Consumerwatch: Holiday wines
Published Monday, December 24, 2012 1:01PM CST
Last Updated Thursday, December 27, 2012 11:07AM CST
If you’re still looking for that perfect gift, the answer may be in a bottle.
Sommelier Sylvia Jansen of Banville and Jones Wine Co. said there hundreds of options to choose from, no matter what your holiday budget is.
If you’re looking for a good red wine at an affordable price point, Jansen recommends a $15 bottle of Morse Code shiraz.
“It’s got nice rich fruit, a little bit of sweet spice. It will go with lots of different foods,” said Jansen.
For those who have completed their Christmas shopping and are now looking forward to New Years Eve libations, Tom Bimba of The Winehouse recommends the Italian Cente Vente Quatro.
“It’s a prosecco that’s about $14,” said Bimba. “A very, very good product – lots of fruit, a little bit of vanilla flavour that runs through it.”
Another good option is Pink by Yellow Glen. “It has a little bit of sweetness through it – makes it friendly for everybody to drink,” said Bimba.
Those looking to splurge should try the Ace of Spades, according to Bimba. “If you feel like having a quick glass of wine for $500, I’d recommend the Ace of Spades,” he said.
But Jansen said you don’t have to spend a lot on wine to get a beverage you and your guests will be happy with.
“It should be agreeable, pleasant to drink and be good company with whatever circumstance it is in,” said Jansen.
Morse Code Shiraz $14.99
Simonsig Chenin Blanc $11.99
Setteventiquatro Prosecco, Italy - $14.99
Freixenet Cordon Negro, Spain - $14.29
Henkell Trocken, Germany- $13.49
Chamdeville Blanc du Blancs, France - $12.99