Wine is a whole culture. Cool, chic, and it can also be an essential component of a grand family dinner. Like every indulgence, it is safe when done in moderation. Wine has been a timeless component of human civilization and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
Red wine is often touted for health benefits, including for women. A healthy diet washed down with an occasional glass can have benefits for your brain and heart. This upside is not a common thread for alcoholic indulgences. So, it could be time to join the red wine club, and imbibe a glass or two each week.
In the unique wine culture, branding is of elevated importance. It is common to see people on social media flaunting their expensive wines on a night out. Quality is the distinguishing feature for wine brands. Wine that is harvested from the best vines, like the southern part of France fetch handsome prices. Besides, the time it has taken for a bottle to mature also influences prices.
However, not everyone is looking for the exquisite stuff. Many families just want a decent bottle of wine to go along with their dinner. As Christmas approaches, many people will be shopping, trying to spice up the holiday period. These are some wine brands that deserve a look when you go shopping:
1. Alta Mora Bianco
Alta Mora Bianco is an Italian brand with bright citrusy notes. It comes from vines grown in the rich volcanic soil next to Mt. Etna. This crispy white brand is fresh, fruity with great minerality, and a great classic with seafood dishes. It completes the festive season perfectly.
2. Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis
Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis is another Italian wine brand that bodes well for festivities. The medium-bodied white comes from a unique grape called Arneis. Bruno Giacosa is a legendary winemaker whose legacy continues today through the respect of traditional techniques while using the best of modern technology. The result is articulate, unique wines with citrus notes and crushed stone aromas.
3. Erath Pinot Noir
Erath Pinot Noir is an American lively, fresh red wine that pairs great with red meat and poultry. With vines grown in Oregon, the Point Noir offers pretty berry flavors and subtle floral notes. It bodes well for a grand family dinner and is excellent for the upcoming Christmas season.
4. Mullan Road Cellars Red Blend
Mullan Road is a famous winemaker from Washington State, USA. This company sought to make a Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon-based red wine that embodies both the rich history and terroir of the Northwest. The ratios are as follows 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc, resulting in medium-bodied-red that is excellent for this festive season.
5. 2016 Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignon
This is an excellent red wine with great depth and elegance. One gets a unique array of brambly blackberry fruit along with raspberry sorbet notes. The medium-bodied red also has hints of summer berries and warm spices. A holiday dinner with this modern classic is just about perfect.
6. H3 Cabernet Sauvignon
The H3 Cabernet Sauvignon is a red full-bodied American wine that pairs great with a charcuterie and cheese spread. It is a blend of Cabaret Sauvignon, Merlet, and a few other red varieties. The result is a great red wine with aromas of black cherries and blackberries
7. Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Cava
Reserva Heredad is bottled in the Mediterranean climate of Spain. The sparkling wine comes in fruity and full-flavors with a slightly smokey note. These qualities make it great for starting off a party after dinner.
8. White: Gaia Santorini Wild Ferment Assyrtiko
The Greek island of Santorini has a reputation that precedes this brand. The Assyrtiko utilizes native yeasts to result in richly fermented, full-body white with hints of Minerality. It is excellent for the festive period and can be served with the dinner turkey for a true treat.
9. 14 Hands Brut
This light, bright American bottle of wine comes in different flavors. You can even order Brut in the cans. It works great from after-dinner festivities when stories flow with your loved ones. This Christmas period, get a bottle of 14 Hands Brut to spice up the occasion.
10. White & Red: Hallmark Channel Sips
The Hallmark Channel Sips is a versatile brand that has both white and red wines. Both the red and white are decent additions to your holiday dinner.
These brands are affordable, yet of good quality. Wine has tremendous benefits when taken in moderation. Whether you just want a jolly ole’ time or need to cheer up a full dinner table, these brands are excellent picks to have a great festive period.