Welcome to the wonderful world of white wine! I just gave you three great red wine holiday selections so now it is time to move to the lighter side of things and focus on which white wines would be perfect for you to give as gifts during this holiday season.
My first selection and, I must say my favorite, is Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. This dry white wine is pale straw-yellow in color. The clean, intense aroma and dry flavor mixed perfectly with a pleasant golden apple aftertaste makes Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio a wine of great versatility. You can use it with a baked chicken dish or even with a seafood dinner for all you Christmas Eve fish eaters! The best part about this wine is that it is cheap, cheap, cheap! You can get a bottle for $20.00 at any grocery or liquor store and I guarantee it will be a hit this holiday season.
My second selection is a wine I just discovered a few years ago and I will swear by it! It is called Luna di Luna and the particular one I recommend is the cobalt blue bottle which mixes 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Grigio. The thought of drinking two different wines at the same time did not appeal to me at first, but once I tried this mixture, I knew I would be a fan for life. It is light, refreshing, crisp and the taste is a perfect blend of melons and berries. This is a wine I would recommend using during your appetizer or soup portion of your meal, although it also goes very well with shellfish. And, you guessed it, you can find this wine for around $15.00 a bottle in any grocery store. Your guests will love this selection, especially if they are white wine enthusiasts.
My final selection is a little on the sweeter side, but I think it is a perfect compliment to my first two choices. The Ferrari-Carano Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc is a sweet and rich bodied wine with a ripe pear fruit taste mixed with citrus and lemon custard in the background. This wine also presents very faint hints of vanilla, herb, mineral and green peppercorn which add to the wine’s uniqueness and complexity. Once again, good with any chicken or seafood dish and reasonably priced at around $15.00 per bottle.
You can now rest easier as I have given you three outstanding white wine selections for gifts during this most joyous holiday season.