After last week, you’re probably thrilled that the rest of your holiday soirees will be at other people’s houses. But when it comes to bringing the standard hostess gift--a bottle of wine--where do you start? John Dal Canton, the noted sommelier at Hibiscus, has a few recommendations.
Best for a beer-loving crowd Forget the IPA and bring a brioche-y bottle of bubbly such as Bollinger NV Champagne ($58), which has a nutty flavor that will please your hops lovers.
Best to impress the boss No matter the party size, Dal Canton recommends bringing two bottles--one for the boss to save and the other to drink that night. He loves Brunello di Montalcino ($57), a Sangiovese that blends well with any type of meal.
Best for a girlie soiree Think sparkling, pink and cheap--like Bisol Rosé ($17), a great rosé Prosecco that you can either drink straight or make into a cocktail like an Aperol Spritz (Prosecco, Aperol orange liqueur and soda water).
Best for toasting Under $20? Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé, a pale-pink, not-too-sweet rosé that’s high on the bubbles. Under $40? Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Sainte-Anne, a well-balanced dry option with a great yellow-gold color.