Holiday Wine Guide

Picking the right wine for your holiday gathering can be overwhelming. If you’re unsure where to start, why not go with something trendy?

“It’s been a lot of really good Pinot Noirs and Cabs, mostly from domestic. So most of the Pinot Noirs are coming from Oregon because that’s where the best Pinot Noirs are coming from. Or really good, more high end Cabs for eating or for drinking at like fancy dinners or family meals,” said Kim Render, Assistant Manager at Peterson Spirits & Fine Wines.

The Pinot Noir at the top of Peterson’s wish list is Patz & Halls.

“This bottle of wine will go great with any kind of meat or cheese, any kind of meal. Pinot Noirs are more light and just easy to drink with anything,” said Render.

If you’re not sure of your guests tastes, try a blend.

“I would recommend a blend, because usually a blend is going to be more smooth and kind of satisfy a lot of different pallets,” said Render.

And for the white wine fan, try a crisp Chardonnay.

Render suggests, “the Shrug Chardonnay, it’s very crisp, not too buttery, not too oaky, amazing. It’s a great wine to have with appetizers.”

Just in time for New Years, there are some bubbly options to get the party started, like this Sparkling Wine by Gloria Ferrer.

“This is going to be a little bit more on the sweet side, has a sweeter finish, this is a mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a little bit of Moscato. This is a great bottle for the wine drinkers that like more sweet wine, but also for even the dry drinkers, so its kind of a happy medium for everyone,” said Render.

If you’re trying to satisfy a non-wine drinker, try going with a craft beer or artisanal liquor.

“It’s something unique. We try to stay local, so we have some whiskeys and scotches and bourbons that are going to be from the Chicagoland area, that you’re not going to find everywhere,” said Render.

To top it all off, there are plenty of wine-centric gifts and accessories that are sure to fill everyone with holiday cheer.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

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