Forget the milk and cookies - if you really want to impress Santa and move off the naughty list, pour him a glass of red wine. Here are five fantastic reds that are certain to add some cheer to your holiday season!
Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga d'Alba DOCG 2011 ($45)
Known as the king of wines, a beautiful bottle of Barolo always dazzles! The big tannins and acidity of the Nebbiolo grape, along with its signature flavors of tar & roses, can often make Barolo overwhelming but this supple beauty from Fontanafredda dances across the palate. Elegant flavors of dried roses and cherries with hints of vanilla and spice, this soft & velvety Barolo is accessible yet impressive. Founded by Italy's first king in 1858, Fontanafredda is one of Barolo’s most historic wineries and located in the village of Serralunga d’Alba.
El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2011($30)
This is one sexy vino! Spicy, juicy and bold with intense flavors of cassis, dark cherries, currants, and red plums that are balanced by pops of pepper and clove. Forget the mistletoe, pour your sweetie a glass of El Enemigo and besos are guaranteed.
Casisano Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 ($60)
Have you been naughty this year? Share a bottle of Casisano Brunello di Montalcino and all will be forgiven. Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy's most important wines and this beauty from the famed Tommasi family is a lovely expression of the varietal. Produced from a small terraced vineyard in Montalcino, this vibrant and rich wine has tantalizing flavors of dark fruit with lively spice and vanilla accents.
Markham Vineyards Merlot 2014 ($26)
California (Napa Valley)
Spread the beauty of Merlot with this gorgeous sip from Napa Valley. Founded in 1874, Markham is the fourth oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley and the 2014 vintage marks the 35th anniversary of their flagship Merlot. Robust and juicy with mouth-watering flavors of fresh ripe plums, black cherries, and a touch of espresso and spice; this is a joyful Merlot that is perfect for the season.
MWC Pinot Noir 2014 ($18)
Australia (Central Victoria)
This elegant, nuanced, and downright delicious Pinot Noir from Down Under is joy in a glass. With pure flavors of cherry, strawberry, and plum heightened by accents of tea and spice, this Pinot Noir displays European finesse while authentically expressing the terroir of Central Victoria. Produced by the family-owned and operated McPherson Wine Company, the MWC line showcases premium wines without pretension for under $20. That's something to celebrate this season!