Red Wines for the Holidays

Get festive with red wineGood wine over the holidays helps to make the season fabulous. But “good” means different things to different people. Below is our personal list of special red wines that we enjoyed during 2018.

Of note, some of these wines are special because of their high quality and high price point. Others are simply special good-value wines enjoyed throughout the year.

We recommend opening them during a quiet evening at home, pouring them for guests, taking them to parties, or giving them as gifts.

Wines we recommend to grace your holidays

Red wine for the holidaysWhatever your holiday plans might be, we suggest these beautiful reds grace your holiday plans. You’ll find Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot and red blends from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. There are many of them because we love red wine!

Of course, we have our perennial favorites: Alexandria Nicole CellarsBarrage CellarsBoudreaux CellarsColumbia Crest, DeLille Cellars, Dunham CellarsEfesteFidelitasSaviah CellarsTwo Vintners and more.

But many newcomers (to us) also joined the list this year: Eight BellsHenry EarlJ. BookwalterThe Walls and Troon Vineyard, to name a few.

Here is our list of special reds, in alphabetical order.

Just in case

If these vintages are no longer available, try the new releases instead!

Regardless, we hope you stay safe, have a designated driver, and enjoy the season.

Cheers – and happy holidays!
Margot and Dave

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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with additional posts about Oregon, B.C., California, ANZ, France, Italy, Spain and more. A former national journalist in Canada and the U.S., Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”