Whole Foods Market® Pops the Cork on Top Ten Holiday Wines Priced for Merrymaking

organic-wine-holidaysFrom taste-tempting, luscious reds and bright sparklers to elegant, spicy whites, Whole Foods Market unveils its “Top Ten Holiday Wines” list — at prices fit for merrymaking. All 10 wines are priced under $15 a bottle. This year the best list includes a distinguished selection of organic wines.

Here’s the list (feel free to check it twice!):

El Coto Special Cuvée Rioja

  • Toasty with a long finish from Spain’s noble Tempranillo grapes
  • Hearty cherry-vanilla and plum notes make it perfect for roasted meats
  • Pair with sharp El Trigal Manchego or Mahon cheese to give it the flavorful grip that Rioja’s known for

Helfrich Gewurztraminer

  • Floral, spicy, bursting with freshness and a rich finish, this is THE White for Thanksgiving and holiday aperitifs
  • Tows the line between old-fashioned rose and honey notes and vibrant tropical fruit
  • Serve with shellfish or spicy Asian food, or for downright buttery results drink with Bavarian Blue or Robusto cheese

Pisato Montepulciano Made with Organically Grown Grapes

  • For turkey and other rich poultry, consider this affordable alternative to Chianti with soft tannins and hints of dried fruit
  • Bold ruby color and dry, silky fresh tomato notes complement Italian food
  • Superbly creamy with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar aged at the Cellars of Jasper Hill or Parmigiano Reggiano Aged 24 months

Marqués de Riscal Rueda Selección Especial

  • Old-world Verdejo comes alive in a straw-colored wine brimming with fruit and fennel
  • A huge value, serve as an aperitif or with tapas or roasted chicken
  • Pair it with Fourme d’Ambert or Drunken Goat cheese to brighten its flavor

Red Truck Zinfandel Made with Organically Grown Grapes

  • Balanced, organic California wine
  • Brambly berries, cracked pepper and dark chocolate finish make taste buds stand at attention, whether you’re eating pot roast or pasta
  • Wow your taste buds when paired with Stilton produced by Colston Bassett or Borough Market

Santa Julia Bonarda Made with Organically Grown Grapes

  • Juicy berries and underlying spice drive this lively wine
  • Savory match for tomato sauce in pizza and pasta
  • Pair with a few bites of Drunken Goat cheese to make the wine jump

Los Vascos Special Selection Sauvignon Blanc

  • Whole Foods Market snatched up all of this Chilean white, bottled by legendary Bordeaux winemakers
  • Boxwood and exotic fruit with minerality and lean elegance are hints of an extraordinary terroir in the foothills of the Andes
  • Sip with oysters or a knob of Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog cheese to bring out its juiciness

M. Chapoutier Belleruche Special Selection Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc

  • Authentic, floral special selection white from a family vintner
  • Apple, lime and white pepper notes
  • Perfect with roasted veggies or pork, or pair with Austrian Amadeus select cheese and you’ll swear you’re eating fondue

Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir

  • From a beloved brand, warm cherry pie with vanilla ice cream and earthy oak dominate this Chilean bargain that comes in a convenient 750mL two-pack, offering shoppers a real value
  • Enjoy a glass while you cook and still have enough for the table
  • Serve with beef or look for Gruyère Reserve, Seaside Cheddar or cranberry cheddar to tame the tannins

Sutter Home Muscat of Alexandria

  • The retro label is a tip-off—you’ll find comfort in this bottle
  • Honeysuckle and peaches make it playful for occasions like brunch of dessert when you need a wine on the sweet side
  • Cowgirl Creamery Organic Mount Tam or Rogue Creamery Anniversary Blue cheese makes the wine’s sugary side divine

J. P. Chenet Blanc de Blancs Brut

  • The value-minded—and utterly delicious—French sparkler is back! Fine bubbles and a golden hue make this delicate but powerful pour refined
  • Apricot and buttery brioche notes
  • Isigny Ste. Brie from Normandy or Hervé Mons Camembert, pour for a toast or sip after a long day, it always shines

Paso a Paso Tempranillo Made with Organically Grown Grapes

  • From sandy soils in the prized terroir of La Mancha, Spain, comes this powerful Tempranillo
  • Six months of aging in French oak barrels results in its deep opaque color and ripe plum and toffee aromas
  • Perfect for drinking with hearty winter stews or bring out the creaminess in P’tit Basque cheese for an intense flavor experience

Drinking wine from sustainable wineries is something that shoppers can feel good about. And, many of the budget-friendly bottles make great gifts. Consider buying a whole case to really notice the savings.

It’s not often that an affordable wine is also a green wine. But these wines are the perfect balance of green and um, green. Any of these organic wines will make good gifts, just leave the wine bags at home. A bottle this good doesn’t need to be wrapped.

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