Top 3 Wines for the Holidays – The Best Sparkling, White, and Red Wines

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Teixidor Cava Brut NV

Imported by Freixenet USA

Location: Spain, Sant Sadurni D’Anoia

Price: $16.95

Pairs well with: A special holiday breakfast: poached eggs with parmesan & smoked salmon toast. For dinner: roast pork tenderloin with apricot glaze, potato gratin, and butter sautéed brussel sprouts.

Why it’s delicious: Cava is Spain’s answer to champagne. With a reasonable price and rivaling quality, you must try a Cava; creamy, slightly bready and the bubbles are bountiful. Stock up and celebrate every holiday in style!

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2012 Grenache Blanc

by Baker & Brain

Location: United States, California, San Luis Obispo

Price: $24.00

Pairs well with: Spicy Asian food (take-out of course!) or braised chicken all’Arrabbiata with poblano and chili flakes served with soft polenta.

Why it’s delicious: This is the wine to drink on your night off from holiday parties! I love this wine because it smells as good as it tastes. Hints of orange blossom, stone fruit, and a touch of minerality. It is certified sustainable so you can feel great about what you’re drinking. It’s my favorite small winery because these folks really care about what they produce. Drink with your closest friends and family!

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2009 Tapestry Red Blend

by Beaulieu Vineyard

Location: United States, California, Napa

Price: $65.00

Pairs well with: Appetizers like fine dry cheeses (my favorite is 7 year aged Gouda). Main dishes like prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables or roasted duck with black cherry sauce and wild rice.

Why it’s delicious: This wine is like a warm mink (faux of course!) blanket on a cold night; it softly envelopes you! The blend of five varietals, individually vinified before blending, enhance one another creating a decadent full-bodied masterpiece. This is the quintessential holiday red wine blend. Share this on your most-special holiday evening!

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Stasi Seay

Stasi Seay

Stasi is a third generation farmer-born and raised in a vineyard. She has worked for the world’s largest wine & spirits company and has collaborated with some of the best winegrowers in California. She has traveled the world over, learning what makes each country, region, winery and wine unique. Her extensive training and specialized wine-related education, includes a WSET Level 2 diploma. Additionally, she is currently teaching a course in which students learn to unlock the mysteries of wine, entitled, “Wine Savvy 101”. Stasi’s class will empower you with the tools to confidently and successfully create great wine experiences. You can expect expert guidance on everything from the basics to advanced wine knowledge. To register for the Wine Savvy 101 course email unlockwine@gmail.com. To learn more about Stasi and Unlock Wine, visit unlockwine.com.

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