6 Wines to Stock Up On For The Holiday Season

What are the best wines for the holiday season?

  1. Montes Alpha Special Cuvee Chardonnay
  2. Gamla Pinot Noir
  3. Corte Giara Valpolicella Ripasso
  4. Jim Barry Mcrae Wood Shiraz
  5. Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Docg
  6. Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial

Getting ready for the upcoming holiday season doesn’t just mean putting together a gift list — it also means stocking up refreshments for your guests. Perhaps the most popular one to serve this time of year is wine, and you’ll likely need a bottle (or two) for all your planned holiday parties and festivities.

But, we know it’s hard to narrow down your wine shopping list. After all, a bevy of dishes will be served, and you’ll want a bottle that will be the perfect accompaniment! Luckily, we’re here to help. Here are our six recommended wines for the holiday season:

Montes Alpha Special Cuvee Chardonnay

Montes Alpha Special Cuvee ChardonnayNothing beats a good, aromatic white wine if you’re serving shellfish and white meat fish. A crisp, oaked Chardonnay is our recommendation for this menu — they go perfectly with dishes like lobster thermidor, crab legs, or scallops in white wine sauce! This wine has enough butteriness to complement its flavors, but enough acidity and crispness to cut through the fat, and leave you ready to enjoy the next bite. 

If you’re looking for a splurge-worthy Chardonnay for your next party, then we suggest the Montes Alpha Special Cuvee Chardonnay. This aromatic bottle has an exquisite creaminess, medium body, a delicate acidity, and subtle notes of cinnamon, ripe fruit, and chamomile. It can be enjoyed from appetizers to dessert, satisfying and paired with every dish in between! Open this bottle with your first course, and enjoy it all night long. 

Gamla Pinot Noir

Gamla Pinot NoirPinot Noir is just about the ultimate holiday red wine. It’s crafted to be enjoyed on its own, or served alongside cream and cheese-based meals, or lighter proteins — such as turkey, chicken, and the like. This is thanks to their light body, high acidity, and low tannins. 

Our Gamla Pinot Noir is a good choice if you’re looking for quality Pinot Noir. It has a smooth profile and light-to-medium body. On the nose, it’s flavorful and aromatic, with notes of raspberry, sour cherry, violets, red apple, and spice. Very drinkable, you can pair this with a roast chicken dish, and save a few sips to enjoy with your cheesecake or berry dessert.

Corte Giara Valpolicella Ripasso

Barbera wine: versatile, affordable, and a crowd-pleaser. It’s considered the ultimate party wine for a good reason — it offers the perfect balance of fruit and spice notes! This makes it a good choice if you’re going to a party and you’re not sure what the menu is. Plus, it’s an easy-going wine, meaning it can appeal to even inexperienced wine drinks. 

Compared to Pinot Noir, it tends to do better with “red” meats, such as roast beef, venison, and roasted pork. If you’re looking for a quality Barbera wine that will be a hit at your party, then try the Corte Giara Valpolicella Ripasso. It’s full and satisfying and saturated with the flavors of sweet spices, plump fruit, and delicately spiced herbs. 

Jim Barry Mcrae Wood Shiraz

Jim Barry Mcrae Wood Shiraz

For more low-key affairs, such as intimate holiday dinners with your closest, then you want something classy yet not too flashy. A Shiraz wine is perfect for that. Known for its rich and juicy mid-palate, pepper, and fruit-forward profile, and soft tannins, it goes with just about any kind of rich meat dishes to any number of classic chocolate desserts.

And if we’re talking about Shiraz, you have to bring one from Australia's wine regions. We recommend the Jim Barry Mcrae Wood Shiraz, a bottle of red wine with terrific structure and great length. It has vibrant notes of blackcurrant and vanillin oak on the nose, supported by flavors of red and purple fruits and earthy, fine tannins. 

Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Docg

With cherry fruit and woodsy flavors, medium body, and acidic tartness, a Chianti is one vino that fans of dry red wines will love. Bring it to your next holiday party as a pairing for tomato- or olive oil-based dishes, or drinking with the appetizer spread to get the party started!

Made from Sangiovese grapes in the Chianti region of Tuscany, our Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Docg embodied everything great about a good bottle of Chianti. It has an intense ruby red color and rich tones. On the nose, you’re greeted with notes of spice and flowers, and hints of wild berries, finishing off with mineral impressions. On the first sip, you’re greeted again with spice, which features firm but supple tannins. It finishes off strong — overall, it’s a compelling drink with great supporting acidity

Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial

Moët & Chandon Nectar ImpérialIt’s not the holidays without a little bit of bubbly! This season is a great time to indulge in some sparkling wine with friends and family, so why not pick up a bottle of our Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial

Made in one of the most famous Champagne houses, this sparkling wine is a top-quality Demi-Sec (Semi Dry). It has medium-sized bubbles in a strong fizz and a soft honey-gold color. Its sugary sweetness is expressed in deep notes of Crème Brulee, highlighted with hints of fresh bread, soft lemon, and ripe berries. Pair this with dessert or a fruit platter — or enjoy sipping on this at home with friends!

Key Takeaway

There are many wines for the holiday season that you can choose from. With so many options, however, it can be hard to make your choice. To help you find the best option, keep our list above in mind as you peruse the alcohol shelves!

Need a different kind of wine (or drink) this holiday season? Visit Ralph’s Wines & Spirits online store today. Whether you are giving a gift, looking for the perfect drink to pair with your feast, or simply want to enjoy a nice drink, our collection of wine in the Philippines are available for delivery! 

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