We’re all grateful that our friends took on the task of hosting this year, but before you slip into that party dress, come up with a plan for showing your appreciation. (Hint: A nice bottle of wine always does the trick.) We’ve got a white and a red to fit every budget, plus an affordable (but delicious) bubbly thrown in for good measure. These wines guarantee you a warm welcome—and a repeat invite.


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Clos du Bois


Clos du Bois Chardonnay ($15): Hints of ripe pear and toasty oak with a touch of spice make this the perfect winter white. Creative collective Zio & Sons recommends wrapping it in a nice tea towel with pretty twine and adding seasonal touches like dried citrus and herbs to take your hostess gift up a notch.

Tommasi’s Filodora Prosecco ($18): A pop of prosecco brightens any holiday party and won’t leave your host with a post-party, cheap-Champagne hangover.

Pey-Marin “The Forager” Pinot Noir ($20): Pinots usually cost a pretty penny, but this silky smooth and quaffable Sonoma Coast blend is easy on the wallet. No doubt it will impress your friends…and the hostess never has to know it only cost you a Jackson.

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Stags’ Leap Winery Viognier ($32): Rich stone fruit, citrus blossom and crisp acidity may remind you of summer, but this white works equally well on chilly winter nights. Plus, it pairs well with a variety of foods, so it’s a fit no matter what the hostess is serving.

Simi Landslide Cabernet Sauvignon ($45): This full-bodied red with a balance of bright fruit is also versatile and food-friendly, so the hostess can serve it with her holiday feast or save it for fireside sipping by the tree after the fete.

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Grgich Hills


Grgich Hills Estate Paris Tasting Commemorative Chardonnay ($93): Save this one as a special gift for the true Napa enthusiast. The limited-edition, 40th-anniversary bottle is a nod to Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, who crafted the winning bottle at the famous Judgment of Paris in 1976. (The 2013 Chardonnay, $43, is equally enticing—with hints of honey and roasted almonds—if you’re looking for something more budget-friendly.)

Belle Glos Dairyman Pinot Noir ($55): The hand-dipped wax seal says this isn’t your average red. A refined balance of savory (cedar and cocoa powder) and sweet (fig jam and ripe blackberry), it’s a sophisticated add to any holiday table.

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