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'Tis the season for drinking lots of wine! Whether you're toasting the new year, imbibing with your holiday feast or just looking for a great hostess gift, these picks from wine pro Gwendolyn Osborn of wine.com will keep everyone in good spirits this holiday season.
Best Wine for Appetizers
La Marca Prosecco ($14.99) is “a perfect wine that will match with all sorts of appetizers, from sweet to savory,” she says. “Prosecco showcases lots of fruit flavors backed by crisp acidity and a lip-smacking finish. The ripe fruit paired with these crisp bubbles means it can take some spice or some sweet, which makes it an all-around palate-pleaser for starting the evening.” Or alongside breakfast foods at a holiday brunch!
Get it now: La Marca Prosecco, $14.99, at wine.com
Best Wine for a Hostess Gift
Osborn chose a bottle that sports great looks as well as good taste. Clos de los Siete Super Red Blend ($16.99) “is a distinctive blend from Argentina that is sure to impress,” she says. “A collaboration of seven top producers, the Clos de los Siete blends Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to craft a ripe, decadent wine full of dense fruit, chocolate, herbs and a touch of spicy oak. This delivers the total package and is a delicious and perfect gift.” Get it now: Clos de los Siete Super Red Blend, $16.99, at wine.com
Best Wine That Goes with Everything
Hailing from Oregon’s Willamette Valley is Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Gris 2011 ($19.99). “This wine is such an uber-friendly food wine, it delivers fresh floral aromas, loads of mouth-filling fruit and zingy acidity that can take on just about any dish you can muster, from savory stuffing to marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes.”
Get it now: Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Gris 2011, $19.99, at wine.com