Who doesn’t like to get a bottle of wine for a gift?
No one I️ know, that’s for sure. I️ constantly get asked the question, “What’s a good bottle of wine to give as a gift?”. I️ usually have my go to crowd pleasing wines that I️ suggest, but obviously that’s just the tip of the iceberg on wines you can gift.
Last year I️ asked all of the top wine influencers, bloggers and writers what their favorite bottle of wine to give as a gift is. (You can check that out here). It was a pretttttty impressive list.
This year, I’ve asked them again to let me know their favorite wines to give you guys some ideas on wines for the holidays! They’ve each included a little blurb on why they think their wine is a great choice. Enjoy! Oh, and make sure you buy yourself some wine while you’re at it. You deserve it.
Click on the photos below for links to the wine!
Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2006 ($72)
“I chose this wine because it’s one of the best expressions of Italian Sparkling wine. Also, the taste of this is extremely elegant and pleasant!”
Brunello di Montalcino Castello Banfi 2010 ($65)
”Not all wine pairings have to be with food! This amazing Brunello was gifted to me by my friend who brought it back from his wine tasting trip to Tuscany. It paired perfectly with a delicious Tuscan themed dinner and the best company, my family”
Sexual Chocolate Syrah 2015 ($25)
“Sexual chocolate is one of the best wine deals out there. It’s ready to drink, always a crowd pleaser and drinks like a 50-60 dollar wine. It is also the perfect wine to grab when you show up unexpectedly at your friends house (and will ensure that you will be invited back).”
Trento DOC Dosaggio Zero “Perlé Zero Cuvée Zero10″ ($48)
“Ferrari Perlé Zero Cuvée Zero10 is the revelation of 2017. It’s very complex for it’s aging in steel, wood and glass. Perfect for aperitifs, special moments and with food.”
Lordean Gasparini-Venegazzù Capo di Stato 2013 ($36)
“This is one of my favorite wines at the moment. I was really blown away by this wine from the Veneto region. On the nose it’s delicious and intense aromas of dark prunes, blueberries and blackberries with notes of mushrooms, earth, tobacco, cocoa, herbs and light spices.”
Bollinger Special Cuvee ($60)
“Bollinger Special Cuvée is not your average non-vintage champagne. Impressive autolysis character, rich mouse and beautiful aromatics, this champagne is our go to gift for non-sparkling drinkers. Once they have a sip, they become Sparkling Winos!”
Ruinart Brut Rosé ($90)
“When choosing a great bottle of champagne, we tend to choose the style that best represents that house or grower. For Ruinart, the wines are the perfect expression of Chardonnay, hence the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs. Similarly, the story of Billecart is one Best told by their rosé. We’ve just never had a bad bottle of it and will be drinking it over the festive season.”
Black Bubbles by Shingleback ($26)
“The concept of sparkling red wine scares many people especially those who suffered the sickly sweet, poorly made, often cheap, sparkling reds of the past. But good sparkling shiraz holds no connection to that era. It’s usually towards the dry and savory end of the spectrum although fruit intensity is always prominent. If you’re expecting a champage experience, or even that of moscato, you will be dissapointed. It’s bold, powerful and full flavored. Different.
The Shingleback Black Bubbles is one of the better examples of this Aussie wine style available in the US. It’s dry with the right balance of juicy and savory characteristics and finishes with a bit if spice. Served lightly chilled, not cold, this is a wine that needs food, preferably greasy and fun, like pizza, a fry-up, or Chistmas dinner. Enjoy!”
2013 Can Mayol Loxarel’s “Refugi” Brut Nature Reserva Cava ($18)
“When I go to parties I enjoy breaking past social barriers and really getting to know someone. Otherwise, what’s the point? This is why I always come bearing the gift of wine. And, what better choice than sparkling wine?
This year, since I have a fair amount of wine gift-giving to do, so I opted to buy a case of the 2013 Can Mayol Loxarel’s “Refugi” Brut Nature Reserva Cava. As a “Reserva” I know it has the same qualifications as non-vintage Champagne, but since it’s from Penedès, Spain, it’s surprisingly affordable. Great wine. Even better party.”
2015 Ktima Gerovasileiou Single Vineyard Malagousia ($20)
“This is a wine from my birthplace of Greece. It’s a variety about to disappear in Greece but the oenologist Mr. Gerovassiliou decided to save it. It became a hit in Greece and to connoisseurs too, especially UK, Canada, and US. It’s a great new wine for people to discover”
Quinta Das Serejeiras Reserva 2015 ($20)
“This incredible wine is a blend of chardonnay & 2 Portuguese grapes, Arinto & Vidal. A truly outstanding & super affordable vinho! As an added bonus, these guys distribute globally so you wont need to relocate to Portugal to try, although that does sound inviting!!”
Silver Oak Cabernet ($70)
”Silver Oak is a classic sure to never disappoint any red wine lover. Their Cabernet is bound to impress all on your Christmas gift list!”
Oh, wait that’s me! Here are my favorite red, white, rosé and bubbly options to give! Keep in mind these are little more expensive than my normal buys for myself. This is a GIFT after all, so you should spend a little more money.
Pasqua Amarone del Valpolicella ($36)
The Pasqua family makes some amazing wines and their Amarones are right up there with some of the best amarones in the world. This version is their least expensive and ready to drink.
Rose Rock 2015 Chardonnay ($35)
On my last trip to Oregon I stopped by Domain Drouhin and was able to taste this cool climate Chardonnay. It was life changing and I think it’s a great gift to give to get others to experience the beauty and versatility of Chardonnay.
Finca Wolffer Rosé ($25)
I’m a huge fan of Wolffer Estates wines and I think they’re Finca Rosé gets overshadowed by Summer in a Bottle. BUT they’ve redone the packaging on this fantastic Argentinian rosé so now it’s just as fun as it’s big sibling.
Veuve Clicquot Brut ($50)
This is just classic for me. I always love when I see that yellow box coming my way and I hope the people I give it to also feel the same. This is a great champagne for the price (& makes for great Instagrams).