Shopping for the holidays can be difficult. If you’re like us, your list of people to shop for increases every year. From friends and family, to teachers and neighbors, it’s hard to find a gift perfect for everyone. When in doubt, wine is the perfect gift! From white wines, to red wines and everything sparkling, there’s a wine for everyone to love. We’ve compiled our holiday gift guide full of our perfect picks for everyone on your list, including the perfect pairings that you can bundle up for the best gift ever. Let’s get shopping!
White Wine Picks
Did you know that Sauvignon Blanc translates to “wild white” in French? This green-skinned grape originated in France and is best served ice cold with a good chèvre cheese. It’s also a perfect pairing for sushi! This silver-award winner is light-to-medium bodied with a floral, integrated nose of herbs, pineapple, and grapefruit in equal parts. It has a good weight, feel, balance, and extraction—and tastes as it smells with grapefruit dominating.
Perfect pairings: goat cheese, shrimp cocktail, sushi, spinach dip, spicy nuts
Chardonnay lovers will unite behind this playfully tasty sip. With tropical fruit aromas and hint of spicy oak notes, this medium-full bodied beauty sports a creamy texture due to a portion aging on the lees in French oak barrels during winemaking. A fruit bowl of flavor jumps from the glass in a Chardonnay that spans the style spectrum for those who like lighter and bolder versions of this classic white. It’s crisp yet creamy with well-balanced fruit and oaky character.
Perfect pairings: buttered popcorn, brie, butternut squash soup, lobster dishes, lemon desserts
Red Wine Picks
Petit Verdot is the darkest red Bordeaux grape variety and usually plays a supporting role in Bordeaux-style blends across the world. In Bordeaux, Washington, Chile and California, it adds color and imparts tannins and fullness. But in our new Moto Rouge, it’s making a star appearance as a stand-alone wine. These Petit Verdot grapes hail from the high-altitude Alice Vineyard in Washington’s Wahluke Slope, which allows for full ripening in the warm climate but with cool nights, the grapes retain acidity and complexity. This wine is packed with dark notes of plum and blueberry with hints of black pepper and a touch of earthy elegance. Its smoothness is sure to please those looking for a unique red wine.
Perfect pairings: blue cheese, prosciutto and melon, veggie platter, steak kabobs, chocolate pretzels
If you love a bold red, this is the wine for you. Pinotage is considered the signature grape from South Africa. This unique beauty is medium bodied with an integrated nose of black earth over plummy black fruits and citrus peel, with a hint of coffee bean. Complex and bold, with dominant earthy, jammy fruit flavors, good tannic structure, and a lingering finish. This bold flavored wine is amazing with anything grilled—we also love it when paired with homemade lasagna.
Perfect pairings: smoked almonds, blue cheese, grilled sausages, pulled pork, lasagna, chocolate cake
Fizzy & Fun Picks
This dry, classically crisp pink drink sports juicy fruit flavors of wild berry, watermelon, and citrus. A rosé sipper that will take you from pearls to kicks, where elegance meets sass by the glass. This wine is dedicated to the hustlers and dreamers that show up every day with purpose and passion. Slay the day, then rosé. This wine has a nose of white flowers, crushed red berries, watermelon rind, melon flesh, and golden delicious apples with a hint of stone fruits. It has good fresh structural acidity, good weight, feel and extraction. This rosé tastes as it smells, dominated by crisp red berry and juicy melon rind with good length of flavors and length of finish.
Perfect pairings: trail mix, fruit salad, truffle mac and cheese, teriyaki chicken, strawberry ice cream
It’s our first ever wine in a can—and we couldn’t be more obsessed. This white wine spritzer exudes happy vibes, both inside and out. A light and refreshing wine that’s totally can-venient to take the celebration where bottles can’t go. From holiday parties to winter nights by the fire—Streamer is about to become the life of every party. This wine is a lively and refreshing spritz with notes of melon rind over juicy pineapple and a balanced frame with a clean, bright finish.
Perfect pairings: deviled eggs, brunch dishes, pulled pork, rainbow sherbet, birthday cake
Premium Selection Picks
This delectable red uses the best of our Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. Heist tends towards a smoother and more graceful Cabernet Sauvignon, much like a Bordeaux. Accessible, yet refined, bringing together the twin pleasures of ripe fruit and purity with an herbaceous streak. A truly complex winner. 2020 Heist, Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, represents Traveling Vineyard’s next big Cabernet Sauvignon. Heist is a serious and bold, full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon bursting with black currant and cassis, and layered with a smokey, woodsy flavors.
Perfect pairings: charcuterie, blue cheese, short ribs, burgers, dark chocolate everything
Our Paso Robles Petite Sirah is lush and structured with blackberry, plum, tobacco, and black pepper flavors. It’s smooth at first sip and has a nice weight and mouthfeel that stands up to all those buttery, rich holiday dishes. Beautiful in the glass and bottle. Petite Sirah is the most contradictory name for this grape because it is anything but petite. It’s named for its small berry size, but the grapes make big, bold, lush and full reds. This two time award winner has a nose of smoke, black pepper, black fruit, tobacco and leather. Sleek, approaching lush, dominated by the extracted “berry trio” fruit component. It’s balanced, with good weight and feel, and a lengthy finish.
Perfect pairings: white cheddar, steak salad with ranch, stuffed peppers, brownies, tiramisu
Shop our wine cellar and holiday gift guide with your Wine Guide today to receive your wine in time for our under the tree guarantee. Place your order by December 13 for Ohio and Oklahoma, and December 14 for all other states. Don’t forget, Santa always ships 6 or more bottles for free. Eat, drink, and be merry wine lovers!