Wine seems to make everything just a little better. Family, friends, and festivities seem to take on a special glow after a glass, or two of vino. Maybe that is why it seems everyone shows up to holiday get togethers with a gift bag containing a bottle of wine for the host. It’s a universal thank you card accepted in most parts of the world. So if you are looking for that perfect bottle to drop off at the neighbors, or a wine club gift for someone special, here are a few of our favorite suggestions for this holiday season.

Bottles
Charles-and-Charles-2013-Cabernet-Blend-LO-Res-Front-Label--300x200Washington State is a lesser known wine growing region than its larger cousin to the south, yet it constantly produces some excellent wines that would cost considerably more if they were grown in California. The Cabernet/Syrah blend from winemakers Charles and Charles is a full-bodied red with hints of blackberries, and currants. It is priced between $11-$15 in most stores and is sure to bring smiles all around.

downloadEven though the Gilbert family of Yakima Valley has been making wines for only ten-years that is no reason to short change the juice they are producing. Drawing grapes from seven different vineyards they are able to hone in on the best each location has to offer. Their 2013 “Left Bank” Red is a Bordeaux blend with the big flavors one would expect. It’s priced between $20-$25 in most stores and is a killer value.

Wine Clubs
Six-years ago, Josh Luhn pulled up stakes in the Centennial State, and headed to Napa to try his hand at making wine. After several years of apprenticeship he has finally launched his own label this year. His first release has garnered significant ratings and is going fast. Big, bold, complex reds are his calling card. This holiday season he is offering a holiday two pack (Cabernet and Chardonnay) for $95 a savings of $30. Order here.

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The Central Coast region of California is exploding with new vineyards as growers discover the unique microclimate is perfect for growing beautiful Chardonnays, Bordeaux, and Cabernet Sauvs. One of the best in the region is Chateau Margene in the Paso Robles AVA. As one of the original vintners in the region they have highly established vines consistently turning out great reds and whites that you can only sample at their tasting rooms. Make someone special’s day, and get him or her a membership. You won’t be sorry. Order here.

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Black Hand Cellars is a small boutique vineyard located near San Miguel, California. With playful labels that pay tribute to the owners possible mafia ancestors, they have been turning out beautiful wines since 2002. With a large array of wines to choose from you are sure to receive a selection that will suit any occasion. They will ship twice a year to your giftee and each time they will receive four bottles of wine. Order here.

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Twin brothers Steve and Stu Thompson are the brains behind Twin Coyotes Winery. Using sustainable farming practices that focus on a whole farm approach they eschew from using chemical’s to produce their wines. Approachable, flavorful, and downright delicious they produce everything from a light and tasty Grenache Rosé to a killer Petite Syrah. Their wine club will ship goodness to your loved ones two to four times a year, you choose. Order here.

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