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Our Favorite Holiday Wines

This blog was originally published on November 30, 2016, and has been updated to reflect inventory changes.

The end of the year is always a busy time. With so many celebrations, most people are looking for a great bottle of wine to enjoy during their next get-together or virtual happy hour. There's no shortage of choices, so you’ll want to make sure you pick up the right one. A tasty wine is a great addition to any celebration this holiday season. Looking for the perfect fit? Give these a try.

Merlot

Play it safe by pairing your Merlot with almost any classic holiday meal. Because most merlots are medium bodied, they also tend to pair well with dishes that are richly sauced, including fish dishes, steak, and casseroles. For a classic, try Wild Horse Merlot. With notes of oak and cedar this is a soft and dry wine. It has a hint of cherry sweetness and is food-friendly, making it a great, affordable wine for when you’ve spent too much money on presents.

Pinot Noir

The grapes used for Pinot Noir are difficult to grow, making this wine range in flavor from fruity to floral. Despite their varied flavor, pinot noirs are versatile and can pair with a wide variety of ethnic dishes and classic cuisines. Pinot noir pairs particularly well with duck, fowl, and mushrooms. Make sure to pour yourself a glass if there’s chocolate for dessert. Talbott Kali Hart is delicious with notes of cherry and black raspberry. This is a great wine that is sure to be a crowdpleaser.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a hugely popular wine, so it’s an excellent go-to if you’re unsure what type of wine to pick up. Because of its acidity, cabernet sauvignon can be overwhelming by itself. Pair it with a hearty meal, like beef, braised dishes, risotto, or short ribs, and you can’t go wrong. B.R. Cohn North Coast is a bold blend of flavors. Get ready for a spicy and fruity mix of flavors on the palate.

Zinfandel

Is ham or lamb on the menu this holiday season? How about a hearty meal in general? Pair it with Zinfandel. With a bold taste, the primary flavors are usually jam, blueberry, black pepper, and licorice. Expect spice to follow with a tobacco-like smoky finish. Try Dry Creek Vineyard's Heritage Creek Zinfandel. With aromas of blackberry, plum, oak, and chocolate, this wine is an excellent choice for winter months.

Riesling

Riesling is a white wine that has become hugely popular in recent years. It’s sweet, low in alcohol, and easy to drink. It’s perfect for sipping by itself but can also pair it with sweet and savory meals—or even cheese. Because it’s become such a fan-favorite, don’t be surprised to see your friends and family sipping on it on your next video chat. Give it a try and you'll be happy you didn't spend a fortune on a stellar wine. Dr. L Riesling will be a holiday hit, even before dessert is ready.

Sparkling Wine

New Year’s is right around the corner, and that calls for celebration. Pop the cork and enjoy your sparkling wine sweat-free because it didn't break the bank. Don't forget to pair it with cheese and appetizers! One of our top choices is J Vineyards Brut Rosé, an elegant wine with flavors of strawberry and raspberry, with an undertone of citrus.

Ready to pick up a bottle (or two) of wine to celebrate the holidays? Stop by Wachusett Wine & Spirits—our inventory is always expanding. And be sure to check our wine specials before you stop by!

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