Party goers and corporate types alike consider wine a go-to gift during the holiday season, but should you find yourself looking for a better-than-good – make that a great – bottle, look no further than these delicious favorites from Yours Mine or Ours host and design expert Taylor Spellman.
Josh Cellars Chardonnay and Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinter Josh Cellars makes a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that are both “fantastic for the value,” raves Spellman. Both a home run in terms of punch and price, Spellman recommends wrapping up a bottle of your choice for presenting at a “cocktail party or a Secret Santa [event].”
2013 Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon
Looking to impress a valuable client, future in-law or fellow wine lover? A bottle of 2013 Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect gift. “If you appreciate and know wine, there’s not much better out there,” Spellman shares. “It’s pricey though, so make sure you save this for someone who really appreciates wine, or for a work relationship.”
Sometimes pricey spirits just aren’t an option – and that’s when Spellman stops by the store to pick up a few magnums of Lindemans. “It’s actually good, unlike most in that price range” she says of the $10 dollar bottles. Its cost-conscious price point makes it a particularly attractive option for large gathering. “I love bringing this to family parties,” reveals Spellman, whose holiday gatherings often include an upwards of 20 first cousins. “It’s a fan favorite!”
2013 Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
The spirit of the holidays is as much about giving as it is getting …right? “This is my absolute favorite wine to receive,” says Spellman, who reveals she keeps at least three bottles of this “universal cabernet” in stock at all times. It’s versatility also makes it a winning pick. “I love this wine because it pairs well with everything,” she says. “Whether it be a [beef] fillet or Chilean sea bass — it works!”