1. Villa Sandi Il Fresco Prosecco, from $14
This great-value Italian sparkler outperforms most of the competition on the Prosecco shelf. It’s fresh, clean and bright with notes of lemon and pear, and a frothy mousse. Chill well and pour as a guestgreeting aperitivo with mixed nuts, prosciutto- wrapped grissini, and smoked salmon canapés.
2. Cono Sur Bicicleta Chardonnay 2014, from $10
Take one sip of this terrific unoaked Chardonnay from Chile’s Central Valley, and the first thing that will come to your mind is “Wow—I can’t believe this is only 10 bucks!” An outright steal at this price, it offers pineapple aromas, a silky texture and riveting acidity. It’s excellent with shellfish, including the ubiquitous holiday shrimp ring.
3. Errazuriz Estate Series Pinot Noir 2013, from $14
While most New World Pinots go for fruit over finesse, this bottle from Chile’s Aconcagua Valley draws you in with its old-school charm. Tart, herbal and spicy, it continues to seduce with cranberry flavours and a long, lingering finish. Pour with beet and ricotta crostini, stuffed mushrooms, and mini cheeseburgers.
4. The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier 2014, from $14
From South Africa’s Boekenhoutskloof—say that five times fast—this consistently delicious red has a small splash of Viognier, a white grape that amps up the aromatics. It’s a full-bodied wine, bursting with cassis and cocoa, juicy acidity and a beguilingly smoky finish. Serve with little beef empanadas and spiced lamb chops.
Get more holiday recipes and tips here: The Kit Holiday Issue.