The Best Wines To Gift This Holiday Season

30 wine gifts priced from affordable to splurge-worthy.

This year it is more important than ever to treat yourself to exciting wines. This Holiday Gift Guide is not only meant to be gifts for your wine aficionado friends but gifts to yourself. With spectacular red wines from all over the world to blissful champagne to sparkling wines from California, Brazil, Spain, and Italy, this list will brighten your holiday spirits.

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St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Elu 2015

St. Supéry grows Bordeaux varieties at its Rutherford Estate Vineyard, the smaller of its two major vineyards—the other being its 500-acre Dollarhide Estate Vineyard. Elu is a stunning Bordeaux blend which has deep aromas of blackberry, plum, cassis, espresso, and anise as well as the distinctive “Rutherford dust” tannins and a touch of smoky oak on the finish. ($75)

Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2016

The Chiarlo family owns nearly 150 acres in Piedmont and some of the hilly vineyards are so unique that they have been distinguished as a World Heritage Site. From 100% Nebbiolo, Tortoniano is a layered Barolo with bright acidity and lovely aromas of violet, rose, wild cherry, and mint. ($60)

The Hilt Estate Pinot Noir 2018

From an extreme grape growing site in Sta. Rita Hills with slopes at a 45-degree angle and cold west winds, the wine reflects its wild terroir. It is exotic with seductive blackberry, black cherry, and sage perfumes, bright acidity, and a silky texture. The Hilt owns 320 acres and its winemaker and soil scientist, Matt Dees, is experimenting with biodynamic viticulture. ($45)

Cantenac Brown 2015

Château Cantenac Brown 2015

Located in the Margaux district of the Haut-Médoc with its exceptional terroir, Cantenac Brown is a Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux from the 1855 classification. Aged 16 months in French oak, this medium-bodied, 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot blend with an intense bouquet of cherry, cassis, and tobacco, shows structure and precision yet fresh uplift and elegance. ($85)

Salcheto “Salco” Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013

Based in Montepulciano, the Salcheto winery is certified organic and committed to growing grapes with organic, biodynamic, and sustainable methods. Made with indigenous yeasts, “Salco” exhibits an array of aromas from black raspberry and cherry to leather, tobacco, and clove. It is aged two years in wood and another four years in bottle giving it fine tannins and smooth texture. ($60)

Theorem Vineyards Voir Dire 2017

Hailing from the Diamond Mountain District of Napa Valley with vineyards at 1,300 foot in elevation, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is from the boutique wineries’ oldest vines. Coming in a heavy black bottle with a painted gold antique key as the front label, this opulent wine has black fruit flavors of ripe plums and blackberries and hints of vanilla and licorice. ($145)

Delas Domaine Des Tourettes Nv Bottle

Domaine des Tourettes Hermitage 2017 

From Delas Frères, one of the northern Rhône Valley’s best producers, this 100% Syrah from the Hermitage appellation is made from estate grapes grown on the famous hill that overlooks the town of Tain. Sporting a deep red color, it has an expressive nose of blackberries, spice and leather, and powerful structured tannins. Let it breathe for a few hours before serving with red meat or game. ($99)

Montes Purple Angel 2017

This iconic Chilean wine made from Carmenère with 8% Petit Verdot has a gorgeous nose of ripe black and red berry fruit, hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and spice along with structured tannins and a lingering elegant finish. Montes winery in the Apalta Valley was founded by Aurelio Montes and partners in 1987 and put Chile on the map, starting with Montes Alpha “M,” its Cabernet-dominant Bordeaux blend. ($95)

Blason de L’Évangile 2017

Château l’Évangile in Pomerol makes Blason de L’Évangile as the second wine to its Grand Vin with a 70-80% Merlot and 20-30% Cabernet Franc blend. With aromas of raspberry and black currant, this Right Bank Bordeaux has refined tannins, silky texture and is fresh on the finish. The historic chateau with vineyards first recorded in the mid-18th century was acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1990. ($75)

Tauleto Sangiovese Rubicone IGT 2014 

Umberto Cesari, the namesake of the winery located in Castel San Pietro Terme, near Bologna, has become an ambassador of Sangiovese in the Emilia Romagna region. He elevated Sangiovese in the region finding the ideal soils and best sites to grow it and make high quality wines. This elegant and complex Sangiovese di Romagna has vivid notes of rose petal, cherry, berries, and balsamic with integrated tannins. ($65)

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Fort Ross Stagecoach Road Pinot Noir 2017

Fort Ross Vineyard is a small family owned Sonoma Coast winery located closest to the Pacific Ocean, where cooling coastal fog allows for long ripening season and brings crisp acidity in the grapes. From the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, this layered Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with cranberry and blackberry fruit and earthy, smoky, and spicy notes and a long finish. ($80)

Donum Estate Carneros Pinot Noir 2018 

Located north of San Pablo Bay, Donum Estate in Carneros practices biodynamic and organic viticulture and produces top single vineyard, single appellation Pinot Noir. Possessing a signature aroma of sassafras as well as fruity flavors of strawberry, black cherry, and rhubarb along with earthy cedar, sage and truffles notes, the wine has a spicy finish and silky tannins. Donum estate, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021, has extraordinary sculpture collection displayed along the vineyard’s rolling hills with works by Ai WeiWei, Keith Haring and Tracy Emin. ($70)

Sullivan Rutherford Estate’s 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 

Showing the region’s signature characteristic of “Rutherford dust,” a savory, cocoa powder, dusty tannin that marks the Cabernets of this Napa AVA, the powerful wine, vinified from estate grapes, possesses earthy aromas and currant, blueberry and dark chocolate notes. Aged in barrels with a wooden bung for 18 months at Sullivan Rutherford Estate, it has richness and concentration. Open at least an hour before drinking. ($110)

Brut Sous Bois Ambiance

Champagne Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Sous Bois 

With equal parts of the three Champagne grapes from top vineyard sites, vinified completely in oak and aged on its lees for six to seven years, this cuvée with its refined bubbles has rich aromas of white fleshed fruit, dried fruit, brioche and toffee. Founded in 1818 after the marriage of the two namesake families in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Billecart-Salmon acquired 24 huge oak casks and designed a new barrel cellar in 2018 to create this distinctive sous bois style. ($83)

Champagne Vollereaux Rosé de Saignée Brut

Because this rosé spends three years on its lees, double the time of most NV champagnes, it’s rich and rounded and displays vivid flavors of strawberry, pastry and vanilla. Vollereaux, a sixth-generation family-owned house going back to 1805, is one of the few champagne producers to use a traditional saignée method, in which the juice of the Pinot Noir is bleed off during the red wine making process. Vollereaux owns 100 acres in 13 villages south of Épernay in the Marne Valley of Champagne. ($55)

Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur 

A small family house going back to 1860 in Aÿ with over a mile of caves dug from Aÿ’s chalky hillsides, Champagne Ayala was acquired by Bollinger in 2005. The Brut Majeur NV, a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards with 20% Pinot Meunier, is elegant, fresh, and expressive with white flower, pear, apple, and citrus notes. ($55)

Bouteille Pn Vz15 + Etui

Champagne Bollinger PN VZ15 

Created entirely from Pinot Noir sourced mainly in the village of Verzenay in the year 2015, this newly launched nonvintage, made with the addition of 20% reserve wines from six previous vintages, is a new series from Bollinger—an answer to its more expensive vintage, Vieilles Vignes Francaises Blanc de Noirs, which is priced close to a thousand dollars. A highly aromatic cuvée with acacia blossom, fig, peach, apricot and hazelnut, it shows tension, aromatic complexity, and salinity on the finish. Bollinger is known for Pinot Noir dominance in its blend and plans to release a series of PN from different villages to highlight the Pinot Noir crus. ($120)

Champagne Boizel Brut Réserve NV 

Founded in 1834 in Épernay, Boizel sources its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from only Grands and Premieres Crus and its Pinot Meunier from the best sites in Vallée de la Marne. With white flowers on the nose and apricot, citrus, brioche, and honeyed flavors, the cuvée, to which 30% of reserve wines from the previous two harvests is added, shows freshness and finesse. The Brut Réserve is aged for three years in Boizel’s historic chalk cellars. ($50)

Champagne Taittinger Brut Millésimé 2014

Made only in vintage years from equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Grands Crus vineyards, in the Côtes des Blancs and Montagne de Reims respectively, this refined wine has aromas of white fruits, berries and a touch of toast. Aged on its lees for 5 years, it shows minerality, tiny persistent bubbles and a full-bodied finish. ($103)

Perrier Jouet Gb Box With Bt Reflect

Champagne Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut

From the Maison Perrier-Jouet founded in 1811, the Grand Brut displays the house’s signature floral and harmonious style with aromas of yellow flowers and fruit from the blend’s Chardonnay as well as nice minerality and crispness. The Grand Brut comes in a recyclable white Ecobox which is made from natural fibers. ($50)

Champagne Lanson Le Black Label Brut 

Made from 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Meunier from historic villages, this flagship Brut, sporting the Maltese cross on its label, has fresh fruity aromas and citrus, toasty and honeyed notes. It is made from a blend of 100 crus aged for four years. Based in Reims since 1760, Lanson has had a rich 20th century history as official supplier to the Royal Court of England. In 2006 it became part of the group headed by Bruno Paillard, who has a namesake Champagne. ($45)

Louis Pommery California Rose Bottle Shot

Louis Pommery Brut Rosé

With its grapes sourced from Northern California vineyards, this low dosage, extra-brut rosé, has red currant and citrus on the nose and fine bubbles. With a blend of 76% Chardonnay and 24% Pinot Noir and made in methode traditionnelle by Champagne Pommery’s former cellar master of 25 year, Thierry Gasco, it has French flair and is fresh and vivacious. ($27)

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs

For over 50 years Schramsberg has been the gold standard for California sparkling wine and the first to make a 100% Chardonnay. Dry, crisp, and vibrant, this blanc de blancs, with its persistent tiny bubbles, has fruity notes of pear, lemon and pineapple and hints of marzipan and cinnamon. ($41)

Roederer Estate L’Ermitage 2013

Made only in exceptional vintage years with estate grown grapes, L’Ermitage is Roederer Estate’s tête de cuvée. The refined wine possesses unique aromatics of quince, hazelnut, brioche, and flint and has a creamy finish and fine bubbles. Roederer Estate is part of Champagne Louis Roederer family, who acquired 580 acres in the Anderson Valley in 1982. ($55)

Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Bottle

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad

Segura Viudas’ Heredad estate in Catalonia makes cava in the Penedès D.O. Made from indigenous white grapes–Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Parellada–aged 30 months on their lees, Reserva Heredad has a bouquet of flowers, dried fruit, brioche, and honey overlayed with a smoky note. The cava comes in an artful bottle with a silver ornate crest attached to the glass and a silver band with “Segura Viudas” engraved along the base. ($30)

Chandon By The Bay 

Blended from 92% Chardonnay and 8% Pinot Blanc, this blanc de blancs is named in homage to San Pablo Bay in Carneros where Chandon has its estate vineyards. With aromas of white flowers, lemon, pastry and vanilla, this refreshing bubbly has an underlying minerality and crisp acidity. ($30)

Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Brut NV 

According to historians, the first sparkling wine was created Limoux in the 1531 by the monks at the abbey in Saint Hilaire. This brut crémant, from Jean-Claude Mas winery in the Limoux appellation in Languedoc, is delightful with floral notes of acacia, honey, and citrus and has freshness and delicate bubbles. ($20)

Ferghettina Rose Brut Bs

Ferghettina Franciacorta Rosé Brut 2016 DOCG

Coming in a designer, heavy glass bottle which squares off at the bottom, this 100% Pinot Noir from the Franciacorta wine region in Lombardy spends long years aging in the cellars. With a luminescent pink hue and blackberry and raspberry notes, it is elegant with fine persistent bubbles. ($55)

“Oudeis” Alta Langa Brut 2016 DOCG

Enrico Serafino in Piedmont is the oldest continuous operating winery going back to 1878. The winery along with six other producers helped create a new sparkling wine DOC, Alta Langa (now DOCG) in Piedmont. From a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay made in metodo classico with 3.5 years aging on its lees, Oudeis is fragrant with white flowers and citrus, and has an intense rich texture, persistent perlage, and a hint of minerality on the long finish. ($28)

Cave Amadeu Rustico Nature

For those who want something unique this is a Pét-Nat wine that has not been disgorged and the lees remain in the bottle. From a leading sparkling wine house in Brazil, Cave Geisse, this citrusy, Chardonnay-dominant, natural wine appears cloudy and because it has been left on its lees, it is richly flavorful and creamy. The neck-tag has instruction if you wish to perform your own DIY disgorgement, but the wine is good without this step. ($23)