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



Thanksgiving Wine Picks for 2016

Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions by The Vino DuoPicking a wine for the big dinner isn’t easy if you don’t know much, or don’t care, about wine. Here are The Vino Duo’s suggestions and safe picks for serving or bringing a bottle to the big gathering.

If none of these interest you…check out our past Thanksgiving Wine Picks from 2012 and 2013.

Last Minute Grab and Go
Easy to find for that last minute pick up a bottle and go.

Medium Body Crowd Pleaser 
Still easy to find, for the busy cook, budget-friendly, and bound to please your diverse crowd. 

Harder to find, but will add a little ‘wow’ on the table 

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles

Champagne! Bubbles!

Yep…it’s that time of the year again. With a focus on romance, Valentines celebrations are often accompanied by a nice bottle of bubbly. Yes, sparkling bottles are often used for celebratory occasions within the United States and romanic evenings, but are sadly often forgot during other parts of the year.

Here are a few which will pair perfectly with your Valentine’s day plans or add sparkle to any other day in your life.

Looking to Impress?:

Veuve Clieqot Brut (around $45/bottle) – This bottle carries prestige and is bound to impress not only by it’s label but also it’s great flavor. (Aaron’s top pick)

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige ($15-22/bottle) – Impress with the Mumm name and this dry, versatile, and delicious bottle.

Mumm Napa Cuvee M ($15-22/bottle) – One of the most widely found Mumm bottles in most retailers. This is Mumm’s flagship and it continues to please with crisp flavors and smooth texture.

Save on money, not on quality or flavor:

Taralyn Brut (about $10/bottle)- Flavors of peach and apricot make this bottle perfect for sharing with someone just as sweet.  (Aaron’s #1 affordable pick)

Segura Viudas Cava Extra Dry (around $10/bottle) – Flavorful and full of bubbles; Easy to enjoy from start to finish.

Easy to find and will always please:

Korbel Brut (around $10/bottle) – this standard staple can be easily found and delivers flavor and quality for the price.

Kirkland Champagne Brut (around $20/bottle) – Costco does it right when it comes to store brands. Normally utilizing well known producers to make their own label, this wine delivers high quality and flavor under the Kirkland label.

Wilson Creek Almond Champagne (around $15/bottle) – If you like the sweeter side, Wilson Creek delivers this bottle (plus more) with an added flavor, yielding a semi-sweet and versatile champagne. Enjoy on it’s own or with fruit juice for a great mixed champagne cocktail.

Cupcake Prosecco (around $10/bottle) – another easy to find bottle for those who like their drink sweeter. The flavors of peaches and cream with lemon and apricot make for an easy drinking or mixing bubbling bottle.

Best Valentine’s Day Wine Picks

Choosing a bottle for valentines day can be a daunting task.  Here are a few classics and some new bottles to get you started and help you on your way, no matter what your situation is:

Last minute quick pick from the Supermarket
Mumm Cuvee MWant to impress? Pull out a bottle of Napa’s best known sparkling wine maker. Cuvee M is the most common, but Mumm makes a variety of bottles based on your taste.   

Napa Cellars Chardonnay – Highly Rated and the word Napa is always impressive.

Apothic White – This easy to drink, fruity and semi-sweet, white blend is sure to please those “non-wine drinkers” you know. 

Sterling Vi
ntner’s Collection Chardonnay – Bursts of fruit flavors balanced well on the palate, you can’t go wrong opening one of these bottles. 

Bogle Vineyard Essential Red –  a blend of the stronger red varietals make this a full flavored wine with a spicy plum finish. 

Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles
Danza Del Sol Espumosa Sparkling Wine Let this one breath for a little, but an abundance of flavor and sparkle for that special day.

Korbel Brut Let the bubbles go to your head as you relive your magical years together.

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs  Gloria Ferrer makes an abundance of different sparkling wines. Find something that suits your fancy and pop a bottle open!

Bold and Flavorful
Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Zinfandel – Bold and sure to take her (or his) breath away. Add some chocolate covered strawberries for bonus points.

Sextant Late Harvest Zinfandel – sweet and unique…just like your special someone.

Layer Cake Shiraz –  Full bodied, coco, raspberry, vanilla, and oak. Make sure you pair it with a full bold meal! 

If none of these suit your fancy, be sure to check out our Romantic Evening category for more options.