Eclectic Guide to Holiday Value Wines

Posted on: December 18th, 2016 by
Photo by James Cridland via Flickr

Photo by James Cridland via Flickr

What happens when you poll the staff at Wine Enthusiast for holiday wine picks, all $20 or less? You get quite an assortment of bottles. Check out what eight of us, if lucky enough to be invited to your place, would bring to your festive occasion.

Here’s the breakdown:

Countries Represented

  • Australia
  • United States
  • South Africa
  • Italy (my pick, BTW)
  • Hungary
  • France
  • Portugal

Grapes Involved

  • Shiraz
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinotage
  • Kékfrankos
  • Alicante
  • Grenache
  • Chardonnay
  • Touriga Nacional

Now have a gander at the bottles that will make you a hero this season and for 2017, too:

Value Wines for Holiday Entertaining

In other news, I crossed an item off my rock wish list by stopping by the buildings gracing the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. Head to St. Mark’s Place in the East Village to gaze upon them, and think about the opening riff of “Custard Pie” and the cathartic “In the Light.”

Physical Graffiti St. Mark's Place East Village

What wine pairs with Custard Pie?

Here’s a great article about the album cover which was ALSO the building where Mick Jagger was “Waiting On A Friend” (that would be Keith Richards) in the song’s immortal video.

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2 Responses

  1. Linda Reeves says:

    Hi Jameson! Thanks for publishing this list. It’s just in time for Christmas buying and we will take advantage of your recommendations. Hope you have a super Christmas! Warm regards, Linda and Steve (SS Legacy,, 2015)

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