vintage port has a deep ruby color. It is rich and layered with dark berries, star anise, and spices with a touch of eucalyptus. The palate offers a fresh acidity, ripe tannin, anise, and spices again with perfect balance and a rich yet subtle long finish.
Average price for Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 2017: $1100+
14. Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2005, Mosel (Germany)
German rieslings don’t come much sweeter than this trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) classification unless you’re looking at ice wine or eiswein. The 2005 vintage is smoky, citric, and yeasty on the nose. The palate is thick and creamy, packed with peach jam, dried apricot, honey, with invigorating citrus.
Average price for Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2005: $11,000+
15. Royal Tokaji Essencia 2007, Tokaj-Hegyalja (Hungary)
Tokaji Aszu wine is the world’s oldest sweet wine, produced since the 1600s in the Tokaj region. This 2007 vintage has a palate that electrifies with the sweetness of apricot, marmalade, and Japanese plum. Full-bodied and beautifully balanced with a fine acidity, it offers aromas of fresh apricot and tea.
Average price for Royal Tokaji Essencia 2007: $1,000+
Apart from sipping wine in a glass, there are many other ways to enjoy wine during Christmas!
Other Festive Christmas Wine Ideas
You could try out some of these ideas.
1. Mulled Wine to Warm your Soul
Wine heated with spice was first recorded in 2nd century Rome, which evolved into a Christmas tradition. You’ll often find combinations of cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, clove, ginger, cardamom, orange, or lemon in mulled wine.
There’s no set recipe for this Christmas drink. Grab any red wine you have. Throw in the spices you prefer, some honey or sugar, and simmer the mix.
When serving your mulled wine, decorate it with a couple of cinnamon sticks as well.
2. Fruit-up with a White Christmas Sangria
Traditionally, sangria is simply a concoction of wine plus fruit. For a White Christmas sangria, all you have to do is add fruits to white wine and chill it, as the secret to sangria is chilling.
Use any fruit you like — but grapes, apples, and cranberries add some Christmas colors to the drink. They’re a good source of vitamins too. If you want a bit of fizz, add some sparkling grape juice, or use sparkling wine instead of white wine.
3. Party with Mimosas
Have some sparkling wine and orange juice lying about?
Use them to make Mimosas! This cocktail is fun to drink, easy to make, and an excellent option for greeting guests or serving at a Christmas brunch.
The basic mimosa is simply equal parts of sparkling wine and orange juice, but you can always cut the wine ratio if you don’t want guests to get tipsy too early. Create variations with cranberry or pineapple juice, and a dash of Grand Marnier.
Tips for buying Christmas Wines
You could go for a light Moscato d’Asti, a sparkling Asti Spumante or a more intense red Bordeaux blend — if that’s what you like. If you have trouble deciding, here are some quick tips:
- Pick wines that will enhance your Christmas dishes. If you're serving turkey and other meats, best to go with a juicy red wine. On the other hand, a light salmon with vegetables would be a perfect pair with a white wine or rose.
- Pick wines with Christmas spices. Look for wines with taste profiles like plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, spice bread, star anise, licorice. These will complement Christmas dishes that often use the same spices.
- Pick wines in different styles. You can have too much of the same wine, so get a couple of different styles. Maybe start with a sparkling Spanish Cava with appetizers, to and move onto a red Syrah for the main course, and a Moscato for dessert.
- Opt for magnums if you can. One standard 750 ml bottle is usually only five servings, so buy magnums if you plan to serve many. At 1.5 liters, a magnum is the equivalent of two wine bottles.
- Select wines from top regions. The holiday season is the best time to pick wines from various wine regions in France, Italy, or Spain. Mix in bottles of New World wines from the California wine country or Australia. These will make great additions to a gift set too.
- Find a good vintage. Do some research and get a good vintage that is ready to be opened.
Now, that you’ve picked your Christmas wine - what’s the best way to serve and store them?
How to Serve and Store Your Holiday Wines
If you don’t have a wine cellar, keep your wine in a dark and dry place before it’s time to pop the cork. Don’t store it in your freezer either.
On Christmas Day or the day of the party, there are a couple of things you need to think of:
- Chill your wine. If you need to do it in a hurry, submerge the wine bottles in a bucket of ice water and some salt. Or wrap it in a wet cloth and keep it in the freezer for about 10 minutes - and don’t forget about it!
- Keep the white wine and sparklers cool even in the glass. The longer your wine stays in the glass, the warmer it gets. Freeze some grapes and use them as ice cubes instead of regular ice cubes, which will melt and dilute the wine.
- Filter if the wine cork crumbles into the wine. After filtering, taste to make sure the wine quality isn't compromised. If it's a very old wine, you may want to filter straight into a wine glass instead of a decanter, to minimize oxidation.
- Decant fully or uncork when ready to drink. You don’t have to take out the cork early unless you plan to decant fully.
- How long will wine keep once opened? Most still wines stay fresh around 3-5 days, sparkling wines last about 1-3 days and fortified wine up to 28 days. Remember to close it with the cork and store it in the fridge or in a cool, dark spot.
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