A Guide to Holiday Wine: Part 2
A Guide to Holiday Wine: Part 2

A Guide to Holiday Wine: Part 2

December 29, 2015 -

In Part 1, we shared some solutions to your wine situations fit for the season. In this post, we will focus on the best solutions for your wine celebration situations, including the upcoming New Year’s celebration. Our industry experts and sommeliers have some great tips and suggestions to help you close out 2015 with a bang!

You can find each of the wines discussed at your local Carrabba’s or wine and spirits store. Also, don’t forget that no matter what, our number one rule is to enjoy what you like!


  • Situation: You’re looking for a great wine for New Year’s Eve but aren’t interested in bubbly.
    • Solution: Choose a smooth yet, vibrant Chardonnay to keep the party going until midnight.

Decoy by Duckhorn Chardonnay

Notes from the experts: This Chardonnay has aromas of lemon meringue, honeysuckle and vanilla cream. The first sip will give you bright citrus flavors and hints of tropical fruit. Pair this wine with shellfish or poultry dishes and a New Year’s countdown.


  • Situation: You’re looking for something sweet after your New Year’s Eve dinner.
    • Solution: Choose a Riesling or sweet red wine as the perfect end to your meal.

Saint M Riesling

Notes from the experts: Saint M is a light-bodied, semi-dry white wine. You’ll find this wine refreshing with a touch of sweetness. This wine pairs well with pork, chicken and fish but can also serve as a sweet ending to 2015.


  • Situation: You’re attending a New Year’s Eve party and looking to venture out of your comfort zone.
    • Solution: Add a little Italian flair with a Chianti or Prosecco.

Allegrini “Palazzo Della Torre” Red Blend

Notes from the experts: We love this wine from the Allegrini family! They have been growing grapes and making wine for generations. The heritage really comes through in this offering. This red blend is full bodied and dry. It’s big and bold and great for the experienced wine drinker. Brimming with notes of black plums, red cherries and dried herbs, Palazzo Della Torre pairs great with pasta, risotto, lasagne and grilled meats.


  • Situation: You need the perfect bottle of bubbly.
    • Solution: Champagne is the common choice, but we prefer Prosecco.

Bocelli Prosecco

Notes from the experts: Prosecco is the Italian sparkling wine. This festive sparkling wine has aromas of flower and fruit that make the palate deliciously light and playful. The Bocelli Prosecco pairs well with spicy, tomato-based sauces and seafood – and the perfect thing to sip when the clock strikes midnight.

We hope that our two-part series has helped you navigate through all of your December wine situations. If you have any questions for our experts, please comment below!

From our family to yours, we hope you have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve. Cheers to 2016!

-Staff