Holiday Wines: Splurges and Values

December 23, 2015 3:42 pm Last Updated: December 23, 2015 3:42 pm

Master Sommelier at Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colorado, Bobby Stuckey on wines to offer—or drink—for the holidays.

For a Splurge:

Les Chéttillons 2009 vintage (just released). Greatest thing to have in your arsenal for the holidays is champagne, preferably in magnum format. Here’s a choice from a great small grower from the Grand Cru vineyard Côte des Blancs. Great classic, powerful, old vine Chardonnay, racy and crisp. Best way to start off any holiday party! (Retails for around $125)

Borgo di Tiglio Malvasia 2012, Friuli-Venezia Giula. Owning an Italian restaurant and being married to a woman whose maiden name Alberico, the Feast of the Seven fishes on Christmas Eve is very much apart of our culture. Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the inspiration of our restaurant, is where Malvasia reaches its greatest heights. Its strong presence of minerality, salinity, and mouth-watering acidity makes this wine one of the best pairings for seafood. (Retail for around $40)

Prodottori del Barberesco, Barberesco Normale. This is a way to drink like a king. They always say Nebbiolo is the wine of kings in Italy, but here you get to drink great Nebbiolo (without the king’s ransom) from one of the greatest cooperatives in the world. Traditional in style, super aromatic, expressive, and regal. Nothing says winter red wine more than Barolo or Barberesco. (Should retail for around $30)

Value Buys:

Scarpetta Timido MV. Here is some great value sparkling wine that we make in Friuli-Venezia Giula from old vine Pinot Nero with a small amount of Franconia. This wine is fantastic and affordable. Juicy raspberry notes, a touch of herbs, and wild strawberry. Dry enough that you can have it with your first course or as an aperitivo. (Retails for around $20)

2013 Scarpetta Barbera del Monferrato. Italy’s answer to pinot noir. Low in tannin with mouth watering acidity, Scarpetta’s Barbera is hard to beat! (Retails for around $20)