While we love celebrating the winter holidays with lots of sparkling wines, when it comes down to the wines we drink with festive dinners that we host or to which we are invited, we reach for our reliable, sturdy reds.
For celebrating the end of an old year and the start of a new one, we’ve chosen an American cross section, ranging from pinot noir to merlot, cabernet sauvignon to zinfandel. Most of these 13 wines are from the West Coast, and many of the names are familiar ones — Paul Hobbs, Martinelli, Mount Veeder, Franciscan, and Gary Farrell. But we have also included relatively newer ones such as Frank Family, Anaba, and Albatross Ridge.
Here are 13 wines that you can give as a gift this holiday season, or enjoy on your own.
Lots of bright fruit, good acidity, and a finishing tang. Mostly likely will improve over the next few years — if you can keep it.