Bargain Wines for the Thanksgiving Meal

Beer and Wine, Drinks, Wine 101
on October 26, 2012
Acrobat Printo Gris

It’s nice to splurge on wines for the holidays, but sometimes it’s even nicer to know that you don’t have to.

The “In” Box — Most boxed wines won’t win any beauty contests, but a step in the right direction is the Octavin Home Wine Bar’s Artisan Collections, packaged in 3-liter-boxes that sell for $22 to $24. Try the party-worthy Boho Vineyards California 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel and Big House White 2009 California White Wine.

Sparkle . . . for Less — Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Brut California Sparkling Wine ($10) offers pear and lemony notes with a whisper of sweetness. Serve it with salty and spicy appetizers and the richer foods of the season.

For the Host — If you want to bring something lovely—but you’re not sure what the host loves—consider Acrobat 2009 Oregon Pinot Gris ($12), a crowd-pleaser with character. This affordable wine brings loads of luscious orchard fruit jazzed with soft citrusy notes for a balanced, elegant sip.

—By Wini Moranville, Relish wine columnist