Merry Christmas Eve everyone!! I should have posted this a week ago but better late than never right?
Anyone who knows me is well aware that I love wine. Some of those individuals would call me a wine snob, this is true to an extent, but I also know that there are plenty of wonderful wines out there that won’t break the bank. The price tag isn’t always an indication of how good or bad the wine will be.
Today I am going to share five red wines in a variety of price ranges that I think would be perfect for your holiday get together. I can’t begin to tell you how difficult it was to choose ONLY five but I did it!
(1) Carnivore – Cabernet Sauvignon. California. 2014. $16
If you or the person you are buying this wine for doesn’t like heavy reds, then I would pass on this because this wine is HEAVY. It is a deep, dark inky color (almost black) with aromas of dark cherry and toasted oak. On the palate, there are flavors of blackberry, coffee and mocha. This is my favorite value wine.
(2) Burrowing Owl – Merlot. 2011. Okanagan. $31
Most Canadian wines that I have tried are okay but Burrowing Owl is a phenomenal vineyard. This Merlot is one of my absolute favorites. With aromas of cocoa, plum, cherry, vanilla and hints of cinnamon and smoke, The palate is full bodied and balanced.. Dried flowers, juicy blackberry and mixed blueberries combine with dark chocolate and sage.
(3) Stag’s Leap – Cabernet Sauvignon. Napa Valley. 2013. $55
This wine features aromas and flavors of cassis, ripe cherry, baking spices and smoke.
(4) The Prisioner- Zinfandel Blend. Napa Valley. 2014. $75
This is one of my all time favorites….predominately Zinfandel, this wine has aromas of cherry, plum, dark chocolate and oak. On the palate there are flavors of raspberry, sage, cedar, and vanilla.
(5) Caymus – Cabernet Sauvignon. Napa Valley – Rutherford. 2014. $95
Wine lovers will know Caymus; the quality of wine this vineyard produces is outstanding. Another one of my all time favorites! Aromas of black cherry, vanilla, clove and cassis.. The palate presents ripe berry compote, anise, black olive, and mocha.
If you decide to try any of the wines I have recommended in this post please let me know what you think of them by either commenting here or tagging a photo on instagram with the #putyourforkinit