If there’s any time of the year when libations are granted special consideration, it’s the holidays. Not to give anyone performance anxiety if you’re hosting, but holiday celebrations call for higher caliber wines, well-thought-out pairings, or simply just enough to get through Uncle Jim’s embarrassing political spiels (again).

We’ve gathered our most popular holiday wine articles from Thanksgiving through New Year’s to create a wine guide. We hope it helps you straighten out your drinking conundrums, spark dinner inspiration, choose gifts for your wine-loving friends, and end the year with a pop and a sparkle.

Entertaining Tips and Ideas

Put a few of these expert tips to use, and you’ll be the host(ess) with the most(ess).

3 Ways to Upgrade Your Fall Entertaining Style

How To De-stress Your Holiday Entertaining

5 Entertaining Tips for the Holiday Season, Wine Included

Holiday Movie Marathon with Wine & Sake Pairings

Marc Sievers Destresses Your Holiday Entertaining – Inside Wine Pocast

Tips on How to Host a Champagne Dinner Party at Home

Holiday Food and Wine Pairings

Everyone’s favorite part of the holidays is the abundant, delicious food (and maybe the fact that indulging is totally okay, it’s all part of the holiday spirit). Elevate every bite with the perfect wine.

Holiday Cookie and Wine Pairings

Easy Holiday Appetizers with Chardonnay and Merlot

Natale: Italian Christmas Wine and Food Tips

Best Wines for Thanksgiving – Inside Wine Podcast

How to Build a Meal around Wine with Chef David Blessing – Inside Wine Podcast

Let French Chestnut Stuffing Add a Touch of Elegance to Thanksgiving

How to Drink Lambrusco for Every Meal This Holiday

All Occasions Call for Sparkling Wine

Pouring Champagne
Sparkling wine for every occasion

Did you know that when in doubt, you can open a bottle of Champagne and all your problems are solved? Sparkling wine is the default pairing, it’s the bottle that starts the party, it’s the treat at the end of a long night.

Everything You Need To Know About Champagne (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Champagne Picks for Every Kind of New Year Celebration

Champagne Wishes and New Year Dreams

The Complete Pronunciation Guide to Champagne Taittinger

Don’t Knock Out the Chandelier (or Someone’s Eye!) with Champagne

How to Open a Bottle of Champagne Like a Pro

Gifting for Wine Friends

Maybe you need ideas for your wine bff, maybe you’re going to send the link with a big ol’ wink to your loved ones. Proceed wisely.

Pro Tips for Finding and Choosing Great Wines on a Budget

Holiday Gift Guide for Your Wine Friend

Sarah Tracey’s 5 Tips for Buying Wine Online – Inside Wine Podcast

Cozy, Seasonal Cocktails

Wrap your hands around a warm mug of glühwein or treat your guests to a Port or wine cocktail. You’ll be the favorite holiday house on the block.

Recipe for Mulled Wine with Port

3 Fall Cocktails That Are Just as Satisfying as Crunching Leaves

Hot Chocolate with Ruby or Tawny Port Wine

Holiday Cocktails to Ring in the Season

Douro Cobbler cocktail
Port cocktails will be the highlight of your evening.

Diana studied Anthropology at Penn State and Food Culture & Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. After living la bella vita in Italy for six years, she returned to the U.S. and landed in NYC. She has been working in wine since 2012 and holds WSET 2. Loves Nebbiolo and amaro. Talk to her about Italy.

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