Holiday Wine For Any Budget

Below is a list of our picks for any situation you find yourself in this holiday season. 

The Grab and Go. Limited on time or need to pick up something last minute? These easier to find options are sure to do the trick.

3 Girls Pinot Noir

14 Hands Hot to Trot White Blend 2013

Clos du Bois Rouge 2009

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin 2014

Layer Cake Shiraz 2010

Mumm Napa Cuvee M

Tobin James Ballistic Zinfandel 2013

Need to Impress. When you’re done ironing your outfit, pick up one of these bottles for a strong first impression.

Apex Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Block 35 2011

Lauren Ashton Cellars Cuvee Estelle 2011

L’Ecole No 41 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Zinfandel 2010

Robert Reynolds Chardonnay 2012 Rocky’s Block

Veuve Cliequot Brut Champagne NV

Shine on a budget. These bottles shine without breaking the bank. Share with good friends, loved ones, or that host that is hard to please.

Butternut Chardonnay 2014

Chloe Chardonnay 2012

Segura Viudas Cava Extra Dry Estate Bottled

Poppy Pinot Noir 2012

Planning something special? Let these bottles complement your special event.

OR par Edmond Thery

Treveri Gewurztaminer Demi-Sec NV

Bring the dessert! Skip the fruitcake and bring something to sip.

Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Tawny Porto

Trader Joes Late Harvest Moscato 2009

Hogue Late Harvest Riesling 2009

Looking for the perfect wine to pair with the bird?

Thankswine.jpgPicking a wine for the big dinner isn’t easy if you don’t know much about wine. Here are The Vino Duo’s recent suggestions and safe picks from previous years:

Medium bodied (and budget-friendly) easy pairing Pinots:

Foodies Pinot Noir

3 Girls Pinot Noir

If you want something a little bolder but still easy on the wallet: 

Gnarly Head Double Black Red Wine Blend

Quality Top picks from previous years: 

Thanksgiving Wine Picks from 2016

Thanksgiving Wine Picks from 2013

Thanksgiving Wine Picks from 2012


Barquette Chardonnay 2015


Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $17.50/bottle

Vivino Info 

Celler Tracker 

Aaron: I was impressed with this Chardonnay.  The nose was fruity and tropical with pineapple and the flavor was sweet with honey and syrup.  To avoid an overly sweet experience, this wine adds butter and cream with lots of fruit making it easy to drink and easier to enjoy.  91 points

Teri: Very fragrant honeydew smell greats you first followed by the flavors of pear, stone fruit, tropical citrus, and vanilla. Great flavor and very easy to drink with a nice weight and body to the white wine. 90 points 

William Grassie Courageux 2012


Purchased from the Tasting Room, about $40

Total Wine & More, $39.99

Wine Magazine Mention of William Grassie Courageux

William Grassie Wine List 

The courageux is a Rhone Style red blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.

Aaron: This is a solid bottle we’ve been saving.  Lots of oak and wheat on the nose followed by red currants.  The flavor was enjoyable, full but smooth and no bite.  There were tons of rich, fruit flavors with black cherry and other red fruits.  I wanted some vanilla to round out the finish but overall, very appealing.  91 points

Teri: Juicy nose and body with flavors of blackberry, currant, bing cherry, and sweet oak. This wine is jam-packed with flavor but carries tannins that sit nicely and are extremely enjoyable. Great wine! Enough so that I would go back and purchase another bottle the next time we are in the area. 93 points