Wherever you are spending the holidays and New Year, nothing says hola and gracias quite like walking through the door and handing your hosts a bottle of wine. Whether you're heading to a potluck, a cocktail party, or a sit down dinner, you never want to show up empty handed. To help you select the perfect wine, here are our picks in a variety of budgets and profiles. Salud and felicidades!
A delightfully fresh and fruity Tempranillo from one the most beautiful wineries in Ribera del Duero, Spain, Ebeia takes its name from the Latin word for an offering of gratitude, making it perfect for a hostess gift.
The sumptuous berry and spice flavors of this Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile's Colchuaga Valley will make even the most sophisticated wine drinker certain that you must have paid a lot more for this than you did.
Argentine Malbec is the ultimate wine for the meat-lover in your life, and deep cherry flavor and smooth tannins of Ruca Malen will get you invited back year after year.
Caro 2010, $40
A "marriage" between two of the world's finest winemaking families, France's Domaines Barons de Rothschild and Argentina's Nicolas Catena, Caro is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec with beautiful flavors of raspberry, cassis, and espresso.
Made mostly of Carmenere with a touch of Petit Verdot, Purple Angel's spicy fruit flavors are perfect right now--but don't be upset if your host puts this one away for a special occasion.
Renowned Chilean wine importer Alex Guarachi created this elegant Pinot Noir from some of the finest vineyards in California's Sonoma Coast. A light touch of oak adds a smooth finish to distinctive fruit flavors.
Made from the four varieties used in Rioja wines--Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, and Mazuelo--this limited edition offering from Dinastia Vivanco has plush flavors of red berries and mocha, all wrapped up in a unique bottle that makes an impressive gift.