Decorating, shopping, baking ~ the holiday season can get crazy, quick! One way to simplify is to stock up on a favorite every day wine to have on hand for host gifts, or any last minute, ‘unexpected’ need.
An everyday red we enjoy is Kristine’s Cuvee by Wattle Creek. This is a Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and petit verdot. It has great fruit flavors and well balanced acidity, exactly what you’d expect for a solid red blend. This wine is an easy drinker on its own, and also pairs nicely with a wide variety of food ~ a plus when taking to a party with ‘potluck’ items.
This is one of the few wines widely distributed by Wattle Creek. You should be able to pick it up at a larger wine shop (such as BevMo and Specs), and retails for about $20…it is currently advertised at BevMo club price of $10.99 (a sweet deal!).
When sharing a bottle as a gift, add a personal touch to make it even more special. Include a little story about how you discovered the wine or a favorite recipe that would pair well with it.
You can never go wrong with sharing wine as a holiday gift. One bit of advice ~ when selecting the wine, take note of the name and consider who may be receiving it… for example, while it is another great red blend, a couple may not want to gift their single friend a bottle of Ménage à Trois…