Seattle Times wine columnist Andy Perdue shares three lists of holiday wines based on price point, including whites, reds, sparkling wines and a couple of dessert wines.
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The holidays can be the most expensive time of the year, thanks to parties, feasts and presents. Putting wine into the mix makes this season that much more of an investment.
To help guide you through the myriad choices you’ll find at your favorite wine merchant, here are three lists based on price point. Whites, reds and sparkling wines — as well as a couple of dessert wines — are included in each category.
Most of these should be readily available at good wine shops and groceries with large selections. If you can’t find them on the shelf, either ask the store to special order them for you or contact the winery directly. With the exception of the British Columbia ice wine, wineries listed will be able to ship.
Less than $20: Corks for a crowd
While the Pacific Northwest has gained a reputation in recent years for high quality, that doesn’t mean there aren’t values to be found. In fact, it isn’t difficult to fill a shopping cart with wines under $20 — even with an occasional Oregon pinot noir. While this list of 10 value wines focuses a bit on whites, we also include a delicious sparkler, a yummy pink wine and four approachable reds.
• Michelle NV extra dry, Columbia Valley, $14
• Barnard Griffin 2013 chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14
• Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 Evergreen Vineyard Traditions riesling, Columbia Valley, $13
• Elk Cove Vineyards 2013 pinot blanc, Willamette Valley, $19
• Palencia Wine Co. 2013 albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $18
• Airfield Estate 2013 Vineyard Salute Ruby rosé, Yakima Valley, $15.
• Primarius 2012 pinot noir, Oregon, $16
• 14 Hands Winery 2012 merlot, Columbia Valley, $12
• Bombing Range 2010 red wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $16
• Washington Hills 2012 cabernet sauvignon, Washington, $9