Serving wine? Make it easy with our smart buying guide.
Writer Natalie MacLean

Try these amazing wines with some of our favorite recipes for a successful holiday party.

ROSÉ

2008 De Bortoli Selection Rosé, Australia ($13)
Ripe field strawberries in a basket. Great with light pasta dishes.
Pair with:  Pasta with Clam Sauce

2008 Stoneleigh Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé, Marlborough, New Zealand ($14)
A wonderfully vibrant wine with aromas of fresh field strawberries. Zippy and refreshing with lovely notes of raspberries and red plums.
Pair with:  Beer-Battered Sardines with Wasabi Mayonnaise

2008 Planeta Rosé, I.G.T., Sicily, Italy ($14)
Mouthwatering aromas of strawberry, cranberry, rose petal. Many layers of flavor with a juicy core.
Pair with: Scallop and Spinach Salad with Warm Dressing

2008 Mas Des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Rosé, A.C., Costières de Nîmes, Rhône, France ($12)
Incredible depth and length. Vast fields of strawberries await you. Extremely dry.
Pair with:  Mussels with Salsa Verde

2008 Muga Rosado, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain ($13)
A very dry, blended rosé from Tempranillo and Grenache (red) and Viura (white) grapes. Aromas of tart strawberries and raspberries.
Pair with:  Phyllo Sushi Rolls

WHITE WINES

2007 McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Chardonnay, Australia ($10)
A voluptuously layered, full-bodied Chardonnay with delicious notes of ripe peach, butterscotch, and melon. Nicely balanced.
Pair with:  Fettuccine with Lobster and Shrimp in a Shallot and Wine Sauce

2008 Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand ($14)
Herb, grapefruit, chives, lime, and lemon aromas. Zippy acidity, no oak.
Pair with:  Blue Crab Dip

2008 Torres Viña Esmeralda, D.O.C., Catalunya, Spain ($13)
A lovely aromatic white with notes of lychee, rose petals, white peach, white flowers, and white pepper. Light- to medium-bodied. Perfect aperitif. A blend of Moscatel de Alejandra (85%) and Gewürztraminer (15%). Great with soft cheeses and seafood paté.
Pair with:  Shrimp Paté

2008 Lamberti Rose Pinot Grigio, Italy ($12)
Extremely dry, light white with faint aromas of field strawberries.
Pair with:  Clams with Linguine and Spring Garlic

2007 Ironstone Vineyards Obsession Symphony, California ($12)
A cross between Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris grapes creates a lovely aromatic wine with rose petals and lychee notes. Great with spicy dishes.
Pair with:  Sesame-Crusted Scallops with Asian Vinaigrette

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