Holiday Whites

White wine for the holidaysWhite wine pairs extremely well with the holidays for many reasons. A glass perfectly complements seafood dishes and appetizers. You can serve it at a party, take it to a gathering, or give it as a special holiday gift.

An array of white wines caught our fancy lately. Our palates have always preferred Sauvignon Blanc, but we recently tasted refreshing citrusy Albariño and a surprisingly delicious Riesling.

Here is our list of white wines (and a few tasty rosés) that we enjoyed in 2018 and recommend to grace your holiday plans, whatever they might be.

Special Wines for the HolidaysIn addition to Sauvignon Blanc, our list includes Albariño, Riesling, Semillon, Rosé and Sauternes; the various wines came from Washington state, British Columbia, California, France, New Zealand and Spain.

If the vintage we tasted earlier this year is now sold out, consider trying a different year instead!

Sauvignon Blanc for the Holidays

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2016 ($18)
  • Conn Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc 2017 ($20)
  • Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2017 Sauvignon Blanc ($20)
  • Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2017 ($23)
  • Murrieta’s Well Small Lot Sauvignon Blanc 2017 ($35)
  • Therapy Vineyards 2017 Sauvignon Blanc ($22)

Rías Baixas Albariño

  • Fillaboa ($20)
  • Paco and Lola ($22)
  • Terras Gauda O Rosal ($24)

Other Special Whites

  • DeLille Cellars 2016 Chaleur Blanc ($35)
  • Dunham 2015 Lewis Vineyard Riesling ($19.50)
  • L’Ecole 41 2017 Semillon ($21)
  • L’Ecole 41 2017 Estate Luminesce ($21)
  • Castelnau de Suduiraut Sauternes 2006 ($65)


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle 2017 Syrah Rosé ($15)
  • Lauren Ashton Cellars 2017 Rosé ($21)
  • Le Bec Fin 2016 Vin Rosé ($21)
  • The Sisters 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé ($19)
  • Va Piano 2017 Rosé of Cabernet Franc ($22)

Regardless of which wines you choose, we hope you stay safe, have a designated driver, and enjoy the holiday season.

Margot and Dave