Best Christmas Wine Recommendations | Wines to Drink During the Holidays

The holiday season calls for wines that are in sync with the sights, sounds, scents, feelings and cuisine that are synonymous with Christmas. We’ve recommended wines for Christmas that too have the same aromas and flavors you can find in your favorite holiday candle, pine tree or ginger bread. The majority of these wines are dry, spanning in body from medium-minus to full.

At the same time, we’ve considered the common cuisine typically served at this time of year and various styles of red and white wine that make for great food pairings. As always, they can be found at most major grocery, liquor and wholesale stores.

We are particularly fond of many New World red wines (hence all of our California recommendations), as they tend to exhibit flavors and aromas ideal for pairing with the holiday season.

Many of these Christmas-themed wines are also available online at Wine.com.

Memorable Christmas Wine Recommendations & Holiday Wine Pairings

Top Christmas Wine Picks | Wines to Drink for ChristmasDark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon

  • From: California, USA
  • Average Price: $7.99
  • Body: Medium-Full
  • Tasting Notes: This delectable Cabernet Sauvignon — born and raised in Lodi, San Joaquin & Sacramento — makes for the perfect low cost Christmas wine. In the glass, look for beautiful purple hues around the rim and a beautiful dark ruby red core. The aromas of this wine are delightful. Fresh cut Christmas tree, damp violet, damp forest floor sit beneath ripe black cherry and red currant. The palate is loaded with hints of blackberry cobbler, cassis, cedar smoke, vanilla, plum and spruce tree with a medium finish and a mellow tannic balance.
  • Pair it With: Dark Turkey Meat & Gravy, Roasted Pig, Candied Buffalo Bacon Cheeseburger, Smoked BBQ Ribs
  • Find it: At your local grocery or liquor store.

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Wine and Food to Pair During ChristmasRavenswood Old Vine Napa Valley Zinfandel

  • From: Napa Valley, California
  • Average Price: $15.99
  • Body: Medium-Full
  • Tasting Notes: An incredible value given the communal rating and price point on this wine from Napa. A versatile food pairing option and crowd-pleasing wine. This is a consistent Old Vine Zinfandel vintage after vintage — you’re never disappointed. The glass maintains a dark purple and cherry hue. Aromas of lush plum, cracked black pepper, cassis and toasted oak. The palate is inviting with a velvety mouthfeel, baked red currant, vanilla, spicebox, jammy plum and blueberry. All of this over a lengthy, elegant and balanced finish.
  • Pair it With: Teriyaki Steak, BBQ Pulled Pork, Dark Chocolate, Blueberry Crème brûlée.
  • Find it: At Total Wine, Publix (varies by market) and Wine.com (sells out frequently).

Upgraded Wine Recommendation: If you want to spend a little more for an even more refined Zinfandel from Ravenswood, try out their single-vineyard (Dickerson) Zinfandel available online for delivery.

Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Pairings for ChristmasRavage Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine Blend

  • From: California
  • Average Price: $9.99
  • Body: Medium
  • Tasting Notes: Sourced from multiple AVAs around California (which helps keep costs down), this is a youthful grocery store wine that has been exploding. It’s a 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (10%), Zinfandel (10%), Syrah (3%) and 1% other red grape blend. This refreshingly youthful and versatile blend literally tastes like Christmas. Invigorating blackberry, juicy pomegranate and black cherry melted across sugar pine needles and damp forest earth.
  • Pair it With: BBQ Brisket or BBQ Chicken Pizza
  • Find it: Most major grocery & liquor stores.

Christmas Food and Wine PairingsBeringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  • From: Knights Valley, Sonoma, California
  • Average Price: Varies ($24-$45)
  • Body: Medium-Full
  • Tasting Notes: This wine is a bit more expensive than the others we’ve recommended thus far, however it’s well worth it given the quality. Refined and indicative of this legenedy AVA in Sonoma, expect bold flavors of juicy plum, luscious blueberry, cedar and black currant. Soft mineral tones with medium minus acidity and mild tannins make it an ideal crowd pleasing wine. This wine goes down easy.
  • Pair it With: Filet Mignon, Chicken Wings, Venison, Lamb Ribs
  • Find it: At Costco, Total Wine, online and select liquor stores around the US.

Best Wines for Christmas | Holiday Wines to Drink | White Wines to Drink on ChristmasPine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier Blend

  • From: California
  • Average Price: $14.99
  • Body: Medium
  • Tasting Notes: We’re finally getting to a white wine! For a Christmas wine recommendation, you can’t beat the aromatic grape variety that is Viognier. While the aromas present in this wine gravitate more towards being floral, it’s these floral tones that we think spark the nostalgic feeling of the holiday season. The Pine Ridge white blend is sourced from Clarksburg, Sacramento River Delta and Lodi, California — offering a layered and versatile wine. This sustainably produced Christmas wine is loaded with stone fruit flavors, medium acid and a refreshingly crisp mineral tilt. Grapefruit, ripe green apple, fresh pear and white peach all permeate the taste buds.
  • Pair it With: Sushi, Fried Oysters, Chicken Caesar Salad, Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Watermelon
  • Find it: At Trader Joe’s, Publix, Total Wine and other major retailers. Call your local grocer or liquor store to confirm availability (sells out quickly).

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Red Wines for Christmas and New YearsDreaming Tree Crush Red Blend

  • From: North Coast, California
  • Average Price: $14.99
  • Body: Medium-Full
  • Tasting Notes: Another sustainably produced wine, this badboy is crafted by Dave Matthews and famed Simi wine maker Steve Reeder. Blackberry jam, ripe plum, English pudding and red cherry dominate the palate. My favorite quote about it says it all:Steve, “It’s a Morish wine.”Dave, “Morish? What’s Morish?”Steve, “I want more.  That’s a Morish wine.
  • Pair it With: Braised Pork Shoulder, Oatmeal Cookies, Turkey Stuffing & Dark Meat, BBQ Chicken Wings
  • Find it: At most major liquor and grocery stores, Total Wine, BevMo

Luminus Chardonnay Best Chardonnay for ChristmasLuminus Chardonnay

  • From: Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, California
  • Average Price: $30
  • Body: Medium-Full
  • Tasting Notes: The flavor-prone AVA of Oak Knoll is known to produce some of the finest cooler-climate Chardonnay in the United States. This perfectly balanced Chardonnay includes delicious citrus, tree and stone fruit flavors backed by just the right amount of New French Oak aging. A beautiful and sensual buttery mouthfeel, refreshing acidity, toasted almonds and stone minerals all back up the fruit. This is a 92+ point wine.
  • Pair it With: Aim for heavier-bodied fish, turkey, chicken or duck and fresh grilled veggies.
  • Find it: Total Wine, select liquor stores and Wine.com.

Best Wines for Christmas - Fleur de Fonplegade Saint Emilion Bordeaux Grand CruChateau Fonplegade Fleur de Fonplegade — Saint-Emilion Grand Cru (Bordeaux) France

  • From: Saint-Emilion (Left-Bank), Bordeaux, France
  • Average Price: $15.99
  • Body: Full
  • Tasting Notes: While the majority of our recommendations for on California, we did find one particular Left-Bank Bordeaux that was an exception wine for Christmas. The Fleur de Fonplegade is a Grand Cru Left Bank Bordeaux red blend, meaning it’s Cabernet Sauvignon dominant. If you can find a 2009 or 2010 vintage, buy it. Otherwise, the new vintages are fine, just a little bit young. Red currant, black cherry, grandmas old leather chair, medium acidity and old damp barnyard door make this a luscious food-pairer.
  • Pair it With: Grilled steak, Pork Tenderloin, Lamb Ribs, Hamburger
  • Find it: At Total Wine and select liquor stores.

Columbia Valley Washington Christmas Wine RecommendationsChateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah Blend

  • From: Columbia Valley, Washington State, USA
  • Average Price: $13.99
  • Body: Medium
  • Tasting Notes: A deliciously jammy New World Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibiting all of the classic flavors of the PNW but from a Warm Climate perspective. This is a wine that’s ideal for any holiday party (or any occasion for that matter). Head wine buyer for BevMo Bill Hayes states it perfectly: “A medium-bodied and fruit forward wine with inviting raspberry, cherry and red currant flavors; soft, elegant tannins with wonderful texture and depth in the finish.”
  • Pair it With: Grilled steak, Pork Tenderloin, Lamb Ribs, Hamburger
  • Find it: At BevMo, Total Wine and select liquor stores.
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