by Rick Heeren
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, Champagne, France
For when you want to splurge, this ethereal Champagne is well worth it! Pretty pale salmon in color, with alluring aromas of fresh berries, persistent bubbles and an impeccable balance of fruit and acidity, this is the epitome of purity, elegance and finesse. A stunner for New Year’s Eve or anytime you need a reason to celebrate.
Southern Season, $89.99
Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, Italy
This is a crowd-pleaser, suitable for any gathering. Delicate aromas of flowers and stone fruits, full-bodied with pear and apricot flavors and a crisp, refreshing finish. A cut above most commercial pinot grigios. Treat your friends right!
Chapel Hill Wine Company, $14.99
Böen Pinot Noir, Sonoma, California
From the famed Russian River Valley, this is classic pinot noir. Ruby red in color with a nose of raspberries, blackberries and spice. A rich texture and a long finish, this would grace the Thanksgiving table nicely. A fine match for heartier stuffings, sweet potatoes (no marshmallows, please) and Brussels sprouts with bacon. Also the perfect accompaniment to roast pork. Hillsborough Wine Company, $22.99
Domaine des Deux Roches Mâcon-Villages, France
This is pure chardonnay, grown in ancient limestone soil, with no oak to get in the way of the bright and crisp apple, pear and peach aromas and flavors. A great match for lighter seafood dishes, creamy pastas or a holiday cheese plate.
Mionetto Prosecco Extra Dry, Veneto, Italy
Pretty floral aromas lead to fresh apple and pineapple flavors, and lively bubbles make this a fun, festive, easy-to-drink bubbly for any occasion. Not bone dry, it is perfect as an aperitif, with figs and prosciutto, or with orange juice for brunch-time mimosas. It’s also organic and packaged with recycled materials.
Whole Foods Market, $15
Domaine de Châteaumar Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge, France
A perfect anytime red wine, côtes-du-rhônes are known for their versatility with food. Made from 100% grenache, the bright berries and ripe spicy fruit are not overwhelmed by any strong tannins. Bring this tasty red to a holiday party or a potluck dinner.
Weaver Street Market, $16