10 Best Wines to Give as a Gift This Holiday Season
December 17, 2021
Written By Chasity Cooper
The holiday season is here, and if you’re a last-minute gift-giver, a bottle of wine is always the perfect option for that someone special. Whether you’re looking for a big, bold red like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, or lighter bodied white wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, there is something for every palate in Coravin’s new wine shop.
Full of wines at every price point and from regions all over the world, the Coravin Wine Shop offers wine lovers at all levels a chance to satiate their palates with new and familiar varieties. While it is commonly encouraged to drink fuller-bodied wines as temperatures get cooler, the winter can be the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and try flavor profiles that are bright and zesty.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift, check out these 10 wines – all under $80 – from Coravin’s wine shop.
Whether your gift recipient has the new Coravin Sparkling™️ system or not, you can’t go wrong with giving a bottle of bubbles during the holiday season. Here are a few to consider:
NV Domaine Rolet Pere et Fils Crémant du Jura Rose ($27.00, Jura, France) – Known affinitively as Champagne’s close cousin, Crémant is a sparkling wine that goes through the same production process but can be made all over France. This non-vintage crémant rosé from Jura is a blend of three French grapes (45% Trousseau, 29% Poulsard, 26% Savagnin) and makes for the perfect sparkler to ring in the new year.
2013 Sektkellerei Christian Madl Von Weissen Sekt ($45.00, Austria) – A sparkling wine that often doesn’t get enough love, this Austrian bubbly is a blend of Welschriesling, Grüner Veltliner, and Riesling with notes of stone fruit, herbs, almond, and salty minerality.
Champagne Saint-Chamant Blanc de Blancs NV ($55.00, Champagne, France) – It isn’t quite New Year’s Eve without a bottle of Champs, right? This Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay) is not only affordable, but it’s fresh and acidity with a creaminess and chalky minerality that come through in the finish.
For the person who “only likes white wine,” the Coravin Wine Shop has a great variety of styles ranging from $25 to $50 or more. Here are three of the best wines to give as a gift if your person loves white:
2020 Domaine Cherrier Sancerre Blanc ($25.00, Loire Valley, France) – If you’re typically a fan of Sauvignon Blanc, then this Sancerre Blanc will immediately transport you to a breeze summer day in the Loire. Lots of ripe stone fruits on the palate like peach and apricot with the juiciness of pineapple to compliment.
2020 Crystallum The Agnes Chardonnay Western Cape ($35.00, South Africa) – Chardonnay is an extremely versatile grape, so much so that it can grow anywhere in the world. While its vintage may be young, this expression from South Africa is full-bodied, tart, and full of tropical and citrus fruits that have the potential to age for the next six years.
2018 Weinbach Pinot Gris Cuvee Laurence ($50.00, Alsace, France) – This Pinot Gris would be an exquisite edition to the end of any meal – with its honey butter notes and creamy finish.
From Argentina to Italy and California to Washington, these reds won’t disappoint. To round out our list of best wines to gift, here are four reds:
2018 Terrazas de los Andes Malbec Mendoza ($22.00, Argentina) – A classic Argentine Malbec, this red wine is aromatic and fresh with red and black fruits, but complex and intense that makes it absolutely age worthy.
2018 L'Ecole No. 41 Estate Walla Walla Merlot ($39.00, Washington) – There’s no bad-mouthing Merlot over here, okay? A lovely expression of this noble grape variety that includes of cocoa, plum, dark cherry and earth.
2016 Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino ($55.00, Italy) – At 100 percent Sangiovese, this wine ripe flavors of blackberry, plum, vanilla, black cherry and blueberry. It’s worthy of being enjoyed today, but you may want to consider saving this for Thanksgiving 2030.
2018 Eden Rift Pinot Noir Lansdale ($78.00, California) – Finally, this beautiful expression of Pinot Noir is lush and floral with warm baking spice aromas and a peppery finish. This isn’t your typical Pinot Noir – it’s one that’s elevated, complex and flavorful.
If you want to give the gift of choice this holiday season, wrap your bottles with a Coravin wine preservation system. Coravin’s still and sparkling wine preservation systems allow your loved ones to preserve their bottles for weeks, months, and even years. Follow