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For a lot of people, gifting a bottle of wine is a year-round practice, not one that’s reserved for the holiday season. Wine equals celebration for so many folks, and throwing a nice bottle in a gift bag is a simple way to show your appreciation. If someone on your holiday gift list happens to be a wine enthusiast, it makes it even easier to shop for them.
Whether you’re looking for a party hostess gift or a stocking stuffer for a loved one, there are so many great bottles of wine at different price points that make perfect presents this holiday season. Red, white, rosé, and sparkling — there are options for every drinker that can make holiday shopping a whole lot easier.
To provide some inspiration and ease to the shopping process, we rounded up 15 different bottles of wine that make perfect gifts. There’s likely something for every 21+ person on your list, and we’ve broken it down so that you don’t even have to put much thought into the bottle.
How we select products
When selecting the best bottles of wine to gift this holiday season, we like to offer a wide range of bottles that feature different grape varietals, blends, price points, and come from different regions. We’ve got the basics like best red, white, and bubbles, but we’ve also picked bottles that would be perfect to bring to a New Year’s Eve gathering or a formal sit-down dinner party.
When selecting which bottles are the best of the best, we take into consideration online user reviews, press coverage, and social media responses. Websites like Vivino and Total Wine allow customers who have tried certain blends to provide feedback, which is a pivotal tool when picking palatable wines for a wide variety of drinkers. Especially in the vast world of wine, there are so many bottles to choose from that it’s hard to narrow it down to just 15, but those selected are guaranteed to act as crowd-pleasing gifts.
Best overall bottle of wine: Rosa Regale sparkling red
On the occasion you need to gift someone a bottle of wine and have no idea their personal flavor preference, you basically can’t go wrong with a bottle of Banfi Rosa Regale sparkling red wine. It’s a sweet and fruity wine that is less boozy, containing 7% ABV (alcohol by volume), making it perfect for pairing with desserts or celebratory toasts. The Brachetto d’Acqui bottle of wine helms from the Piedmont region of Italy.
Rosa Regale sparkling red has notes of strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and roses. It’s bubbly without feeling overly carbonated, rather having a smooth body with a pleasant pink froth. “If you’re on the fence, just buy it,” one Total Wine review of the bottle reads. “Flavor, availability and price are all worth it. One of the only sparkling ‘reds’ available and affordable, worth buying. Don’t think about it … you’ll love it!”
Banfi Rosa Regale sparkling red sells for $20 on Total Wine as of December 2022.
Best red wine to gift: Kenwood Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is the crowd-pleaser of red wines, and a solid expression that any red wine drinker will like is Kenwood Vineyards’ Jack London bottle. The vineyard is located in the Sonoma Mountain region, and is distinct for utilizing terraced vineyards in its growing processes. The Jack London bottle is a 15% ABV bottle of a blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that is also barrel-aged for 18 months before it’s bottled.
Kenwood Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon is a great bottle for gifting that pairs well with hearty meals or will make a satisfying full-bodied drink that is incredibly balanced. “One of the most flavourful cabs I’ve tried! I’m all about robust and this definitely did not disappoint,” one Total Wine customer wrote in a review.
Kenwood Vineyards’ Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon sells for $30 on Total Wine as of December 2022.
Best white wine to gift: Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is one of the iconic bottles of white wine that helped define the modern-day Pinot Grigio blends that are popular among so many white wine drinkers. The bottle is a foolproof gift for anyone white wine lover as it’s been around since the 1960s. The bottle comes from the Adige River Valley in Italy and contains 12.5% ABV.
Santa Margherita is truly everything you want and expect out of a robust Pinot Grigio. It’s bright yellow in color and has a clean and refreshing taste that is almost too easy to pair with food. The standout note in the bottle is that of apples, and it has a dry mouthfeel with a smooth finish that makes you want to go back for another sip. “This is the finest Pinot Grigio bar none. So crisp and refreshing. Pairs well with so many dishes, including baked salmon,” one Drizly review of the bottle reads.
A bottle of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio sells for $20 on Drizly as of December 2022.
Best rosé wine to gift: Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel
Some people love rosé all day and any time of year, meaning that you can’t go wrong gifting those friends a bottle of Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel. It’s an epitomizing expression of a rosé from Provence that’s endlessly drinkable and comes from the Esclans Valley of France. The 13% ABV bottle features a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Rolle (Vermentino) grapes.
Whispering Angel is a pale rosé that’s pleasantly dry but still refreshing. It’s a little floral and a little fruity, but nothing overwhelming. “Beautiful, elegant, dry. A perfect example of a Provenance rosé,” one Vivino review of Whispering Angel reads. “The tastes are subtle with depth and length. Seriously if you have not tried this wine, do yourself a favor and get a bottle.”
A bottle of Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel sells for $23 on Vivino as of December 2022.
Best bubbly wine to gift: Mumm Napa Brut Prestige
Bubbles equal celebration, so it’s always a good idea to give the gift of sparkling wine around the holiday season. Mumm Napa Brut Prestige is a no-brainer sparkling wine that is as crisp as it gets. The 12.5% ABV may not be particular to one flavor like a fruit or a floral, but it’s just a tasty sparkling Brut that anyone would be glad to have on hand at their home bar.
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige is made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris/Pinot Meunier grapes. “Every time I sip Mumm, I’m transported back to a vineyard-side girls trip, wine tasting in Napa Valley, the sun on our shoulders and nothing but relaxing on our minds,” one Target customer wrote in a review.
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige sells for $22 a bottle at Target as of December 2022.
Best gift with New Year’s Eve in mind: Sonoma-Cutrer Grand Brut Rose
New Years Eve is also the time for sparkling wine and celebration. If you’re looking to provide a great bottle to toast with everyone at your NYE celebration this year. Sonoma-Cutrer Grand Brut Rosé is that special bottle. The 12% ABV wine is noticeably acidic in a good way, with notes of citrus, florals, and cherries complimenting its blush hue.
The Grand Brut Rosé is made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes to get its inviting pink color. Drink Hacker gave the 2019 vintage of Sonoma-Cutrer Grand Brut Rosé an A- rating and noted that “there’s nothing not to like” in this bright and inviting glass of sparkling wine. Plus compared to some other high-end bottles of bubbles, Sonoma-Cutrer’s bottle is affordable and a steady competitor, flavor-wise.
A bottle of Sonoma-Cutrer Grand Brut Rosé sells for $56 on Reserve Bar as of December 2022.
Best individual bottles of wine: Wander + Ivy gift box
What could be a better stocking stuffer than a bottle of wine? Wander + Ivy makes giving the gift of wine even cuter with their individual bottles of wine in 6.3 oz. glass bottles. If you have more than one stocking to stuff, the holiday gift box of five different bottles is the way to go.
Wander + Ivy sources its wine from around the globe — Spain, France, Italy, and California. The holiday gift box is an expression of that with five different blends — Cabernet Sauvignon, red blend, Chardonnay, rosé, and a white wine blend — that come from all different places. “I cannot say enough wonderful things about Wander + Ivy. They have delightful glasses of wine in each bottle that are perfect for spur of the moment picnics or to take to a nice party,” one Facebook review of the brand reads.
Wander + Ivy sells its gift set of five bottles for $35 as of December 2022.
Best red wine to bring to a dinner party: Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva
While we often think of a bottle of wine as a gift the recipient can save for later, sometimes you want to bring a bottle to a party that everyone can enjoy. A robust red is a must for the meat-centered feasts many people often eat around the holidays, so a bottle like Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva means you can stop worrying about the wine you’ll bring to a dinner party.
The Rioja wine is made from a blend of Tempranillo, Fraciano, and Mazuelo grapes and aged for a minimum of three years — 18 months in French and American oak barrels and about the same amount of time in its bottle. The 13.5% ABV wine tastes like deep rich fruits like blackberries and cherries, with the smooth flavor of vanilla to accompany it. “This is a consistently excellent wine nicely mature. Keep it coming,” one Total Wine customer wrote in a review of the bottle.
A bottle of Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva is on sale for $15 on Total Wine as of December 2022.
Best light wine to gift: Libby bubble pack
Some people may try to limit the amount of wine they have for its sugar or alcohol content in comparison to other beverages. Libby understands that those people shouldn’t miss out on the celebratory experience of popping some bubbles, so it created a light line of sparkling wine that makes the perfect gift. The wines are between 7.5% and 8% ABV apiece and contain just 75-80 calories per serving.
Libby has three blends — a red, white, and rosé — all of which stray a bit dry, but with the crisp mouthfeel of bubbles. “I’m typically a champagne (French) drinker and what I liked about Libby was that it was refreshing to drink, effervescent (good amount of delicate bubbles), and wasn’t pretending to be a fancy French,” one customer wrote in a review on Libby’s website. “It’s almost its own class of bubbly and it’s delightful.”
Libby sells its Bubble Pack, featuring three bottles, for $55 as of December 2022.
Best gift for the party host: Juliet Sauvignon Blanc
Boxed wine gets a bad reputation as being cheap in both cost and flavor, but Juliet wines is trying to change that. This holiday season, opt to give the gift of plentiful booze by gifting a box of Juliet’s Sauvignon Blanc. The blend uses grapes from the San Ynez Valley in California to create this bright and dry blend, with notes of lemon, pear, and melon standing out. Each box contains two bottles of wine total that stay fresh for at least six weeks after opening.
Juliet also has a major focus on sustainability, so the box is 100% recyclable once the gift receiver is finished with it. “This is so delicious – I usually stick only to New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs but tried this because I thought the packaging was excellent (both from design and sustainability factors),” one review on Juliet’s website reads. “It is crisp, dry, and so drinkable. I will absolutely stock up on this and will serve it at all my end-of-summer gatherings.”
Juliet sells its Sauvignon Blanc box for $45 as of December 2022.
Best bottle of wine under $10: Woodbridge Chardonnay
It is possible to give the gift of tasty wine for less than $10 a bottle, and one foolproof brand is Woodbridge Wines. The California wine makers create an entire arsenal of wines depending on personal preference, but the brand’s buttery Chardonnay is one you can’t go wrong with. It’s a toasty wine that’s slightly sweet and fruity, but rounded out with deeper notes of cinnamon and other baking flavors.
Woodbridge Chardonnay is an easy go-to with so many uses that no one will ever be mad to be gifted a bottle or two. “Woodbridge chardonnay has been my go to chardonnay for years as it has just the right blend of tastes … not too dry and not too sweet,” one Total Wine customer wrote in a review of the bottle.
Woodbridge Chardonnay sells for $8 on Total Wine as of December 2022.
Best bottle of wine under $20: Casa Ferreirinha Callabriga Douro
If the gifting budget is increased by another $10, you can introduce someone on your list to something tasty with a Portuguese bottle of wine like Casa Ferreirinha Callabriga Douro. It’s a 14% ABV deep red wine that is smooth but with a surprising acidity that makes you want to keep exploring. The blend features Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Roriz grapes that result in a deep flavor of cherries and chocolate.
Casa Ferreirinha Callabriga Douro has garnered plenty of fans who praise its flavor against its reasonable price tag. “Wow, wasn’t expecting the luscious deep morello cherries, intense hedgerow berries and acidity,” one Vivino user wrote in a review. “Dense and thick wine which lingers and sings on the palette. Really enjoyed this wine. Can’t wait to have again.”
A bottle of Casa Ferreirinha Callabriga Douro sells for $18 on Vivino as of December 2022.
Best bottle of wine under $30: Smith and Hook Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast
Another reasonably priced bottle of wine to gift this holiday season is Smith & Hook’s Cabernet Sauvignon, made from grapes from the Central Coast of California. The wine blend is another bold expression made for sipping on with a nice meal, thanks to notes of cranberries, blackberries, black currants, and oak.
Smith & Hook’s Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine that has a silky mouthfeel that is extremely palatable for a variety of different drinkers. “This wine is exceptional. It’s deep and smooth and a perfect accompaniment to beef or to just sip,” one Total Wine customer wrote in a review. “I won’t venture to wax rhapsodic about where the grapes come from or use any other wine expert’s terms. It’s just a delight that has us saying, ‘Ahhhhh’ after each sip.”
Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon is on sale for $20 on Total Wine as of December 2022.
Best Bottle of wine under $50: Une Femme The Betty
If you’re looking to gift someone a really nice bottle of bubbles for less than $50, Une Femme’s The Betty is a California sparkling Brut that needs to be on your radar. The 12% ABV wine features a 100% blend of classic Champagne grape varietals — 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. Une Femme is also a woman-run brand dedicated to many charitable endeavors, so you can feel good about supporting a brand that’s also giving back this holiday season.
The Betty is extremely aromatic with floral flavors like orange blossom pairing with fruity notes of lemon, peach, and pears. “Tried this on a plane and then ordered a few bottles at home. this wine is really light and refreshing – but has a great flavor. not too sweet, which I like a lot,” one review on Une Femme Wine’s website reads.
The Betty sells for $32 from Une Femme as of December 2022.
Best bottle of wine under $100: Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
There’s nothing quite like receiving a really nice bottle of wine for the holidays. If it’s in your gifting budget, you can make someone’s year by gifting them a bottle of Silver Oak Winery’s legendary Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 14.4% ABV wine was actually the first to be made at Silver Oak in the 1970s, but the current 2018 vintage is for sale as of August 2022.
Silver Oak’s Alexander Valley wine is as silky and juicy as a wine can get. It contains unique notes of pomegranate and caramel while still maintaining those crucial Cabernet Sauvignon qualities you’d expect. “I buy multiple bottles a year for gifts etc and they are loved by all. Most importantly, Silver Oak is a fantastic brand and a wonderful way to create memories with the ones you love over a bottle … or two,” one Total Wine customer wrote in a review.
The 2018 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sells for $90 on Total Wine as of December 2022.