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Best Wines for Holiday Gift Ideas

Shopping for a wine-lover and don’t know where to begin (other than heading to Molly’s)? Well you’re in luck! Here are our best wine picks under $20, $50 and $100 to give this holiday season. These are great options for that special someone, the holiday host, or even the office gift exchange! (Don’t worry about printing this out, we have copies at the front of the store to take with you while you shop!)

holiday wine gift ideas and guide for 2017

 

Wines Under $20

Graham Beck Brut Rosé

“The Rosé NV was allowed enough time on the lees to develop subtle yeasty undertones but to burst with berry and cherry flavours. On the nose expect whiffs of raspberries, cherries and a few secondary aromas of minerality. The palate delivers a lively mousse but fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavours enlivened by bright acids. Showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured, it’s perfect for all seasons and settings. The ultimate in food friendly wines.” – Graham Beck

Region/Appellation: Robertson
Country Hierarchy: Breede River Valley, South Africa
Grape/Blend: Chardonnay – Pinot Noir
Food Suggestion: Meaty and oily fish such as salmon and trout
Was $18.98 | Now $16.98

Anton Bauer Wagram Pinot Noir

“Dense, characteristic ruby with crimson; intensive notes of herbs in the nose, purée of berries in the background; typical Burgunder structure, lively tannin, ripeness, juicy piquancy and elegance, substantially dry and still youthfully impetuous.” – Anton Bauer

Region/Appellation: Wagram
Country Hierarchy: Austria
Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir
Food Suggestion: Pork and red meats such as beef, lamb, and venison.
Was $24.98 | Now $19.98

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier Blend

“That beautiful fragrance of jasmine, honeyed pears, and chai spice. The succulent flavors of tropical fruit. A crisp, refreshing finish that unleashes provocative notes of white peaches, pineapple, and zesty citrus.” – Pine Ridge CB + V

Region/Appellation: Napa Valley
Country Hierarchy:
California
Grape/Blend:
Rare White Blend: Chenin Blanc and Viognier
Food Suggestion: 
Root vegetables and squashes, light salads to seafood, and most notably with foods with a hint of spiciness—its subtle sweetness provides balance alongside a touch of heat. It’s the perfect pour for the start of an evening with appetizers or a platter of salumi. Also try Chenin Blanc + Viognier with a flavorful Thai curry, a frittata with sweet onions and ricotta, or a shrimp and avocado tostada. For a perfect cheese pairing, enjoy CB+V with a dense, lemony goat’s milk French Chabichou du Poitou.
Was $14.98 | Now $10.98

Mercat Brut Nature

“A complex nose of ripe pear and brioche with zesty minerality on the palate and chalky soil notes. Stone fruits like apricots and nectarines are framed by a structure of acidity and limestone that show through due to the lack of dosage.” – Mercat

Region/Appellation: Cava
Country Hierarchy: Catalonia, Spain
Grape/Blend: Cava Blend: 50% Xarel.lo, 40% Macabeu and 10% Parellada
Food Suggestion: Manchego and parmesan cheese, oysters, and clams
Was $16.98 | Now $13.98

Bookcliff Syrah

“This elegant Syrah has hints of blackberries and raspberries with a hint of pepper. The finish has earthy notes where the tannins and acidity are well blended.” – Bookcliff Vineyards

Region/Appellation: Grand Valley
Country Hierarchy: Colorado, USA
Grape/Blend: Syrah
Food Suggestion: Pork, lamb, beef , spicy food, matured and hard cheese
Was $21.98 | Now $15.98

Kopke Fine Ruby Port

“Deep ruby-red colour with halo granate. Classic nose, where the vivacity of the young fruits converge in a delicate balance. Determined taste, vigorous, with aromas of fresh fruit and a long and harmonious finish.”  – Portugal Vineyards

Region/Appellation: Ruby Port
Country Hierarchy: Oporto [Port], Douro, Portugal
Grape/Blend: Port Blend Red: Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão, and Touriga Franca
Food Suggestion: Chocolate, caramel, and cheeses of medium intensity
350ml $10.99 | 750ml $17.99

Kopke Tawny Port

“Orange-brown color. The ageing in oak casks gives it an aroma of vanilla combined with fruit. The palate is soft and balanced with a good finish.”  – Portugal Vineyards

Region/Appellation: Tawny Port
Country Hierarchy: Oporto [Port], Douro, Portugal
Grape/Blend: Port Blend Red: Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão, Touriga Franca
Food Suggestion: Blue cheese, dried fruits, and desserts with caramel
350ml $10.99 | 750ml $17.99

Tentaka Hawk in the Heavens Sake

“Dry and crisp, the flavors are dominated by mixed nuts, fresh cut green grass and other earthier flavors. Medium-bodied with a rich mouthfeel, followed by a lengthy and dry finish.” – Vine Connections

Region/Appellation: Junmai
Country Hierarchy: Japan
Food Suggestion: Hearty grains, mushrooms, beef, lamb, and BBQ sauce
300ml Was $16.98 | Now $14.98

Wines Under $50

DeLoach Estate Pinot Noir Russian River

“Our 2014 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir aromatically opens with ripe red fruits heightened with hints of soft baking spice and candied orange peel. The deep aromas lead to enticing flavors of cherry cola balanced with the earthiness of Shiitake mushroom. Its full body, and round, rich velvety feel lead to a long, satisfying finish.” – DeLoach Vineyards

Region/Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country Hierarchy: Sonoma County, North Coast, California
Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir
Food Suggestion: Duck, geese, and game birds such as turkey, quail, and pheasant
Was $54.98 | Now $44.98

Taittinger Brut La Francaise

“Active on the palate, with bright core fruits and zesty citrus and mineral flavors, a pairing with raw oysters would seem to be in order.” – Wilfred Wong

Region/Appellation: Champagne Brut
Country Hierarchy: Champagne, France
Grape/Blend: Champagne Blend
Food Suggestion: Shellfish, crab and lobster
Was $56.98 | Now $39.98

Robert Sinskey Red Blend

“Point of View 2012 is that wine you take to dinner to not just impress, but to enjoy. A deep, dark purple hue telegraphs its impressive nature as the aromas and flavors of macerated berries (strawberries, blue/blackberries, and cherries), are backed by notes of bay leaf and fennel seed. The wine obviously came from optimally ripened fruit with supple tannin balanced by just the slightest hint of fine oak barrels and vibrant acidity. Mouth filling and delicious with an incredibly long finish, this wine begs for a seat at tonight’s dinner table.” – Robert Sinskey

Region/Appellation: Carneros
Country Hierarchy: Napa Valley, Napa Country, North Coast, California
Grape/Blend: Red Blend: Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Suggestion: Pork and chili peppers
Now $39.99

Domaine Ostertag Riesling

“The wine is a very light, pale straw color. The very nice nose has lemon zest, toast, apples, white flowers, spice, grapefruit, apricots, and minerals. This has light to medium body, good acidity, and has just a hint of sweetness. The creamy palate features nice citrus and apples up front with a nice floral note, pices, and minerals coming in on the backend. The finish has very nice length and again highlights the citrus, apple, and minerals, with a slight saline element coming into play. This would be a very nice wine to serve to a new comer as an introduction to dry Rieslings.” – Cliff’s Wine Picks

Region/Appellation: Alsace
Country Hierarchy: France
Grape/Blend: Riesling
Food Suggestion: Meaty fish such as salmon, mackerel, swordfish, monkfish and tuna
Now $29.99

Luigi Giordano Barbaresco

“Definite garnet red colour enriched with delicate orange highlights on ageing; ample and intense perfume with good floral and fruit jammy notes plus ethereal hints of spices. The flavour is dry, full, elegant and aristocratic.” – Luigi Giordano

Region/Appellation: Barbaresco
Country Hierarchy: Piedmont, Italy
Grape/Blend: Nebbiolo
Food Suggestion: Meat-filled pasta dishes, game roasts, braised red meats and matured cheeses
Was $36.98 | Now $32.98

Colterris Cab Franc

“An elegant, traditionally styled wine made from 25-year-old vines grown above the Colorado River at Katie’s Vineyard on East Orchard Mesa, Palisade. This wine is rich with hints of violets and plums. A delicious complement to braised poultry, grilled salmon, and mild cheeses.” –Colterris

Region/Appellation: Grand Valley
Country Hierarchy: Colorado
Grape/Blend: 84% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Suggestion: Poultry, salmon, and mild cheeses
Now $24.99

Kracher White Burgenland Trockenbeerenauslese

“Trockenbeerenauslese (“dried berry selection”) is a sweet wine made from grapes hand-picked in late autumn and affected by “noble rot,” the botrytis fungus that gives the wine its characteristic rich, sweet taste. This golden wine has a lovely aroma with notes of apricot and honey. The finish is fresh, creamy and lively.” – Terlato Wines

Region/Appellation: Burgenland
Country Hierarchy: Austria
Grape/Blend: Welschriesling, Chardonnay, Traminer
Food Suggestion: Dessert
187ml $24.99

Wines Under $100

Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

“This well-made full-bodied wine exudes a juicy core of red currant, cranberry and vanilla as a persistence of tannin provides power and wooded support. Oak and cedar play nicely together and add a wealth of savory concentration.” – Virginie Boone

Region/Appellation: Napa Valley
Country Hierarchy: Napa Country, North Coast, California
Grape/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Suggestion: Beef, such as prime rib, or venison
Was $61.99 | Now $58.99

Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

“The 2015 vintage endowed this Chardonnay with a profusion of exotic, fresh aromas and flavors – honeydew melon, pineapple, plantains, honey, crème brulee, and mandarin peel – all made more enticing with bright acidity and a long, rich finish.” – Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez

Region/Appellation: Carneros
Country Hierarchy: Napa Valley, Napa County, North Coast, California
Grape/Blend: Chardonnay
Food Suggestion: Creamy mushroom soup or quiche
Was $58.98 | Now $52.98

Concha y Toro Don Melchor 2009

“Deep cherry red. A wine with tremendous aromatic complexity and a heightened expression of Cabernet fruit. Highly concentrated and persistent on the palate. Fresh, with smooth, fine, and delicate tannins and excellent balance.” – Don Melchor

Region/Appellation: Puente Alto
Country Hierarchy: Malpo Valley, Chile
Grape/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon and minor proportions of Cabernet Franc
Food Suggestion: Red meats, especially lamb or wild game prepared with different cooking methods, such as roasted or braised and served with sauces made with red wine, mushrooms, rosemary, and tomatoes, among others. Assorted terrines and patés, especially duck with truffles. Cows or goat milk cheeses, dry, aged or creamy cheeses.
Now $74.99

Saint Cosme Condrieu 2015

“Saint Cosme Condrieu is teeming with commanding aromas of licorice, jasmine and elderflower. On the palate, it offers rich flavors of white peach and anise. Full and round, this Condrieu is remarkably elegant and lively.” – The Winebow Group

Region/Appellation: Condrieu
Country Hierarchy: Rhone, France
Grape/Blend: Viognier
Food Suggestion: Roasted chicken or turkey served simply with sweet roasted vegetables and corn or fresh lobster in garlic butter
Now $74.99

Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir

“The color is a deep scarlet-red with lush aromas of blackberry bramble, nutmeg, and hint of caramel. The wine is fresh and exuberant in the mouth with sumptuous strawberry jam, ripe black cherry, cranberry and warm gingerbread. It is perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity, velvety tannins and a hint of toffee carrying through its long finish. When asked to describe this wine, I simply say it’s like a taste of Christmas, all year long!” – Belle Glos

Region/Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Country Hierarchy: Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California
Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir
Food Suggestion: Chicken or turkey served with root vegetables (squash, carrots, turnips, pumpkin, and shallots) or herby stuffing
Was $61.98 | Now $54.98

Orin Swift Papillon Red

“An intense ink with a garnet rim, the wine opens with powerful aromatics of cassis, ripe boysenberry, and chaparral with hints of graphite, sage, fire-roasted meats and fresh brioche. The entry floods the palate with ripe dark fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherries as well as fresh minerality and a touch of kir and crème de menthe. With traces of tannin, the wine finishes with a lingering sweet licorice and a smooth acidity. Overall, this vintage of Papillon truly characterizes the theme—bold and massive yet also delicate and complex.” – Orin Swift

Region/Appellation: Napa Valley
Country Hierarchy: Napa County, North Coast, California
Grape/Blend: Bordeaux Blend Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc
Food Suggestion: Beef, such as prime rib, and vension
Now $65.99

Cedric Bouchard Cote de Bechalin 2010

“A broad palate with exotic fruit, poise, and pinpoint acidity. One can certainly enjoy this now, but some time in the cellar to further knit the elements of structure and fruit should pay off handsomely.” -John McIlwain

Region/Appellation: Champagne
Country Hierarchy: France
Grape/Blend: Champagne Blend
Food Suggestion: Shellfish, crab, and lobster
Was $89.98 | Now $79.98

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