We surveyed all the women in our (very-active) company about the kinds of gifts that make them happiest over the holiday season. When it comes to hostess gifts, white elephant gifts, or just something unexpected from a friend, wine found it’s way onto nearly every list. These types of wine are sure to please every occasion, price point, and palate.
This light-bodied dry white wine is crisp and full of bright and fresh fruit notes. It’s perfect as an pre-dinner kick starter, or paired with first-courses like spinach salad or scallops. Principessa Gavia Gavi Pinot Grigio $17, drizzly.com
For the one on your very-very-nice list, this artisan wine is hand-crafted and aged in French oak barrels for a minimum of 18 months. The result? A dark, rich, mouth-filling red with ripe flavors of blackberry and touches of spice and vanilla. San Simeon Stormwatcher 2015 Bordeaux Blend $70, sanantoniowinery.com
Because who says you can’t celebrate summer year-round? This wine is a great companion for any occasion, with bursts of cherries, strawberries, and watermelon and a refreshing, dry finish. Hampton Water Rose 2018 $25, wineonsale.com
For bubbly without breaking the bank, this bottle is cuisine and cocktail-friendly. Mix with elderflower or top with fresh pomegranate arils for seasonal flare. Le Grand Courtage Blanc de Blancs Brut $22, legrandcourtage.com
A fun and trendy addition to any happy hour. (Our staff can attest, they were a hit at ours.) Crisp and refreshing, this lighter alternative is gluten-free and vegan, made from organic grapes, with only 6% ABV. Archer Roose Rose Spritz $11 for pack of 4, convivewines.com
What’s better than one bottle of wine? A monthly wine subscription! Get six 750ML bottles (your choice of reds, whites, or mixed cases) to your door every month. HelloFresh Wine $89 per month, hellofresh.com