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You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but a red or rosé Christmas will be just fine by us too. We're not picky, after all.
But if you do have a picky wine drinker on your gift list, Jeff Meisel, the wine director for Gilt Taste, is here to help guide your sleigh toward all your holiday imbibing needs.
Five Tips To Remember When Choosing Wine for a Holiday Gift: Jeff Meisel
And remember, don't buy based on the 'score' alone - it's OK to ask your restaurant sommelier or the wine shop clerk questions. They'll be happy to help you find exactly what you're looking for at the price point you want to spend."
2. Food-friendly and cocktail hour-friendly wines are always a great choice
3. If you're looking for a gift for a wine novice, you can find some really incredible bottles that are under $30
Try Sandhi Wines Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2010. And, if you're totally stuck, go for a great prosecco for around $15 like Fantinel Prosecco NV or even a domestic sparkling wine for under $30. Bubbles always work! (And, the best part is, they also pair with everything.)"
4. For someone who's more wine savvy, grab a bottle that's around $40 or $50
Washington's Columbia Valley is producing some incredible Cabs as well – try the Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon XIV 2008, a great wine for wintertime, with a concentrated berry nose with hints of anise and cocoa.
And of course, you can always grab Champagne or an alternative bubbly, but don’t just settle for one of the big Champagne houses. Try a smaller producer like Alfred Gratien Brut Classique NV, which pairs well with seafood. Think ceviche, scallops seared in butter, a meaty lobster roll. It's also the perfect bubbly for a New Year's Eve toast (with caviar too, of course!)."
5. If you're looking to splurge, dive into the classics – both old world and new – and get a great bottle between $50 and $100
In the old world, I always turn to Piemonte for Barolo. Try this Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserve 2004, from a stellar winery in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy - it's perfect on a cozy winter evening with a slow-cooked veal osso bucco (also a Northern Italian classic!).
And if you really want to impress, try an 'orange wine' - the Vodopivec Amphora 2006 is made from a Slovenian grape called Vitovska that produces a wine that's beautifully orange in color with notes of candied citrus, white spice and flowers. In Champagne, you can get amazing quality in this price range like this Domaine Vouette et Sorbee Fidèle Extra Brut 2008, or bubblies from growers like Fleury, Vilmart or Pierre Peters, well known producers like Ruinart and Krug."
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