Sunday, December 5, 2010


Holiday Party Wine

The holiday party season is in full swing.  Many of us will be asked to bring a bottle of wine to a party or two.  That's the sort of opportunity I live for, but some people get a little high strung when they have to select a wine to show publicly.

If you can get an idea of what the host would like for you to bring, choosing is easy.  If the host says "Oh, anything will do," that's not much help.

You might just pick up any old cheap thing and bring it in under the radar, hoping to get it onto the table or counter where the other wines are, before it can be traced to you.

But why not bring a wine which shows that a little consideration went into the choice?

If you know your host's preferences, the heavy lifting is done.  Just find a bottle of what they like and let them do the oohing and aahing.

You can find really good deals on Spanish Garnacha or Malbec from Argentina.

Borsao is a really wonderful Spanish red which blends Garnacha and Tempranillo.  How does $7 sound?

Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley 2009 usually sells for under $10.

Alamos Malbec '09 goes for around $10.

Sparkling wine is always a hit at parties, and it doesn't have to be expensive.  You can get a nice California sparkler, Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava for well under $20.

Francis Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs blends Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat for about $15.  It comes in a pretty bottle, too.

Cavit Lunetta Prosecco goes for less than $10 in lots of places.

Segura Viudas Aria Estate Brut is a good Spanish Cava you can find for around $10.

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