Wallet and Crowd Pleasers

We’ve got wines to pair with Thanksgiving, we’ve got the perfect wines and spirits to give as gifts, and now we look at those wines that please both the wallet and the crowd! 

As always, keep Benson in mind for all of your holiday story needs! 

What to pour for a crowd, if it is safe to gather:  

Barton & Guestier Alcohol Removed Sparkling Wine  SRP: $14.99  
Perfect for all ages or any designated drivers, give everyone a chance to celebrate in style. A ‘reverse osmosis’ process is utilized to remove the alcohol from the finished wine, made from Muscat grapes. This special process preserves aromatic and flavor components, keeping the wines’ integrity and character intact.  No additional sugars or juice are added and the effervescence is adjusted before bottling for maximum pleasure.  Low calorie and vegan friendly.  

True Myth Chardonnay  Edna Valley SRP: $18 
True Myth presents an authentic experience, which only Mother Nature can express: one of depth, wonder, and a little bit of magic. Taste and Believe.  Displaying aromas of ripe pear, pineapple, tangerine and caramel, this is a classic Chardonnay from the Edna Valley in California. It is rich and creamy and bursting with tropical fruit flavors.  

Our Daily Red Blend 1.5L Bag In Box  SRP: $17.99 
This wine is certified USDA Organic, vegan, and with no detectable sulfites, making it your go-to travel companion for all occasions this year.  Easy to bring to the Friendsgiving feast and will cover a lot of bases while filling a lot of glasses.    

Smith & Hook Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon SRP: $25 

To craft this classic Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, fruit from small family owned vineyards in 5 unique sub-appellations is combined. The result is a lush, rich and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon that is full-bodied with notes of dark berry, vanilla, mocha and spice. A perfect combination for the holiday season and a big crowd pleaser! 

A few wallet friendly (<$20) selections:  Buy by the bottle or the case!  

Biltmore Estate Pinot Grigio American  SRP: $15   
Bearing the American Appellation designation, this Biltmore Estate Pinot Grigio was sourced from growing partners on the west coast and vinified at Biltmore Winery in Asheville, NC. Classic, refreshing, Pinot Grigio is always at home at a party.  

Tangent Sauvignon Blanc Edna Valley  SRP: $17  
Hailing from California’s Edna Valley, near San Luis Obispo, this Sauvignon Blanc explodes with notes of grapefruit and gooseberry.  Made with coastal fruit grown just a few miles from the ocean along the Central Coast of California. Life is distinctly vibrant when you take a Tangent. 

Bread & Butter Pinot Noir California SRP: $14.99 
Hard to wrap, but easy to give.  Based in Napa, Bread & Butter produces classically styled California wines made to be easy-going and approachable. Winemaker Linda Trotta believes good things shouldn’t be complicated. This is an undeniably juicy Pinot Noir that bursts with cherries, raspberries and a touch of cassis.  Sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Look for a new Merlot coming from Bread & Butter soon! 

Hahn Appellation Series SRP: $17.99-19.99   

The Hahn Appellation Series  line-up includes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and GSM wines, sourced from Arroyo Seco vineyards. While we recommend them ALL, bring a little Rhone-style to your table this holiday. The 2019 Hahn Appellation Series GSM is a red blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Ruby red in color and boasting aromas of fresh strawberries, red cherry, a touch of white pepper, it leaves a lovely, lingering long finish.