Christmas is almost here and some of you are already over it. Your kids are on winter break from school, you have in-laws and relatives heading over to your home, and there’s cooking and cleaning and present-wrapping to do, and all you want to do is to sleep. This time of year can be just plain overwhelming when it’s supposed to be the best time of year! It’s definitely not worth it, but there’s food news – I have a cure! Five of them, actually. Easy-drinking wines are here to melt away your Christmas stress!*
*MarioLunaSomm and Wine Geographic are not responsible for any poorly wrapped presents that result from slurping down a bottle or six of Pinot. Curl ribbon at your own risk.
Picking the Best Easy-Drinking Holiday Wines
The key to surviving the holidays is treating yourself. Whenever I get stressed out and need a moment to myself, I seek a glass of wine that is soft and easy-drinking. At this point, I don’t care about blind tasting or analyzing the residual sugar or pairing it with food. I am looking for a wine that is very fruity, supple, soft, and finishes with a touch of crisp brightness that keeps me salivating for more. Most importantly, the wine has to be inexpensive because you’ve probably already busted your budget on toys and pictures with Santa and Christmas ham.
Basically, these aren’t thinking wines, they’re drinking wines!
Mario’s Easy-Drinking Wine Picks:
- Juve Y Camps Brut Nature Reserva de la Familia Cava Penedes, Spain 2011 $16: BUY ME
- Shaya Verdejo Rueda, Spain 2014 $13: BUY ME
- Toasted Head Central Coast, California 2014 $8: BUY ME
- Kings Ridge Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon $18: BUY ME
- Robert Hall Mertlot 2013 Paso Robles, California $14: BUY ME
Mario Luna is a Certified Sommelier and owner of Mario Luna Somm, a company dedicated to “Developing the Sommelier in You” through online wine courses, blogs, and other user-friendly content. He lives in Las Vegas where, in addition to working on the famous Las Vegas Strip, he serves as a consultant for large-scale wine events, specialty shops, and all kinds of wine tastings. You can contact Mario through mariolunasomm.com or check out his online wine courses.