The hectic holidays are upon us, complete with the extra stress of party going and gifting, not to mention entertaining at home. Leave the wine gifts to us. At Planet Grape Wine Review, my panelists and I go through hundreds of bottles to get to the good ones. Here are our top picks for wine gifts this holiday season. They are all widely available and easy to find.
nv Cinzano Prosecco Veneto Italy, $13.99
Light and crisp with lemon pith, golden delicious apple, almond sliver and shortbread. Gift box.
nv Bisol Jeio Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene Veneto Italy, $18.99
Lightly sparkling, soft and dry with notes of mandarin, almond custard and sea salt.
nv Ferrari Brut Trento Trentino Alto Adige Italy, 27.99
Dry with fine, lasting bubbles and notes of lemon custard, brioche, ginger wafer, coriander seed and chalk. Gift/Chill Box.
nv Champagne Pol Roger France, $58
Powerful and dry with fine, long lasting bubbles and notes of lemon pith, egg custard, soft pretzel and white rose.
nv Champagne Gosset Grande Reserve Brut France, $65
Softly intense with fine, lasting bubbles and notes of lemon pith, apple tart, freshly baked rye and chalk.
2016 Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc Grand Reserve Alsace France, $22
Light, fresh and creamy with notes of lemon zest. apple tart, rising bread, chamomile buds and hay bale. Slightly sweet.
2015 Royal Tokaji The Oddity Dry Tokaji Hungary, $20
Silky, dry, and zingy with notes of lemon, ginger, lanolin, honey, and iodine.
2017 Scheid Vineyards Chardonnay Estate Monterey California, $26
Silky, fresh, juicy and dry with notes of lemon zest, freshly buttered corn, almond sliver and chamomile.
2016 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir North Canterbury New Zealand, $26
Fresh, lively and zesty with notes of raspberry, cherry, red licorice, pink rose, thyme and fennel sausage.
2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Sonoma California, $35
Soft, inviting and jammy with notes of boysenberry, plum, tomato leaf, mushroom, cocoa nib and cedar.
2014 Shafer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley California, $55
Big, rich and initially creamy with a juicy core of black cherry, cherry cola and plum, black olive, cedar, pine cone and vanilla. Iconic Napa Valley Merlot. Cellar worthy.
2015 Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley California, $36
Full and lightly chewy with notes of black cherry, cassis, vanilla bean and mocha.
2017 Fetzer Gewurztraminer Monterey California, $11
Sweet and creamy with grilled pineapple, mango, banana, fruit punch, candied violet and vanilla notes.
2016 Royal Tokaji Late Harvest Tokaji Hungary, 375 ml, $20
Unctuous and intensely sweet with notes of lemon curd, crème brulee, vanilla, honey, saffron and mushroom.
Chamucos Tequila Reposado Mexico, $49.99
Elegant and smooth with fragrant Highlands Agave and notes of grilled pineapple, crème caramel and pink peppercorn. Gift Box.
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