10 Holiday Wines Under $20

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Best Wine for Appetizers

La Marca Prosecco ($14.99) is “a perfect wine that will match with all sorts of appetizers, from sweet to savory,” she says. “Prosecco showcases lots of fruit flavors backed by crisp acidity and a lip-smacking finish. The ripe fruit paired with these crisp bubbles means it can take some spice or some sweet, which makes it an all-around palate-pleaser for starting the evening.” Or alongside breakfast foods at a holiday brunch!

Get it now: La Marca Prosecco, $14.99 at wine.com

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Best Wine for Turkey

Osborn recommends Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2010 ($17.99), a Cru Beaujolais wine, to pair with the holiday bird. “Turkey is a mild meat, so it’s important to have a wine that does not overpower the flavor, but stands up to the texture. Cru Beaujolais is light-bodied, fruity and low in tannins, which makes it a perfect match,” she says. “Think of it as a lighter-bodied and more affordable Pinot Noir.”

Get it now: Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2010, $17.99 at wine.com

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Best Wine for Ham

Whether you have spicy or sweet ham, Osborn says the Conundrum White 2011 ($19.99) will pair well with both, offering lots of ripe fruit and a rich texture. “Grape varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscat and Viognier, the percentages of which are a mystery -- hence the name Conundrum. However, this mix leads to a wine with big aromatics, lush texture, good acidity and the smoothness of a great white blend. All of these characteristics lend themselves well to a touch of spice or sweet, so a great match with ham.”

Get it now: Conundrum White 2011, $19.99 at wine.com

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Best Wine for Toasting

“Roederer Estate Brut ($19.99) is one of the best sparkling wines under $20. It’s dry but rich in texture, full of complex flavors and a lingering finish. It balances citrus and apple with toast and vanilla, coats your mouth with a creamy yet refreshing texture and delights the senses with an endless stream of bubbles. Consistently good, year after year, and it always over delivers.”

Get it now: Roederer Estate Brut, $19.99 at wine.com

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Best Wine for Dessert

Sometimes dessert wines can be a bit cloying, but Osborn recommends Pacific Rim Vin de Glacière Riesling 2011 ($14.99), a lighter bodied sweet wine, with great acidity. “Not too heavy or alcoholic, it’s best served chilled in a small wine glass or even a Port glass. Though sweet wines are typically not quaffable, the lower alcohol and refreshing quality of this wine means a full glass will go over well. Plus, the acidity and sweet fruit flavors are a perfect match to all sorts of pies, especially pumpkin.”

Get it now: Pacific Rim Vin de Glacière Riesling 2011, $14.99 for a half-bottle/375 ml at wine.com

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Best Wine for a Hostess Gift

Osborn chose a bottle that sports great looks as well as good taste. Clos de los Siete Super Red Blend ($16.99) “is a distinctive blend from Argentina that is sure to impress,” she says. “A collaboration of seven top producers, the Clos de los Siete blends Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to craft a ripe, decadent wine full of dense fruit, chocolate, herbs and a touch of spicy oak. This delivers the total package and is a delicious and perfect gift.”

Get it now: Clos de los Siete Super Red Blend, $16.99 at wine.com

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Best Bang for Your Buck Wine

For an all-round top pick that suits any budget, Osborn selects the Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010 ($19.99), a wine that “delivers loads of fruit, spice and is just plain delicious.”She says, “Zinfandel is a classic California grape, with complex layers of flavor and solid structure. It tastes like a splurge despite the under-$20 price tag.”

Get it now: Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010, $19.99 at wine.com

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Best Wine That Goes with Everything

Hailing from Oregon’s Willamette Valley is Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Gris 2011 ($19.99). “This wine is such an uber-friendly food wine, it delivers fresh floral aromas, loads of mouth-filling fruit and zingy acidity that can take on just about any dish you can muster, from savory stuffing to marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes.”

Get it now: Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Gris 2011, $19.99 at wine.com

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Best Wine for Red Lovers

“The RouteStock Route 99 Pinot Noir 2010 ($19.99), with all its red fruits and sweet spice even smells like the holidays. All that ripe cherry, clove and allspice will have red wine lovers happily sipping on its own all through a party, or pairing with a number of comforting holiday dishes. All in all, a great match to holiday parties and dinners.”

Get it now: RouteStock Route 99 Pinot Noir 2010, $19.99 at wine.com

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Best Wine for White Lovers

“I love stainless steel Chardonnay as it showcases fruit rather than oak -- something even those who shy away from Chardonnay can appreciate.” Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Steel Chardonnay 2011 ($13.99) is “full of tropical fruit and lovely acidity -- it’s a white that should appeal to all.”

Get it now: Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Steel Chardonnay 2011, $13.99 from wine.com

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By Mark Mavrigian

We asked Gwendolyn Osborn, director of education and content at Wine.com, to pull the best (and quite affordable) bottles for all of your holiday meal pairing and gifting needs.

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