Be ready to serve all of your party guests with our guide to the Best Wines Under $15 for the Holidays!
We get a ton of questions here at Garnish with Lemon about what wine to serve with a particular recipe. Sommeliers we are NOT, but we do know a thing or two about crowd-pleasing wines for a reasonable price. In this installment of Stock Your Home Bar, we’re sharing our thoughts on the Best Wines Under $15 for the Holidays. These wines - red, white, and bubbly - are what we have on hand when entertaining. All delicious, all readily available and all $15 or under.
Nothing says “let’s get this party started” like a glass of bubbly! There are lots of different sparkling wines to choose from, but we find that Prosecco makes its way into our cart the most often. Lighter and slightly sweeter than a champagne, this Italian bubbly is most often recognized when paired with peach juice for a bellini, but it’s equally delicious sipped all on its own.
Brands to try: LaMarca Prosecco, Mionetto Prosecco Brut
Pairs well with Prosciutto and Melon Skewers.
This is not your mama’s White Zinfandel, folks. Rosé comes in a rainbow assortment of pink shades and gives off a young, fun, lighthearted vibe. Extremely food friendly, it’s a great option for a diverse group of guests.
Brands to try: La Vielle Ferme, Dune Gris de Gris
Pairs well with Pesto Bites.
Crisp and fruit forward flavors make Sauvignon Blanc a preferred white wine choice for many people. Options abound for this wine with popular, budget-friendly choices available from both domestic producers and New Zealand.
Brands to try: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Sterling Sauvignon Blanc, Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc
Pairs well with Apple Bacon Bites.
One of the most popular white wines in the world, Chardonnay is must have beverage in any home bar. It’s also one of the few white wines that can be successfully aged, so look for oaked or unoaked varietals in stores.
Brands to try: Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, A to Z Chardonnay, Olema Chardonnay
Cabernet is a full-bodied red wine known for its tannins, fruit flavors and deep, gorgeous red color. With a high alcohol content and bold flavor, serve your Cabernet with a generous assortment of appetizers to best complement the wine.
Brands to try: J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Angeline Cabernet
Pairs well with Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon and Apple Jam.
Not everyone enjoys a big, beefy Cabernet, so make sure to offer another red wine option to your guests. Pinot Noir is lighter in body and color than Cabernet and pairs beautifully with nearly any food. (FYI, It can be challenging to find a quality Pinot Noir under $15, so stock up during sales.)
Brands to try: Meiomi is one of our favorites (on sale now for 15.97 at Total Wine), Angeline Pinot Noir, Kudos Pinot Noir
Pairs well with Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Meatballs.
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