December is here, which means it’s high time for the festive season of holiday parties, dinners, gift-exchanging, and in indulging in slightly more alcohol than usual.
There will come plenty of occasions for wine, and whether you are choosing a drink for an elegant Christmas dinner, a Sunday brunch, or a casual gathering with close friends, we’re here to guide you in surviving the holiday season — in style.
There is so much going on during the holiday season, so who has time to think about what wines to serve for which occasion? Here are six crowd-pleasing wines that will take you through the holidays with a breeze.
For Christmas dinner
The perfect wine to pair with turkey or poultry dishes at Christmas dinners, try the Campofiorin — the best selling Italian red wine in British Columbia. Recognisable for its affordable quality, this full-bodied wine was created in 1964 by Masi, and features aromas of red cherries and spice, with elegant flavours of red berry fruit.
For parties with friends
Fresh for six weeks once opened, the Modello 3L Red Bag-in-Box is great to keep on the kitchen counter during the holidays in case of impromptu gatherings with friends. Retailing at around $39.99 from private liquor stores, it features blackberry and blueberry aromas with delicate liquorice spiciness and a long berry-fruit finish, and is a great value and affordable wine for the holiday entertaining season.
For gifts for loved ones
If you’re looking for the perfect gift to impress a loved one, the Costasera Amarone is your go-to bottle. Recognisable as expensive and impressive, this wine is complex with aromas of dried plum and baked cherry, with clear hints of chocolate and cinnamon.
For Sunday brunch
There are few better experiences than a late Sunday brunch during the holiday season — so pair it with a super trendy bubbly to make it even more special. The Modello Prosecco, a premium affordable wine at around $16.99 from private liquor stores, and features soft, elegant notes of apple, pear, apricot, and white flowers. The perfect wine for sipping on, or pairing with fresh juice to create refreshing mimosas.
For fancy dinner on New Year’s Eve
For a fancy New Year’s Eve dinner, try the Brolo Campofiorin Oro — best paired with rich-flavoured roasts or lamb. This dry, complex wine features flavours of black cherry coulis and smoke, with a touch of espresso, and will perfectly match up to the rich flavours of an elegant dinner.
For ringing in the New Year
When you want a glass that wows the crowd with bubbles, try the Canevel Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG, an explosion of flavour that is perfect for counting down to midnight and ringing in the New Year. Dry and fragrant both at the same time, this exceptional wine has floral hints and apple aromas.