Whether you’re attending a home holiday soiree or Christmas charity gala, a fine bottle of wine makes the perfect gift for your host — or auction item. Chris Longo, wine director at Jensen’s Wine & Spirits corner, offers his top picks from California regions this season.
2010 Saxum, James Berry VineyardKistler Pinot Noir
This elegant and rare find boasts flavors of fresh raspberries and blueberries, with notes of vanilla, clove, and cinnamon. $159
2011 Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
This hard-to-find varietal is “big, bold, and balanced,” with notes of plum and black currants layered with allspice, chocolate, tinderbox, and vanilla-laced oak, lending a “smooth tobacco and coffee finish.” $99.99
2010 Saxum, James Berry Vineyard
The perfectly balanced blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and syrah “tastes like a light bramble pie.” $179.99