Top Red Wines For The Holidays!

I’ve tasted a lot of red wine this year, and tend to drink a lot more of it this time of year too. Since many of us know we don’t just have to pair red wines with red meats, we have a lot of pairing possibilities, which make these wines perfect for the holiday season. Red wines pair beautifully with many holiday dishes and sides. They also make great gifts no matter the size of your budget. From $12.00- $50.00 and up, there’s a wine for everyone on this list!

2016 Artezin Zinfandel- This Zin from Mendocino County is surprising and lively. It’s not as big as some other Zinfandel wines, however, it’s full of fruit and spice. For the price, this is a great zinfandel that’s worth it to have at the table this holiday season. $15

2014 Masseria Altemura Sasseo Primitivo Salento- This Italian wine from Puglia is made from Primitivo grapes and is rich and intense. The name comes from the terrain where the grapes are grown: comprised of slabs of limestone (or “sassi”, rocks) that have been pressed through a technique known as “spietramento“. This wine is juicy with berry, baking spice, and leather. $15.99

2016 Bodegas Lopez Cristobal, Crianza– From Castilla y Leon, Spain! This Tempranillo has won multiple awards and is bright with red fruit, earth, and oak aromas. On the palate, it’s bold and spicy with rich black fruit and berry flavors followed by a balanced and oak driven finish. $16

2015 Ravenswood Winery Old Vine Zinfandel- From Lodi, California, this Zin is full of blueberry, plum, and raspberry. This wine is lush and full of silky tannins, with a long lingering finish. Made from 79% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, and 1% Alicante Bouschet, this wine is fresh and fragrant now, but will also age for another ten years! $18

2014 Cooper & Thief Red Blend- This one is a dark and jammy wine with noticeable bourbon flavors and aromas. This is due to the wine aging three months in bourbon barrels which add softness to the tannins. Made with 38% Merlot. 37% Syrah. 11% Zinfandel. 7% Petite Sirah. 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. 3% Other Red grapes, this wine is a fun one to have around for the chilly fall and winter season ahead. $29.99

2014 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel- An old vine zin blend with a berry forward nose, and a long finish. It’s from Lodi, California, which is one of my favorite California wine growing regions, producing fantastic wines. This wine has concentrated fruit notes with low tannins and it is a fun one to sip! $20

2015 Joseph Drouhin, Domaine des Hospices Belleville FleurieThis red from Brouilly is made from Gamay grapes and is grown on one of the most famous of the ten Beaujolais Crus. It’s a very pretty purple color with ruby hues and a floral, pepper, and fruit nose. On the palate, it is fresh and fruit forward with nice spice notes and balance. $20

2012 Bravado Merlot- From the Samson region of Israel, this Merlot is rich and intense with soft tannins and complex fruit flavors. Aged 12 months in barrel, this wine has a nice balance between oak and fruit flavors, that lingers nicely into a lovely finish. The wine is good now but expected to develop well in the bottle for years. $28

2014 Heritance Cabernet Sauvignon- This Napa Valley wine is deep ruby in color and layered with dark fruit on the nose. On the palate, it is lush and firm with notes of vanilla and coffee. The tannins are fine and well integrated. This wine is absolutely delicious and can easily pair with cheeses, stews, and of course, grilled meats. $30

2013 Psagot Edom Winemakers Yaakov Berg and Joshua Hexter produce a lovely range of Israeli wines. This red is a harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with firm structure and flavors of blackberry, plum and cigar box. The Merlot nicely balances this wine lending a mellow texture and red berry flavors, while the Cabernet Sauvignon adds the power and spice. $32

2013 Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga- This wine is ruby in color and intense with vanilla, spices, and dried flower aromas. The palate is dry and soft with velvety tannins and a persistent finish. There are attractive notes of oak and smoke with a big body. This wine will absolutely age but is really tasting beautiful now as well. $38

2010 Chateau Baron de Brane Margaux- This Bordeaux is from Margaux, which is an important appellation in the Haut-Médocdistrict of Bordeaux, southwestern France. This red is savory and classic with aromas of rose, wood, and fruit. On the palate, it’s dry with leather, flowers, and wood. $39

2014 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve- This powerful wine offers aromas of blackberry, plum, and dark cherry with bold structure. This reserve bottling blends handpicked grapes from BV’s premier estates in Rutherford, Carneros, and the Napa Valley into a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. This is an excellent luxury wine to enjoy with family and friends. $65

2013 Moraga Bel Air,  Red Blend- From one of the most prominent wineries in Southern California, Santa Monica to be exact. This Bordeaux blend is full bodied and complex with bold fruit and structure. On the nose, leather, plum, and concentrated fruit fill the glass, while the palate is smooth and tannic with blackberry flavors and a spice driven finish. $175

 

 

Sara Lehman

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Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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