Look no further for the wine guide you have always been looking for! We've got our top five red and white wines that you should have on hand to pull out for when you host dinner parties. All wine drinkers will enjoy these wines! It's also fun to expose your guests, friends and even yourself to something different. Even better? All of these everyday wine picks are under $20!
White wines for hosting
1^ Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
Whether you love it or hate it, there are many chardonnay lovers. The Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay is a great value chardonnay that has a nice balance of fruit, butter and oak, but that also has the minerality that I love in a chardonnay. This is a good chardonnay that pleases the palate without overwhelming it, so this pick is an overall winner to pull out for guests!
^Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc (La Gloria) 2012
Sauvignon blanc from Chile, South America
I absolutely adore this wine. Light, crisp and refreshing, Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc will be loved by all! Tropical aromas of melon, papaya and guava mingle with subtle floral and herbal notes. This sauvignon blanc is fresh and juicy, with bright citrus notes of white grapefruit and has balanced acidity making it extremely food friendly!
^Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino 2011
White Blend from Sardinia, Italy
Serve your guests something different with this white blend from Italy. The mix of refreshing citrus and smooth fruitiness makes it so lip smacking. The zesty acidity backed by a ripe fruit mouth feel gives this wine a lovely balance, one that pairs well with a variety of foods or just pleases the palate all by itself for a wonderful aperitif sipper.
^Ponzi Pinot Gris 2012
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
If you haven't tried pinot gris from Oregon, you've been missing out. This wine is packed with tropical fruits, lime and white floral notes with zippy acidity. Don't forget, that zippy acidity makes it super food friendly!
^Brocard Chablis Sainte Claire 2011
Chardonnay from Chablis, France
Hosting a get-together is the perfect time to expose your guests to Chablis, a chardonnay from the Chablis region in France. Chablis is light and crisp, opposite from an oaky, buttery chardonnay from California. This Chablis has a classic structure, crunchy and delicious, with notes of citrus fruit and minerality. The finish is very appetizing, with stony, salty minerality.
Red wines for hosting
1^Peter Lehmann Clancy's 2009
Red Blend from Barossa Valley, Australia
Made by one of my favorite producers in the Barossa Valley in Australia, this red wine blend delivers inviting fruit with a smoothness that you will love. The red blend consists of 39 percent shiraz, 38 percent cabernet sauvignon and 23 percent merlot. Blending the three varietals gives Clancy's great complexity, richness of fruit flavor and a harmonious balance of soft tannin finish. This is a fabulous wine that is great for larger parties — everyone will love it!
^Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia
The Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet is another Australian gem. There is a distinct sweet herb characteristic, like mint that comes through on the nose, as well as the typical cabernet characteristics that come in a very balanced package. This cabernet is not too tannic or overwhelming which makes it an excellent pairing with a variety of foods!
^Vina Eguia Reserva 2007
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Ask anyone who has come over to my house for wine and I bet they will tell you that I have poured this for them. I absolutely love this wine. It is an awesome value, as is much of wine from Spain. The aromas are intense and complex, with vanilla, spiced and aromatic herbs perfectly blended with mature red fruit. This wine is balanced, fine and elegant with rounded structure. This Tempranillo pairs well with a variety of grilled and roasted meats, strong fish and all kinds of cured cheeses.
^Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
It's always a good idea to have a bottle of Italian Chianti for hosting. Most people love a good Chianti and it is, of course, delicious with pastas and pizzas! The Monsanto is a full-bodied wine with rich red berry fruit, black cherry and spice. It also has wonderful acidity making it an awesome pairing with a variety of foods.
^Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot noir from Russian River, California
Smooth and supple, the Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir is rich and spicy and a classic example of Russian River Valley Pinot. This wine has a nice balance of cherry and berry fruits and earth, which creates good structure and balance. It is sure to please anyone's palate and is a perfect pinot to serve when hosting.
^ Gloria Ferrer Brut
Non-vintage sparkling wine from Sonoma County, California
It's always a good idea to have some sparkling wine on hand. Everyone loves bubbles and it's a festive way to start any hosted get together! Gloria Ferrer's Brut sparkling wine has balanced texture and is loved by all!