10 Red Wines For A Dinner Party

There’s a wine bar in New York City everyone’s talking about, and that wine bar is Aldo Sohm Wine Bar. From the master sommelier at Le Bernardin, this spot has become a midtown favorite of ours (and simply a survival go-to). With the holidays here at last, we realized that history is cyclical (as they say) and the inevitable was going to happen: Loads and loads of cocktail and dinner parties

You’re about to be thrown into the November and December madness that comes with attending a zillion events, and deciding what to give/send those zillion hosts and hostesses. We find a good bottle of wine will always do the trick, which is why we had Aldo Sohm’s General Manager – Sheri Griffith – curate the perfect list for us of red wines to bring as a gift to any and every holiday soiree. Peruse these ten to become to most popular guest at your next one…

1. If you are looking for an easy drinking red that with low tannin and a balance of fruit, Saint Cosme, Cotes du Rhone, $14 blend from France is delicious and a great value at under $15.

2. Cristom, Mount Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir, $15 from Willamette, Oregon is another crowd pleaser with new world fruit and old world style it’s sure to please a range of palates.

3. If you know there are some fellow oenophiles at the party, bringing something unique is always fun. Vigneto a Prua, $20 in Liguria, Italy makes a 100% Rossese and it is delicious!  It’s really interesting with spicy, floral and herbaceous aromatics that change by the minute in the glass.

4. Another interesting wine to bring is Tenuta Terra Nerre, Etna Rosso, $16 from Sicily.  The Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucio grapes are grown on Mount Etna.  This gives the wine a delicate smoky flavor with a beautiful balance fruit and it pairs really well with food!

5. If you are looking for something with a little more grip that’s still approachable, try bringing Vietti’s Perbacco, $20 from Piedmont, Italy.  It is 100% Nebbiolo grown in Barolo it’s just not aged as long and ready to drink now.  If you can get a hold of some of their aged Barolos they are some of the best!

6. If you are looking for a bold red, but still need to appeal to many palates a blend is always a safe bet. The Cuvelier Los Andes, Coleccion, $23, from Mendoza, Argentina is a delicious blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

7. Another cool blend is the Twelftree, Greenock, $24 from Barossa, Australia.  It’s 52% Grenache and 48% Mataro.  It has a bold dark fruit profile with low tannins and a subtle finish.

8. A little off the beaten path, but an interesting easy drinking wine from Greece might be fun. Bring a bottle or two of the Agyros Estate, Atlantis Red blend, $14 of Mandilaria and Mavrotrigano.

9. If you are attending a large party and know that this is a thirsty group of friends, you might want to consider bringing a Magnum. Antinori, Chianti Classico Reserva, Badia A Passignano 2008, $40 in Magnum is delicious.

10. If you are throwing the party for lots of friends I recommend the Greysac, Bordeaux, $12 blend from the Medoc that comes in a 3L!  It is sure to impress and there will be plenty for everyone.

Check out our favorite red wines under $20 or where to get the best wine glasses.