Your boss has invited you to their home for their holiday party and of course, you want to impress them. Wine is the perfect gift to bring to show your appreciation and score some brownie points.
Impressing your boss does not necessarily mean you have to drop some major cash on a fancy or well-aged bottle. These are a few of my favorite wines to bring to parties, not too expensive and absolutely delicious.
Bodegas Beronia Rioja ($20.99)
This wine is aged in mixed oaked barrels (French and American) for 18 months and 20 months in a bottle and it really shows in the glass. With flavors of vanilla, oak, blackberry, and some chocolate notes-this is a fantastic Rioja.
Viña Cobos 2014 Bramare Malbec ($39.99)
Malbec is one of my favorite varietals-velvety texture, easy to drink, and a safe crowd-pleasing wine. This wine has flavors of wood, spice, mocha, and jam. An explosion in your mouth and I love the simple textures in this vino.
Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon ($17.99)
This is your typical Napa cab-easy to drink, fruity and pleasing on the palate. There are flavors of blackberry, oak, tobacco, and a surprising complexity to it.
Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah ($31.99)
Blueberries, blackberries, and dried plum. This is a full and complex wine with notes of pepper and vanilla. Incredibly easy to drink and goes well with food.
Elouan Pinot Noir ($19.99)
Flavors of sweet cinnamon, cranberry and cherry will fill your palate with this beautifully balanced Pinot. I just ordered a box of these and can’t wait to have them to myself, haha.
Rombaur Chardonnay ($35.99)
Full-bodied amazingness with hints of peach and lemon. I love the creaminess of this wine and the crispness to it. A definite crowd pleaser.
Taittinger Champagne Brut LA Francaise N.V. ($45.97)
And of course, I need some bubbly in my life and it’s always fun to bring some bubbles to a party. Flavors of citrus, peaches, and mineral flavors-this is absolutely worth the money.
And if you’re willing to splurge a little…..
Col Solare Red Wine 2014 ($67)
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah-like a Bordeaux blend! I had it this past weekend and it was delicious. Make sure you decant it for about 30 minutes, tannins are rich in this wine. Flavors of cocoa, cinnamon, and dark plum. This is not a party sharing wine, more of a gifting wine.
S00000, I hope this list helps and of course, you can also use these wine ideas for dinner parties with your friends or any kind of occasion where it’s filled with vino snobs. A little insider tip: go to a wine specialty store and ask the clerk, not a Vons or a Ralph’s! They know their stuff and can recommend you some great options. It should be smooth sailing – just remember not to talk politics!