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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. With so many end-of-year events to attend, most people are looking for a great bottle of wine to pick up and bring with them to their next party. There is an abundance of choices so you’ll want to make sure you pick up the right one. Impress your friends, family, and co-workers with a tasty wine that will be a great addition to any party this holiday season.


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 Provenance Merlot. With black cherry, wild plum, and blackberry, this is a soft and rich wine. It has a hint of dark chocolate and is food-friendly, making it a great, affordable wine 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. Layer Cake Pinot Noir is delicious with notes of raspberry, pomegranate, and cranberry. After being aged in French oak, as well as their Cherry Pie barrels, the result is a delicious wine that is sure to be a crowdpleaser. layer cake pinot noir

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 for a party. 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. Raymond 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Petite Sirah. You can expect blackberry and dark chocolate on the palate.


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. For an interesting blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Charbono, try The Prisoner. With aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and fig, this wine is an excellent choice for winter months.


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 it at your next holiday party if you’re not the one who brings it. Not only will your friends be happy you brought Riesling, but you'll be happy you didn't spend a fortune on a stellar wine. Forge 2014 Riesling Les Allies will be a holiday party hit, even before dessert is ready.


New Year’s is right around the corner and that calls for celebration. Pop the cork and watch people enjoy their bubbly while you're sweat-free because it didn't break the bank. Don't forget to pair your cheese and appetizers with it -- your friends will thank you for that recommendation. One of our top choices is Duval Leroy Brut NV, an elegant wine with flavors of apple, clementine, and licorice. Because it's an intense wine, you'll want to pair it with light foods. duval leroy Ready to pick up a bottle (or two) of wine for your next holiday party? 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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