The holidays are almost here! It’s not too soon to start prepping for all of your upcoming gatherings with family and friends—and that includes wine. To celebrate properly, Tanji is sharing a few tested and approved crowd-pleasing bottles that you’ll need for your table. As always, you can find these bottles (and many more!) at your local H-E-B.
When you think of Bordeaux, red wine comes to mind. But the region also makes some great white wines, too, like the Chateau Lafite Rothschild Legende Bordeaux Blanc. This bottle is a blend of sauvignon blanc and sémillon tastes of lemon and grapefruit rounded out with semillion’s richness and notes of honey. It pairs beautifully with oysters, seafood and risotto. $16
Next, a delightfully balanced wine from napa: Bread & Butter Pinot Noir. This pinot is lighter than what you might expect from a napa pinot, though its layers of ripe strawberries and dark cherries and earthy mushrooms are all classic. $15
We saved a big bold wine for last! Imagine marrying the sweet vanilla notes of bourbon with the bold big fruit of a zinfandel—that’s what you get with the Buck Shack Zinfandel. This wine is aged in bourbon barrels, so you’ll taste oak, vanilla, and caramel along with notes of jammy dark cherries, black pepper and boysenberries. $25
Please note availability and prices may vary.