Perfect Party Picklist

As we offer you the Cyber Monday deal of 1 cent shipping on $49 or more (enter code: CYBERMON), we thought we’d give you an idea of wines to buy with that great deal! Parties coming up this month? Gifts you need to stock up on? The list below can help.

If you’re in party mode, figuring out what wine to serve can be stressful. You could randomly pick a bunch of wines at the price point you’re looking for and hope everyone likes them, or you could choose some wines from the picklist below, where I highlight some delicious crowd pleasing wines in each price point. From the intimate dinner party to the big bash, pick and choose to make your perfect party case. Your guests will thank you!

Bubbles!

Under $20ariabrut
Segura Viudas Aria Brut – a great alternative to Cristalino, this bottle is beautiful and the wine inside is excellent. Crisp and lingering. Great party bubbly for $11.
Roederer Estate Brut- From the Champagne house of the same name, this is classic sparkling wine from Anderson Valley, California. At under $20, it tastes like a  much higher price tag.

Under $30
Jansz Premium Cuvee Rose – always need a bit of pink! This pink sparkler from Australia is a great wine under $30.

Under $40
Piper Heidsieck – my go-to NV Champagne. This is a lovely mediu m-bodied bubbly for all palates. About $40

Whites

Under $20
Perrin Cotes du Rhone Blanc – Everyone seems to love this wine (including me!). It has great balance, is food-friendly and also delicious on its own. About $11. yalumba y
Yalumba Y Series Great deals on a range of varietals, from Riesling to Viognier to Unwooded Chardonnay. They are usually between $10 and $15 and are perfect party wines.

 

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Under $30
Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc – one of my favorite California Sauvignon Blancs, this wine is deliciously balanced and complex. A great food wine. A great all-around wine. About $22.

Under $40
Two Chardonnays that top my list – Landmark Overlook and Argyle Nuthouse – these are classy Chardonnays, the Landmark a bit more rich and creamy while the Argyle is slightly more restrained. Both have balance and complexity and length. Great with a pasta or poultry dish with a nice cream-based sauce, or for any Chardonnay lover.

Reds

Under $20
 Club Claret Rouge 2008 – great red Bordeaux wine at $12.99 a bottle. It is a perfect food wine for those dinner parties – not too heavy or dense. Uplifting on the palate. A very cool video on the wines’ detail page to tell you more!
Louis Martini ’07 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon – $15 – this wine is the opposite of the Club Claret – rich and ripe, with sweet tannins and full-body. This is a party wine!

 

Under $30
souther right pinotageSouthern Right Pinotage – I love this wine because it’s different, but still delicious. Spicy but smooth, not lacking in fruit, but with a very cool smoky quality, typical of South African reds. Definitely serve with some food – smoky and meaty would be ideal.

Under $40
J Russian River Pinot Noir 2006 – Ripe and smooth, this is a delicious Pinot Noir to sip throughout the night – with or without food. A sure crowd-pleaser.