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Best holiday wines

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

What to pour at your holiday table!

This holiday season be sure to stock not only your bar but your wines! Welcoming guests with a glass as well as winding down the night with another glass are perfect ways to incorporate wine into your holidays!
Christmas wine

What to pour at
the holiday table!

This holiday season be sure to stock not only your bar but your wines! Welcoming guests with a glass as well as winding down the night with another glass are perfect ways to incorporate wine into your holidays!

When shopping for wines during the holiday season, we want a great wine that won't kill our budget. Thanks to Wine Spectator magazine, here are some of the best holiday wines with one condition: high ratings but lower prices! The list of 100 holiday wines is published in the October 15 issue of Wine Spectator.

1

Brotherhood Riesling New York
Dry Premium Selection 2011

"Crisp, dry and racy with grapefruit and pear scents, this riesling exhibits the ripe fruit flavors and slightly mineral qualities of its fine European relatives." — Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery

Dry rieslings like this one would pair perfectly with any stone fruit recipes. Also would work served with your cheese course, but be sure to have a sharp cheese as well as a moldy blue in the mix to bring out the citrus notes of the wine.

Apricot Ham with Cloves

Get the recipe: Apricot ham with cloves >>

2

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012

"Aromas of rock melon, lemongrass and ripe gooseberry dominate with top notes ranging from tropical grapefruit to sweet bell pepper." — Brancott Estate

This sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, of course, pairs well with seafood, so try your hand at making skewered scallops!

Skewered scallop

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3

Underwood Cellars Pinot Noir Oregon 2011

"Forward, appealing flavors with an emphasis on tart strawberry fruit put a lively snap into the mid-palate. The tannins are present but balanced, and the wine delivers a lot of clean flavor for the price. Best Buy." — Underwood Cellars

Serve this pinot noir with either your main dish (if it's lamb or beef) and even go as far as serving it with your dessert if it's pumpkin-based!

No bake pumpkin brûlée

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4

Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Crianza 2009

"Attractive, intense bouquet of raspberries and cherries with vanilla notes and a touch of spice." — Marques de Caceres

This is the wine you want to serve with your main course! Luscious and rich, this would pair well with a heavy course like turkey, pork, lamb or beef. Rioja is the only denomination in Spain that can say it has the title of "Denominación de Origen Calificada," making it one of the most traditional and prestigious wine regions in Spain.

Rack of Lamb with Rosemary Pesto Sauce

Get the recipe: Rack of lamb with rosemary pesto sauce >>

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