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THE TOP Wines To Bring To Your Next Holiday Party

Showing up empty-handed to a holiday party or family gathering is a big no-no (see: the perfect party gifts for any holiday occasion). The easiest way to please? A bottle of vino.

It doesn’t have to set you back a Benjamin either. We’ve corralled 13 bottles varying in appellation, variety, and pairing profiles so you can find the one to take you from cheese boardOpens a New Window. to main course to dessert. All are $20 or under. Get popping.

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1. Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast Reserve

Impress your guests with Josh Cellars’ new North Coast Reserve. The cabernet sauvignon highlights dark fruits and toasted hazelnuts, while subtle hints of vanilla, oak, and mocha add some harmony. It’s irresistible with steak, short ribs, and roasted duck…or alone. ($19.99, joshcellars.com)

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3. 2013 Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rouge

Made in the Northern Rhone (Southern France), the 2013 Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rouge goes rogue from the traditional light Grenache-based blend. It’s a full-bodied blend comprising Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre for an intensely aromatic experience—heavy on the berries and spices. It goes perfectly with charcuterie, red meat, and game bird. ($15, guigal.com

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4. Notable 2015 Oaky and Buttery

A whiff of Notable’s Oaky & Buttery chardonnay delivers hints of coconut cream pie, roasted nuts, and vanilla. Nine months of aging in French oak imparts that toasty vanilla profile any California chardonnay lover will adore. As you’d expect, the flavor runs true to the aroma. It’s creamy and oaky on the tongue. Pair with roasted chicken, turkey, or lobster. ($14.99, tastings.com)

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5. 2015 Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

This northern California cabernet sauvignon has an intoxicating blend of cherry and currants, hints of leather and tobacco, and a whisper of dark chocolate and mocha thanks to its oak aging. Sounds like a lot going on, but it’s light and has a smooth mouth feel. Pair with tender roast beef or peppered steak. ($12.99,tomgorevineyards.com)

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6. Bonterra Organic Vineyards Merlot

Bonterra’s California merlot has hints of petite sirah and malbec that add complexity to its fruit-forward tasting notes: bold black cherries, plums, vanilla spice, and oak. Its tannins are on the softer side, but still offer plenty of mouth-puckering acidity. Sip alone or pop and pour alongside roast chicken. ($16, bonterra.com)

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7. Georges Duboeuf 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau

Light, fruity, and somewhat sweet, this easy-to-drink red is mainly sourced from the southern part of the Beaujolais region in France. Don’t let the 2017 vintage throw you off because, in the case of Beaujolais nouveau wines, older doesn’t necessarily mean better. These bottles are acutally meant to be enjoyed as young as possible, when the flavors are at their fullest and fruitiest. Serve this particular bottle slightly chilled, alongside tapas, cheese, or charcuterie as the perfect appetizer wine to kick-off your holiday party. ($13, wine.com

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8. Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

There’s a reason this special bottle from Kendall-Jackson has been the No.1-selling chardonnay in America for the last 25 years. Hand-crafted in small vineyard lots in Sonoma County, CA, this quintessential chardonnay has notes of pineapple, mango, and citrus, a velvety hint of toasted oak and butter, and a luxurious mouthfeel that’ll keep you refilling glass after glass. A sure-fire winner at any holiday party or dinner, serve this bottle with seafood or a creamy pasta. ($17, kj.com

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9. 90+ Cellars Lot 145 Pinot Noir

Sourced directly from the heart of Oregon’s burgeoning wine country, this earthy Pinot Noir beautifully reflects the region from which it comes. Vines grow 600′ above sea level, where cool ocean air and fog rolls into the vineyards, giving this red it’s characteristically bright notes of ripe black raspberry and cherry, with underlying tones of spice and soil. Bring this bottle to an elegant sit-down dinner; it has a freshness and easy mouthfeel that’s guaranteed to impress any host. ($19.99, ninetypluscellars.com

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10. Iron Side Cellars 2014 Red Blend

When picking out a wine, don’t be afraid to try a blend, especially when you’re working with a bottle as full-bodied and complex in flavor as this red from Iron Side Cellars. An expertly crafted mix of of petite sirah, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot varietals from California’s north coast, this robust bottle balances blackberry, blueberry, and cassis with subtle flavors of earth and mint. A long finish of savory smoke, tobacco, and sweet spice lends this bottle to nearly any occasion, whether it’s a relaxed night in with your girlfriend or a refined cocktail party. ($15.99, ninetypluscellars.com

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11. La Vieille Ferme 2016 Rouge

If you plan on hosting a large number of people this holiday season, you’ll want to buy this red blend not by the bottle, but by the case. At under $8 a bottle, you won’t find a more flavorful or drinkable wine at your local liquor store. With notes of red and black fruit, this blend of grenache, syrah, carignan, and cinsault pairs nicely with a broad range of foods, and will appeal to almost any palate. ($7.99, wine.com

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12. Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon

Serving a juicy cut of red meat or roasted rack of lamb at your holiday party? Make sure to buy a few bottles of this Cabernet Sauvignon from Australian wine producer Jacob’s Creek to pair with it. The double barrelling process—it’s first matured in traditional oak barrels before being finished in aged Irish Whiskey barrels—gives this vibrant bottle aromas of ripe cassis, dark olive, and caramel with a smooth and lush finish. ($19.99, jacobscreek.com)

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13. La Crema 2016 Monterey Pinot Gris

With nectarine, citrus blossom, and honeysuckle aromas on the nose, and pear, apple, and Meyer lemon on the palate, the lively acidity in this pinot gris pairs perfectly with light salads (especially those with tangy, vinaigrette dressings) and seafood pastas. But don’t be afraid to try this bright and refreshing bottle with something like a gooey camembert cheese or salty prosciutto before sitting down for dinner. ($20, lacrema.com

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