When it comes to holiday gift-giving, there’s a spectrum. On one hand, there are intricate gifts planned in September, perfectly gift wrapped and full of meaning. On the other hand, there’s picking up a bottle of wine and hoping they like it.
For something in the middle, we’ve curated two holiday wine six-packs with our friends from NYC-based wine shop Parcelle. They’re professional sommeliers who’ve worked at top NYC restaurants, and they’re the people we turn to when we don’t know what to drink.
We’ve put together two different packs, both of which ship nationally (and can be delivered locally in NYC). For the person who wants to try a bit of everything, check out the Holiday Explorer Six-Pack. For the person who wants to try a bit of everything as long as it’s all red wine, check out the Reds Only Six-Pack.
THE HOLIDAY EXPLORER SIX-PACK
Think of this six-pack like a small plates restaurant that does a lot of things well. There are classics with a twist, representation from a bunch of different countries, and maybe one or two things you haven’t tried before. In this pack, you’ll get some real-deal champagne, a pick from a top Burgundy producer, a natural wine from Chile, a go-to French red, a riesling from Germany, and an interesting bottle from Sicily.
Laherte Frères, ‘Ultradition’ Brut NV - Because New Years is coming, and you’re going to need some champagne on hand.
Bernard Moreau, Bourgogne Aligoté 2018 - From one of the best producers of Burgundy chardonnay, try the region’s other white grape, aligoté.
Dönnhoff Riesling Trocken 2019 - This German riesling is light and crisp, and we’d highly recommend drinking it with a takeout sushi feast. “Trocken” means “dry,” so in case you have any concerns about rieslings being sweet, this one is not.
Catalina Ugarte, País Chile 2018 - We think everyone should be drinking more wine from South America, and this natural red from Chile is a great place to start.
M. Lapierre, ‘Raisins Gaulois’ Morgon 2019 - Beaujolais, always made from gamay, is one of our go-tos on any wine list. And Morgon, where this bottle comes from, is arguably the best town in the area.
OFF. VINTAGE, Rosso Sicily 2018 - Off. Vintage is a project from a sommelier who travels all over the place sourcing organic wines made from native grapes - in this case, that’s nero d’avola from Sicily.
THE REDS ONLY 6-PACK
A lot of people really like to drink red wine. And that person is definitely going to appreciate this reds only six-pack, featuring a Piedmont wine that pairs great with pizza, a pinot noir from Argentina, and a $25 option from one of the best producers in France.
Here’s what you’ll get:
Francesco Rinaldi, Grignolno d’Asti 2019 - Many reds from the Piedmont region of Italy require years of aging - not this one. It’s made by one of the area’s top producers.
Cascina Fontana, Dolcetto d’Alba 2018 - Another lesser-known wine from Piedmont, Dolcetto is exactly what you want to be drinking with pizza, pasta, or a wintery charcuterie board. Also from a top producer in the region.
Bedrock, Syrah California 2018 - Made by a younger, but already well-respected California winemaker, this bottle’s a good choice for drinking something from the area that isn’t another bottle of Napa Cab.
J.L. Chave Selection, ‘Mon Coeur’ Côtes-du-Rhône 2018 - Chave makes some of the most sought-after (and expensive) wines in the Rhône Valley of France, and has been doing so for 16 generations. Over the past few years, they started making some far more affordable, but still excellent wines, like this bottle.
Domaine Cornu-Camus, Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2018 - In our Infatuation Wine School lesson on red Burgundy (a.k.a. pinot noir from Burgundy, the world’s best wine-growing region), we featured this bottle as an introduction to the style. It may get you hooked.
Bodega Chacra, ‘Barda’ Pinot Noir Patagonia Argentina 2019 - For comparison, try some pinot noir from a totally different place - Argentina.