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Top 10 Best Red Wines for Christmas

As the festive season approaches, the quest for the perfect red wine becomes paramount. In this comprehensive guide, we unveil the top 10 best red wines for Christmas, ensuring your celebrations are accompanied by the finest selections. From rich Merlots to bold Cabernets, this curated list guarantees a sensory delight for every wine enthusiast.   

 

The Elegance of Merlot

 

Indulge in the velvety embrace of Merlot this Christmas. With its soft tannins and luscious berry flavors, Merlot is the ideal companion for festive gatherings. Whether paired with roast turkey or a cheese platter, the versatility of Merlot makes it a top choice for holiday celebrations.  From ripe cherry notes to hints of plum and chocolate, each sip is a journey through a tapestry of taste. The smooth finish makes Merlot an excellent choice for those seeking a red wine that effortlessly complements the festive spirit.

 

Reference Merlot 2019 Red Wine

The holiday season is upon us and there's no better way to get into the spirit of celebration than with a bottle of vintage red, an exquisite gem from the Languedoc region in southern France. This fine red embodies the sophistication and elegance of a classic vintage, capturing the fullness of the Merlot profile with notes of black fruit, licorice, and toasted fragrances. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or just looking for a special way to toast your favorite people this Christmas, this is one bottle you want to keep around.

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Captivating Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Embrace the bold character of Cabernet Sauvignon this Christmas. Known for its robust structure and intense flavors, Cabernet Sauvignon stands as a timeless choice for wine connoisseurs. Its deep, dark hues and complex profiles make it a standout option for pairing with hearty holiday meals.

 

Explore the rich palette of Cabernet Sauvignon, featuring blackcurrant, cedar, and a touch of vanilla. The wine's firm tannins and well-defined structure make it a delightful accompaniment to roasted meats and winter stews. Elevate your Christmas feast with the depth and sophistication of Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose 2016 

This superb red wine has been crafted with the finest Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes from Saint Emilion, aged for 12 months in fine French Oak barrels. Its aromas have been described as "silky smooth," and its taste is like no other. Plus, it's the perfect beverage to pair with your favorite festive dishes this Christmas. So if you're looking for unique gifts that aren't socks and ties this year, don't miss out on Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose 2016 – a truly memorable wine that your loved ones will enjoy for years to come!

 

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Velvety Pinot Noir Delight

 

Step into the world of velvety delight with Pinot Noir. This Christmas, savor the elegance and finesse of this red wine varietal. Pinot Noir's light to medium body, coupled with bright acidity, makes it a superb choice for those seeking a wine that effortlessly complements a variety of dishes.

Experience the sublime symphony of flavors in Pinot Noir, from red berries to earthy undertones. The wine's versatility shines when paired with roasted vegetables, poultry, or even salmon. Let Pinot Noir add a touch of sophistication to your Christmas table.

 

Valmoissine Pinot Noir 2019

This full-bodied red has been charming critics and vinters alike since it hit store shelves this past year. Aged to perfection and crafted with an array of berries and tannic structure, this sophisticated vintage will transport you to France with each sip! With its smooth flavor profile, it's the ideal choice for any dinner party or Christmas gathering alike. 

 

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Malbec: A Toast to Richness

 

Raise a toast to richness with Malbec this Christmas. Known for its deep color and plush texture, Malbec is a crowd-pleaser that adds a touch of luxury to any celebration. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with hearty dishes, Malbec ensures a memorable drinking experience.

Embark on an opulent journey with Malbec, featuring flavors of blackberry, plum, and a hint of cocoa. The wine's velvety texture and full-bodied profile make it an ideal match for grilled steaks and roasts. Elevate your Christmas celebration with the opulence of Malbec.

 

Chateau Du Cedre Heritage Cuvee 2018

Chateau du Cedre is here with an exceptional blend of Malbec and Merlot grapes, offering a unique sipping experience. This red wine hails from France's Cahors region and boasts an aromatic full-bodied flavour complimented by a hint of oak. With its smooth tannins and exquisite taste, consider this as the best red wine for Christmas or any occasion - whether you're about to create a festive dinner or just having casual drinks. It's sure to make your celebrations extra special! 

 

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Sangiovese: Italian Elegance

 

Infuse Italian elegance into your Christmas festivities with Sangiovese. This red wine varietal, renowned for its bright acidity and cherry notes, brings a touch of sophistication to the holiday table. Whether paired with pasta or classic Italian dishes, Sangiovese adds a festive charm to the occasion.

Savor the vibrant notes of Sangiovese, featuring cherries, herbs, and a hint of leather. The wine's medium body and lively acidity make it an excellent choice for pairing with a variety of dishes. Immerse yourself in the Italian tradition with Sangiovese this Christmas.

 

Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Riserva 2017

This unique Italian blend takes its name from the picturesque Renaissance town of Montepulciano located in Siena. It was once exclusively reserved for noble families and aristocrats of this city to enjoy, hence the “Noble” designation in the name. It is a mixture of Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile) and Canaiolo grapes which are aged two years to perfection in large oval Slavonian oak barrels. If you're looking for a red wine with a full-bodied flavor profile and extraordinary complexity, this Sangiovese is sure to be an ideal choice that will pair wonderfully with any holiday meal this Christmas season!

 

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Syrah/Shiraz: Intense Indulgence

 

Indulge in the intense flavors of Syrah/Shiraz this Christmas. Known for its bold and spicy profile, Syrah/Shiraz adds a layer of complexity to festive celebrations. Whether enjoyed with grilled meats or bold cheeses, this red wine promises a sensory journey that captivates the palate.

Embark on a spice expedition with Syrah/Shiraz, featuring blackberry, pepper, and a hint of smokiness. The wine's full-bodied nature and robust tannins make it a perfect match for hearty winter dishes. Immerse yourself in the indulgence of Syrah/Shiraz this holiday season. 

 

Syrah Columbia Valley 2017

This deep, velvety, full-bodied Syrah is a masterpiece in itself! Its sweet aromas of ripe blackberries and plums make it an ideal choice for your holiday celebrations. Whether you're looking for a special gift for your wine-loving friends or just want to enjoy the best of wines this Christmas season, Syrah Columbia Valley won't disappoint!

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Tempranillo: Spanish Warmth

 

Infuse your Christmas celebration with Spanish warmth through Tempranillo. This red wine varietal, characterized by its medium to full body and ripe fruit flavors, is a delightful addition to festive gatherings. Whether paired with paella or grilled meats, Tempranillo brings a touch of Spain to your holiday table.

Experience the flavorful embrace of Tempranillo, featuring notes of cherry, plum, and a hint of vanilla. The wine's well-balanced nature and smooth finish make it a versatile choice for pairing with a variety of dishes. Let Tempranillo transport you to the sun-drenched vineyards of Spain this Christmas.

 

MC Joven 2019 

 This robust and dry red has a bright flavour and a pleasant acidity that has earned it multiple awards. With its well-balanced taste, this versatile red pairs perfectly with red meats, cheeses, pastas, and makes for an ideal gift for wine enthusiasts. 

 

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Grenache: A Festive Affair

 

Make your Christmas celebration a festive affair with Grenache. Known for its red fruit flavors and approachable nature, Grenache is a crowd-pleaser that adds joy to the festivities. Whether served with charcuterie or barbecue, Grenache brings a cheerful spirit to the holiday table.

Celebrate with the joyful symphony of Grenache, featuring raspberry, strawberry, and a touch of spice. The wine's medium to full body and soft tannins make it an easygoing choice for festive occasions. Add a dash of merriment to your Christmas celebration with the delightful notes of Grenache.

 

Las Tierras De Javier Rodriguez Garnacha Barrica 2020

his incredible wine belongs to the Rodríguez Sanzo Winery, and is aged for 12 months in 2-3 year old French and American oak barrels. With its vibrant colors and fruity notes, this wine is sure to leave a lasting impression. Whether you are looking for a perfect gift or simply want to enjoy a good glass of red, this signature grenache will definitely fit the bill. Not only is it one of the best grenache wines around, but it's also affordable! Enjoy a glass with friends or pair it up with an amazing dish. 

 

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Nebbiolo: Italian Nobility

Embrace Italian nobility with Nebbiolo this Christmas. Known for its high acidity and complex flavor profile, Nebbiolo is a wine connoisseur's delight. Whether paired with truffle-infused dishes or aged cheeses, Nebbiolo adds an air of sophistication to holiday festivities.

Experience the regal presence of Nebbiolo, featuring rose petals, tar, and a hint of cherry. The wine's firm tannins and lingering finish make it a choice for those seeking a wine with depth and character. Elevate your Christmas celebration with the nobility of Nebbiolo.

 

Barolo Paesi Tuoi 2017

Made in the Langhe area of Piedmont and produced entirely from Nebbiolo grapes picked by hand, this is one of Dis&Dis’ best nebbiolo red wines perfect for Christmas. Known for its intense aroma and complex taste, the Barolo has notes of berries, truffles, leather and tar which makes it an excellent wine for aging. Its well-balanced tannins make it an ideal accompaniment to roast beef or other hearty dishes that grace our tables during the holidays. Get your hands on this special edition wine while you can and make your Christmas merrier!

 

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Cabernet Franc: Understated Elegance

Discover the understated elegance of Cabernet Franc this Christmas. With its medium to full body and herbaceous notes, Cabernet Franc offers a nuanced drinking experience. Whether enjoyed with roasted vegetables or grilled lamb, Cabernet Franc adds a touch of refinement to festive occasions.

Delight in the nuanced flavors of Cabernet Franc, featuring blackcurrant, green bell pepper, and a hint of violet. The wine's silky texture and balanced acidity make it a versatile choice for pairing with a variety of dishes. Experience the understated elegance of Cabernet Franc this holiday season.

 

Le Versant 2019

This delightful and elegant Bordeaux from Domaine de L´Aurage is sure to be a hit at any Christmas table. The flavours of Merlot and Cabernet Franc combine in this powerful, intense blend, with subtle woody notes. It's perfect for pairing with roasted red meat, and should be served at 16ºC to obtain its best flavour profile. With this exquisite bottle of wine, customers can make sure their festive dinners are extra special this year.

 

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FAQs

 

Q: What makes a red wine suitable for Christmas celebrations?

A: Red wines with rich, complex flavors and a good balance of tannins are ideal for Christmas. Look for options like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Zinfandel.

 

Q: Can I pair red wine with seafood for Christmas dinner?

A: While red wine traditionally pairs well with meats, you can opt for a lighter red like Pinot Noir or Sangiovese to complement seafood dishes.

 

Q: Are there affordable options among the top 10 best red wines for Christmas?

A: Yes, wines like Grenache and Tempranillo offer excellent quality at more affordable price points, making them suitable for budget-friendly celebrations.

 

Q: How should I serve red wine for Christmas festivities?

A: Serve red wine slightly below room temperature, around 60-68°F (15-20°C), and use proper glassware to enhance the tasting experience.

 

Q: Can I age any of the recommended red wines for Christmas?

A: Wines like Nebbiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon can benefit from aging, but most red wines on the list are best enjoyed within a few years of purchase.

 

Q: What is the best way to store leftover red wine after Christmas celebrations?

A: Seal opened bottles with a wine stopper, store them in a cool, dark place, and finish them within a few days to preserve the wine's freshness.

 

Conclusion

Elevate your Christmas celebrations with the top 10 best red wines, each offering a unique and delightful experience. Whether you prefer the boldness of Cabernet Sauvignon or the elegance of Pinot Noir, this curated list ensures that your festive moments are accompanied by the perfect pour. Cheers to a holiday season filled with warmth, joy, and the exquisite taste of the finest red wines.

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