Bringing wine to Christmas dinner? You’ll want something both memorable and food-friendly—and don’t forget a bonus bottle for the host.
Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir 2011, $10.95
Good Pinot under $20 is hard to find. An excellent one for $11 is almost unheard of—but it does exist. This bottle will pair well with everything from salmon to rare roast beef.
Ponce notes: “Shows unusual Pinot character for a cheapie. Medium-bodied with zippy acid and a beguiling hint of smoke, this is your house red for 2013.”
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling 2011, $19.95
This recent release from Vintages is a terrific example of the ballsy dry Rieslings produced in Australia’s Clare Valley. Pour with seafood, turkey, or ham.
Ponce notes: “While the nose is somewhat muted, the flavour profile is anything but. It starts off with notes of citrus and minerals, then powers through with ripe peach and white grapefruit on a finish that’ll last until Boxing Day.”
Terre del Barolo Barolo 2007, $24.00
Unlike typically tannic Barolos, this Piedmont red is ready to rock. Let it breathe for two hours, then serve with turkey, pork, beef, or lamb.
Ponce notes: “A quick swirl unleashes a captivating nose of kirsch, violets, and dusty herbs. Layers of juicy fruit and a touch of earthiness make this an affordable introduction to the alluring Nebbiolo grape.”