8 Festive Value Wines for the Holidays
To complement your holiday dinners and online toasts, our editors have picked these new reviews of affordable wines from California, France, Italy and beyond
By Gillian Sciaretta
Dec 17, 2020
Tasting Highlights’ wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors’ most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.
Holiday season is in full swing, and while this year’s celebrations may be smaller in scale or include virtual gatherings, it’s comforting to know that delicious value wines are still within reach. This week, our editors have selected wallet-friendly wines for your festivities and winter days at home. From hearty reds to electrifying whites, they’re sure to help ring in your happy holidays!
WS review: Generous blueberry, huckleberry and blackberry flavors are pure and velvety, with accents of black tea, black pepper and sandalwood on a supple frame, followed by a juicy finish. Drink now through 2030. 16,000 cases made, 4,500 cases imported. From Australia.—MaryAnn Worobiec
MaryAnn Worobiec: Every winter, I stock up on red wines to go with the comfort foods I’m planning to cook, and this generous McLaren Vale Shiraz checks all the boxes. It’s packed with velvety tannins and complex blue fruit flavors. That means it could pair well with everything from baked pasta dishes to braised meats or my Christmas ham. Angels’ Share is one of several wines within Two Hands’ “picture series” of bottles with artsy Polaroids for labels. This particular bottle’s name refers to wine that’s lost to evaporation during barrel aging.