Hostess guide: The best holiday wines, champagnes and roses under $100

If you're attending a holiday party this season, there's no way you can arrive empty-handed. And if you're hosting a holiday get-together this holiday season, don't make the tragic mistake of running out of some bubbly. 

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No matter if you're a host or a guest, make sure you're prepared for the holidays with these delicious, intricate, fruity and intense bottles. It doesn't matter if you're seeking an inexpensive Chianti, looking to test your mixology skills with some Veuve Clicquot or hoping to impress even those with the most acquired palates, we've got you (and your bar cart) covered.

The perfect alcohol for the holiday season
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The perfect alcohol for the holiday season

Santa Margherita Sparkling Rose ($29.99)

Bubbly floral fragrances are made up of red berry fruits for the ultimate bottle. 


Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva ($25)

This intense ruby-colored wine is characterized by vigorous tannins and fresh acidity, followed by an aroma of forest fruits and sweet spice against a backdrop of herbs and autumn leaves.

Josh Cellars North Coast Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($20) 

With aromas of fresh black cherries, black currant, rose petal, and roasted walnuts, this versatile wine complements a variety of dishes, perfect to bring for a holiday meal. 


2016 Au-Delá Tocai Friulano ($24)

This Tocai Friulano, a grape usually found in Italy, was made in the skin contact style -- the way red wines are typically made. Fermented for two weeks, the wine then remained on its skins for sixty days -- a long time for any wine, and white wine especially. After pressing, it was aged for six months in neutral oak, and the result is a complex, robust, textured white that-on the palate-is reminiscent of a red. It's a wine that suits both red and white enthusiasts alike.


2015 Baseline Syrah ($38)

This small lot, single-vineyard Syrah (only 250 cases made) comes from Ballard Canyon, in the cool climate region of Santa Barbara County, where the morning maritime fog and afternoon Pacific breeze create a unique microclimate. Harvested early, fermented native and aged in neutral French oak for 18 months, it’s complex, dark, slightly meaty, and perfectly ageworthy.


2016 Folly of the Best Pinot Noir ($18)

A certain amount of skill and tenacity is essential to produce a Pinot of this stature -- and Folly of the Beast is proof that a little madness pays off. Aged in 33% new French oak for 12 months to enhance notes of sweet spice, this round Pinot pairs nicely with pork, poultry and cheeses.


2016 Field Theory Touriga Nacional ($26)

Field Theory highlights curious varietals from unfamiliar places, like this Touriga Nacional from Pomar Junction Vineyard in Paso Robles, CA. The result is a light, early-drinking red with a fresh, fruit-forward flavor.

Callie Collection Pinto Grigio ($18)

Medium-bodied with flavors of honeydew, ripe melon, citrus pear, flinty mineral notes and a subtle, clean finish.

Callie Collection 2015 Fresh Red Blend ($15) 

A juicy blend of blackberry, strawberry, and caramel with hints of vanilla, soft tannins, and a long, lush finish.

Jaume Serra Cristalino Rosé Brut Cava ($10)

This wine contains sweet and savory berry flavors, including strawberry, raspberry, red berry and cherry. The rosé then leads to a clean, crisp finish inviting you for another sip.


Jaume Serra Cristalino Extra Dry ($9)

This wine includes fresh pear and apple scents with rich citrus, peach and green apple flavors.


Callie Collection Chardonnay ($19)

Rich and creamy with pineapple, citrus, vanilla bean and toasty oak flavors and a balanced acidity and finish.

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava ($9)

A crisp wine with citrus, green apple and mineral flavors for a crisp, clean finish.


Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore, ($27.99)

This bottle of peach and apple-infused aromas adds a fun sparkle to any meal. 

Mascota Vineyards Unanime ($21.99)

Filled with an intense aroma and blackberry and chocolate-like hue, this refined bottle is perfect for hostesses or guests. 


Carpano Antica, ($32.99)

From Italy, this wine celebrates citrus, cherries, vanilla and mint. 


Veuve Clicquot Rich + Rich Rosé, $65.00

The new champagne is designed to be served over ice, mixed with herbs, fruits and vegetables. 


From $10 bottles to $65 roses, scroll through above to see what we're sipping on this holiday season. 

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