Tara Guthrie
 
November 30, 2017 | Tara Guthrie

Wines to Keep You Holiday House Guest Ready

‘Tis the season for galoshes, gifts, and guests. And guests, just like Christmas cookies, come in a myriad of shapes, sizes, and flavors. Whether in need of a special last-minute present or planning a holiday fête, gifting is a breeze with plenty of William Chris wine in the house.

Even the most persnickety of guests will smile when the William Chris wine label is revealed. William Chris strives to make your holiday wine shopping simple with a variety of choices sure to please any palate. Take a look at our recommendations below for gift pairings made of holiday magic.

Wine for The Unannounced House Guest

2015 Mourvèdre, Lost Draw Vineyards, Texas High Plains

The South is long known for its hospitality never turns away an unexpected visitor. What better way to entertain on the fly than with a balanced and versatile Texas red wine? We recommend keeping some Mourvèdre (I'm loving the 2015 black label from Lost Draw Vineyards) on hand for holiday surprise guests – or every day for that matter.

You don’t have to look far to find a Pinot Noir lover. Mourvèdre shares similar taste and texture characteristics with Pinot and we pretty much guarantee that a Texas-grown will please any de facto Pinot enthusiast that drops in for an unexpected visit. What could be more entertaining than introducing an unfamiliar locally grown varietal to your guests?

Wine for The Amateur Sommelier

 

We all have that friend that fancies him or herself a “wine expert” and we know how hard they can be to please. Challenge their knowledge with something different this season.

A resurgence of love for Pétillant Naturel (French for “naturally sparkling”) has whimsical, fun-loving, and creative winemakers everywhere bottling this unfiltered and sometimes unpredictable, all-natural bubbly. A blend of Malvasia Bianca, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, the 2016 Petillant Naturel Rosé produced at William Chris results in a delightful partnership that had a wine writer at Forbes.com call it “a testament to the creativity and innovation right now of the wine industry in Texas.” See if your expert wine buddy can guess its origin and style.

Wine for The Beer Drinker

Heady beer lovers often have an affinity for wheat ales, particularly this time of year. But dare them to give the 2015 Mandola Vineyards Vermentino a whirl. Light and pale in the glass with lemony edges, this wine might just convince a diehard beer fan to trade in his favorite mug for a wine glass.

Wine for The ‘Wish You Were Here’ Someone

Right about now, you’re probably racking your brain trying to think of a creative way to send out a warm holiday greeting to those you’ll be missing this season. Why limit yourself to a something traditional when it comes to your nearest and dearest?

This year, we are pleased to offer our classic wooden wine packing boxes. Choose from sets with the William Chris logo or create your own custom set. Now talk about presentation – these box sets will have even your neighborhood Griswolds begging for attention.

Take a little bit of stress out of the holiday season and shop William Chris wines. Share a piece of our world. Trust us, these wines could even put a twinkle in Scrooge's eyes.


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