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5 Best Holiday Wines You Must Try

The holidays always sneak up on us. To ring them in, why not sip on something that’s synonymous with ‘merry and bright?’ And, yes we absolutely mean wine.

The holidays offer an opportunity to really indulge and savor the moments. With the right glass of wine in your hand, there’s nothing that can go wrong. So, here are Domenico’s best holiday wines to try this season, with something to please everyone at any holiday party you throw or attend!

5 Best Holiday Wines You Must Try

Domenico Winery Chardonnay2020 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

White wines can be for all-year-round drinking, especially when it comes to this Chardonnay. Made with 100% Chardonnay grapes grown in the gorgeous, high-altitude Santa Cruz Mountains, this wine retains a wonderful balance of warmth and freshness. It is fermented and aged into new oak, developing a creamy body and spicy flavors that make this wine a natural suit for the holidays.

In the glass, this Chardonnay shines with its golden color and divine aromas. It is so easy to sip alone or with rich dishes. Think casserole, mashed potatoes, or even desserts, like apple pie ala mode.

Mambo Italiano

A winery with major Italian rootsDomenico Winery Mambo Italiano must always pay homage to the homeland. Mambo Italiano is just that – a delicious blend of grapes, just like the wines Dominick’s relatives would sip at tables with big bowls of pasta on Sunday.

Now, just because this wine is casual doesn’t mean its quality is any lower. Mambo Italiano was expertly blended by the Domenico Winery team to create nostalgic flavors and aromas that everyone will adore. This wine is full of ripe cherry and plum with a hint of tobacco spice, with enough body for the richest sauce (or gravy – whichever you prefer to call it. We aren’t going to start that debate…again.)

For those celebrating a more Italian holiday, Mambo Italiano will fit right into your plans. Great with sausage and peppers, eggplant parm, lasagna, and so much more, this wine is a natural match for all the Italian American comfort food.

2018 Malbec Lodi

Domenico Winery MalbecYou know those blue cheese dates you love at your aunt’s holiday party? Or, the roast your mom makes every Christmas that you can eat 3 servings of? Well, if you can imagine, these can all be even better when you have this 2018 Malbec to sip with them.

You may be thinking – Malbec from California? Yes, indeed. This French-turned-Argentinian grape varietal has found its home in California. Its boldness is something we love, as it is rarely shy in the glass. Domenico’s Malbec is a large-bodied red, born to be enjoyed with all the indulgent holiday foods. Its concentrated black fruit aromas of cassis and blackberry are a great combination for sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pork tenderloin with a creamy, decadent sauce.

This Malbec also goes superbly with your favorite, rich chocolate desserts. Or, even a salted caramel cheesecake. Talk about yum!

2018 Super Tuscan Style

Domenico Winery Super Tuscan Style wineSuper Tuscans aren’t just in Tuscany (anymore!) Domenico’s Super Tuscan is a fascinating twist on the famed Tuscan wines. Combining Tuscany’s premiere grape Sangiovese with international ones like Cab Sauv and Syrah, this wine emerges with lots of personalities. It’s intense, yet elegant. Its cherry and blackcurrant flavors persist, complimented by notes of espresso and clove.

While this wine may seem quite big, it can still carry you through from the beginning of a holiday party. Yes, starting from appetizers all the way through to dessert. This Super Tuscan-style wine tastes fabulous with charcuterie boards, especially those with prosciutto and fig jam, and hearty meatloaf. When it comes to dessert, this wine is there when you’re indulging in all the chocolate. We love it with a flourless chocolate cake.

2014 Historia Antiqua Aglianico di Taurasi

Stepping outside of California forHistoriq Antiqua Aglianico di Taurasi a second, we travel to Irpinia, a dazzling mountainous wine region just kilometers away from the idyllic Amalfi Coast. Here, you will find the historic wine-producing area Taurasi, a DOCG (denomination of controlled origin) with wines made solely from Aglianico.

Domenico’s cousins have a lovely winery here, producing elegant Taurasi wines, showcasing the structure and finesse of Aglianico. Taurasi wines are known for their incredible age-worthiness, and their 2014 Aglianico is shining. It’s the red wine for guests who want to sip something more dry than rich but still indulge in a red wine that warms the soul.

So, don’t be shy to add some Italian wine to your holiday celebration. This Aglianico di Taurasi is a natural pair for any grilled red meats or aged cheeses.

Feeling wine ready for the holidays?

With these best holiday wines, you’ll be prepared to host or attend any holiday party. Bring a bottle as a gift or give one as a gift, there’s nothing like sharing the love of wine during the holidays. And, if you ever need any help, the Domenico team is always here to help make your holidays easier – whether that’s with wine or a delicious meal at our Osteria.