Guide to the Holidays 2016: Season's Drinkings


Ready the corkscrew, polish the stemware and bring out the wine. Whether you’re looking to drop some coin or want a bottle that only tastes expensive, we’ve got you covered.


Impress for less
2014 Naveran Brut Cava 
Cavas like this dry, fresh sparkler may be Spain’s best kept bubbly secret.
$15. The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., St. Louis, 314.932.5665 

2014 Talbott Logan Chardonnay 
Bold, rich and tropical, this California chardonnay makes a statement without draining your pocketbook.
$25. Balaban’s, 1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, 636.449.6700

2013 Descendientes de J. Palacios Petalos
Balancing acidity and fruity notes, this Spanish red is a full-bodied and refined addition to the table.
$25. Parker’s Table, 7118 Oakland Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.645.2050

Spare no expense
Jacquesson Cuvée Extra Brut 738
This dry Champagne is the perfect start to a decadent dinner.
$65. The Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.6282

2013 Bindi Quartz Chardonnay
Minerality comes through in this oak-aged vintage from Down Under.
$125. Reeds American Table, 7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.899.9821

2012 Silverado Solo Cabernet Sauvignon 
From Napa Valley heritage vines comes an intense, stone fruit sip with a long, rich, earthy finish.
$119. Balaban’s, 1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, 636.449.6700