It’s that time of year where you will be undoubtedly invited to a plethora of holiday going on’s, and to these you’ll be required to bring a hostess gift. To help you with your wine gifting ideas I have rounded up a list of wines that I have gifted this year.  These wines were gifted because their taste thoroughly impressed me or it was an odd blend or a fantastic showing from a region that historically did not bode well. Nonetheless, I guarantee you’ll find something on the list below that would be fit for your host or hostess!

Holiday Wine Gift Ideas

Fattori di Basciano I Pini 2011

Fattoria di Basciano I Pini 2011

On colour, the Fattoria di Basciano I Pini 2011 holds a deep scarlet hue. On the nose, cherry, licorice, and mineral are found. On the palate, you’ll meet blueberry, raspberry, anise, plum and spice, which are bundled to provide a long and silky finish.

While the Fattoria di Basciano I Pini 2011 could be drunk now (give it at least 30 minutes to breathe) it can definitely be laid down for an additional three to five years.

Geography: Italy
Varietal: Red Blend

 

Quinta da Rede Douro Tinto 2012

Quinta da Rede Reserva Tinto 2012

On colour, the Quinta da Rede Reserva Tinto 2012 holds a deep eggplant hue.  On the nose, cherry and heavy pepper are sensed.  On the palate, you’ll be surprised by the roundness of the wine if you take site and nose as your indicator. The tannins are soft and well balanced with the red berries that bounce on the tip of your tongue. This wine provides a medium mouthfeel that is enjoyable from beginning to end.

Your bottle of Quinta da Rede Reserva Tinto 2012 could be drunk now and enjoyed, but will probably provide a greater impact if laid down for a year.

Geography: Portugal
Varietal: Red Blend

Westcott Estate Chardonnay 2013

Westcott Estate Chardonnay 2013

On colour, the Westcott Estate Chardonnay 2013 holds a deep golden hue.  On the nose, delicate scents of pineapple, lemon, pear and slight raspberry are noted. On the palate, you’ll immediately notice finely balanced acidity, oak, pear and vanilla. This wine produces a truly lovely mouthfeel.

Geography: Canada
Varietal: Chardonnay

FH Castrijo Crianza 2011

Finca Hispana Castrijo Crianza 2011

On colour, the Finca Hispana Castrijo Crianza 2011 holds a scarlet hue. On the nose,  herb, green pepper and cherry are noted.  On the palate, red berries are greeted with light herb and balanced tannins. This wine produces a medium to long finish that is quite pleasing.

Geography: Spain
Varietal: Tempranillo

MChapoutierBellerucheCotesduRhoneGrenacheSyrah-2013

M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes du Rhône Grenache/Syrah 2013

On colour, the M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes du Rhône Grenache/Syrah 2013 holds a silken ruby hue. On the nose, strawberry, black pepper and cherry are present.  On the palate, and you’re in for a treat here, you’ll note some chestnut, spice, cherry, and some mineral amongst well-tempered tannins. This is a fantastic and complex red blend that continues to impress sip after sip, as it further develops.

Geography: France
Varietal: Red Blend

Irony Merlot

Irony Merlot 2012

On colour, Irony Merlot 2012 holds a deep crimson hue.  On the nose, scents of cherry, plum, bell peppers and some oak are present.  On the palate, cherry, vanilla, blackberries and well-balanced tannins captivate.

People often speak about Irony Wines because of their Chardonnay, but you do not want to sleep on their Merlot!  This is a definite repeat buy.

Geography: United States
Varietal: Merlot

Clos Pegase Hommage Chardonnay

Clos Pegase Hommage Chardonnay 2010

On colour, the Clos Pegase Hommage Chardonnay 2010 holds deepened golden hue.  On the nose, scents of mango, apricot and toasted oak are noted. On the palate, tastes of pear, well-tempered acidity, remote oak and vanilla are displayed.

The Clos Pegase Hommage Chardonnay 2010 is a wonderful example of what a California Chardonnay could and should provide its drinkers.

Geography: United States
Varietal: Chardonnay

Frogpond Farm Cabernet Franc 2013

Frogpond Farm Cabernet Franc 2012

On colour, the Frogpond Farm Cabernet Franc 2012 holds a lovely scarlet hue. On the nose, scents of cherry, strawberry, floral bouquet and mineral are noted.  On the palate, you’ll taste raspberry, blackberry, and peppers with a mineral edge upon finish. With well-tempered tannins, this wine is classed as extremely smooth, while still holding its earthy nature. This is a complex beauty for many.

Geography: Canada
Varietal: Cabernet Franc

Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2012
Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2012

On colour, the Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2012 holds a supple garnet hue.  On the nose,  some spice, cherry, light oak and blackberry are present. On the palate, a peppery vanilla and dark chocolate taste is noted along with plum and the returning cherry. The handcrafted care in making this Shiraz is quite evident on the palate.

Geography: Australia
Varietal: Shiraz

Terlato Chapoutier Shiraz Viognier 2012

Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz – Viognier 2012

On colour, this wine holds a deep garnet red hue.  On the nose, you’ll sense cherry, herbs, anise and slight hints of strawberry. On the palate, you’ll find this to be a jammy wine that is ripe with tannins, peppercorn and simple flickers of minerality.

You can choose to store your Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz – Viognier 2012 blend for a few years yet, or indulge sooner if you allow this wine to breathe for 45 minutes to an hour.

Geography: Australia
Varietal: Blend

Ridgepoint Reserve Merlot 2010

Ridgepoint 2010 Reserve Merlot

On colour, the Ridgepoint 2010 Reserve Merlot holds a crimson hue.  On the nose, you’ll get a fantastic fruit bouquet and vanilla, complemented by some herbaceousness. On the palate, cherry, strawberry and anise are present, topped off with that herbaceousness you sensed while nosing the wine. We let this wine breathe for 30 minutes and found that it produced a lovely medium to long sophisticated finish. As you’d expect with most merlot wines, this Ridgepoint Merlot produced a smooth and somewhat velvety mouthfeel.

Geography: Canada
Varietal: Merlot