Ordering a bottle of wine is risky because you either get the best experience in the world or the worst. So many things can go wrong, including excessively hot temperatures, long storage times, and long waiting periods. As smartphones and the internet have become increasingly widespread, more people turn to online stores to order their favorite wines. It saves you the hassle of visiting the bar when all you want to do is stay at home.
After consultation with several wine insiders, we’ve rounded up the best wines that are pleasing to the palette and don’t require you to step out of your comfort zone either.
Pinot Noir – Mount Riley
Pinot Noir is a red wine that can be paired up with most food choices. This is mostly because of its lightness, allowing it to get along with heavy, meat-filled dishes. Pinot Noir is slightly more difficult to manufacture by wine makers, which means you will have to spend a little more, but when you do, every cent will be worth it.
The wine’s taste can best be described as a quirky crossover between cranberries and red fruits with a slightly leathery texture. Our recommendation would be Mount Riley from New Zealand, which is surprising in intensity with layers of berries, turned earth, cedar, and rose.
Prosecco – Ruffino
Prosecco is easy to drink and delightfully delicious. It is a favorite for people who are fans of the mimosas. The wine is not as cost prohibitive as the last entry on our list, which means you can buy a couple more bottles without breaking the budget. The Italian wine is typically made from Glera grapes, while other varieties might also be used. Our favorite choice for the prosecco is Ruffino.
Non- Alcoholic Red Wine – Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon
Many will say that non-alcoholic wines are oxymoronic, but while they won’t stimulate the brain like alcoholic beverages do, they more than make up for taste. Plus, it’s considered good manners when you’re hosting a party to keep everyone happy.
Our favorite non-alcoholic wine is the Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon, which is fermented in stainless teal before being aged in oak barrels. This is followed up by cold filtration for optimum results.
Champagne – Moet & Chandon
Champagnes make for the perfect holiday gift, and what better way to make an impact on your loved ones than with a bottle of Moet & Chandon? These great wine makers have been in the business of producing sparkling wines since the early 1700s, which probably means they know what they’re doing.
A single bottle will set you back at around $60 or so, depending on where you source it from, but the authentic experience is definitely worth the extra investment.
Riesling Wine – Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2015
Rieslings are described by many wine critics as the world’s most delicious white grapes, and if processed just right, they give some of the finest white wines money can buy. Our pick for the Riesling wine is the Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl which combines lime leaf, citrus blossom, and white peach with appealing notes of jasmine.