Château Des Charmes Old Vines Riesling 2008, VQA Niagara On The Lake, $16.95 (277228)
For the girlfriend. She’s bright, fresh, and juicy. So is this wine. Wrap it up with Adele’s CD and hope she is 1 of 100 people who don’t already own it.
Valiano Poggio Teo Chianti Classico 2006, Docg, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy, $17.95 (250563)
For the good neighbor. They shovel your walk and smile while they do it. Give em a bottle of this friendly Chianti. Perfect to serve when they drop by, or when you go over for a drink. Strap on your cheesiest holiday sweater.
Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Crianza 2008, Do Ribera Del Duero, Spain, $27.95 (341461)
For the knowledgable wine host. They’re well read, know when they see a good bottle, and they appreciate something not well known. This is a super tasty Spanish vino from a great region. Skip the tacky wine bag and let the label and cork be wrapping enough.
Warre’s Colheita Tawny 1997, Doc Douro, Btld $39.95 (189597)
For the Boss Man. Colheita is a style of Port that is barrel aged and is great value for the money. It’s a delicious desert that will impress the most discerning leader. Wrap it up with some blue cheese or some tartan packaged English toffee.