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The man who founded Ravenswood is widely regarded as the "godfather of Zin," so this is a name you should look for when buying this varietal, says wine consultant Leslie Sbrocco, author of Simple and Savvy Wine Guide and Wine for Women: A Guide to Pairing and Sharing. With notes of black cherry, raspberries, and blueberries, this mouthwatering, unapologetic wine also features a hint of smoke that gives it more body.
Pair with: Ribs or other spicy grilled meats. It also goes well with hearty pastas loaded with earthy veggies and tomato sauces. ($10; ravenswoodwinery.com)
These bottles are special enough for any holiday occasion, but the reasonable pricetags invite you to enjoy them any night of the week
There are plenty of opportunities to pop (or gift) a bottle during this time of year. Here, our top 20 picks for special occasions—or any night of the week.