Drink up! Master sommelier Bobby Stuckey reveals his tips and picks on wines to buy for your colleagues, family and friends.
$20 and under: 2008 Manifesto North Coast Cabernet, California ($20)
Winemaker Jamey Whetstone offers something delicious and organic at a great price-to-quality ratio. Not only will you show your boss that you’re smart, they'll probably think you spent a lot more.
$50-$75: Poggio di Sotto 2005 Rosso di Montalcino, Castelnuovo Dell’Abate ($50)
From one of the elites of Montalcino, this is your chance to give your boss something that isn’t easy to find at the wine shop or on a restaurant’s wine list. He or she will be so impressed that you found a diamond in the rough.
$20 and under: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2004, Valle Reale ($19)
By choosing something from an organic producer on the eastern coast of Italy, you’re able to both give your colleague a great value and let them know about a historic and up-and-coming region.
$50-$75: Livio Felluga “Terra Alta” 2007
This is not your typical wine. Perfect for a chardonnay lover, it’s very luxurious and unique.
$20 and under: Adami Prosecco di Valdobbiadene “Garbel 13” ($15)
This is a great, fun gift for an impromptu gathering with friends or when a visitor drops by.
$50-$75: Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2005 ($60) Michael Skurnick
$20 and under: Paitin Roero Arneis, Piedmont 2008 ($18)
Delicious, white, snappy and crisp. It's perfect for parents who host the party and want to entertain with fruit and cheese when guests arrive (or before they arrive).
$50-$75: Tommaso Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto ($65)
The perfect wine to enjoy together by the fire with chocolate — but only once everyone has left.
$20 and under: La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti ($19)
Chances are you haven’t had dinner at your doorman's house so you don’t know what his preferences are, but you know almost everyone loves dessert. Here’s a great dessert wine for him to enjoy.
$50-$75: Turley Cedarman Zinfandel, Howell Mountain 2007 ($33)
Versatile and luxurious, this will be delicious with whatever he chooses to pair it with.
$20 and under: Bieler Rose Sabine, Provence 2008 ($15)
Great rose to enjoy while they’re watching your dog. It’s a perfect porch-sipper on a hot, sunny day or a great fresh start to the end of a hectic day of chasing dogs.
$50-$75: Ronco del Gnemiz Chardonnay Sol ($65)
Because they take care of your best friend, you want give them one of the greatest chardonnays from Italy.
$20 and under: Venica & Venica Pinot Grigio 2008 Collio, Friuli Martin Scott Importer ($19)
$50-$75: Vilmart Grand Cellier, Rilly la Montagne ($75)
Once your client opens these wines this holiday season, there’s no question that you’ll definitely be on their mind.
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