What is the best affordable wine for a party and every day during the holiday season? What is the best premium wine for gift giving and that special holiday lunch or dinner?
16 Judges blindly tasted near 200 wines from 6 countries ranging from $3.99 to $250. per bottle, to determine what wine is the best value Sparkling, White and Red wine under $16- as well as what is the best high end Sparkling, White and Red wine $35.
I've chosen descriptions from select panel members to highlight each wine profile.
2015 Hunt & Ryde, Sixty Eight White, North Coast. $14.50 Wildflower Fabulous, Crowd Pleaser, Well Balanced, Goes with Everything, Fun
2016 Toad Hollow, Merlot, Sonoma County. $15.99 Lovely Mixed Berry aromas, "An everyone will love it Red," Mochalicious, Cedar, Blackberries start to finish
*Top Wines $35 and beyond
2016 Davis Family Vineyards, Rosé de Noir, Russian River Valley. $55.00 Rose petals dancing on your tongue, Succulent, Seductive, Elegant, Kris Kringle's Jingle, Dance Party, Wild Strawberries, Message in the Bottle/Jolly Holiday
2017 Davis Family Vineyards, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley. $39.00 Beautiful, Enticing, Meyer Lemon Brûlée, Mangos, St.Nicks Pick, Great Food Wine
2014 Comstock, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley. $42.00 Juicy Plums, Craisins, Violets, Brambly, Cranberry Spice, Complex, Luscious Black Cherries, Jingle Bells Red