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Holiday Wine and Gift-Giving Guide


Whether you are looking to pair wines with Christmas Dinner, share new wines with friends and family at holiday parties or need the perfect wine lover's gift. We've got the resources to help you add a bit more cheer to your Christmas celebrations!

Need help pairing a wine or two with Christmas Dinner?

    Christmas dinners are a great time to try new wines with favorite recipes of old. Will it be ham, turkey, goose or prime rib? If you are looking for new wine options to complement your holiday meal, then look no further, here is a terrific selection of versatile whites and reds that are sure to enhance your Christmas gathering, varietals picked for both their presence and adaptability. Read more here.

Need help finding a gift for the wine lover on your list?

Then check out the Best Gifts for Wine Lovers this year here. From Christmas gifts to New Year's celebrations, and birthdays to anniversaries - drumming up new wine gift ideas for the wine lover on your gift list can be a daunting task on an annual basis! Relax, as this year's Top 10 Wine Gifts Guide has all of the leg work done for you, with a variety of fresh new wine gift ideas as well as tried and true keepers that won't let your wine enthusiast down!

Need some stocking stuffers for a certain wine enthusiast?

For the wine lover who has everything, you may want to focus your time on finding the best wine gift gadgets that double as perfect stocking stuffers.

Would you like to host a Holiday Wine Tasting Party?

A Wine Tasting party is an ideal way to get friends and family together to learn about wine and experiment with new or unusual varietals. It is also a fun way to shake up a traditional Christmas party, by offering a little more intrigue than standard chips, dips and sugar cookies. A wine tasting gives guests instant conversation starters, something to "do" and will hopefully leave them with a little more insight into the wide world of wine.

Which wine varietals should you keep on hand for the holidays?

When the holidays roll around, what wines should every Wine Lover have on hand for impromptu get togethers as well as planned black tie holiday parties? Well, that depends somewhat on personal preference, cellar capacity, budgets and which wines your guests have favored in the past, etc. But to be sure, you can have a well-stacked wine list of your own to manage everything from party platters to formal dinner parties. Let's start with the "Big Eight" varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Pinot Noir for the red wines and Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc for the whites.

Need a basic wine and cheese pairing for a holiday gathering?

Wine and cheese pairings make a simple, but elegant party food option. There is little to no baking, just slicing cheese, opening crackers and popping a few corks and wahlah...you are good to go!

Would you like to set up Sangria Stations for a more casual holiday party?

While some think of Sangrias as the perfect summer punch, there is still plenty of room to bring these casual party-pleasers around for the "most wonderful time of the year!" Get ideas and recipes here.

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