Ken Hoggins runs a website that provides wine reviews that are independent of wine-seller bias. Realizing that even budget wine buyers like me often splurge on holiday wine purchases, Ken has selected holiday wines in all price ranges for you to put on your shopping list. The wines on Ken's list were chosen with the three most popular Holiday meals in mind: ham, turkey, and prime rib. They include the2005 George Duboeuf “Fleurie - Domaine des Quatre Vents” ($16) to go with ham (I suggested an earlier vintage of this wine without the vineyard designation to go with Thanksgiving turkey, so its a versatile selection), the 2005 Chehalem Pinot Gris ($19) to go with turkey, and the pricier 2003 Paul Jaboulet Aîné “Thalabert” ($33) to serve with prime rib. He also suggests a number of more expensive bottlings that would make great gifts for wine lovers. Ken is based in Boston, and has been publishing holiday wine picks since 1999. He uses an aggregate of wine ratings from all the key magazines to help guide his choices, and uses a tasting panel to confirm or contradict those findings.
Katie from AOL Food dropped me a note to let me know that their list of top wines for $5.99 or less was ready for readers. (Image from AOL's food site) Their picks include wines readily available in supermarkets and one Trader Joe label among the 5 wines. Food pairing tips are included for holiday meal planning.