5 Inexpensive Wines You Want for Christmas Dinner

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Marcia Frost

If you’ve never had a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, you haven’t experienced a truly unique wine.

You’ve set the menu and invited the guests. Now it’s time to pick the wine. It’s hard to please everyone, so your best bet is to pick a selection from the year’s releases.

Viva Diva Moscato Mango ($10)
Viva Diva wines, owned by celebrity Christina Milan, are a perfect start to your holiday. The moscato is a cross between a cocktail and an apéritif. It’s available in four different flavors, but the mango will have them talking.

2013 Mercer Yakima Valley Pinot Gris ($15)
Chances are, someone at your table is not a big wine drinker and would be happy sipping a light white. This Washington state pinot gris is the answer.

2012 Prinz Von Hessen Royal Riesling ($25)
Hide the bottle and no one will guess this is a riesling. Although it does have some apricot and citrus notes, it’s drier than what most expect in the varietal, making it a good mix with food.

2009 Reserve Abacela Tempranillo ($25)
Tempranillo is a great Spanish grape that works for those who don’t always love red wine. This one actually comes from Oregon and the fruit and spice will work with any meat.

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2013 Dryland Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($14)
If you’ve never had a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, you haven’t experienced a truly unique wine. Sit back and digest your dinner while you take in the unmistakable mix of grass, citrus, and kiwi in this perfect example. 

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