Ok, it is official, 2020 is over…finally. One of the longest years in memory for a variety of reasons, one thing is constant however, we all need a good drink (or several) to see the year out.
With this in mind, we have selected our top 10 favorite wine types, all with styles that can serve as cocktail wines, or served with food. To be enjoyed while making sure that after twenty or so years, 2020 will indeed end.
- Grenache (serving temp 58°).
The most planted grape variety on the planet. The spectrum of styles is truly impressive, and finding a combination of labels to carry you before, during, and after a New Year’s meal - and subsequent party, is always a fun experience!
- Aglianico (serving temp 60°).
A geekier option. A label from Taurasi is great with a big meal, and cocktail wines can be found all over Basilicata (and hopefully in your local wine store).
- Rhone Blends (serving temp 58°).
Every winemaking country has its own version of a blended wine using some combination of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Carignan. Find a label that has higher tannins and acidity, and some good age for a big meal. And after the food, look for something from a warmer climate, using younger grapes for a more fruit forward offering.
- Port (serving temp 58°).
For those who want to slowly make their way through the party, in one of the most classically hedonistic ways possible. Put on a light chill, sip slowly, and perhaps snack on some Stilton.
- Chardonnay (serving temp 49°).
One of the most, if not THE broadest spectrum of style in all the wine world. Having lobster? Go with a buttery new-world. Fish or chicken? Go with a white burgundy. There is a chardonnay for every occasion, so buy several types and have at it!
- Riesling (serving temp 46°).
Sweet or dry, this is a favorite for many wine drinkers. Find one with a bright acidity and go forth into the party.
- Cabernet Sauvignon (serving temp 63°).
One of the most popular grape varieties on the planet. Find a well-aged bottle for a heavier dinner, then find a younger bottle to carry you throughout the evening. Watch that high alcohol content however, that can sneak up on you.
- Pinot Noir (serving temp 57°).
A dry, old-world Pinot Noir pairs with just about anything people will put in front of you. Afterwards a Fruit forward, but not too heavy new-world Pinot can carry you through the rest of the evening. Enjoyable on its own, but (hopefully) with enough acidity to keep up with whatever is being served for snacking.
- Sparkling wines (serving temp 42°).
The classic choice for New Year’s Eve. Bubbly, fun, and energizing. And the bubbles serve the other purpose of keeping your sipping slow, helping to ensure you make it to the ball drop.
- Whatever floats your boat.
This may come off as a cop-out, but in reality, people will drink whatever wine they like for celebration. And while some may scoff at another’s choice of wine, they are not the ones consuming it, and after a year like this, enjoy what you enjoy.
If you are reading this and still have not selected your wines for the occasion, we hope that this has helped make your decision a wee bit easier. We also hope that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday 😊
See you next year (yeah, we said it).