Picking wines for the holidays can be a challenge.
Some people cling to the familiar, while others want something special. It's the time of year to treat yourself and those you love, but you may be feeling pinched after your holiday shopping. You may have a meal with a special menu that cries out for precise pairing or an open house where the wine takes a back seat to food and fellowship. There are many factors to consider.
Here is a list of 12 great wines that address all of those situations:
Patrick Piuze, French Bubble Non Dosé NV: $16.99
Don't be fooled by the self-deprecating name, which might suggest this is a silly sparkling wine but this is a great wine from an excellent producer. Made with chardonnay grapes grown near the town of Chablis, it's lean and crisp with citrus notes. Piuze's Val de Mer Cremant de Bourgogne is also an excellent value if you want a bottle that seems a little more serious. A fun crowd-pleaser for your open house.