With so many holiday parties going on around this time of year and so many options of what to take to contribute to these parties, I have compiled a list of some pretty great red wines with even better price tags. It is no lie that I am a self-proclaimed Wino. It is my drink of choice, my never go to someone’s house without, my sorry tequila but shots just don’t go with this, favorite alcoholic beverage. For years, it was Chardonnay all the way but as of lately I have leaned more towards the Pinot Grigio’s over Chardonnay. Red wines I never dabbled into until I started dating my husband. My husband loves a good glass of Pinot Noir, and I’ll be damned…as soon as I had my first sip, so did I! When I first started drinking wine I’m sure I tried a Cabernet or Merlot and was just turned off by how strong they were and never gave red’s a second glance. Now, especially around Christmas time, I definitely go towards having a glass (or 3) of red over the whites. Maybe it’s the red color or the pretty bottles that get me, but I love enjoying a glass of red wine by the Christmas tree.There are so many good wines out there that you can find for a decent price and I have put together a list of a few of my favorites that you can purchase for under a measly $12!
#1 Fancy Pants Pinot Noir – $11
Now in my mind, this is one fancy red wine! This pinot has aromas of strawberries and violets with fresh cherry flavors and hints of cola and spice. This bottle is full-bodied, versatile, and food-friendly. Would pair great garlicky grilled lamb chops, creamy mushroom risotto or seared ahi tuna and would be a great addition for any fancy dinner party.
#2 Fat Bastard Pinot Noir $10
What’s in a name? The 2 men, Theirry and Guy, who named their winery Fat Bastard, you know had a sense of humor. You can read the story here. This Pinot is cherry red in color with fruit-forward flavors of crushed strawberry and wild raspberry. This wine compliments a variety of dishes including grilled pork, sausage with white asparagus or fresh salads tossed in balsamic vinegar. Bonus: It has a twist off cap, so it will fit better in your golf cart cooler!
#3 Menage a Trois Midnight $12
I love Menage A Trois’ Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, but I have not tried one of their red’s yet. My sister just recenty visited Napa Valley and hit up the Menage A Trois winery. With it being as chilly as it was, she stuck to mostly red’s and just raved about how good they were. Both red’s here I plan on opening and trying this week and I’d be lying if I said I wasnt excited about it! This wine is is a dark red blend crafted from not 3 but 4 grapes. Merlot adds a plush, velvety texture, Cabernet Sauvignon offers elegance and power, Petite Sirah lends inky intensity, and Petite Verdot imparts a deep violet color and concentrated fruit. Midnight is flavored with blackberry and plush spiced plum with hints of mocha and exotic spice.
#4 Menage A Trois California Red Wine $10
This California Red Wine is the other red blend Menage A Trois has to offer. This blend is made up of 3 grapes; Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is flavored with blackberry and rasberry jam like fruit that goes along great with grilled meats and chickens.
#5 Modern House Wines Help Is Here $10
Honestly, what turned me on to this wine, plain and simple, was the bottle. Going across all the wines on the shelf your eyes can’t help but stop on this bottle and break into a smile or a slight snicker. This too is a red wine blend from the Swanson Vinyards in Nappa. Modern House Wine’s seem to have fun coming up with their labels. Some of their other wines include; Expensive, With Love, Here’s To You, and Go Big. They say the modern-day’s lables reflect the Swanson family’s unique and often mischievous point of view. Bonus: Another twist off cap.
#6 Cupcake Red Velvet $11
I LOVE Cupcake wines! I am all about their Pinot Grigio and more recently, their Prosecco. The look of this bottle screams Christmas and stood out amongst all the other red’s around it. Its just so darn pretty, I think I might leave it on display (who am I kidding, I want to drink it). This red blend delivers aromas of chocolate, deep dark blackberried and red fruits and finishes with a hint of coconut and creamy mocha (you can wipe that drool now). Red Velvet combines Zinfandel, Merlot, and Petite Sirah and pairs nicely with a BLT, chili, or chocolate cake.
So that is my list of suggestions. Have you tried any of these wines yet? Do you have any suggestions for me to try? Is it 5 Oclock yet? HaHa! Happy Holiday Party’ing!